Friday, May 3, 2013

YA Sub Genre Rec Tag! 19-20

This is the last one! Yay!!!
Don't ask why, but this rec tag has been like a thorn in my side. I think it's the lack of spontaneity...too structured. But I'm doing it anyway. Completing goals is good, and I enjoy it when I can accomplish them.
Moving on!

The last two genres in this tag are as follows...
First: Werewolves! I have two book series that fall under this category and feature some furry men whom I have fallen for and believe you too would find enrapturing. So the first is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

Description (book 1): "Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself." (from Barnes&Noble)
Here's a description of the series from Patricia Briggs' website, "Mercedes is Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her native american heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fey."
Recommendation: Oddly enough, my dad bought the first book in this series for me. I told him I would read it, and classic enough as this saying is...little did I know. I love these books. There are seven out total, and an eighth on the way. I'm not sure how many book there will be, but I just say, "keep em' comin'"
Mercy is tough as nails. She's good at being on her own, but help is never too far away, even if she won't accept it easily. There's a ton of action, romance, and mystery in each book, and for Mercy there are enemies around every corner. It's great to see her investigate...she's kind of like Nancy Drew, if Nancy was a mechanic and full of spitfire. 
I also loved the folklore Briggs weaves throughout the books. It adds so much more flavor and depth to each story. It's been a while since I've read these books, but I remember the feeling I got being sucked into Mercy's world. These were the kinds of books that I had to keep reading, and when I was done, I couldn't rest until I found the next one. It's definitely worth a read...even though they aren't YA. But who cares? I'm adding them to your list of books you need to read.

Secondly, I would like to recommend the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong.

I've already recommended this series under the post, "YA sub genre rec tag! 7-9" you can check out what I have to say about it there...and if you're being lazy and don't want to search for it, just believe that it's really good because I'm recommending it twice. And it has a yummy werewolf in it. What's not to love?

Want to read: I have the seventh book in the Mercy Thompson series, Frost Burned. It's sitting in my TBR pile. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next for Mercy.

And lastly...I will finish with Zombies.
Now, off the top of my head, I can only think of two books I've read with zombies in them. Zombies...not my favorite topic. Anyway, the first is the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong (which I just recommended above). Seriously people...that's three recommendations now. Go read it! It has something for everyone. The zombies in those three books are creeeeeepy!

The other zombie story I've read is Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

(I love the cover on the left...the texture is sooo buttery!)

Description: "R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.
Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between." (from Isaac Marion's website)

Recommendation: For those of you who are like myself and are not a fan of gore or horror, but wish there was something within the genre to meet your taste-buds, I'd recommend this book. First off, I must mention that I saw the movie before I read the book. So, it's probably safe to say my perspective could have been slightly different, had I read the book without an outside reference forming an opinion for me before I read it. Seriously, I saw the movie three times...I loved it. And when I found out there was a book? Had to read it.
I did enjoy the book. There was so much more going on than in the movie, like in regards to Perry's memories of his relationship with Julie. I enjoyed getting inside R's head and understanding better the struggle he went through trying to communicate and maintain the unattainable...humanity. Of course, the book did end differently than the movie (for spoilers sake, I won't mention what the difference is), and even though I liked the movie's version better, I can still picture the book's ending in my head. Crystal clear. I think that was something I enjoyed most about this book. There's something in the way Marion writes, that brings such clear images to the mind, and I love that it's all from a male's POV. There isn't enough of that in YA, so I liked that aspect a lot too (as well as the images at the beginning of each chapter...scientifically morbid).

Want to read: So I just found out that Isaac Marion has written a prequel to Warm Bodies called, The New Hunger. It has the same characters but focuses on what happened prior to Julie and R meeting. I'd love to read this.

Ahhh!!! I'm done! This rec took FOREVER! But I'm glad I did it. Let me know if there are any books in these genres you'd recommend (YA or not), and if you've read them, what you think of the books I recommended thus far.

Hope your day is bright
-olive juice     


Karlee said...

These look great! Especially Warm Bodies. I've just added it to my TBR list.

twitter said...

oh good! You'll have to let me know what you think of it. :)