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branching off into different genres

Hey there people. I usually read teen fiction but I'm looking to branch off into other genres (especially since I know have a couple gift cards to a book store).
Anyone know any good books in the supernatural genre?


Is the supernatural genre the only other genre you're interested in looking into, or are you open to other suggestions? I'm slightly confused sorry - by teen fiction, did you mean that you read supernatural fiction for young adults and now you want adult novels in that genre? Or you only read teen novels in every genre and now you're looking at starting in a familiar genre at an older reading level to get yourself into more adult books? Could you give examples of ones you read before and liked?

I'm sorry for all the questions - I'll be able to give you better recs this way :)
Oh sorry, probably should have been more specific. I meant that I usually just read young adults novels, usually with a supernatural aspect to it but not always. For instance, I like Divergent by Veronica Roth.
And yes, I want to branch off into more 'adult' things with supernatural stuff as a starter :)
No worries.

So one of my favourite series is the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. The first book is called Soulless, and it's set in Victorian London. Basically, the world has accepted the existence of vampires, werewolves and ghosts and attributes their existence to an abundance of soul. The more soul you have, the more likely you are to turn into a werewolf, a ghost or a vampire. They're witty and amusing, and there's romance.

Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series are great too. The first is called Bitten, about a werewolf named Elena. Each book is about a different character - a witch, a demon, a werewolf etc. Dime Store Magic is probably my favourite.

Deborah Harkness has a trilogy that is quite good - the first book is called A Discovery of Witches, and the second is called Shadow of Night. The third is yet to come out. The trilogy involves a witch who is also a professor of the history of science, and a vampire doctor of biology. It's quite good and I really enjoyed the backdrop of the university and the intellectual lifestyle that supernaturals live in that world.

Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins is another of my favourites. It's basically set on an island off modern-day Norway and involves Norse gods. Read the American version as the original Australian version doesn't have as hopeful an ending.

I also really liked the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. It is similar to A Discovery of Witches in that it involves vampires and a university setting, but the similarities differ from there. Definitely worth a read. It's a series of 4 books and the first is called A Hidden Fire.

That's probably enough hey. I hope you like them :)
I second the recommendation for A Discovery of Witches. I read it in the span of a week and had a shorter time with the second book, they were completely addictive.
Since Shadow of Night takes place in the 1800's, it gave me a desire for historical fiction so I'm currently reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It chronicles the connections and souls make through different incarnations.
I would also recommend The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. The first book Sabriel which follows the books namesake through her role as the Abhorsen, a necromancer tasked with rescuing her father and returning wayward souls back to Death.
Oh yeah, the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix is brilliant. it is a young adult series though, but the writing is brilliant and the world-building is wonderful. Definitely worth a read.
Thank you :)
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