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I would like to ask anyone who is willing, to please check out my Club Book List. Titled: "Please Don't Forget To Try This"
I have a long list of Paranormal and YA listed there and I'm a little overwhelmed with where to start. I don't want to bother with one, if another may be awesome and I just don't know it. Please check it out, vote, add comments, and let me know if you've tried and/or suggest any. Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing what you have to say! :)
Here's the link: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Please-Forget-Book-List/list/5664/
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My 2 cents worth -
"City of Bones" have not read, but I have heard it is very good!
"Paranormalcy" is on my TBR list as well! Sounds good to me!
I read "The Bright Forever" quite a while ago and was surprised how good it was, Didn't love it but liked it a lot.
"A Great and Terrible Beauty" have also heard real good things about this bpook, it is also on my TBR list.
"Hex Hall" OMG!!!! Awedsome! Loved it! I have the second one "Deamonglass" on it way to me in the mail as I type (at least it better be on its way!).
I have only read a couple by Alice Hoffman, but have loved the ones I have read. They are quirky and fun.
"Practical Magic" loved loved loved it! If you have seen the movie, the book is different.
"A Discovery of Witches" HAHAHA just finished this yesterday!!! OK - this starts out real slow, very historical, lots of details, but around page 300 it really picks up and becomes a different book! I really liked it and can't wait for the next one to come out! If you can stand the slowness in the beginning it is well worth the read!
OK, I think thats it. I hope this is what you were looking for.
The ones from your list that I've read and enjoyed:
The Haunted Bookshop series by Alice Kimberly (She also writes the Coffeehouse Mysteries under the name Cleo Coyle)
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson
And anything by Charlaine Harris
My almost DIL has also read a couple of the others that I haven't gotten around to yet.
The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
House of Night series by Kristin & P.C. Cast
You have a lot of good choices there. I don't think you can really go wrong, and I don't really know what you like. I will say Grave Sight is really good, and it's a great series - in large part because it ends after the 4th book so it won't drag on forever. You should read Magic Bites - I love Ilona Andrews, although in my opinion this series gets a lot better after the first book. Same with the Kitty Norville series - I love both series, but the first book in each case is probably my least favorite. And not to be negative, but I just read The Magicians and was pretty disappointed, although I have a hard time explaining why - I thought the writing was great, but I couldn't really get into any of the characters and all the parallels to Chronicles of Narnia (which I love) kind of annoyed me. It's not a lighthearted book by any stretch, but definitely worth reading.
Bump. I've added more to the list......I don't know how I'm going to read all these. Thanks for your advice on which may be better than some others, gives me a chance to figure out where to go next. Please feel free to add any suggestions or cast any votes to my list. Thanks, and be sure to check out what I've added today. :)
I don't see anything on the list that I didn't like, tho Water for the Elephants was really slow and I didn't care for it much until after I was done and could think of the story as a whole.
Three of the YA series that are great, but also really really quick reads are the McMann, Harrison, and Caine series. I think that Ghost Town was the best in a long time for that Caine series. The Reaper(Screamers) YA series is also very good, but not quite as quick reading. The Betsy Undead series is really a quick read and the early stuff is fun reading, but by the end of the series you want may want to scream and cry at the writer (small books, little new content, story go off track big time).
The Kitty series and the Ilona Andrews are two of my favorite series.