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Paranormal Picks from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List

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Some of my favorite paranormal titles from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

This was one of the most interesting and creepy entries in what we librarians were calling "The Year of the Zombie."  Granted, the Unconsecrated aren't actually called "zombies" in this book, but they're people who die and then come back to life, so you do the math.  Plus, this book has one of the greatest titles EVER.

Strange Angels

Dru is one of the most believable heroines I’ve ever encountered in a book. While she’s very aware of the qualities that make her superhuman – like how she can see and smell creatures in the Real World – she’s also very aware of when she’s less than perfect. We spend a lot of time in her head, so we know when she’s scared out of her mind, when she’s hurt and what parts of her are hurting from fighting monsters and from trying to escape them, and when she’s angry at her own clumsiness. So in some ways this character feels a lot like Sara Connor in Terminator or Ripley in Alien(s). But Dru is also a teenager who always wanted to fit in and be normal, but she couldn’t because she and her father moved around so much. So in addition to all of her physical aches and pains, we also know when she’s embarrassed about how she looks because her hair is too frizzy and her nose won’t stop running and the zit on her face won't go away ... and then she keeps blushing every time Graves looks at her that way.

Zombie Queen of Newbury High

How many zombie books will make you laugh out loud?  Precious few, that's how many.  Luckily this story, about a girl who accidentally turns her entire class into zombies who want to eat her, is one of those few.  You'll never look at fried chicken the same way again ...

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My fave supernatural/paranormal pick of 2010....

is "Hush Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick. But it didn't make the STA list this year even though I nominated it...not that I am bitter or anything. It is the story of good girl Nora and bad boy Patch, who is actually a (hot)fallen angel who wants to be human. The chemistry between these characters is palpable and I loved their conversations as Patch tries to get Nora to do what he wants. Some people may quibble with the realism of certain situations but my answer is, "umm...he's a fallen angel battling evil forces...this is not reality folks." 2009 may have been the year of the zombie but 2010 is shaping up to be the year of the fallen angel, see also "Fallen" by Lauren Kate. So if you want a hot romance with action, "Hush Hush" is the book for you! As for "Strange Angels", Andrea neglected to mention the hot, blue-eyed half-vampire who comes to Dru's rescue except that Dru doesn't like half-vampires or being rescued very much. The tension between these two is hot and will fuel the rest of the series. Anne Rouyer, Seward Park Library

forest of hands and teeth

I haven't read it, but it sounds good

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