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Subject: YA Fantasy
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 11:36 AM ET
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Recently I've been reading a lot of YA Fantasy.  I tend to stay away from paranormal (vampires, etc), but like magic, gods, heroes, adventures in a made up land, etc. Recently I've read and like The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, Finnikin of the Rock/Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta, Howl's Moving Castle, and Eon.  I read Alanna by Tamora Pierce and it felt a little young, though I do have the rest of the series to read eventually.  I like Maria Snyder's Poison Study series, but had trouble getting into the Glass series.  I'm reading Sabriel by Garth Nix now and really enjoying it.

What are some YA Fantasy books you like and recommend, especially slightly older stuff I might have missed?

Date Posted: 6/28/2012 5:08 PM ET
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Delia Marshall Turner. Sort of between fantasy and SF.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Beautiful and frightening.

Patricia Briggs Hurog series, Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood. Not quite YA.

Nina Kiriki Hoffman.

Date Posted: 6/28/2012 5:26 PM ET
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I second Daughter of Smoke and Bone! What a great read!

Date Posted: 6/28/2012 6:15 PM ET
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Since you liked the Study series by Snyder you might like Touch of Power, which is the first book in a new series. It was really good!

Date Posted: 6/28/2012 8:39 PM ET
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Caroline Stevermer's College of Magics and the sequel Scholar of Magics.

Pat Murphy's The City Not Long After.

I think these were both released as adult SFF and reissued as YA. The City has a more SF/UF feel to it.



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Date Posted: 6/29/2012 12:01 AM ET
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Alex Flinn rewrites fairy tales.  And Holly Black. 

I should warn you that they are both on my TBR stack.   So I really do not know what the books are like.  I'm trying to think who is the least paranormal or dystopian of my recent books. 

 

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 5:04 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!  I'll look into these.

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 1:14 AM ET
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I enjoyed Charles de Lint's "The Blue Girl".   



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Date Posted: 7/5/2012 9:44 PM ET
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I really like Tamora Pierce.  Her Alanna series and the first four Circle of Magic books are a little on the younger side.  If you're looking for some stuff by her that's older try the Beka Cooper series or her Trickster duology.  Both are set in the same world (Tortall) but stand on their own as series go.  Both of those have fantasy elements and tend more towards the historical side of things.  

If you're interested in the whole fairy tale/mythology retelling aspect, I have a list of them I started here (although I haven't updated in a few years and there's been quite a few that have come out recently).  

I just finished Brandon Mull's Beyonders books (two out so far).  They're a little older than his Fablehaven series.  

I remember reading and really liking both The Shamer's Daughter and The Sake Keeper's Secret in high school, but can't remember how "old" they were, just that I liked them.  

Fall of a Kingdom from the Farsala trilogy by Hilari Bell

That's what comes off the top of my head.  I'll come back when I think of more... :)

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 9:45 PM ET
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A question for those of you who've read the Maria Snyder books:

I just aquired the glass series, but have not read the poision study books yet.  My understanding is that they're set in the same world?  It is necessary and/or advisable to read the poision study books first? 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 9:59 PM ET
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Sharon Shinn's series (Safe Keeper's Secret and the others) are very well written but feels like they are aimed young.  It is the series that I recommend for younger readers that are advanced. 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 10:22 PM ET
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Thanks, y'all!

Alisa, with the Snyder books, I'd say yeah, you should read the Study books first.  The MCs from the Study books are in the Glass books, so you'd know what happens to them.  In my opinion, the Study trilogy is better and I'd recommend that one, though I've only read Storm Glass in the newer series.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 1:12 PM ET
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I just read Bitterblue, the third book by Kristin Cashore. It's a sequel to Graceling and companion to Fire. I'd probably read them Graceling, Fire, then Bitterblue (publication order), though chronologically Fire comes first. I recommend all the books in this series.



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Date Posted: 7/8/2012 6:30 PM ET
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The Books of Pellinor series by Alison Croggon are really good. The first book of the series is The Naming

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 5:39 PM ET
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This is a great fantasy ebook, even though it is long, it is very well done, and free now from Amazon. If you don't have an ereader you can get free software from Amazon and read on your computer:

 

Melody and the Pier to Forever

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 8:49 PM ET
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 Jenna - you might like the Tiger's curse series.

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 12:05 PM ET
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Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin, I like the original trilogy.  The books after that I feel lukewarm to.

Chanters of Tremaris - Kate Constable, the whole trilogy

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle