Santa Claus is coming to town! I just hope he has knowledge of Paranormal YA novels because that’s what puts the (Clockwork) Angel on the top of my particular Christmas tree (if you know what I’m saying). To help out the jolly old Elf, and kickstart my Christmas cheer, I’ve compiled the top five books (in no particular order) on my Christmas list: all YA, of course. Read on to make your season bright.
Sabriel the Abhorsen as painted by Iribel, whose work you can view at iribel.deviantart.com.
1. Sabriel by Garth Nix: I was dubious at first (don’t let the cover deter you), but Sabriel fulfilled my every wish for a YA fantasy: Rollicking adventure, magic, mythology and a rocking female heroine.
The novel is set in two neighbouring countries: To the south lies Ancelstierre, which has a technology level and society similar to that of early-20th century England, and to the north lies the Old Kingdom, where magic works and dangerous spirits roam the land. These dangerous spirits range from undead corpses known as Dead Hands to supernatural beings known as Free Magic elementals.
These living Dead are raised by necromancers who roam the Old Kingdom or live in Death, using Hands to do their bidding. To remedy the problem of dangerous, living dead, there is always a sorcerer with the title of Abhorsen, who is essentially a Necromancer himself (or herself), only in the reverse; he puts the dead to rest.
When the current Abhorsen is overcome by one such evil, he sends his bells and sword to his daughter Sabriel, who is being raised in an Ancelstierre school, out of reach of those who might try to strike at her father through her. She must return to the Old Kingdom to rescue her father and prevent the evil’s return.
2. Stefan’s Diaries, L.J. Smith: Like Sabriel, at first, I was dubious. Read my first impression here. But I love the show mythology created by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson SO much, I am just that willing to read more about Stefan. And Damon. Always Damon. : )
Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.
Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine’s affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.
Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.
Extremely eager and excited to read Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer. If you're a fan of YA paranormal romance and werewolves, this book is for you.
3. Nightshade, Andrea Cremer: I haven’t read this yet, but it’s fo sho on my list – first of all, whoever designed this cover is a genius. It’s beautiful. Secondly, the cover tagline, “She can control her pack, but not her heart,” makes me want to immediately buy the book, go home, read it straight through, and blog about it.
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything – including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
4. Torment, Lauren Kate: The follow-up to Fallen was released a few months back, and sadly, I haven’t got my hands on it just yet. I’m excited to find out how the lovers, one a troubled girl, the other, a fallen angel, try to stay alive, preserve their love and outwit the Outcast Fallen.
Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
Night Star is the fifth installment of Alyson Noel's hit The Immortals series.
5. Night Star, Alyson Noel: Speaking of a love lasting lifetimes, Night Star, the fifth book in Noel’s The Immortals series, continues the story of Ever, a California girl who finds out she’s lived before – and loved the same man each time. I’m a big fan of this series – the books are at times gut-wrenching, anxiety-inducing and breath-stealing. Will Ever and Damen ever figure out how to be truly together? Will Haven ever stop being such a capital B? Can’t wait to find out!
Best friends make the worst enemies—they know all your secrets, your weaknesses, and just how to hurt you most…
After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath.
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