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Help me help me dd-15 to get out of her Twilight rut.

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She is a Twilight fog, ha-ha.


I'd like her to read something else...love stories are fine but no graphic s3x, please.


I read that first Amelia Peabody book -- that has a nice love story, right?


She read Gone with the Wind and thought Bella & Edward were similar to Scarlet & Rhett. She came up with some valid comparisons but I just think that Twilight is so vapid and shallow. UGH.


Any suggestions?!?!

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Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith will also be made into tv series for fall

Supernatural TV series great fun

Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare-Great mythology and world building I love this series. http://cassandraclare.com/cms/home her webpage is great as well.

The Summoning and The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bloodline by Kate Cary and the sequel , The Reckoning

Those are thebest I can recomment that are intended for Young Adult readers. Be really careful regarding adult paranormal genre books as they do tend to be racy. I have read all these and assure you there is less s*x and/or intent to arouse the reader than in Twilight. I suggest you type a few titles into amazon , read the reviews and see what might work for your family. A good library should have most of these titles available.

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Kim Harrison has a new teen book called "Once Dead, Twice Shy". My son just finished reading it and said there was no s*x in it. He said there is in her adult books, but he just skips those paragraphs. He really enjoys her books and has reread them numerous times. Other child/teen series he has enjoyed are the ones by Garth Nix and Eoin Colfer. When I was that age I enjoyed Piers Anthony, but stay with his older Xanth novels because I hear the newer ones are not child appropriate. I also enjoyed Nancy Springer and Anne McCaffrey. Try checking www.fantasticfiction.co.uk that's where my son finds most of his reading material.

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I love Tamora Pierce as does dd she is coming to a city quite close to us for a visit at the ibrary and we are over the moon about that. Kim Harrison's books are likewise really clever and enjoyable. Keep the suggestions coming because if this board cannot come up with better books than Twilight then we should hang it up now. Truly ,the last book of the series was puerile.

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I enjoyed the Twilight series, but my 16yo only got partway through the first one and then gave up on it. I keep a running list of series that my kids and/or I have enjoyed.


Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (fantasy/sci fi)

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl: Time Paradox

The whole series is available on audio and the reader is fabulous.*



Septimus Heap by Angie Sage (fantasy)





The first three have been released on audio, but Cedar Park only has the first one.*



Companion's Quartet by Julia Golding (fantasy/sci fi)

Secret of the Sirens

Gorgon's Gaze

Mines of the Minotaur

Chimera's Curse

In these books, mythical creatures are real. The Society for the Preservation of Mythical Creatures started spreading the story that the creatures that we now think of as mythical were not real to stop people from killing them. People won't buy ground unicorn's horn (or kill unicorns to get their horns) if they think unicorns aren't real.



books by Vivian Vande Velde (mix of sci fi and fantasy books)

Heir Apparent

Magic Can Be Murder

Now You See It

Rumpelstiltskin Problem


books by Shannon Hale (medieval fantasy)

Princess Academy

Goose Girl


Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs (medieval fantasy)



books by Hilari Bell (mix of types, but mostly fantasy)

Matter of Profit - written for teens

Wizard Test

Goblin Wood

Shield of Stars - book 1 in series

Sword of Waters - book 2 in series

The Prophecy

Fall of a Kingdom - book 1 in Farsala trilogy for teens

Rise of a Hero - book 2 in Farsala trilogy for teens

Forging the Sword - book 3 in Farsala trilogy for teens

Songs of Power - only book by Hilari Bell that I haven't cared for


books by Diane Stanley (mix of fantasy and fiction)

Bella at Midnight

Mysterious Matter of I.M.Fine

Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy



Alex Rider series by Horowitz - written for teens, but no content problems for younger kids (spy stories)


Point Blanc

Skeleton Key

Eagle Strike


Ark Angel




Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (fantasy)


Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague

Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary



Theodosia series by R.L. LaFevers (fantasy set just before WWII)

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris

Theodosia's parents are archeologists at a museum. Most of the artifacts they bring back are cursed, but Theodosia is the only one who can see the curses and nobody believes her. She has to de-curse the objects on her own.



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (science fiction) - this one is for teens

Only the first book is out and it has the same name as the series.


Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Scott (fantasy)




This series was written for teens and will probably appeal more to teens than younger kids, but I would be fine with my 10yo reading it.



Tapestry series by Neff (fantasy)

Hound of Rowan

Second Siege



The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (fantasy)

The Magic Thief

The Magic Thief: Lost

Very fun series about a pickpocket who becomes a wizard's apprentice.



Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil by Clement-Moore (fantasy)

Prom Dates from Hell

Highway to Hell

Hell Week

This series is definitely only for teens (probably 15yo and up), but it is a lot of fun. Maggie Quinn doesn't want to believe she has the sight, but when a demon comes after her, she has to vanquish it.



Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (fantasy)

City of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

This series is almost complete; a prequel is coming out soon. It's definitely for teens, probably 15yo and up.


Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landry (fantasy)

Scepter of the Ancients (originally published as just Skulduggery Pleasant)

Playing with Fire



Julie Kenner's young adult books (fantasy) - for teens at least 14yo and up, but probably of more interest to 16yo and up

Good Ghoul's Guide to Getting Even

Good Ghouls Do



Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (fantasy)

Glass Houses

Dead Girls' Dance

Midnight Alley

Feast of Fools

Lord of Misrule

Carpe Corpus


These are for older teens. I wouldn't give them to kid under 16yo. It has been a while since I read them. I don't remember if there was sex in them or not, but if there was it wasn't graphic.

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Angie, You are amazing! I have read and enjoyed many of the titles you listed. Thanks for the links and suggestions. I knew in my heart of hearts that the ladies here could come up with some terrific suggestions but you really have given all of us a great list. Thanks much!

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