Hi there, hotpants™ fans! Misty asked me to do a "guest post" (my first ever!) so here I am, Olivia from Gnome Sweet Gnome, to offer a little help to those feeling lost after finishing the Twilight series.
Satisfied, you've just closed BREAKING DAWN after a whirlwind week of reading the whole Twilight series.
You look around at your sink full of dirty dishes and slightly neglected family.
And you think, "Now what?"
I'm here to offer some help. You know, having gone through the same "Twilight Book Withdrawal". (I'm pretty sure this is the technical term for it.)
First things first, let's embrace what part it was about the book you loved. Once you can pinpoint that, you'll find tons of books to fill the void.
1. You loved Stephenie Meyer's writing.
If you couldn't get enough of "his chiseled jaw" or "liquid topaz eyes", you might just be a fan of Ms. Meyer's prose in which case I'd recommend checking out her adult Sci-Fi novel, THE HOST. It follows an altruistic alien parasite and a human resistance. (If you think it sounds weird, just remember you finished a book full of sparkly vampires.)
Other Meyer books:
THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER, or if your eyes can take the strain... the partially completed MIDNIGHT SUN which you can find on her website
2. You love vampires.
Sparkling or vicious, maybe what you really love is vampires. My favorite (which includes the good and the blood-thirsty kind) is Richelle Mead's VAMPIRE ACADEMY series. (Ignore the lame-o title and covers.) These books include a main female character that kicks butt. (No clumsy-perpetually-in-need-of-saving Bella here.)
Other vampire-centric books:
EVERNIGHT or BLUE BLOODS
3. You love paranormal romance.
Wow, this genre is HOPPING right now. Seriously, the market is flooded. From angels to werewolves to faeries, you can pretty much pick your poison. One of my favorites is SHIVER. It's a story written in alternating point of views following a girl who is saved after being attacked by wolves and the wolf who saved her.
Other paranormal romances:
HUSH, HUSH (angels), THE DARK DIVINE (werewolves) or BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (magic)
4. You love a good love triangle.
Oh, the beloved and torturous love triangle... My number one pick for "getting over Twilight" falls in this catagory. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series follows a group of 'shadowhunters' in their quest to slay demons. It's filled with quick dialogue, engaging characters and a fabulous love triangle.
Other love triangle stories:
WICKED LOVELY or again, THE HOST which is one of the most original takes on a love triangle I've seen
5. You love "cross over" YA books.
A book equally as popular with adults and teens is considered a crossover. My favorite is the novel by Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES. It's a tightly written, quick novel following another fabulously tough female character, Katniss, who is picked by lottery to participate in a televised 'fight to the death 'game'.
KETURAH & LORD DEATH and THE BOOK THIEF
If none of these help, I'm going to defer to a big bag of chocolate and rereading Twilight again.
So, what have you guys read to overcome your "Twilight Withdrawal"?