09 January, 2010

Well It's Not as Bad as All That - Best of RNSL

This is a re-post of something I wrote on August 18, 2009. I'm posting it from my Wordpress backup as part of the Bloggiesta mini-challenge "Put Your Best Forward".
I really like this post because it's a quick reference to books that I love to read and recommend, and the links take you to my GoodReads reviews for each book.

I hope readers will find a good book to read from this list! (Hint: The best ones are at the bottom.)

I find myself constantly comparing YA fantasy books to The House of Night series by P.C. Cast. I am aware that there are many, many fans of this series (otherwise the publisher wouldn't keep printing the darn things) but it's just not for me. The writing style (style? somehow I don't think that's the right word) is agonizingly teenaged. As in, if I were a teenager still, I'd roll my eyes at it. And let's face it, I'd feel bad about not warning moms who are buying the book for their Twilight-crazed 9-year-olds that the first time you meet the protagonist's love interest, someone's kneeling in front of him and offering a blowjob. In the hallway. In school. He doesn't take her up on it, but still....

Marked (House of Night, #1) Betrayed (House of Night, #2) Chosen (House of Night, #3) Untamed (House of Night, #4) Hunted (House of Night, #5) Tempted (House of Night, #6)

I'll admit I still want to know what happens, so if you think you can sum up a pretty concise (10 sentences or less) summary of the last 4 books, feel free to comment. I'm not a prude, and I don't think there are any 9-year-olds around, so if you must comment on risque portions of the narrative, go ahead.

Anyway, the point I was trying to make an hour ago before I was distracted by Restaurant City is that House of Night provides me a handy measuring tool against which to compare other YA supernatural novels. For example, here's a list of novels I read recently that are not that fantastic, but are still better than Marked:

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)  Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) Evernight (Evernight, #1) Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1)
And a bunch that I read which are much better than Marked, and definitely worth your time:
The Fetch Swoon Stargazer (Evernight, #2) Wake (Dream Catcher, #1) City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1)
And a bunch (including their sequels) that are infinitely better than House of Night, in language, plot, style and content:
Poison Study (Study, #1) Graceling The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, Book 1)
I'm listed-out for the day. Tomorrow's new release Tuesday! So I'm sure you'll get a copy of my receipt about 24 hours from now...


  1. I thought The Fetch was most intriguing, and had some surprising twists. I wonder what's going to come after vampires, and it looks like it's going to be fallen angels and fetches of one sort or another.

    I got to read The Sky is Everywhere (coming out in March 2010) by Jandy Nelson that's an intriguing kind of ghost story. I wonder what you would think of it.

  2. I've heard of The Sky Is Everywhere--she's on the 2010 Debut Author List (thanks for reminding me to add that to my TBR). If I can get my hands on it I will definitely let you know!

  3. I think what the House of Night series is for you is what Twilight is for me, in terms of comparing them to other YA novels. I try so hard not to, but in the back of mind even if I'm not thoroughly enjoying a book I'm still thinking, "Well thank goodness it's better than Twilight."

    And then I catch myself on that thought and tell myself to shut up and keep reading. You know, as one does.