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So I'm coming out of a traumatic move, and seriously need to rest my brain. Sometimes when you're going through stuff, you need something serious to validate your challenges, but right now...well, I just want something gentle. Funny. Exciting and full of plot, but someone else's plot, you know? A mental rest. And one of the perks of this otherwise-challenging move is a library 4x the size of the one I left. Which means new choices! So. Bring it on. What wonderful YA have you read lately? Recent books that have hit the spot for me include Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red series (time travel romance adventure with a lot of humor and action), Voss by David Ives (funny satire about an illegal immigrant from "Slobovia" who gets involved with Slobovian mafia and has to think his way out), anything by Rachel Hawkins (ie Hex Hall), among others. Others? What have you read/what are you looking forward to that would fit this?
#1 - August 22, 2013, 07:57 PM

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It's not necessarily YA, but I'm in the middle of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic and loving it.

ETA:  Further along, and loving it even more.  I'm so happy when a book has the ability to make me turn off my internal editor and just go along for the ride!
#2 - August 22, 2013, 09:15 PM
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The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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I loved the Assassin's Curse books by Cassandra Rose Clarke for just that reason. Sometimes your brain just needs something fun, and what could be more fun than pirates, assassins and magic?
#3 - August 23, 2013, 05:26 AM

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I really enjoyed Robin LaFever's series of assassin nuns. Grave Mercy is the first book.
And my all-time favorite: A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick McManus. You will relate having lived in that area.

Happy relaxing and writing.
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I agree with Vijaya on Grave Mercy. Thinking on more right now. What about Rowlings new book, Cuckoos Calling? Not YA, but it sounds like a fun read.
#5 - August 23, 2013, 06:07 AM
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I picked up LaFever's second book yesterday and the others I don't know (well, I have heard of Rowling's, of course, but I'm sure I'd be #237 on the hold list...). Yay! New books!
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I loved the RUBY RED books--so much fun. Have you read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson? It's not as light as the others you mentioned, but it's such an engaging and thrilling read.
#7 - August 23, 2013, 07:12 AM
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Yes, Anna! Definitely thrilling. (Problems in the story = okay. Just as long as they are not real-life problems I am likely to meet. Seeing as I don't have a godstone in my navel, I'm okay. :) )
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Austenland by Shannon Hale (not YA, but wonderful - also the 2nd book set in same world, Midnight in Austenland)

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

The Jenna Fox series by Mary Pearson (love this series)

Happy Reading! Hope it takes your mind off of the move!
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Oh another one I just thought of is UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand. I was hesitant because I was afraid it would be "just another angel book," but it was a great read (as were the sequels).
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