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In search of a 'wow' book? Recommendations?

Stand alone or series I don't mind. I'm in my late teens, so, no Meg Cabot or Jacqueline Wilson, I've read and out grown them although there are some I still re-read for nostalgia.

I've read Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Ella Enchanted, Sarah Dessen's, Gregory Maguire's, Malorie Blackman's, Stephen King's, Meg Cabot...

I like fantasy books but it's not necessary. If there's romance I'd prefer if it weren't the be all and end all - I could defiantly go without the mushy-gushy stuff but I don't mind a subtle or well written romance.

Something with adventure, please. I'm not in the mood for slow-paced personal growth. Oh, and if there's a leading lady (doesn't have to be) she's not allowed to be a boy obsessed damsel's-distress pretending to be a hero... if you know what I mean.

Please don't suggest Twilight, I read it and disliked it for one (*more than one*) of the reasons stated above (Oh, which could it be? Who knows? Who cares?). I don't mean to be horrid to fans but it wasn't for me.

So, yes, thank you anyone who bothers to answer it's been ages since I've read a book and it really had me gripped.

8 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

    Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

    Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

    Storm Front by Jim Butcher

    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

    Magic Bite by Ilona Andrews

    Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

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  • 8 years ago

    Kurt Vonnegut - The Sirans of Titan

    Beautifully crafted book, one of my favourites. It's an epic sci fi :)

    Life of Pi

    Critically acclaimed, and though i found the first part of the book a bit...tedious, when it gets to part two you cannot. put. the. thing. DOWN! A serious adventure that keeps you on the edge, and has also made me laugh hysterically

    Midnights Children

    You may not want to read this because it is very very very very long, and does include kind of slow-paced personal growth, but its so cleverly written and linked together, I thought I should tell you about it. I've never seen such incredible attention to detail in a novel, and such abstract ideas. Its a kind of magical...realism book, linking loads of historical stuff to the bizzare things that happen to the Children of Midnight

    The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time-

    Two words. Frickin, epic. Nuff said. Can make you laugh, make you think. Its truly awesome

    Source(s): My incredibly knowledge xD Not really. Recommendations that I have read and seriously enjoyed.
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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

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  • Alice
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Try Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole ( and its sequel Nokosee & Stormy: Love & Bullets ( Both are written from a 17-year-old girl's POV, there is lots of action and adventure and Stormy Jones, the girl in the stories, is a character that will stick with you for a long time. She's far from perfect but she's real enough to want to love her and pull for her during her life on the run with Nokosee. Apparently they're trying to make them into a movie because I found this in a Google search:

    Cherry by Mary Karr. A memoir about teens, sex, drugs and growing up in rural Texas as told through the gritty, beautiful prose of one of America's best writers having taught at Harvard and currently teaching as the Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. It's a book every teen girl should read. If the opening paragraph doesn't do it for you, nothing will (you can read it on the Amazon link below). I've also supplied you a link to her Harper Collins website where you can see the author describe her life in a revealing teaser for her new book "Lit."

    The Liar's Club by Mary Karr. Another moving memoir recounting her earlier years (you should probably read this one first and then Cherry).

    Last Summer by Evan Hunter (The Blackboard Jungle) is one of the great coming-of-age books about teen sex of all time. This 1968 book follows the random activities of four teens during a summer on Fire Island. Rhoda is shy and overweight and targeted for teasing by the others. As sexual tensions increase, the more experienced and dominant Sandy encourages Dan and Peter to rape Rhoda. Released in 1969 as an X-rated movie starring Richard Thomas and Barbara Hershey, it was later cut to an "R." Unfortunately, it is not available for home viewing.

    She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Begins with the life of a school girl with no friends and follows her through many wrong turns until she makes a right one and finds love. The book gives us one of the most memorable characters in literature: Dolores Price.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The wheel of time series by Robert Jordan should fit all your expectations. It's a very well written 14 book fantasy series.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I highly suggest the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, they had me hooked from the beginning and the film does not do them justice at all (I personally felt it was like they had only read the blurb of the book and made the film based on that).

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The Demonata series by Darren Shan is awesome.

    Or a series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket (good, but not as good as the Demonata)

    Source(s): You seem to have the same taste in books as me, trust me on this one, you'll love it ;)
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  • 8 years ago

    The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. "John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings. He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or twist of a tale. He is one of the best writers alive and I am seething with envy of his talent."- e. Lockhart.


    it's a wow book

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