Okay, this is a first, and I won’t promise I’ll do it every week, but A couple of other book blogs I follow do this as well, so here is TTT. This weeks was apparently a freebie (no set category), so here goes.
My topic is Teen/YA fiction I love and hate.
1. Meridian by Amber Kizer. Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. On her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain. Before she can fully recover, she is uprooted to her great- Aunt’s house. Meridian is told that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.
Why do I like this book? Well, To be honest, who doesn’t love a strong heroine? And let’s face it, thanks to twilight, there has been an almost embarrassing amount of teen vampire fiction, so this is a nice switch. I initially bout it because it was one of the few books left at borders, and had such a good discount on it, I though I may as well buy it. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the other book in the series or find out much more about it. All the Author’s web site has is the blurb about the first book.
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. The book is narrated from Rose’s point of view. Due to her mysterious bond with Lissa, she is able to slip into her mind, which enables her to read her mind and feelings. St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
I know, I pretty much just said that I was burnt out on the teen vampire trend. This is one of very few exceptions. What can I tell you, I LOVED this series. I think I finished the first four books in two days. Then there was the excruciating wait for the last two.
3. House of Night series by P. C. and Kristen Cast. In Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed. When she is 16, she is marked and taken to the house of night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire–that is, if she makes it through the Change.
I admit, when I bought this book, my only thought was, “Oh, that’s a pretty cover.” Then I got home, read the first three pages, and put it down for a year. Then I saw it sitting on my shelf, unread, and decided to give it another shot. I have mixed feelings about this one (so I’m not sure why it’s not farther down the list). The first three, maybe four books were good. Surprisingly gripping to tell the truth. But there are nine books in the series, and quite frankly, They need to stop. No more books in the series, no spin off books.I think it’s gone on too long.
4. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the story by now. 11 year old boy finds out he is a famous wizard, and is swept of to the wizard world where her learns magic and is destined to defeat the big, bad, evil wizard.
Okay, while the 7th book is not my favorite, I still love the series. What is not to love about it? Words cannot describe how much I love this book. I’m glad I got it as a gift for my 16th birthday. If I hadn’t, I would have never picked it up to read it.
4. Daughters of the Moon by Lynne Ewing. Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.
This series is becoming more popular now, but a year ago, it was out of print due to poor sales. The first 6 books in the series are now being re-published in two three-in-one volumes. The series itself, like HoN, is good. But it goes on a little long for my taste. with 13 books in the series (seriously, more than 7 is too much sometimes), but then before going defunct, there were also Sons of the Dark. Initially a spin-off series dealing with four unrelated characters in the middle of the series. Basically, you read the first 11 Daughters books, switch to reading the first 2 Sons books, then back to book 12 of Daughters, then back to boos 3 and 4 of Sons, and finish with book 13 in Daughters. That really brings the whole series up to 17 books.
5. Series of Unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket. The series follows the adventures of three siblings: the Baudelaires and their downward spiral into unhappiness.
Am I being over dramatic? No. That is one of the things that made me want to read this book. The promise that there would not be a happy ending. Yeah, before I said that anymore than 7 books could be overkill, but not with this series. It really does go into the vein of Unfortunate things, due to the number 13 being unlucky. It also has other themes as well. For instance all books (except for the 13th) has 13 chapters, All the people the Baudelarires live with have a litterary name, The location of each book’s critical events is usually identified in the book’s title, the siblings all put their skills to use against Olaf in some way, When describing a word the reader may not be aware of, he typically says “a word which here means…”, sometimes with a humorous definition, or one which is only relevant to the events at hand. Olafs disguises, the list goes on and on.
6. The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron. The tale of the legendary wizard Merlin’s youth.
Althought not originally A teen/YA series, it has been republished as such. Not only has it had that change made, it has also gone on to combine the book in The Great Tree of Avalon and the Merlin’s Dragon trilogies. Again a bit over kill with 11 books in the series, but it’s Merlin. There are so many books about Merlin, that they are easy to find and it does make it a bit easier to read if all the seperate series are combined.
7. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. the novels focus on the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they struggle to overthrow an evil king named Galbatorix.
Now, I admit. I saw the movie before reading the book. and also true I haven’t read all the books in the series, but what I did read, I liked. The amount of books in the series is perfect. And the first book alone, if a bit long, is very well written. Especially when you remember that the first book was written and bublished when Paolini was 15 years old. Like I said, the first book is a bit long, but the chapters are short, so it’s a quick read.
8. Septimus Heap by Angie Sage. follows the adventures of Septimus Heap who, as a seventh son of a seventh son, has extraordinary magical powers. After he becomes an apprentice to the arch wizard he must study for seven years and a day until his apprenticeship ends.
Again, haven’t finished the series, but so far, so good. It’s not quite up to par with Harry Potter, but then again, I don’t think that’s what Sage is really looking for.
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. This is where the government, working in a central city called the Capitol, holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual event where one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.
For any readers who saw my review for the first book, you know what I think of it. I am now on the second book in the trilogy, and I’m almost done. It has proved to be as gripping as the first, and just as exciting. I hope the third can live up to the first two.
10. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. It follows the coming-of-age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes against a backdrop of epic events. Again, saw the movie first, then bought the novels. And at first I was a little wary of reading them. Not because I was worried about them living up to the movie, but because, as someone who does not believe in God, I tend to steer clear of overly religious books. The few exceptions are of course Chronicles of Narnia, HoN, and this one. This book, essentially is about killing God. I’m not saying I liked it because that’s what the plot was, I truthfully wouldn’t have noticed if Pullman hadn’t said it himself. I liked it simply because it was beautifully written.
There you have it. My first TTT post. I will have more reviews soon, but it seems I’m reading the books faster than I can sit down and update this thing. Life, eh?