2016 YA Challenge – Fantasy Poll
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  • October 5, 2015


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Hey all.

I need your help to establish a reading project/challenge for 2016. I am trying to get through some of my (extensive) pile of must-read books. To that end, I have decided to establish a reading challenge in order to clear some of them. What I intend to do over the next few weeks is present a series of genres with the titles of many books that I need to get through. What I ask of you, gentle readers, is to vote on any of the titles in the list that you either think I should read or would like to see me review. I will plan my challenge according to the votes received in each poll.

So, for poll one, I have arranged a series of fantasy titles. I have stuck largely to YA (or those Adult titles with immense YA crossover appeal). Should you like to participate, please suggest up to five titles from the list that think I should prioritize. Those will count as your votes. Should I read and love the first one in the series I will, naturally pick up the sequels, so series starter books are the only suggestions necessary (the sequels listed below are for my own use).

If you do not see a title that you think I should read, feel free to suggest it in your comments. However, some titles have been left off intentionally due to lack of interest or my already having read them. Also, should these not quite fit into the genre that I have shoe-horned them into, please let me know in the comments. I am always opened to constructive criticism.

And without further adieu, here is the list:

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Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (1 sequel – Daughter of Dusk)

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (3 sequels – The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, The Sorcerer Heir)

Ironskin by Tina Connelly (2 sequels – Copperhead and Silverblind)

The Naming by Alison Croggon (3 sequels – The Riddle, The Crow, The Singing)

Eon by Alison Goodman (1 sequel – Eona)

Half Bad by Sally Green (2 sequels – Half Wild and Half Lost)

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (1 sequel – The Shadow Hour)

The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver (1 sequel – The Empty Throne)

Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper (1 sequel – Drift and dagger)

Defy by Sara B. Larson (2 sequels – Ignite and Endure)

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Mariller (1 sequel – Tower of Thorns)

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (1 sequel – The Mirror King)

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (2 sequels – Warrior and King)

Here There Be Dragons by James T. Ownes (6 sequels – The Search for the Red Dragon, The Indigo King, The Shadow Dragons, The Dragon’s Apprentice, The Dragon’s Winter, The First Dragon)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (2 sequels – The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (1 sequel – Ice Like Fire)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhoades (3 sequels – Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness, and Frozen Tides)

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (2 sequels – The Perilous Sea and The Immortal Heights)

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I will try to read at least the top two-most-voted-for titles from this challenge. Please feel free to spread the word, and if anyone wants to join the challenge with your own titles, let me know! Group projects are always a good thing.

Thank you all for your continued support, and thank you ever so much for voting.

And, go!

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21 Comments

Adelynne

2015-10-05 14:33:11 Reply

Here are my votes in order of what I think you should read first to last:
Dreamer’s Pool
Snow Like Ashes
Eon
Salt and Storm
Falling Kingdoms

Asma

2015-10-05 14:34:37 Reply

Ahhh, these are all amazing titles! My vote goes for Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhoades, it’s one of my favorite series of all time! I can’t wait to see you thoughts on it 🙂

    bibliopunkk

    2015-10-05 14:36:37 Reply

    You can submit up to five suggestions, Asma. 🙂

Jasmine S

2015-10-05 14:40:48 Reply

I vote for;
The Girl At Midnight
Ironskin
Snow Like Ashes
Half Bad
Midnight Thief

😀

    Jasmine Stairs

    2015-10-05 14:41:29 Reply

    (These are in no particular order, btw.)

Dana

2015-10-05 15:25:46 Reply

Half Bad by Sally Green

Elizabeth

2015-10-05 21:46:37 Reply

Sorry, but I don’t know any of these, so I’m not going to vote.

    bibliopunkk

    2015-10-05 22:15:11 Reply

    Fair enough.

Kayla Beck

2015-10-05 21:47:27 Reply

The Good:
Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Mariller (the audiobook is fabulous)
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

The Very Decent:
Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Not at ALL for Me:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Kayla Beck

2015-10-05 21:48:16 Reply

And I have no idea why the formatting went stupid there. The Very Decent is Salt & Storm. *shakes head*

Sara Grochowski

2015-10-05 22:36:18 Reply

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (1 sequel – Daughter of Dusk) <== Really enjoyed.

The Naming by Alison Croggon (3 sequels – The Riddle, The Crow, The Singing)

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (1 sequel – The Shadow Hour)

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (1 sequel – The Mirror King)

Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

2015-10-06 09:54:42 Reply

Hmm, I haven’t read any of them, so I will pick the ones I want to read most.
1. The Sin Eater’s Daughter
2. The Orphan Queen
3. Kiss of Deception
4. Girl at Midnight
5. Snow Like Ashes

Maraia

2015-10-06 14:59:06 Reply

1. Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier is one of my all-time favorite authors)
2. The Orphan Queen

The rest I either didn’t really like or haven’t read yet. 🙂

Samantha Wallace

2015-10-10 00:51:56 Reply

1.) Salt and Storm
2.) Snow Like Ashes
3.) The Orphan Queen
4.) Half-Bad
5.) Midnight Thief

Sarena

2015-10-10 17:04:55 Reply

I’ve only read three of the options, but I’d highly recommend them!

The Naming
The Warrior Heir
Eon

Sandy Lu

2015-10-14 20:26:47 Reply

I’m voting for only the titles I’ve read and loved:

Falling Kingdoms
Snow Like Ashes
Defy
The Burning Sky

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

2015-10-22 01:38:43 Reply

My votes are for:

Girl at Midnight
The Orphan Queen
Midnight Thief

David @ From My Bookshelf

2015-10-26 14:17:30 Reply

So… I’ve clearly been neglecting YA lately as the only series on the list that I’ve heard of and read is Here There Be Dragons by James T. Ownes. It was clever, but I also wouldn’t call it YA (more middle grade), or at least it skews to a younger YA audience, if memory serves me correctly.

Vidasoy

2015-11-11 15:45:15 Reply

Snow Like Ashes. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it!
I’ve read the Naming and the last few books kind of disappointed me.
Eon also disappointed me. They weren’t terribly written though, on the contrary they were interesting, but I didn’t like how the plots wrapped up.

Candy S

2015-11-25 03:51:44 Reply

Defy by Sara B. Larson
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Heather Rosdol

2016-01-13 18:13:36 Reply

I’ll be honest, I hated Defy by Sara B. Larson. I didn’t finish it. I think people either loved it or hated it but I think you can tell almost right away once you start reading it.

My recommends would be – The Burning Sky Trilogy- It is very much a romance adventure and it is excellent! I loved The Queen’s Choice and The Empty Throne! Really enjoyed Kiss of Deception though I have not read the sequels. Salt and Storm is also excellent, though more realistic than the others. I’m listening to the Sin Eater’s Daughter. It’s slow going, but I am enjoying it. It is very different.