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Happy Holidays. Happy Reading. By Terri L. Austin

I just put the final editing touches on the first book in a new contemporary romance series (featuring Irish expats living in Chicago—I LOVE Irish heroes). So I was drawn, almost exclusively, to YA books—the one genre I don’t write. Yet. (Let that be a warning to you all. Mwhahaha!) I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.

The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. A. Maze. Ing. Of course anything Kresley Cole writes is awesome, but this series, featuring characters who embody the tarot cards, is not to be missed.

Book 1: The Poison Princess—where Evie realizes she has powers. And her visions aren’t delusional.

Book 2: Endless Knight—where Evie and her love, Jack, are tested. Death is drawing closer. And he’s hot, hot, hot!

Book 3: Dead of Winter—Evie reunites with Jack, but Death shows up. Will he tear them apart or help them fight for survival?

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter. She’s one of my auto buys when it comes to romance, but I love the spin she puts on Alice in Wonderland. I hope to read the rest of the series over the holidays, because I’m loving bad boy, Cole.

Book 1: Alice in Zombieland—Alice always thought her dad’s paranoia was a mental condition. Turns out, he was afraid of zombies. And now she is, too.

Slide and its sequel, Imposter, by Jill Hathaway. Vee has been diagnosed with narcolepsy, but every time she dozes off she risks sliding into the mind of another person. When her classmate is murdered, Vee finds herself inside a killer’s body.

These were like popcorn. One chapter wasn’t enough. And then there’s Rollins, Vee’s best guy friend who wants to be so much more.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Nyx was promised to an evil ruler before she was born. Her sole mission in life is to wed him. And kill him.

This book was filled with gorgeous writing and rich world-building. I loved the unusual setting and the use of Greek mythology.

The Remedy by Suzanne Young, was a prequel to The Program and The Treatment. All three were incredible. In a world where suicide is an epidemic, parents will do anything to get their kids help. Even if it means wiping away their memories.

The Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre is so very delicious.

Book 1: Enclave—Deuce lives underground in a post-apocalyptic world. As a hunter, she must provide and protect her enclave. But when she and her partner, Fade, see too much, they must find their way above ground, dodging Freaks—cannibalistic monsters—and gang members along the way.

Book 2:  Outpost—Deuce and Fade made shaky alliances to find safety. But how safe is it when the Freaks are getting smarter every day?

Book 3: Horde—Deuce, Fade, and their friends must make it to the next Outpost and get help. Unfortunately, that means they have to find a way through the horde of freaks who want to eat them.

If you’re looking for a fun, sassy, English YA, the classic Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series is a delight. Start with Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging. You’ll thank me, I swear!

Let me know what series I need to read next. I’m always ready to add to my growing TBR pile.

And drop me a line. I love to hear from readers. 

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  1. I LOVE the Razorland trilogy. It's amazing. I haven't read the others, but I'll add them to my list.

    1. Yes! Razorland was so good and gritty! Thanks for stopping by, Shana!

  2. I'm delighted to hear you love Irish heroes. That's my next series! Boston Dragons features a family of dragons who managed to hide from St. Patrick in the 4th century. But they're finally kicked out of Ireland by some ticked off Leprechauns. Boston is rich with Irish immigrants and they think they'll feel right at home here. I loved this family and had a lot of fun writing another funny paranormal series--oh, and visiting Ireland for 'research'!

  3. Can't wait for your new series! I'm reading Martha Stewart's Appetizers and Dead Wake, which is about the sinking of the Lusitania.


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