Point Me in the Right Direction... the Angsty Direction that is...
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Here's what I've read with lukewarm feelings (i.e. enjoyed but didn't love): Birthmarked, The Raven Boys, Beautiful Creatures, Matched, Life as We Knew It, and Across the Universe.
I'm currently reading Dark Star.
The only series that I've even come close to loving as much as THG is Divergent.
I'm planning to very soon read: Vampire Academy, Such a Rush, All the Things I've Done, Enclave, Ruby Red, Unbreakable, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, City of Bones and Deviant.
As you can see I like dystopias and post-apocalyptic futures and I favor female protagonists. Hate to say it but I think what I'm really looking for is some legit angsty romance (if it's a love triangle, all the better.) Of course, I also enjoy a good plot with interesting developed characters.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
If you're interested in Hunger Games-ish action/tension with a hint of romance, I'd recommend House of Stairs by William Sleator.
For "Angsty Lives/Troo Luv" (i.e. drama with only one love interest) I would also highly recommend If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, and A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb.
I recommend Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin series as well. It's a zombie post-apocalyptic, dystopian setting, which I know has been done to death. But Maberry is very, very good lifting this series above the usual zombie fare.
Both of these have strong characters in an angsty love subplot.
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden is a great adventure/survival/romance series. A group of Australian teens go off camping in the wilderness for a long weekend, and while they're gone, the country is invaded and their parents are all imprisoned. The teens decide to try to survive on their own and use guerrilla warfare to strike back at the enemy. And they're unsupervised teenagers, so hormones rage.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is a fantasy/intrigue novel. You fall in love with the main character Gem and you feel angsty on his behalf. LOL.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. They're more angsty as in "we shouldn't be together. I must do my duty." The second book has a love triangle.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is another good series. Again, it's more the duty vs. the heart's desire kind of angst.
I want to know if you read just Matched or the whole series. I thought the rest of the series was much better than the first book. I'm listening to Birthmarked on audiobook now, and it's pretty good, but not mind-blowing.
ETA: How could I forget Throne of Glass and its sequel Crown of Midnight? There's lots of action, a fast pace, assassins, and an angsty love triangle.
Ditto to Cailiosa and Sara Hope. Thanks everyone. : )
P.S. because I loved the Vampire Academy (which was surprisingly smutty for YA, no?) series so much I'm getting ready to jump into the Bloodlines series. I'm super excited because I was team Adrian. Haha.