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Ersteintrag: 08.06.2010, 20:35:06 GMT+2
Nobody meint:
Hey there^^

I am quite desperate at the moment. I have always loved reading Young Adult novels in English but lately I feel like there is not quite as much good stuff being published than a few years back. (Since Twilight actually...)
I kind of feel like these days there are a lot of "okay books" being published and realised that nearly all my favourite books that were first published in the U.S. are older than ten years like Meg CabotŽs Mediator Series.
Can anyone here help me find real amazing Young Adult Fantasy fiction? IŽm okay with translations by the way, in case the original book is not available anymore. I often buy the German copies of some books because they are easier to get. (Or the covers are prettier.^^)

HereŽs a list of books I liked and why:

- The Vampire Academy Series (Though the main character is a little rude and ironic sometimes, she is never shallow and I feel like these books still have some depth.)
- Need (Because it didnŽt take itself too seriously and was very funny and not as shallow as other comedies.)
- The Dark Divine (Because it actually was scary and had, in my opinion, a lot of depth.)

And a list of some of these okay books I mentioned:

- Evermore
- Evernight
- Marked (Not even okay...)
- Lament (Maybe a little more than okay....)
- Shiver

Maybe someone can help me. (In case you understand what I am trying to say.^^)



Veröffentlicht am 09.06.2010, 01:12:50 GMT+2
Z. K. meint:
Hi there!
Not sure I can help you as I haven't read most of the books you mentioned but here we go anyway:

John Green - Papertowns, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska
David Levithan - Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Love is the Higher Law... anything by him, really.
David Levithan & John Green - Will Grayson, Will Grayson (one of the best books I've read this year!)
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Maureen Johnson's Scarlett series
Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series
E. Lockhart - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
M. T. Anderson - The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothining

Just a few for now. Hope you'll find something you like.

Veröffentlicht am 12.06.2010, 01:06:16 GMT+2
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 12.06.2010, 01:16:07 GMT+2
Hazel meint:
Hi Kate and Ziska,

I totally agree with Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games (I haven't read Ziska's other recommendations).
I'm afraid that I also think the 'oldies' are best, but some are being re-issued like L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries. Her other books (not all about vampires) are very much worth reading too. I especially like the Dark Visions trilogy and The Secret Circle trilogy.
For a complete list, check out her website:

N.M. Browne wrote the first two books of her Warriors trilogy some years ago, but recently the third came out.
Warriors of Alavna
Warriors of Camlann
Warriors of Ethandun
You can read an extract here: http://www.nmbrowne.com/AlavnaExtract.html

You might also want to try:
Kai Meyer: The Flowing Queen Trilogy (originally written in German, but I don't know the German titles)

Anthony Horowitz: The Power of Five series. The first book is Raven's Gate (Gatekeepers)
(In the UK the series' title is The Power of Five, in the US it's the Gatekeepers series).

Marianne Curley: Guardians of Time Trilogy
Guardians of Time 1. The Named (Guardians of Time Trilogy)
The Dark
The Key
You can read the first pages on Amazon.com:

Marianne Curley: Old Magic

James Patterson: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride (Mass Market))

One of my absolute favorite series (besides Harry Potter and some others) is Cate Tiernan's Wicca series (in the US titled the Sweep series). The first 3 books are Sweep: Book of Shadows, The Coven and Blood Witch: Volume 1
I think Cate Tiernan's Balefire series is also very good: A Chalice of Wind #1 (Balefire)
And so I'm eagerly awaiting her Immortal Beloved series: Immortal Beloved 01. Everlasting Life (http://www.amazon.de/Immortal-Beloved-Cloth-Trilogy/dp/0316035920/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de&qid=1276296941&sr=8-3)

You can read excerpts on Amazon.com or here:
and here:
on the great fansite http://firefairy.eve7k.com/, but be careful for spoilers.

You said you've read Megg Cabot Mediator series, but do you also know her 1-800-Where-r-u series (also known as Missing)?

These are the best I can think of right now. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know :o)

Good luck and happy reading!

Veröffentlicht am 12.06.2010, 01:29:05 GMT+2
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 12.06.2010, 01:44:51 GMT+2
Hazel meint:
Hi again,

Some others that are not exactly new, but very good anyway, are:

Garth Nix: the Abhorsen trilogy. The first book is Sabriel (Old Kingdom, Band 1)
(all three books in one bind-up: http://www.amazon.de/Abhorsen-Chronicles-Garth-Nix/dp/0061441821/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de&qid=1276298500&sr=1-4)

Garth Nix: the Seventh Tower series. The first book is: The Fall (Seventh Tower)
You can read an excerpt on Amazon.com:

Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials Trilogy: "Northern Lights", "Subtle Knife", "Amber Spyglass"

Libba Bray: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)

Finally, I've heard good things about Tunnels (Tunnels 1)
And Gone
But I haven't read these yet.

Veröffentlicht am 20.06.2010, 21:30:49 GMT+2
Nobody meint:
I read Kai Meyers Merle-Series in German and l loved it. I gave Anthony Horrowitz a try but found his books way too unrealistic. (I read Alex Rider and I thought it was just too much^^. Maybe his other books are better.) Same for Maximum Ride. I couldnŽt really get into it.
But I loved Marianne CurleyŽs "Old Magic". I bought it years ago and have read it about a hundred times. Amazing story.
IŽve also read Meg CabotŽs "Msising" but I guess itŽs just not for me. I actually used to read a lot of MegŽs books but the only ones I really liked are the Mediator-books, Jinx and her new "Airhead"-trilogy. IŽm not that much into all that "girly" stuff like the Princess Diaries.
I love Phillip Pullman. The "His Dark Materials"-Series as well as Sally Lockhart and I adore the Gemma-Doyle-books.

IŽve never heard of the other books youŽve mentioned but most of them seem to be really awesome. Thanks a lot, guys!

Veröffentlicht am 30.04.2011, 21:06:36 GMT+2
[Von Amazon gelöscht am 30.09.2011, 21:10:29 GMT+2]

Veröffentlicht am 30.04.2011, 22:24:08 GMT+2
Amazon-Kunde meint:
Tamora Pierce. I started with "The Immortals" series and they´re still among my favourites from her but ALL her books are worth reading (apart from the Immortals quartet I especially loved the books starring Keladry and the Magic Circle quartet; I am currently reading Terrier).
Others I can only recommend:
Darkest Power trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
Wake trilogy by Lisa McMann
Looking for Alaska by John Green (great author, amazing book!)
Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater
Lament: the faerie queen´s deception and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater as well

Books I canNOT recommend:

House of Night series - P.C. and Kristin Cast
Vampire Diaries (especially after bk 3) - L.J. Smith
The Immortals (Evermore) series (loved the first book but the rest is rubbish) - Alyson Noel


Veröffentlicht am 03.05.2011, 14:01:15 GMT+2
Hannah meint:
If you liked Twilight, you'll also like A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends). There's lots of paranormal creatures, drama, humour, love elements, beautiful description, and the cliffhangers are awesome, kept me guessing until the very end. And Aidan's just as hot as Edward. LOL.

Hope this'll help.

Veröffentlicht am 03.05.2011, 14:30:22 GMT+2
Nobody meint:
Oh dear, I totally forgot about this thread. XD
Just to set one thing clear: I am totally not into contemporary YA fiction. It has to be Fantasy, Urban Fantasy would be great. :)
I actually found some great books lately. I like the Iron King by Julie Kagawa, the Sweep books (someone had told me about them here) and The Hollow by Jessica Verday.
And I was really fascinated by Fallen by Lauren Kate, Ruined by Paula Morris and Sea-Change by Aimee Friedman, which I am reading right now.

A Job From Hell sounds nice but I do not have a Kindle. :(

Veröffentlicht am 04.05.2011, 21:48:48 GMT+2
Amazon-Kunde meint:
Urban Fantasy...if you liked the Iron King you should check out the two follow ups, The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen.
Def. try Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and maybe Tithe, Valiant and Ironside by Holly Black.
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare are a great read as well. If you liked Twilight you surely love these!
The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong def. fits the bill as well.
The Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordon may be worth a try as well. Mount Olympus in NY, half gods all around. A great read. Fun, too. Much better than the movie. :o)
Other Urban Fantasy books I *loved* (def. not YA though!) are the Mercy Thompson novels by Patricia Briggs and the Kate Daniels Novels by Ilona Andrews.

Veröffentlicht am 04.05.2011, 23:28:02 GMT+2
J. M. Barlog meint:

Here is a funny, exciting and, at times, suspeneful tween adventure of two 13-year-old girls traveling to a strange land to rescue one of the girl's parents.

Veröffentlicht am 05.05.2011, 05:31:47 GMT+2
[Von Amazon gelöscht am 08.11.2011, 08:28:11 GMT+1]

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 05.05.2011, 14:20:07 GMT+2
Hannah meint:
I don't own one either, Kate. I read all books on my Mac since the Kindle software is free.

Veröffentlicht am 27.10.2011, 00:44:01 GMT+2
The Chronicles Of Jenson Quest - The Rise Of Va'kaar
5-Star Review :- This was a great, fun read!... If you want to read a book with excellent visuals, twists and turns, and well drawn battle sequences try Jenson Quest! You won't be sorry!

Jenson Quest lives with his Aunt and helps her out by working in her nursing home, where his grandfather is one of the residents. For years Jenson has heard his granddad's seemingly ridiculous tales of how he and Jenson's father fought alongside a friendly alien race and other humans in the defence of the many human 'Realms'. Now, however, it seems that his granddad's ridiculous tales are, in fact, true.

Accepting the choice to step forward in place of his missing father and aging grandfather, and join the ranks of the Great Drak, Jenson joins the Keepers and the batch of new recruits and sets off across the galaxy to stop the Zyll Swarm and their latest Vuron weapon, which is threatening to destroy the Keepers and leave the human realms exposed to a danger that could begin the annihilation of the entire human race.

But while the Keepers, assisted by the Great Drak and the humans of the Fourth Realm hunt down the Zyll Swarm and its new weapon, one Zyll has designs on gathering the whole of the might of the Zyll together and crushing the Keepers and the human realms once and for all using a new method of tracking that will enable the Zyll to find and destroy their target planets far faster than before.

To accomplish his mission, stay alive, and perhaps discover what truly happened to his father, Jenson will have to find friends and allies that he never expected to find, and lead the warriors of the Great Drak into a battle that could end in the destruction of them all.

With action and adventure from start to finish, Jenson Quest opens a new dawn in Sci-fi, with new characters to follow in this and future adventures.

Here is a brief excerpt...

"Realm Twenty-Six will be the pilot for Realm Nine." Hegaran said, as a clearly delighted Mussa stepped towards Jenson with his arms wide. Jenson smiled at how fate had delivered Mussa to him and the two met with a bear-hug and a triumphant yell from Mussa.
"It will be a great honour to serve with young Quest!" Mussa called.
"It will be an honour to serve with you." Jenson said evenly, "But... should you not be our pilot?" he asked.
"Ha haaaaaa!" Mussa threw back his head theatrically, "Young Quest... I am the best Weapons Officer in the Great Drak! Would you really have me fly the plane?"
"In that case, I guess I'll do the flying. Let's just hope I'm good enough."
"I have no worries on that score young Quest." Mussa hammered Jenson's back and then linked arms with him and led him off into the hangar as Hegaran continued to pair the last of the recruits.

All around the hangar, recruits and their warrior partners were climbing into cockpits and chatting animatedly about a variety of things; all that is except Cantor, who's partner was briefing him at length about what he expected from his new weapons officer. Mussa and Jenson wound their way through the warriors and planes until Mussa came to a stop and leaned against a plane. Jenson regarded the scraped, flash-burned fuselage with a concerned eye but Mussa laughed.

"Don't worry so, young Quest. Drak Seventeen is an excellent plane. I have been through much with your predecessor and this particular plane."
"That's right. You were my father's partner as well... Was this the plane my dad ejected from... in the storm?"
"You know of what happened then?" Mussa sighed, "I was the envy of the Drak Warriors... it was a sad day for me when your father's pod disappeared... I did all I could to find him.
"I heard about you and Yanna's mother going to search for him."
"Yes... another sad day... Proof indeed that a weapons officer should stick to what they know best... Yanna's mother, Silahna, was almost as good as me in the weapons seat, but neither of us were great pilots. The meteors caught us unprepared. The plane was damaged and she was injured. By the time we got back to the Beeakh, it was too late to save her."
"Later... we should talk about what happened." Said Jenson, "Not now... we have to... fly."
"I expect I shall be the envy of the Great Drak once again, with another Quest as my pilot."
"Yeah... I hope so." Jenson laughed nervously and climbed the ladder to the cockpit.

Although looking a little over-used, Jenson recognised every control and screen in the cockpit from the simulator and the knowledge-feed he had received on the Aggita. Mussa climbed up the other side of the plane and just minutes later they were going through the business of the pre-flight checks and systems checks they would need for the coming training mission.

"All crews. Helmets on, cockpits closed." Hegaran's voice reverberated around the hangar.
"You ready for this?" Jenson called over his shoulder.
"Close us up." Mussa replied, and Jenson donned his jet-black helmet and pressed the switch to close the cockpit.

The Chronicles Of Jenson Quest - The Rise Of Va'kaar
The second part of the adventure, The Realms Of Jurrii will be available on Kindle soon.

Veröffentlicht am 27.10.2011, 16:24:07 GMT+2
Kevin George meint:
Please check out my new book, Drinking Life, Drinking Life (Keeper of the Water Book 1) (English Edition)
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The attack makes headlines and causes her parents to uproot the family business and move cross country during her senior year. It's not an easy adjustment and it's not long before she finds herself in the middle of another physical altercation, this time with the entire boy's lacrosse team. But a mysterious stranger named John Leon shows up to help and starts Nia's life on an uncontrollable spiral she never imagined...

On the night of her eighteenth birthday, she begins to dream about being another person in another life. The dreams grow increasingly frequent - and increasingly clear - and she begins to question everything about her life, from who she really is, to who she really was, to whether her parents are who they claim to be...

Nia unexpectedly finds herself falling for John but has fierce competition for his affection. Cassie is her neighbor and the daughter of her parents' business partner. She's selfish and ruthless and shallow and John seems like he can't stand her. But he also can't say no to her...

John knows something about Nia's past and the dreams she's been having but getting the information from him might turn deadly...
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