Thursday, February 28, 2013

You will probably soon know what a shadow hunter is

It is still a few months away, but the latest YA series to be made into a summer blockbuster is going to be Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments.  City of Bones, the first in the series (well, first published. In the chronology of the universe the Infernal Devices series predates anything in the Mortal Instruments Series) tells the story of Clary Fray falling headfirst into a world of demons, shadow hunters, steles (pronounced Steel-e), runes, Idris and other crazy magical phenomenon.  Just as we all know what a muggle is or what District 12 refers to, or understand that there is a debate about Edward and Jacob, this is a movie based on a YA series that will soon too invade our lexicon.  So you want to be ahead of the pack (or the demon horde in this case)?  You can read all of Cassandra Clare's books and get there.  But once your done with that you will definitely want to read more.  The question is, what should you read next?  Allow me to present our Mortal Instruments Read-A-Like list:

I like my protagonist with snark okay - Books with snarky leads:

Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins

Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCollough

The Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Myer

Supernatural hidden in the mundane - stories where our world and another world collide:  

Hold Me Closer Necromancer and its sequel (Necromancing the Stone) by Lish McBride

Artemis Foul by Eion Colfer

Darkest Powers Series by Kelly Armstrong

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Demonology 101 - stories of the dammed:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Fallen Novels by Lauren Kate

Hush Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick

The hero with a thousand faces - stories that follow Campbell's monomyth structure

Sabriel by Garth Nix

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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