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Junebug0525 posted 9/27/2012 02:05 AM

I fell in love with Twilight, so I've read a few other YA books. Here are some recommendations:

Easy by Tammara Webber
Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series - third one isn't out yet..hold off if you're impatient!)
Branded (Fall of Angels Trilogy)

Nothing trashy. Easy was my favorite. Had a "book hangover" after that one.

ladyvorkosigan posted 9/27/2012 03:55 AM

Easy was terrific.

There is a series by Jennifer Armentrout, first is "Obsidian," that is entirely derivative of Twilight + a certain 90s WB series that if I name it will give away the twist of the whole thing but is derivative in the way Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series is derivative of Buffy + Harry Potter, which is to say you can see the DNA so clearly but it still doesn't reduce your enjoyment.

[This message edited by ladyvorkosigan at 7:25 AM, September 27th (Thursday)]

Junebug0525 posted 9/27/2012 04:28 AM

I just put Obsidian on my To-Read list. Can't wait!

abbycadabby posted 9/27/2012 07:53 AM

I love YA fiction, mostly dystopian. I hated Twilight! If you're into dystopian, I would recommend:

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Wolves of Mercy Falls series (can't remember the author)

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Matched by Ally Condie

Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (I’ve only read #1)

ladyvorkosigan posted 9/27/2012 08:02 AM

After re-reading Twilight to try to figure out A. Why people like Twilight and B. How similar 50 Shades actually is to Twilight, I think I've discerned what it really is.

Everybody knows about the singular obsessive focus and the overprotectiveness and the apparent hotness of being told over and over that you and your magical <whatever aspect of yourself you actually have nothing to do with personally like your smell> drive this dude NEARLY TO THE LIMITS OF HIS SELF CONTROL, YOU PROVOCATIVE CREATURE, YOU, and hey, hateration totally = secret attraction#, but also! The family/friends setup is similar. In each, the heroine finds herself in a new world that is more exotic than her mundane world, and there is a large family structure that wishes to adopt her, and some love her and some hate her, drama drama, and her incorporation into that family and culture changes her, figuratively and literally. I really think it's as much about that part of it as it is anything else. Since I didn't read the rest of the Twilight series I didn't really think about the importance of the other characters on the first read.

This book has nothing to do with vampires and the male lead really only has that instant hateration-masking-attraction thing going on that resembles Edward, but the family setup and the larger environment of the school...that is very similar.

# Please understand I have nothing but respect for every impulse I have listed here.

[This message edited by ladyvorkosigan at 8:04 AM, September 27th (Thursday)]

smith posted 9/27/2012 08:45 AM

Another good sortof dystopian read was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This was probably one of the better books I've read in a while.

jennie160 posted 10/5/2012 14:50 PM

I haven't read any of the Twilight books of Hunger Games (I'm weird and refuse to read any book just because its a movie) but I have read Stephanie Meyers other book "The Host". I would really recommend it. It's really thick and look intimidating but once you get into it, it fly's by.

StillGoing posted 10/5/2012 16:17 PM

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherine Valente)

The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)

Nation (Terry Pratchett)

itainteasy posted 10/8/2012 10:54 AM

I love Christopher Pike's "Thirst" series (formerly known as "The Last Vampire").

I also love his book "Sati".

Sleepless22 posted 10/11/2012 21:12 PM

I like anything by Laurie Halse Anderson. Her books either address historical fiction or contemporary realistic fiction. Speak is one of my favorites.

SilverRose13 posted 10/12/2012 11:56 AM

I also love his book "Sati".

You are the only other person i have encountered who has even heard of this book!

The darkest powers series by Kelly Armstrong is really good. Also love all of Rick Riordan's books.

Random thoughts posted 10/14/2012 22:49 PM

Check out On Dublin Street by Samatha Young.

Never even heard of her before but I downloaded it and read it like 3 or 4 times already.

It's about Jose who loses her family in her teens and goes into the system, she moves to Scotland (her mother's homeland) and meets. Braden her new roommate older brother.

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