On Facebook today, a friend of mine made a comment about her thoughts on the book she was reading at the time.
Since she’s studying for exams, she’s obviously decided this is the right time to start reading everything she possibly can, rather than studying, Much like Sinéad, and indeed myself. I don’t have exams at the moment, though, so I can read whatever I want and not feel guilty. Unfortunately, that means I’m not actually reading that much, because it’s always more alluring when you should be doing something else, isn’t it?
In any case, I put my brain to work and decided to give her a run-down of a few books in the genre that I had enjoyed.
It turned into something rather more than that, though, so I decided I’d cross-post it here so that I can look back on it, rather than have it lost in the ether of facebook.
So when it comes to supernatural teen fiction, everybody knows that the birthplace of the current vogue was the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Having read all four books, the novella, the draft of the first novel from the other main character’s point of view and the official illustrated guide, seen all five films and carefully contemplated the entire saga, I can safely say I don’t like it. That which it created, though, I have more mixed feelings about.
The immediate followers of the Twilight craze were largely bandwagon jumpers. You can see that in some of the books mentioned below.
So in what I consider the ‘Twilight-type stuff’, there’s the Fallen saga, by Lauren Kate, which is in the vein of Twilight, but of similar quality, so I don’t recommend it much.
In an extraordinarily similar story, Ann Brashares, author of the travelling pants series, wrote My Name is Memory. I’ve written about that on this blog before.
I really enjoyed Angel by LA Weatherly, and its sequel. There’s a third, but I haven’t read it yet.
Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo dealt with angels as well, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as LA Weatherly’s series.
The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick is also angels, and is okay, but only if you’re really bored and can get a loan; I do not recommend paying for them.
Elizabeth Chandler’s Kissed by an Angel series is garbage, don’t touch it. Similarly her Dark Secrets series is pure tripe.
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini was quite entertaining, but it’s not angels, it’s Greek gods.
The Percy Jackson series is quite well-received, but I haven’t read it yet. It’s also Greek gods, which is why it snuck onto the list, despite being the only one I haven’t read yet.
If I had to pick ONE series of the above, I’d definitely go for the Weatherly ones.
In terms of older (meaning released less recently, not for older people) YA fiction which you might not have read before, I strongly recommend the following:
The Old Kingdom trilogy, by Garth Nix, (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen)
The Wind on Fire trilogy, by William Nicholson, (The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery, Firesong)
The Guardians of Time trilogy by Marianne Curley, (The Named, The Dark, The Key)
The Keys to the Kingdom Series (there are seven, so I’m not listing them)
The Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke (Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath)
The Doomspell trilogy by Cliff McNish (The Doomspell, The Scent of Magic, The Wizard’s Promise)
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance)
Dystopian, but not necessarily fantasy, series:
Uglies by Scott Westerfield (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Not finished yet… Delirium and Pandemonium, plus two novellas, Hana and one I forget the name of)
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (although you’ve probably read it?)
Eve and Adam, by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is a standalone, but was entertaining.
Non-fantasy and non-dystopian books which I read and think you might like:
These are all about dying, thematically linked and whatnot:
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison, (BUT I read this, and it was like a not as good version of Before I Fall, so I don’t recommend it that much. I just associate them together.)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Books about school shootings:
Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult (also most of her books are quite good, albeit melodramatic; I particularly enjoyed My Sister’s Keeper and Handle With Care)
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson (although it wasn’t as good as it could have been)
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (part of a series, but I haven’t read the rest)
You Against Me by Jenny Downham
If that’s not enough recommendations to keep you entertained, then I don’t know what is.
A word of explanation. Not all of these are YA books. Some are adult. Some are children’s. Most, however, are YA.
So that’s my massive list of books.
If you take out the section at the top, which deals specifically with supernatural teen fiction, then I recommend everything else on the list. It’s by no means all the books I’d recommend, and as you can see by the links scattered throughout the later list, they’re books I’ve read fairly recently.
But I still think they’re worth reading, or re-reading.
That’s my thought for the day anyways.