Thursday, July 31, 2008

Breaking Dawn!

While you wait for Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer, may I suggest some other books?

Anderson, M.T. Thirsty. 2003
Chris is your typical guy: annoyed with his parents, irritated by his friends, ignored by girls…and rapidly turning into a vampire.

Brook, Kevin. Road of the Dead. 2007
When their sister is murdered, Ruben and Cole travel to the village where she was killed to claim her body. There the boys discover brutal and close-minded villagers determined to cover up the cause of their sister’s death.

Cabot, Meg. Shadowland: Mediator Book One. 2004

Suze is a mediator — forcing ghosts to move on from this world — whether they want to or not.

Colfer, Eoin. The Wish List. 2004
Meg was killed while committing a crime, so to get to heaven she must first go back to Earth and complete a task. Unfortunately, hell has sent someone back also.

De la Cruz, Melissa. Blue Bloods. 2006
The Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, thought they were invincible until something starts hunting them.

Delaney, Joseph. Night of the Soul Stealer: The Last Apprentice Book Three. Illus. by Patrick Arrasmith. 2008
Tom Ward, apprentice to the Spook who gets rid of witches, must this time face a rogue Spook turned necromancer.

Draper, Sharon. Tears of a Tiger. 1996
A drunk driving accident causes the death of Robert Washington, captain of the basketball team at predominantly African American Hazelwood High. New articles, dialogues, and other innovative formats show how the student body reacts to the tragedy, and how Andy Jackson, who drove the car, is pulled down by his own feelings of guilt.

Freyman-Weyr, Garret. Stay with Me. 2006
After Leila’s sister commits suicide, Leila’s anxious to learn why and what that means to her.

Gaiman, Neil. Death, the High Cost of Living. Illus. by Dave McKean, Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham. 1994
Death takes a holiday with a suicidal teen.

Green, John. Looking for Alaska. 2007
Smart loner Miles, whose hobby is to memorize famous people’s dying words, leaves home for boarding school in search of a “Great Perhaps.” There he meets his first close friends, including enticing but screwed up Alaska Young, and experiences his first great tragedy.

Hicks, Faith Erin. Zombies Calling. 2007
Joss’s friends think her obsession with zombie movies is ridiculous, but when their college campus comes under attack they’re glad she knows the rules.

Hino, Matsuri. Vampire Knight, Volume 1. Illus. by Matsuri Hino. 2007
Yuki Cross lives at Cross Academy, where she is caught up in the struggle to keep the peace between the Day Class of humans and the Night Class of vampires.

Howard, Josh. Dead @ 17. 2006
Nara may be dead, but she’s the last hope her town has of surviving the zombie invasion.

Kagesaki, Yuna. Chibi Vampire. 2006
Karin is the middle child in a family of vampires. She is an unvampire producing blood instead of drinking it. The Vampires in this manga don’t really drink blood; they drink basically sin in the blood (i.e. lies, stress, and misfortune).

Kotegawa, Yua. Line. Illus. by Yua Kotegawa. 2006

Chiko found a cell phone and now it’s up to her to save the lives of suicidal people calling with one last plea.

Kubo, Tite. Bleach, Volume 1. Illus. by Tite Kubo. 2004

Ichigo can see ghosts, but he’s unprepared when he is forced into the world of Soul Reapers — warriors who fight Hollows, evil spirits who prey on human souls.

Leavitt, Martine. Keturah and Lord Death. 2006
Lost and hungry after following a stately hart through the forest, Keturah encounters Lord Death, who is ready to take her. Using her storytelling skills, she persuades Lord Death to set her free if she can find her true love in one day.

McKinley, Robin. Sunshine. 2004
Sunshine, a young woman with powers yet unknown, must pair up with an ostracized vampire to help defeat an evil force in a post-Voodoo Wars world.

Marrone, Amanda. Uninvited. 2007
Jordan’s ex-boyfriend keeps trying to get in her window at night — she’d be thrilled, if he wasn’t dead.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. 2006
Bella moves from Phoenix to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire named Edward. Luckily for Bella, the vampires in Edward’s coven only drink the blood of animals, not human blood. While their passion for each other grows, so does the danger when another vampire coven passes through town setting their sights on Bella.

Musk, Justine. Uninvited. 2007
Kelly’s brother Jasper disappears after a car wreck that killed two other people. One night, Jasper returns, but someone else has followed him home.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Jade Green: A Ghost Story. 2001

Orphaned Judith gets caught up in a series of mysterious events which may be tied to a previous orphan who lived in her house — a girl who died by cutting off her own hand.

Nix, Garth. Sabriel. 2008
When the dead cease to stay dead, budding necromancer Sabriel must take the place of her father, a necromancer who has journeyed too far into the land of the dead and becomes trapped.

Ohba, Tsugumi. Deathnote, Volume 1. Illus. by Takeshi Obata. 2005

Light, a bored high school genius, finds a notebook that gives him the power of death. Soon he finds himself on the run from a special police task force, but they can’t prove that he’s the killer.

Peach-Pit. Zombie-Loan, Volume 1. Illus. by Peach-Pit. 2007
When rings that foretell their death appear on the necks of two boys at Michiru’s school, she becomes caught in a struggle between the living and the dead.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life As We Knew It. 2008
Tsunamis, earthquakes, massive floods, volcanic eruptions, increasingly hazardous air quality are just the beginning. Millions of people just within the U.S. are dead in the first week. With electricity completely off line and warnings of oil and gas shortages, Miranda and her family must depend on each other if they have any hope of surviving the record-breaking cold winter to come,

Qualey, Marsha. Come in from the Cold. 2008
Maud’s sister died protesting the war, Jeff’s brother died fighting it. Now they’re both trying to make sense of their world — and each other.

Richardson, E.E. Devil’s Footsteps. 2006
Five years ago, Bryan lost his brother Adam to the Dark Man who haunts the town of Redford, England. Now another boy has seen the grim legend come to life, and the teens team up to bring down the Dark Man for good.

Shan, Darren. Lord Loss. 2006
Grubbs Grady thinks he’s a normal middle schooler until he comes home to find his family killed by demons. Suddenly, he’s plunged into a world of werewolves, magic, and horror.

Shiomi, Chika. Canon, Volume 1. Illus. by Chika Shiomi. 2007
Canon survived a vampire attack that wiped out her entire class. Now she fights the undead from the inside as one of them.

Shiomi, Chika. Yurara, Volume 1. Illus. by Chika Shiomi. 2007

Yurara thinks she’s alone in her ability to see ghosts. When she starts high school, however, she meets two handsome guys who also have powers and discovers a mysterious protector living inside herself.

Shusterman, Neal. Everlost. 2006
After dying in a car crash, Nick and Allie are on course towards an eternal light, but instead, they are detoured to a parallel universe known as Everlost. Determined to escape, they have to enlist the help of shady and dangerous souls.

Spears, Rick. Black Metal, Volume 1. Illus. by B.B. Chuck. 2007

Metal head twins Shawn and Sam Stronghand are outcasts wherever they go, but the appearance of a mysterious sword shows that their rightful place is in the Underworld.

Stolarz, Laurie Faria. White is for Magic. 2004
Seventeen-year-old Stacey is having nightmares again — creepy dreams where she is haunted by the ghosts of people who have been brutally murdered. Dreams that can clue her into potentially saving the lives of others.

Takami, Koshun. Battle Royale. 2003
One ninth grade class, three days, only one can survive or else they all die.

Whitcomb, Laura. A Certain Slant of Light. 2005
Sex, drugs and restless spirits.

Willis, Connie. Passage. 2002
Dr. Joanna Lander is determined to figure out the truth behind why people have near-death experiences, but she never expected so many people to see the same thing…the Titanic?

Woodson, Jacqueline. If You Come Softly. 2006
Ellie is Jewish; Miah is black. Both teens believe their love can overcome obstacles, even if their families don’t agree. But after tragic, racially motivated violence, there are some hard truths to face.

Wright, Eric. My Dead Girlfriend, Volume. 1. 2007
Very much alive Finney falls in love with ghostly Jenny.

Zevin, Gabrielle. Elsewhere. 2007
Liz lives Elsewhere, aging backwards and waiting to be reborn. Can she leave her old life behind and embrace the new one?

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. 2007
Death narrates the tale of Liesel and her experiences during World War II.

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