Discussion Forums - Hidden Gems Hidden Gems

Topic: Looking for ideas

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Looking for ideas
Date Posted: 12/30/2009 11:14 AM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2005
Posts: 984
Back To Top

We are trying to get my daughter interested in books other than ones related to vampires as she is going over the deep end with wanting to become a vampire (even as far as wanting to wear perminant fangs, eat blood etc).  She is 13.  Does anyone have any other suggestions as to good books/series?  Nothing against any of you that might be wican etc.  Please send me a pm as I don't always check the boards.


Date Posted: 12/30/2009 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2008
Posts: 1,958
Back To Top

The Hunger Games was really good.  Edgy, but not a vampire in sight!  There are going to be three books in the series, I think.  The sequel, Catching Fire, has already been published.

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 3:51 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
Posts: 36,445
Back To Top

What about the Georgia Nicoles series, I know one of them is called "And then he ate my boy enhancers"  Very funny and british based.

Also that Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson is very popular amongst girls.

And she is aware that vampires are not real right?

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 5:19 PM ET
Member Since: 12/5/2009
Posts: 52
Back To Top

I'm uh *cough* a LITTLE older than your daughter, hehehe...but I still enjoy the Smooch Teen Fiction titles.  My favorites are the Katie Maxwell books in the Emily series...The Year my Life Went Down the Loo, They Wear WHAT Under their Kilts, etc.  They are seriously laugh out loud funny, and generally quite available on swap sites.

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 5:21 PM ET
Member Since: 4/13/2009
Posts: 285
Back To Top

Scott Westerfeld's Uglies/Pretties/Specials/Extras might be good for her.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 5:01 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2006
Posts: 236
Back To Top

The Young Wizard series by Diane Duane is excellent.  The main character (in most of them) is a young teenage girl, she starts out as 13 and each book progresses about a year, sometimes less.  They are great stories, but also deal with many of the issues teenagers face in life.    Award winning series.


Date Posted: 1/3/2010 11:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2007
Posts: 126
Back To Top

This might be way obvious, but has she tried Harry Potter? Hugely addicting and fantastic, and 13 is a great age to read them. Or perhaps the Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials, or even The Lord of the Rings? All are really engrossing trilogies or series, that one gets very wrapped up in while reading, which might take her mind off vampires for a bit if one of these series captures her imagination. They still are fantastical and supernatural, and though there's some mention of vampires in Harry Potter, they are barely more than mentioned. I went through a period when I was a few years younger than her when I wouldn't read ANYTHING besides the Animorphs series (does anyone remember those?), and gradually expanded myself to other science fiction stories. My mother, in an attempt to get me to broaden my horizons, led me on to fantasy, which was different enough for me to gain a new reading interest without it being too much like everyday, ordinary life or "realistic," which I hated. I suggest something similar for your daughter.

As a side note, I'd just like to point out that Wicca is a religion that has absolutely nothing to do with vampires in any way, shape, or form, and I'm not really sure how you made that connection at all, because the two things are extremely unrelated.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 12:55 PM ET
Member Since: 9/16/2005
Posts: 463
Back To Top

A book that was recommended to me by a book friend for my DD was the Pandora books by Carolyn Hennesy (who plays Diane on General Hosp., if you're a fan).  Anyway...I got the first in the series for DD.  It looks SO good I'm going to read it too!  It's about Pandora (Pandy for short).  In these books, she's a young teen.  She finds a box given to her father and thinks it looks like something cool to show her classmates.  Of course we all know what happens when Pandora opens the box!   So in this series, Pandy has to go and capture all 7 evils she let escape.  Each book is about how she goes about it. 

The first in the series is "Pandora Gets Jealous", which I found here on PBS.  Hennesy has written 2 more so far:  "Pandora Gets Vain", and "Pandora Gets Lazy".  There is a Prologues in "...Jealous" that explains the Pandora myth. 

My DD is 11 but I think a 13 year old would enjoy this series too.  I've thumbed through the book and what I've skimmed looks good and funny.