This is a re-post of something I wrote on August 18, 2009. I'm posting it from my Wordpress backup as part of the Bloggiesta mini-challenge "Put Your Best Forward".
I really like this post because it's a quick reference to books that I love to read and recommend, and the links take you to my GoodReads reviews for each book.
I hope readers will find a good book to read from this list! (Hint: The best ones are at the bottom.)
I find myself constantly comparing YA fantasy books to The House of Night series by P.C. Cast. I am aware that there are many, many fans of this series (otherwise the publisher wouldn't keep printing the darn things) but it's just not for me. The writing style (style? somehow I don't think that's the right word) is agonizingly teenaged. As in, if I were a teenager still, I'd roll my eyes at it. And let's face it, I'd feel bad about not warning moms who are buying the book for their Twilight-crazed 9-year-olds that the first time you meet the protagonist's love interest, someone's kneeling in front of him and offering a blowjob. In the hallway. In school. He doesn't take her up on it, but still....
I'll admit I still want to know what happens, so if you think you can sum up a pretty concise (10 sentences or less) summary of the last 4 books, feel free to comment. I'm not a prude, and I don't think there are any 9-year-olds around, so if you must comment on risque portions of the narrative, go ahead.
Anyway, the point I was trying to make an hour ago before I was distracted by Restaurant City is that House of Night provides me a handy measuring tool against which to compare other YA supernatural novels. For example, here's a list of novels I read recently that are not that fantastic, but are still better than Marked:
- Immortal by Gillian Shields
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
- Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
- Prism by Aliza Kellerman
- Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
- Evernight by Claudia Gray
- The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede
- The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb
- Swoon by Nina Malkin
- Stargazer by Claudia Gray
- Wake and Fade, both by Lisa McMann
- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (starting with City of Bones)