Friday 18 December 2009

I recommend that... Adult Crossovers

This post is inspired by the fantastic posts on Chicklish recommending books for gifts/presents to buy. You can check them out here

Here are some Adult Books I'd recommend that I think would appeal to Young Adult readers. Please bear in mind though that they are adult titles so some of the content might not be suitable for younger readers:)

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

From Fantastic Fiction: Set in Leningrad in 1941 against Hitler's invasion of Russia, this story tells of the impossible love between a Russian girl, Tatiana, and a young officer named Alexander. It is a love that could tear Tatiana's family apart and it carries a secret that could mean death for anyone who hears it.

This is one of my favourite books ever! It took me a day to read this and I didn't move until I'd finished - LOVE IT!!!!! It's the first in a trilogy - followed by Tatiana and Alexander and then The Summer Garden.

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
From Goodreads: Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other, as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals - steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Recently been made into a film (which I haven't seen yet - is it any good?) - I just loved the whole idea of this. I gave a copy to my 13 year old niece who (apparently) sobbed her way through it and then told her mum she just had to read it as it's amazing!

Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two -- and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen -- not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives -- even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong . . .

My favourite Meg Cabot series - they are great fun and I really hope she writes more soon. There are currently 3 in the series with the next being Size 14 is not Fat Either and then Size Doesn't Matter (AKA Big Boned)

Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
From Goodreads: Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living-but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her stepbrother Tolliver as her manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent-even if the dead can wait forever.

I love Charlaine Harris and this is my favourite series of hers. I love the premise and the mysteries are always really good. There are currently 3 in the series and a new one to be published in January 2010. Alternatively, the Sookie Stackhouse books are also good:)

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
From Goodreads: Harry Dresden — Wizard

Lost items found. Paranormal investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get... interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

This is kind of like a grown up Harry Potter turn PI - I really enjoyed it! It is a bit scary in parts though - or I'm just a big wimp:) If you like it there are loads in the series.


Bookalicious Ramblings said...

TTW is one of my all-time favourite books and the film is amazing too. I literally cried my eyes out, heh. Brilliant.
And The Bronze Horseman sounds pretty good too!

StephTheBookworm said...

Great list! I like a lot of those books too, and plan to check out the others!

Anonymous said...

Nice list!
I love the Heather Wells Series, it's amazing.


Unknown said...

Oh yes, I love Harer Connelly! I have to get myself in gear and read the next two. I have them on my TBR pile.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I love The Time Traveller's Wife and I really want to read the Heather Wells books. Great picks, Sammee!


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