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Offline missoularedhead

asking for YOUR recommendations
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:53:42 PM »
Okay, so every birthday and Christmas, my daughter gets Barnes & Noble gift certificates, BUT I'd like to be a little less…blah this year. And I'm looking for your recommendations. Yes, YOU.

The dets:  she's going to be 15. I'm not a prude, and while I don't think she needs graphic sex, the intimation is fine. She really liked the Vladimir Tod series, hates Twilight, isn't horribly into girly things, and found the Percy Jackson books boring.  She's into manga/anime (Black Butler, Hetalia Axis Powers, Soul Eater), too.

I'm trying to find something she'll like…and I turn to you, oh FF forum folk, for your wisdom and insight! Thanks for any help!
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Offline Overlord

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 07:04:01 AM »
Have you heard of a book called 'Aurai' ? I just got it based on a recommendation by staff member ChrisMB and it is really, really good. For a 15 year old female fantasy fan I'd say perfect... about a girl who has magic and can talk to animals, but in no way a kids book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aurian-Artefacts-Power-Maggie-Furey/dp/1857239733

I would make some anime / manga suggestions too, but I'm a bit out of the loop it seems. The Anime/Manga thread is pretty cool though :)
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Offline missoularedhead

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011, 07:18:29 AM »
OOOh, I have not, and that sounds PERFECT!  Thanks!
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Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 08:18:32 AM »
Tell you what I would have thought was awesome at 15 and was my birthday present at that age.tickets to a concert for a band I loved for me and my best friend. And a lift there and back!
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Offline pornokitsch

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 09:04:47 AM »
Okay, so every birthday and Christmas, my daughter gets Barnes & Noble gift certificates, BUT I'd like to be a little less…blah this year. And I'm looking for your recommendations. Yes, YOU.

The dets:  she's going to be 15. I'm not a prude, and while I don't think she needs graphic sex, the intimation is fine. She really liked the Vladimir Tod series, hates Twilight, isn't horribly into girly things, and found the Percy Jackson books boring.  She's into manga/anime (Black Butler, Hetalia Axis Powers, Soul Eater), too.

I'm trying to find something she'll like…and I turn to you, oh FF forum folk, for your wisdom and insight! Thanks for any help!

What about Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy? That's been our go-to gift for intelligent teens for a few years now. Funny, witty, mature... very strong series that goes unexpected places and has male & female protagonists.

Another great one is China Miéville's UnLunDun. His lovely little subversion of a YA fantasy. Also serves as a cute introduction to British slang.
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Offline missoularedhead

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2011, 09:30:35 AM »
A friend of her's gave her the first book of the Bartimaeus books, and she wasn't all that into it.  Right now she's reading the original Frankenstein. If I can get her into China Mieville, that would be awesome!
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Offline pornokitsch

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011, 10:09:45 AM »
Garth Nix?

What about Patrick Rothfuss (speaking of high fantasy / YA overlap...)?

Offline Minesril

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2011, 10:39:53 AM »
Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant books.  I always recommend them to kids.  The first one might be a tad young for her, as the main character is 12 in that one, but in the latest one she's 16, and it definitely takes a darker turn.
It's basically a bit like Harry Potter in that there's a secret world where people do magic and there's a ministry that keeps an eye on things.  They semi-employ Mr Pleasant, who's a living skeleton detective.  He has as his apprentice Valkyrie Cain, as he was friends with her late uncle.  Basically they fight crime together, but 'crime' usually means various BBEGs trying to destroy the world!
There's elements of HP Lovecraft too, which adds to the fun.  :P

Offline Noona

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2011, 12:06:37 PM »
I'd second the Garth Nix suggestion, I very much enjoyed the Abhorsen trilogy.
Rhi lassiter is also a good YA author although I haven't read any of her recent (ie still in print) stuff.
I've heard that Michael Grant's Gone is very good.
Also worth trying Neil Gaiman's the Graveyard Book.

Offline Funky Scarecrow

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2011, 02:25:54 PM »
I'd heartily recommend Michael de Larabetti's Borrible trilogy. Homeless, feral, pointy-eared children on the dark and dangerous streets of London, engaged in a brutal and vicious war to the death with oversized sentient rats, in constant scuffles with the police and generally thumbing their noses at any and every manifestation of authority. Top stuff. Most British school authorities had them removed from their libraries, which is always an encouraging sign.
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Offline pornokitsch

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2011, 04:11:18 PM »
I'd heartily recommend Michael de Larabetti's Borrible trilogy. Homeless, feral, pointy-eared children on the dark and dangerous streets of London, engaged in a brutal and vicious war to the death with oversized sentient rats, in constant scuffles with the police and generally thumbing their noses at any and every manifestation of authority. Top stuff. Most British school authorities had them removed from their libraries, which is always an encouraging sign.

Also China Miéville's favorite books (or something like that - he mentions them a LOT in talks).

@Noona: Graveyard Book is also a nice idea. Really like it!

Offline missoularedhead

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2011, 08:42:40 PM »
You guys are awesome! Keep 'em coming!
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Offline Shamrock

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2011, 06:34:00 AM »
Abhorsen trilogy and The Graveyard Book or even Neverwhere and you'll have a very happy daughter. Also the Earthsea Quartet :) I read The Wizard of Earthsea when I was 15 and I loved it :)
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Offline ibeeeg

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2011, 04:03:22 PM »
Oh...15 year old daughters can be tricky, at least mine is.
There have been some great suggestions. While I loved The Graveyard Book, I know that my 15 year or 13 year old would go for it too much.
I think...for my 15 year old, if she would even take my recommendations which she usually will not unless I am very sly about it...

I would gift her the following:
The Name of the Wind
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (she is not fantasy, but she is my favorite author and one day I will offer her books to my girls to read. There definitely are sex scenes within these pages, but the sex is not gratuitous; certainly involves a relationship that grows and deepens)
Tigana (reading this book currently, and I think it is great and would be suited well for teenagers who do not want to read YA kind of stuff)
The Sight by David Clement-Davies (this is book is based around wolves; fantasy.  My 15 year old loves this book, she read it when she was 13 and has re-read it since)
The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner (a fantastic series: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia)
Pegasus by Robin McKinley ( I loved this book, and my 11 year did too. I think McKinley is an excellent author who writes fabulous character- centric stories but also does a fabulous job with world-building)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (an excellent book; a fabulous take on Vlad the Impaler)
The Handmaid's Tale by Maragert Atwood (this one does indeed involve sex, and not in a romantic way, but that really is not the focus; great themes. I would be very comfortable with my 15 year old reading this book.)
Battle Royale by  Koushun Takami (horrific violence is definitely within these pages; cannot escape that fact. However, I think this is a powerful book which contains many themes; political and social)

I am sure I can come up with more as this is a sampling of my list of books that I would be fine with my 15 year old reading. 
Have you thought of purchasing a book or two AND then combine them with a giftcard?
Wish you well with your gift choosing.


Offline Lyz

Re: asking for YOUR recommendations
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 06:01:33 PM »
If you're looking for anime/manga recommendations, I cannot recommend "The Twelve Kingdoms" anime enough. Definitely fantasy, and not super adult in concepts. It's a longer series, but definitely worth every penny.

There are also novels that the anime was based on, which the anime follows very closely. They're translated from the original Japanese, and are very, very good.

As for other anime, it sounds like she likes the darker stuff. I seem to remember you saying that she liked "Death Note"; I recommend "Code Geass", which is kind of in the same vein, only with mechas and futuristic technology. (I strongly dislike mech anime, but I loved this one [and "Gundam 00"]). There's also "Claymore" if you want something darker with female heriones.

If she likes futuristic technology in anime, and is okay with movie-length anime, I suggest "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", "The Place Promised in Our Early Days", "Summer Wars" and "Straight Jacket".

Unfortunately, most of the anime I watch is all smooshy, girly, "slice of life" type stuff, so I'm kind of useless for the other stuff. :P
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