For those of you languishing in post-Breaking Dawn reading doldrums, here’s a list of Smeyer-fan tested and approved titles to fill the void.
- Oh. My. Gods, by Tera Lynn Childs: Phoebe’s mother remarries and moves them to a Greek island far, far, far away from her friends and that runner’s scholarship to USC she’s been wanting. Then, to add insult to injury, it turns out that every single other teen in her highschool is a descendant of the Greek gods, with supernatural powers. A fun, sweet modern fantasy good for pretty much any Twilight fan.
- The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong: The first in what promises to be one heck of a series. A huge cliffhanger ending, lots of supernaturally-abled teens (plus one werewolf!), great twists and turns — this one should keep you occupied for at least a weekend.
- Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr: This one will make disappointed Team Jacob happy. Not because there are werewolves, but … well, read it and find out! Note: if it were a movie, it’d be rated PG-13.
- Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier: Danylle said “It was like the Bennett sisters from Pride and Prejudice meets every single fairytale known to man… I love books that keep me up through the night.” Bonus: the sequel, Cybele’s Secret, has just come out!
- Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, is the antidote to the un-heroine, as we have already established.
- East, by Edith Pattou, is a briliant retelling of an old folktale.
Just to top it all off, I highly recommend anything by Tamora Pierce or by Robin McKinley. Anything! They may be a little less angst-ridden, but both authors definitely knows how to tell a fantasy, an adventure, and a romance all rolled into one.