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30 September 2009 @ 10:57 pm

Has anyone here read this book/series? I just finished and may I say.... BEST YOUNG ADULT VAMPIRE SERIES I HAVE EVER READ.

Also, I'm desperate to discuss. Anyone? Anyone?
24 September 2009 @ 10:50 am

Vampire Diaries, which do you prefer?

TV Show
Haven't read or seen the show
Other (explain yerself)
20 September 2009 @ 06:59 pm

After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school, however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may mean life or death. Likable narrator Rose hides doubts about her friend behind a tough exterior; orphan Lissa, while coping with difficult emotional issues such as depression and survivor's guilt, uses her emerging gifts for good.

I was not looking for another vampire series. I had convinced myself that I was actually over vampires... And then adair7 rec'd this series and I had to give it a try. Granted, there are four books out in the series right now and I'm only halfway through the third, but it is just addicting.

Rose is an amazing heroine. With her strength, her attitude and her courage, you could hardly compare her to the other female characters in vampire series I've read. Bella, Sookie, hell, even some of the ladies of the BDB would cower in Rose's presence. Beyond the main characters, as always, there is the regular teenage angst and love stories that I find myself attracted to over and over again. The VA series offers a familiar story of vampires (hiding in society) but who, because of their low numbers and precious royal blood, rely on half-blooded human/vampires to protect them. IDK, I know it may sound crazy but it took me all of 20 pages to get sucked into this mythology.

If you still enjoy good, young adult vampire fiction, still enjoy the forbidden temptation that they have to offer, then the Vampire Academy series is one you should try. Enjoy ♥
17 September 2009 @ 12:03 am

After a seemingly endless run of books trying to capitalize on the success of Twilight, young adult publishers are experiencing a touch of vampire fatigue. But the next set of supernatural romantic leads won't be werewolves; they'll be angels.

According to Publishers Weekly, this fall will see a dozen new titles with angels in starring roles, including Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush and Lauren Kate's Fallen, which both center on teenage girls who fall for Edward Cullen-esque fallen angels. Some publishers are seeing it as the next logical step for readers of vampire romances, with the added dimension of religion and heavenly wars in lieu of bloodsucking:

Bad-boy angels are the new hotties. Like modern vampires, they can be gorgeous, immortal and otherworldly heartthrobs, unlike, say, zombies. "With all that rotting-off, they're not very sexy," said Justin Chanda, v-p and publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, who calls angels "safe gothic" and "romantic."

But while angels may be shoving aside the undead in the romance department, not all of the angel-themed books are focused on otherworldly love. This year also sees the publication of Libba Bray's Going Bovine about a terminally ill boy who starts seeing a punky angel (who may be a delusion) and Timothy Carter's Evil?, in which an openly gay teenager discovers his new Biblical Studies teacher is a fallen angel controlling the minds of his neighbors.

from ohnothedidnt

What is the new vampire to you?

Shadow Hunters
I don't need another "thing" to be in
Other (explain in the comment)
16 September 2009 @ 09:42 pm

According to MTV:

By Christopher Campbell

Another film about faeries is on its way to the big screen. Following this summer’s announcement that Miley Cyrus is to star in Disney’s adaptation of Aprilynne Pike’s teenage faerie tale “Wings," Variety reports that Universal is working on a movie based on “Wicked Lovely,” the first in a series of young adult books by Melissa Marr.

The projects aren’t very similar, however. Disney’s film, which is being produced by "Twilight" producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, involves a seemingly normal girl who sprouts wings, making her a human-sized faerie. “Wicked,” on the other hand, features a teenage girl who can merely see the creatures — though she is offered the chance to join that world by a faerie suitor who takes human form in order to pursue her.

A female high school student being romanced by a mythological creature? Why does that seem so familiar? Oh, right. On the surface, “Wicked” sounds a bit like another popular franchise that features vampires instead of faeries. And that makes me wonder if faeries are the latest trend for the fantasy genre, after vampires and werewolves.

The last time there was this much interest in the creatures, we got the dueling 1997 films “Fairy Tale: A True Story” and “Photographing Faeries,” both of which were inspired by the true story of the Cottingley Fairies hoax. Neither was a big success, and those of us fascinated by faeries have had to settle mostly for continued adaptations of “Peter Pan” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to get our faerie fix.

“Wicked,” which is being produced by Vince Vaughn’s company, Wild West Picture Show, and adapted by Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”; “The Nighmare Before Christmas”) could be the movie to bring newfound respect to faeries as cinematic subject matter in their own right (instead of just their usual supporting roles in movies like “Willow”) rather than the seemingly more-teenybopper-friendly “Wings.”

Has anyone read this series? Is anyone else sort of irritated that the Twilight producers are now going to single-handedly try to take over teen series/films? IDK, I might just be irritable tonight but come on. Thoughts??
16 September 2009 @ 04:53 pm

This sequel to Wake (2008) follows dream-catcher Janie as she navigates the treacherous world of dreaming the dreams of others. Janie and her boyfriend, Cabel, use their skills to work undercover investigating teachers suspected of drugging and abusing students at class parties. Janie takes on more than she can handle in cracking the case, and Cabel is unable to intervene to his satisfaction, which strains their relationship. Janie also comes to understand more about her dream-catching ability and the consequences in store for her, most notably a heavy, irreversible physical toll. The series is moving in a darker, more dramatic direction, with Janie facing evil and needing to decide if she can sacrifice her own health for the greater good.

Again, I read this book the way I read its predecessor, meaning within hours. It's darker, the relationship between Cabel and Janie grows more complicated, and, while the "twist" at the end seemed obvious to me, it broke my heart nonetheless. If you liked the first book, do not miss out on the sequel.

The third book in the series (Gone) will be available on February 9th, 2010.
11 September 2009 @ 02:39 pm

Now that I have your attention... are there any books that you took a chance on, thinking they'd be good/great/fabulous and ended up being terribly disappointed? While this community is meant to steer people towards well written, interesting books, we all make mistakes : /

What book disappointed you the most?

Most recently, I thought I'd give The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones a shot... and I couldn't even get past the first few chapters. Not very well written and I could have cared less for the characters : /
11 September 2009 @ 02:32 pm

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

stellarmoneca rec'd this book to me and I started reading it at work last night. In my hour break, I had read almost a quarter of it and fallen in love with the strange world and power that Janie mysteriously possesses. Add in a bit of romance, while not fully explained, with the outsider Cabel and I was sucker-punched ♥ I'm anxious to start the sequel (Fade) tonight but here's a warning: The book is so easy to read, written in almost short form... not a fully fleshed out narrative I guess is how I'd described it. In any case, I read it in just a few hours. It's not that expensive but it's something I would probably check out of the library before spending money on ♥ Just my opinion :)

Also, bonus... this is the first book I've read in a while that I didn't picture Alex Pettyfer as the main guy... instead I pictured.... *see icon* ♥ lol
08 September 2009 @ 06:10 pm
I realized that there are a LOT of young adult to adult readers that were captivated and had fallen in love with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Whether you fell in love with the characters, the story, or the idea of vampires and supernatural in general, many of you will probably be returning to the bookstore, aching for something else after you've finished Breaking Dawn. While I cannot offer a comprehensive list of new series to read, I can suggest things that I've tried and loved, and maybe you'll love them too ♥

If you want to stick to the young adult genre, try these:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is as engrossing as Harry Potter with all the epic romance that Twilight offered. Features your favorite supernatural beings, from shadow hunters to vampires to werewolves and fairies. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel presents another epic couple, Ever and Damen, and the struggle they go through to hold onto their eternal love for each other. I could not rec these books enough, so give them a try!

If you want a little more darkness, a little more complexity and a lot more sex, try these:

JR Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is extraordinary. A vampire brotherhood, charged with taking down their enemies (lessers) and keeping the vampire population under the radar of humans. Each book features a different brother, and (to date) there are 7 stories (and brothers) to fall in love with. The sex is hot, the plots are intriguing (somewhat lagging in the middle books) but you will be rewarded if you stick all the way through :) And if you're not watching True Blood on HBO (or online), you need to at least pick up Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie's just your typical telepathic waitress who happens to fall in love with a vampire and suddenly, her life turns upside down. There's 9 books in the series so far and Harris signed a contract to bring out 3 more in the next few years. And after the season 2 finale this Sunday, you'll have something to do before season 3 ♥

What series/books did you turn to after Twilight? Any other good recs I can try??
08 September 2009 @ 05:55 pm

(Reposted from my journal)
The Hunger Games.
Imagine North America, in a post-apocalyptic state where it has been destroyed and then rebuilt. There are no states, but districts. 13 districts, until the 13th district rebels and those in charge at the Capitol exterminate them. To remind the remaining districts and citizens of how little control they have of their own lives and how easily the Capitol can get rid of them, the hold the Hunger Games every year.

A boy and a girl tribute, from the ages of 12 to 18, are chosen every year to compete in an all-out survival game.

There can be only one winner.
Everyone else must die.

It is a story of survival, of what is right and what is so very wrong, and, when you least expect it... love.

Catching Fire
The second part in the trilogy, carries on where The Hunger Games leaves off.
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I have no idea when the third book is expected to be out but it better be soon. This is the kind of book that I've continued to think about, long after I've put it down and gone off to work. Trust me, you will love them ♥