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Initial post: 30 Nov 2011, 18:57:51 GMT
James says:
I've just finished Kristin Cashores "Fire," and now I'm unsure what to read next.

Below are a list of books/authors that I love.

Philip Pullman (anything by this man is amazing.)

Trudi Canavan (Read everything she has to offer. Loved every book.)

J.K.Rowling (Do I need to say more?)

Kristin Cashore (Read Graceling and Fire and loved them both!)

Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games were great, not too sure if I should read her first series.)

Niel Gaiman (I've read a few of his books, but only liked Coraline, Stardust and the Graveyard Book, the others I've read were definitely overrated.)

Philip Reeve (Loved Mortal Engines.)

Jeanne DePrau (City of Ember series is my guilty pleasure!)

So really, I like female leads usually, or strong female characters, I like fantasy or non-hardcore sci-fi (steampunk usually) and I don't like massive books (I like to finish a book in 1-3 days) and I don't like nothing overly dark or gritty.

When I read I want it to be fun, entertaining and definitely not depressing (this could be from sheer length to dark themes.)

If anyone can recommend me some books, similar maybe to those above, or books you have liked while also liking some of the above, then please let me know!

I feel a little lost when I'm not reading! :P

Posted on 30 Nov 2011, 19:56:53 GMT
I reccommend The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I fell in love with thos books, and have succeded in getting a friend to read them, who also loved them. They are mostly about Shadowhunters (Demon Hunters), but also have Vampires (proper ones that die in sunlight, not like that Twilight crap), Werewolves, Faeries (Fey), and Warlocks. It has a female protagonist, lots of plot twists to kep you thinking, and a great cast of characters (My favourites are the gay couple. They're so cute!) Also try the prequel series, The Infernal Devices. It's the same sort of thing, with Shadowhunters and stuff, but based in Victorian England. It also has a female protagonist, and is more steampunk than the first series, which is based in Modern Day New York.

Posted on 30 Nov 2011, 20:02:05 GMT
Swally says:
Legends of the 21st Century: The Darkening Age Part 1
My son loved this. Magic, lots of action, King Arthur. Be warne dthough, only part 1 of the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011, 17:02:01 GMT
LEP says:
Firelight - Sophie Jordan

Posted on 1 Dec 2011, 17:45:06 GMT
Whs McIntyre says:
Hi James. You might like to try Truth, Lies & Purple Potions. One of the leads is a strong female. It's not a fantasy tale as such, but centres around an ancient myth, brought up to date.

Posted on 1 Dec 2011, 19:20:30 GMT
Domwire says:
Try The Triumvirate of Souls by Dominic Michael, sounds right up your street.

Posted on 1 Dec 2011, 19:47:22 GMT
Have you got a kindle? You can get a free download for PC. These two books cost 86p or a dollar. In the Land of the Demon Masters and Bugtown

Posted on 2 Dec 2011, 07:45:25 GMT
Try Tamora Pierce.

Posted on 2 Dec 2011, 09:46:21 GMT
Adam Lewis says:
Stars of Astoria isStars of Astoria is a fast-paced children's adventure featuring strong female characters and a group of friends who have to work together to survive a quest.

Posted on 2 Dec 2011, 10:54:11 GMT
Stealing Phoenix and Finding Sky by Joss Stirling.

Posted on 3 Dec 2011, 10:08:25 GMT
Fee fee says:
The Maximum ride series by James Patterson is brilliant, also Tithe by Holly Black and the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr are fabulous.

Posted on 5 Dec 2011, 05:03:57 GMT
Paul says:
Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger
watch the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrHmbZA01F0

Posted on 5 Dec 2011, 22:43:19 GMT
The first book in the The Princelings of the East Trilogy does not have a female lead - she turns up in books 2 and 3! You might like to try it though.

Posted on 6 Dec 2011, 10:41:38 GMT
Mr. Ns Whyke says:
If you have a Kindle can I recommend my book Bag of Doome. Bag of Doome The main character is Tamika, a beautiful purple alien, it starts in Derbyshire and chases (literally) around England, with agents from a multinational company, other aliens, and Julia, who works for a shady government department. Add a trio of intelligent teenagers, even if one doesn't act it, and you have a rough idea of the plot.
Have a look.

Posted on 6 Dec 2011, 13:31:53 GMT
Steffi says:
The truth about Celia Frost by Paula Rawthorne was brilliant =)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011, 13:18:01 GMT
Jaggy says:
Hi James, I'd recommend a new Kindle book: WraithTalkers and the Secret of the Red Monk
It's fast-paced, intelligent, enjoyable and has a strong female lead character. All chapters leave you wanting to read more. Can be easily completed in a day or two... especially when you can't put it down!

Posted on 7 Dec 2011, 18:21:44 GMT
Bex says:
"Enclave" is great - A dystopian novel I recently devoured on the search for a Hunger Games type book.

I might also suggest Ally Condies recent "Matched" series and definitely give "Divergent" by Veronica Roth a read! All brilliant books that I loved as much as the Hungar Games.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011, 16:36:15 GMT
Karen maitland's Company of Liars, Owl Killers and The gallows curse - All have short chapters which I think ios great for picking up/putting down, and overall arent that long either. They're supernatural, historical, gripping and full of murder, mystery and a stark writing on human nature. My boyfriend and I love them!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2011, 21:36:25 GMT
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Posted on 9 May 2012, 17:14:03 BST
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012, 17:16:41 BST
BeckyF61 says:
You could try black and white by jackie kessler and caitlin kittredge- this is about superheroes and has some strong female leads- there is also a sequel shades of night.
-You could try:
-Matched series by Ally condie- matched, crossed, reached (out in nov this year)- another dystopian series
-The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare- first one is city of bones
-The Infernal Device Series by Cassandra Clare- first one is clockwork angel
-Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy- have a strong female lead-
-Fallen series by Lauren Kate
-The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
-Laurel Series by Aprilynne Pike- first book is called wings.
-Also try the classic wuthering heights by emily bronte-this has a very strong female character in a love story.
-Also if you like science-fiction you should try this stand-alone novel by jessica meats called Child of the Hive.
-Try midnight's daughter and the sequel death's mistress by karen chance- about a very strong woman who is half-vampire half-human.
Finally try this series by Libba Bray: A great and terrible beauty, rebel angels and the sweet far thing- they are set in the past but are about magic
Enjoy your reading!

Posted on 11 May 2012, 17:30:22 BST
Hi James, I've just published the first part of a teenage supernatural trilogy which you might enjoy - Beyond the Veil.

It has a twin teenage brother and sister as the main characters and offers a fresh twist on vampires by exploring the roots of the vampire legend and the ways beliefs in them have changed. As you love Philip Pullman you'd hopefully enjoy it and come away with a whole new perspective on vampires as well.

Beyond the Veil (The Veil Trilogy)

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