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Subject: Authors like Rachel Caine
Date Posted: 9/8/2010 8:12 PM ET
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My daughter got a book by Rachel Caine and she really enjoyed it and so I was wondering if anyone knew of any writers that were like her?  She likes vampire type books but I won't let her read any that are way out there as she is only 13.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 4:52 PM ET
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Younger (clean cut) YA paranormal books

Megan Whalen Turner series starting with The Thief  (more fantasy)

Marlene Perez  - Black series

Lili St Crow  series starting with Strange Angels

Almost anything by Robin McKinley.  Sunshine is her vampire book.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

(ETA)  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Firebird series of anthologies.  (Firebirds, Firebirds Soaring, and Firebirds Rising) Then she can decide which authors she wants more of.

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Date Posted: 9/11/2010 4:28 PM ET
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Oh.  Just remembered another.  Vlad Tod series starting with Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. 

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 4:09 PM ET
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Sunshine is not a YA book and is targeted for adults. I would not recommend it to a 13yo unless you allow her to read anything and everything.

PC Cast- House of Night series. (has some sex in it but is aimed at 14-17yo teens).

I loved the Hunger Games trilogy.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 4:34 PM ET
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Robin McKinley does have other books that would be better for YA.

Sunshine was reissued with it marketed as YA.  Twice.  While it is an adult book, it is sexually pretty clean cut.  The main character has a boyfriend, but all the things they "do" are off screen.  Well, other than have a picnic with sunbathing and see movies with her family.  Robin McKinley has a very tradition fantasy depiction of sex and kissing.  It is assumed but not described.  Sort of that 1940's movie showing couples with separate beds.  It is focused much more on food than on sex. 

I'd be more concerned about the fact that there is a neighborhood with drug problems than the issue of sex.  Of course the drug night club area is described as very dangerous and scary.

I just feel that a book saying drugs are bad is not nearly as much as a problem for tweens as a whole book based on longing.  I feel that Sunshine would be much better than Twilight.  No focus on lust.  Strong female.  Solid friendships and family.  Well crafted writing.  And baked goods.