July 20, 2012

Friday is For the Guys - Today Specifically For Daniel

On Fridays I like to step back and focus on books for guys.  I find it VERY easy to find books to interest girls, but when it comes to boys I do struggle more.  Because of that I always want to make sure I step back and focus on them.

Well today I'm writing this post for one student specifically.  
Daniel this post is for you!

Daniel is a former student (he's going to be a freshman) that would come to be a lot for suggestions.  He emailed me this summer needing books to read. 
 I thought that instead of just sharing with him I'd share with everyone!

Daniel - here's some ideas for what to read:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive. 
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.  
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. 
Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

Others you might consider (click on them to be taken to Goodreads)
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons 
Partials by Dan Wells
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Iron King (the series!) Julie Kagawa

I hope this helps!!! Let me know if you need more suggestions :)

And everyone feel free to offer more in the comments.  
He likes all kinds of books and isn't afraid to read something with a girl main character like Divergent for example.


  1. I know this may sounds silly, but do have any recs for books that are . . . less violent, somehow? These sound intriguing, but with a bit too much gore. Then again, maybe I feel that way b/c I'm a girl? Or is that sexist? *buries head in hands* I just don't know . . .

  2. Ashfall by Mike Mullin and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness are both books I've read and loved this summer. Both have male narrators. Ashfall is apocalyptic and TKoNLG is dystopia. There is violence in both, but the stories are really great! They're both first books in a series as well, though the book after Ashfall doesn't come out until October.

  3. Yes some of these are more violent (specifically I Hunt Serial Killers) but most of them are more action with some violence. The Iron King series would be the least violent OH except The Future of Us.

    LLina if you want more suggestions for more "girly" YA books look on the left side of my blog for the tag cloud and click on "YA". You should find more there!