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Need a YA recommendation
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:30:26 PM »
I need some YA title advice for a 12 year old girl (my cousin's daughter).  I had been getting her Harry Potter books the last several years and she enjoyed those but got the last book for her on her birthday and need to find something new.  She likes the Rick Riordan books but already has most of those as well as Hunger Games and Divergent which are probably her two favorite series right now.  I want to get her something along all of those lines with a strong female lead but this is an area that I have a severe lack of knowledge in.

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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2015, 07:36:43 PM »
I think the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain is really good. The female lead starts off a little weak, but she has tremendous growth. Will see if I can come up with some more.
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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2015, 07:58:37 PM »
OK, I decided to look through an old recommendation thread I had started. I asked specifically for non-YA, but I there are some mentioned (just not as many as they may have been otherwise).

You can check it out if you want, I likely missed some.
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/reviews-recommendations/recommendations-for-strong-female-characters/

Tamora Pierce's books come highly recommended, but I've not read them yet myself

The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan - I read it. It was good, but nothing amazing. Some people love it though.
The Study Series (first is Poison Study) - I'd rate it about the same as The Black Magician trilogy.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I've heard mixed things about this series. But also I think most of the negative comments have been from readers that don't read as much YA. I think it does better with its target audience

There's also Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

If she likes somewhat silly humor, there are the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett as well.
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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015, 08:01:32 PM »
This are on my TBR pile


The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter (Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #1) by Rod Duncan

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.


Agatha H and the Airship City (Girl Genius Novels #1) by Phil Foglio, Phil Foglio, Kaja Floglio

Years after the Industrial Revolution escalated into all-out warfare, Europa is controlled by tyrannical Sparks, mad scientists who rule over the hapless population with clockwork armies, bizarre inventions and unchecked power. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, frustrated student Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, Agatha seems destined for a lacklustre career as a lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown by the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha is taken prisoner aboard his massive airship?and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2015, 08:08:39 PM »
I went and looked through my Goodreads shelves and came up with a couple more

Oh, a new one that came out this year is Mystic by Jason Denzel. That was really good.

Also, The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle Jensen (first one is Stolen Songbird)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


I read Smoke and Bone that Eclipse mentioned, and it was good as well.
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Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2015, 09:51:13 PM »
I second the Tamora Pierce books (start with the Lioness Quartet or the Circle of Magic Quartet). All of her books have believable girl heroes.

Tiffany Aching (first book: The Wee Free Men) is an awesome series and I don't think silly is the right word to describe them.

If she likes Steampunk or the Victorian area, the Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger (first book: Etiquette and Espionage) is quite good.

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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2015, 10:15:01 PM »
I know you said female lead but...
The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson.
There's most likely going to be a movie coming out in the next couple of years for this one, so might as well jump on it early. First book is Steelheart. Third and final book, Calamity, comes out this winter.

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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2015, 10:16:03 PM »
Tiffany Aching (first book: The Wee Free Men) is an awesome series and I don't think silly is the right word to describe them.

Yeah probably not quite. I was stuck for the right word and just picked one. It does have a character named Not-as-big-as-Medium-Sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-Wee-Jock-Jock. So, you know. .... it has a bit of something silly in it, even if it needs a different word.
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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2015, 11:24:12 PM »
Awesome, thanks for all of the suggestions.  I didn't even think of Mistborn, will have to let her borrow my copy.

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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2015, 04:27:23 AM »
Someone earlier suggested Holly Black, she's a good one to look at, especially Tithe, Valiant and Ironside.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2015, 08:51:03 AM »
Not a huge reader of YA but if you want strong female leads then Cat Hellisen books are wonderfully written and entertaining. Uprooted by Naomi Novik is superb and I think technically YA (to the more mature end I'd say)
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2015, 01:37:32 PM »
Remembered another one.
The secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. Six books and the MCs are twins (boy/girl). First book is called The Alchemist.
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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2015, 12:11:49 AM »
So I went to the bookstore today and couldn't find any of the suggestions.  As I was looking for Pierce I did notice a His Dark Materials box set and so I went that way.

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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2015, 07:49:55 AM »
So I went to the bookstore today and couldn't find any of the suggestions.  As I was looking for Pierce I did notice a His Dark Materials box set and so I went that way.
Oh, you definitely can't go wrong with that :D
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Re: Need a YA recommendation
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2015, 04:30:37 AM »
She might still be young enough that she'd enjoy Brandon Mull's Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He writes some of the most exciting upper middle grade fantasy. If she likes Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, she'll probably like these too.

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