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Joseph asks…

What really good teen books do you recommend?

I’m 16 years old and I’m looking for a really good “teen” book. I’ll really take any genre, but I kind of like “vampire” or the “romance/comedy” type of books. But it doesn’t really matter what type of book it is, I just want a GOOD book. I’ve just recently finished “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver. It was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read :)

But I have nothing to read now so I’m looking for a good book to read.
Thanks to all who answer :)

New Niche Finder answers:

These are mostly series and most of them have some what of a fantasy:

Vampire Academy Richelle Mead:
If you want a series about vampires THIS IS THE ONE!!! When i picked this series up i expected it to be about romance… Now the story did contain romance, but i would say that was not the major theme. THe main character, Rose, is a Damphir- a half vampire. And her best friend, Lissa, is a Mori- a vampire (the good kind). There is also a bad species of vampire: Strigoi. Damphir are supposed to become body guards for the (delicate more important) Mori to protect them from the Strigoi. Rose and Lisa were living at a bording school, but at the beginning of the novel they were living within the human society because they ran away from a threat (to lisa) that no one really believed. This story is about the strong friendship of Rose and Lisa, and Rose’s determination to keep Lisa safe. Rose and Lisa also find guys that they have some romantic relationships with, but its not really the main point to the story… Until.. Well .. Rose’s relationship becomes more important later. THIS SERIES WAS AMAZING

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel:
This is the first novel in a series (the rest of the series has yet to be released). The main character, Lenah, is/ was a VERY old vampire (500), she now is human. (but is a teenager) I guess you could say- The love of her live, sacrificed himself to let her become human. The story takes place in the present, and flash backs to aprox. 100 years ago (before Lenah had to ‘hibernate’). I know it sounds a bit confusing, however it is a really great book. Lenah goes to regular school (a boarding school) and she befriends two guys, one she has a romantic relationship with. But the whole story is about her learning about this new way of life, and constant flashbacks to stories of her life as a vampire. It is VERY good!!

The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart:
This series is not fantasy. It is just about a regular teen. Ruby is very qwerky but you grow to love her. I think this series has the perfect balance of teen drama, and real problems. Ruby can be a bit flirty at times, but she seems very ‘real’; for example she suffers through panic attacks where she even has a hard time breathing. Over all this is a great (light) teen series. (E. Lockhart also has other great novels such as ‘Fly on the wall’.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
This is somewhat of a younger audience but it was an amazing series!!! It is i guess post apocalyptic themed… There was a war, and the Capitol has basically taken over the world. They punished the people who fought them by putting them into these districts where everyone is poor, and have to harvest food and things for the Capitol, oh and they are not allowed to leave their district. And the capitol came up with a ‘game’ where 2 children would be chosen form each district and forced to fight (for tha capitols entertainment). The story follows Katniss, a teenage girl, who is forced to take part in this fight to the death where she is forced to try to kill a group of other teenagers for her own life. She befriends a guy named Peeta. (There is SOME romance). The story really emphasizes a strong female (unlike Twilight). These books are truly amazing… Oh and the actual fight is like the last third of the novel so its not all action.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare:
THis series is about demon hunters. The main character Clary discovers that her mother has hidden a lot about who she truly is. At the beginning of the novel Clarys mother is taken, and Clary ends up meeting Jace. A shadow hunter. Throughout the novel Clary tries to find her mother and figure out everything her mother hid from her. This is a great series; its more of a light read, but it is very cute. It keeps you interested throughout the story.

House of Night by P.C. Cast:
The main character Zoey is ‘marked’ at the beginning of the novel, meaning she is going to become a vampire. All vampires live in this ‘boarding school’ where they go to school like normal. Zoey can be a bit annoying at times (throughout the series she ‘flirts’ with guys a lot) but overall it is a good series. Zoe has to fight against different problems throughout the series, it is a perfect mixture of social problems (popularity you could say) and mysterious supernatural threats.

Some other series are:
Uglies Scott Westerfeld
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Donna asks…

What books would you recommend to a complete beginner in witchcraft?

I’m really quite interested in spells, rituals, and the like, but I know that there’s more to it.
The thing is, I want to learn but I don’t know what to learn from! I can’t learn from someone, so the next best option would be a book.

What steps would you recommend taking? I’d go straight for the book of shadows, but i kind of want something for a total beginner who has no idea what she is doing 😀


New Niche Finder answers:

Dear Veronica,
I respect your sincerity, and if we could sit down and talk I suspect we would at least agree that each of us has a spiritual nature within us that yearns for something greater than ourselves. Centuries ago, a great philosopher called this a “God-shaped vacuum” we each have within us.

But where did this vacuum in our hearts come from? The Bible says that God put it there—and the reason He did was so that we would seek Him and come to know Him in a personal way. You and I have a soul that yearns for God; as the Bible says, God “has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

But the Bible tells us something else very important. It tells us there is a barrier between us and God—a barrier we cannot overcome on our own. The reason is because this barrier that separates us from God was caused by our sin. Our greatest need is to have our sins forgiven, and this is something no amount of meditation or similar practice can overcome.

Only God can erase this barrier—and this is why Jesus Christ came into the world. He was God in human flesh, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. Don’t be deceived by paths that promise to unite you with God but don’t deal with your sins. Instead, by faith commit your life to Jesus Christ and trust Him alone for your salvation. Only then will you discover the joy and peace you are seeking.

Thomas asks…

What is the first paragraph of the first Harry potter book?

I’ve been looking at how authors start their books. I can’t find all of my hp books, so does someone have the first book? What does the first (or first 2) paragraphs say? Thanks!

New Niche Finder answers:

Mr. And Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

Mr. Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did have a very large mustache. Mrs. Dursley was thin and blond and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the neighbors. The Dursleys had a small boy called Dudley and in their opinion there was no finer boy anywhere.

The Dursleys had everything they wanted, but they also had a secret, and their greatest fear was that somebody would discover it. They didn’t think they could bear it if anyone found out about the Potters. Mrs. Potter was Mrs. Dursley’s sister, but they hadn’t met for several years; in fact, Mrs. Dursley pretended she didn’t have a sister, because her sister and her good-for-nothing husband were as unDursleyish as it was possible to be. The Dursleys shuddered to think what the neighbors would say if the Potters arrived in the street. The Dursleys knew that the Potters had a small son, too, but they had never even seen him. This boy was another good reason for keeping the Potters away; they didn’t want Dudley mixing with a child like that.

Charles asks…

What are recommended books for college students looking for a job?

I’m a 23-year-old college senior double-majoring in Psych and Social Work. I have one more semester of classes before my intership in social work. I’m also looking for a job this summer to boost my resume. Since I’ve got a little bit of free time before that starts, I plan to read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. What other books are recommended before starting a career?

New Niche Finder answers:

I’ll be graduating soon too. My mom bought me these:

“The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success” by Nicholas Lore

“The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People” by Carol Eikleberry

“Do What you Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type” by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron.

Congrats! And good luck!!

Oh! I would also recommend “The Happiness Hypothesis” by Jonathan Haidt. It will help you with life, not finding a job. It is the greatest book I’ve ever read. My social psych professor assigned it. I’ve recommended it to everyone and everyone who has read it has loved it so far :)

Helen asks…

To start the Warcraft storyline, which book would be best?

My wife recently discovered that she enjoys fantasy books. I would like to introduce her into the Warcraft story, but I know that it is very vast. In your opinions, which books would be best to introduce her into Warcraft lore, without being overwhelming?

New Niche Finder answers:

Day of the Dragon is the first book and presents a solid introduction to the series. It’s written by an established author, shows the reader the different races and the main war at the time and an interesting protagonist in Rhonin.

She can work her way through numerically from there with Lord of the Clans and the Last Guardian.

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