I tend to avoid reading for pleasure in a genre that I'm actively writing in, but now that I'm finished book two of the Youngbloods trilogy (title to be announced once I get the green light from my publisher) and I've outlined book three I feel like I'm in the right place to start reading more YA. I've already invested in Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series, which looks quite promising, and I'm going to make myself read the final Twilight book so I know how that series ends.
I'd also like to get some author and title suggestions from you guys, so as a bribe I've stocked lovely tote from Coldwater Creek with a signed copy of After Midnight, along with unsigned hardcover copies of White Cat by Holly Black and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and unsigned trade paperback copies of Vamped by Lucienne Diver, The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King, The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen, and Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie faria Stolarz.
If you'd like a chance to win this whole shebang, in comments to this post tell me which YA author, title and/or series you think I should read (or if you don't have a suggestion, toss your name into the magic hat) by midnight EST on
*Added: corrected the day of the week.
PC Cast and her daughter wrote the House of Night series and I really like it!ReplyDelete
I'm reading The Underneath because a niece is reading Keeper. Couldn't find Keeper at the bookstore so I picked up one of the author's previous books. I was curious to see what our niece is interested in. She's a smart young lady and I'd enjoy discussing books with her.ReplyDelete
Great giveaway. I hope I win! :)
Well, I was going to suggest Vamped...but I guess you've seen that one :). I like Garth Nix for YA, though he's straight fantasy rather than paranormal.ReplyDelete
you should read Jana Olivers demon trappers series. it is awsome new series. check it out you may like itReplyDelete
I like to steal my 16 year old sister's books every now and then- these are the best ones I've read in a while.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (That's the first of a trilogy, but the next two books are disappointing.)
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hope that's helpful!
I read YA books by phases. Last month I read 6 of them in a row which doesn't happen often for me. Fantastic books will do that to someone ;)ReplyDelete
I'd recommend Enclave by Ann Aguirre, which is one of my favorite YA book this year.
Alison Croggon's "Pellinor Series" is definitely a series I would recommend. I'd never heard of the author until I browsed and found the first book "The Naming". The title alone caught my attention. The writing is poetic (and I have to admit that poetry is not my cup of tea) but I could not stop reading once I started.ReplyDelete
In standalone YA's, I would recommend my favourite's from 2010: "Nevermore" by Kelly Creagh and "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie PerkinsReplyDelete
In series, you must read The Demon's Lexicon & The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan (the 3rd is expected sometime this year); The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and Eon & Eona duology by Alison Goodman.
I am currently reading the 4th in the Mortal Instruments and have also just started Eon.
All these are exceptionally well-written books and I cannot recommend them enough for anyone looking to explore the YA genre. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.
I highly recommend Flora Segunda, and it's sequel, Flora's Dare. by Ysabeau S. Wilce. There is a third book in the works. They are set in the alternate world city state of Califa, which bears a strong resemblance to San Francisco, and detail the adventures of Flora Segunda Fyrdraaca, a girl of spirit. There is adventure, technology, politics, and romance. I also like the Chronicles Imaginarium Geographica series by James A. Owen. There are quite a few in this ongoing series, and the ones I've read have been full of mystery, intrigue, and fantastical adventures. They're also beautifully illustrated by the author.ReplyDelete
Cassandra Clare!! Her books are wonderful. Check them out =]ReplyDelete
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, Beauty by Robin McKinley, the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow, the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.ReplyDelete
I feel bad not making a suggestion, but I so want to toss my name in the hat... So here I go with that.ReplyDelete
I understand that YA is popular, but I think I've been a little turned off to a lot of them. Mostly because if I read, "As if high school wasn't hard enough" one more time in a YA synopsis, I'm going to smack something. (Thankfully those words are not in your synopsis of After Midnight.)
I can recommend John Marsden's Tomorrow series, starting with Tomorrow, When The War Began. It's Australian and not recent, but I believe it's US release was only a few years ago.ReplyDelete
Some other Australian YA authors and titles: Burn Bright by Marianne Pierres, Justine Larbalestier, Michael Pryor's Laws of Magic series, Foz Meadows, Garth Nix...
Lily St. Crow. Her 'Strange Angels' series is absolutely stunning.ReplyDelete
Two series spring to mind, and neither of them are easy or comfortable reads: John Marsden's Tomorrow series, and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games.ReplyDelete
I'm tempted to ask why you haven't scratched your eyes out reading SMeyer, but that would be rude of me...
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn is excellent. I'm currently in the middle of her Steel, an unconnected YA. (I'm sure you've already read Kris Reisz)ReplyDelete
I am not sure if it´s really YA and you have probably read it anyway ...ReplyDelete
Sunshine by Robin Mckinley
And I can also recommend the Inkheart Trilogy by german Author Cornelia Funke.
Another great german author Andreas Steinhofel - "The Center of the World".
If his books about "Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten" ever gets translated into english..that´s another must read!
I've been reading pbackwriter for months now, as part of my very short morning blog roll. Your great and often funny posts feel like a reward for getting up.
Recent YA books I've loved are Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (mystery with a really great voice), Almost Home by Jessica Blank (connected short stories about runaways), and If I Stay (a girl who's lost her family trying to decide if she wants to live or die).
I really like Elizabeth Bunce, and I also want to try Malinda Lo.ReplyDelete
Where to begin? I'm loving so much YA at the moment. There's the big ones, of course, that you probably know about, like The Hunger Games trilogy or The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I've only read the first one, City of Bones, but it was a very promising start).ReplyDelete
Or for something less well known you could try Eon by Alison Goodman (published as The Two Pearls of Wisdom in some parts of the world). It's got Chinese mythology, martial arts, dragons, gender politics, imperial intrigue -- what's not to love?? I've just picked up the sequel, Eona and am very much looking forward to it.
Or if you fancy some dystopian future, I just read Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien. The main character is an apprentice midwife who discovers the benevolent dictatorship running the show doesn't have the people's best interests at heart after all (they never do, do they?). The shrinking gene pool of their insular community plays an interesting role in the story.
I enjoyed "Vintage" by Steve Berman (http://tinyurl.com/6kjb545)ReplyDelete
I've just been told by a respected YA agent that the novel I'm shopping around as adult is actually YA. Yikes! I got some catching up to do and could really use a pile of YA books to read.
Ohh...I have tons to rec, but let's see...ReplyDelete
Have you read THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary Pearson? That was very good.
Oh and THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I also enjoyed Evernight series by Claudia Gray and Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
My I suggest that you read my book The Strange Journal of the Boy Henry ?
An eleven year old boy wakes up in a bedroom. He doesn’t know where he is and doesn’t remember who he is. He finds a very strange household whose members insist he is part of their family. When the creepy dad starts asking him strange questions, the boy notes his observations in a journal, to solve the puzzle of his very peculiar situation.
A tight suspense thriller with twists and turns Dan Brown would admire.
You can read an excerpt and more at alinibooks.blogspot.com
I'm enjoying your blog. Thanks for doing what you do.
Definitely 'The Hunger Games' series, am also loving 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' which is part of a series (author name escapes me) & have 'Wasted ' by Nicola Morgan on my TBR pile.ReplyDelete
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.ReplyDelete
Not what you think it may be (at least not what I thought it might be before I read it).
And yes it's told in diary entries, but wow.
Well, many of my favorites have also been spoken for. In addition to all the other wonderful titles and authors already listed, I would recommend Hex Hall by Rachel HawkinsReplyDelete
Wanted to add that I'd be happy to send you the PDF of my book, so you wouldn't have to buy it.
The Hunger Games - Suzanne CollinsReplyDelete
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy)
Wasted - Nicola Morgan
I am Number Four - Pitacus Lore
I can't suggest just one!ReplyDelete
Mercy by Rebecca Lim
Chime by Franny Billingsley
River and Wolfe by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Six moon summer by SM Reine
Silver Moon by Rebecca Rogers
The Dead Girl Series by Linda Joy Singleton
Lure by Stephanie Jenkins
My suggestions would be:ReplyDelete
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Night Shade by Andrea Cremer
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires is a lot of fun. If you haven't read Suzanne Collins "Hunger Games" Trilogy, they are an exciting read. Also, not really a series, but Marcus Sedgewick's "Book of Dead Days" and "The Dark Flight Down" are amazing. Marcus Zusak's two books "Fighting Ruben Wolfe" and "Getting the Girl" are both excellent YA books for boys.ReplyDelete
I think the "Hunger Games" is a good choice. I'm currently reading the fourth book in the "Gone" Series by Michael Grant which is a pretty interesting book about kids stuck under a dome and everyone over 15 vanishes.ReplyDelete
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. (This series is way better than Twilight in my humble opinion).ReplyDelete
Definitely the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Fabulous!ReplyDelete
One of my favorites is Tamora Pierce's "Protector of the Small" quartet. The first book in the sereis is called First Test Fantasy, not paranormal, however.ReplyDelete
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne CollinsReplyDelete
Wither by Lauren DeStefauno (it is the first novel in a series)
I can't recommend "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore highly enough. It's YA fantasy with a fantastic heroine and an exquisite love story. I read it about the same time I read "Hunger Games", and to be very honest, I liked "Graceling" much better. Different strokes, I guess. But I do hope you pick up "Graceling". I don't think you'll be sorry.ReplyDelete
PS - If I happened to be the random winner selected, I'd love to donate these books to the Tornado relief efforts in the south. I have some of the titles and don't need duplicates, so surely there has to be a way to get them to someone/a group that has lost everything, especially precious books. Mostly, I just wanted to recommend "Graceling" to you. :)ReplyDelete
I'd try Ann Aguirre's Enclave...I haven't read it, but that's mainly cuz I'm still trying to get caught up-I do planning on trying that one out.ReplyDelete
Melissa Marr is also VERY popular.
I recommend any and all books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Her first novel, In The Forests of The Night, was written when she was 13, published at 14. And she's produced several books since then, each one better then the last.ReplyDelete
I also suggest old favorites books by Annette Curtis Klaus, Vivian Vande Velde, LJ Smith, and Christopher Pike.
my son loved the Hunger Games and we both loved Kelly Armstrong series and she has a new one starting with The Gathering that come out recently and rachel Vincent's Bean Sidhe books are great. And of course I'm looking forwrad to Deborah Cook's new PYR ya book. Yummy dragons.ReplyDelete
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I'd like to suggest Dragon's Bait by Vande Velde ISBN 0440219825 and the Book of Mordred by the same author. I enjoyed the Dragon's Bait so much I was very upset when I found it wasn't a series.ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoy
Someone already suggested Tamora Pierce for the Protector of the Small series. Actually, I would recommend *anything* by her. The Circle of Magic books were the first of hers that I read. I loved them because of her strong female characters. The most recent series of hers that I read (and loved) was the Terrier series. All fantasy and her world building rocks.ReplyDelete
(Also, she's an amazing person--have seen her speak @ Boskone in Boston)
I don't have any good suggestions, I sorta skipped the YA genre growing up. I've really enjoyed what I have read though, so I am making notes from the suggestions people have made so far and tossing my name into the hat!ReplyDelete
I don't read a lot of YA books but my niece reads the PC cast series and likes them. So put my name in the hat for her summer reading. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow.ReplyDelete
Good series, interesting world. First in the series, the last book comes out later this year.
I'm going to apologize in advance if any of these titles have already been suggested.ReplyDelete
The first two are classics I remember from my youth and the last two are some good contemporary series I've read with my niece.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Anne McCaffery's Harper Hall trilogy (Dragon Song, Dragon Singer, Dragon Drums)
Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series
Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers Series
I'm just parroting earlier suggestions for ...ReplyDelete
* Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series
* Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series
BTW, I loved Dark of Heart and After Midnight - had to read one right after the other! Looking forward to the next in the series.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes would be a good pick and as a plus the first one "In The Forest of the Night" was written when she was 13. It is a very cool series and lacks the "talking down to" or "pretending to sound like a kid" you sometimes in young adult books. Also "Liar Society" is wonderful and has incredible characterization and strong voice. I also deeply enjoyed Sharon Shinn's young adult series.ReplyDelete
For being a young writer, I haven't really read a whole lot of YA (which is WEIRD) but I recommend Nix to people sometimes. (Can't remember the first name.)ReplyDelete
The books are in the fantasy genre, but for some reason they have stuck with me since I read them. There was something rather dark and viciously emotional in those books for me, and I've been thinking about reading them again.
There's my suggestion. Now I should read everyone else's suggestions to see what I should go get! :)
Is there anymore intrigue with 'Twilight?' I think its over.ReplyDelete
After reading the replies, I have to agree with everyone who recommended The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. My friend's daughter explained the premise of the books to me and I was so impressed that she was sooo enthusiastic about the books, I had to read them too!
Another YA series I read is the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast. I honestly believe you and P.C. can not write anything bad, so you two are always the authors I stalk in the book stores. I am thrilled with P.C.'s collaboration with her daughter as well as her more adult books.
I hadn't read any of the YA vampire books, not even Twilight, so I picked up the first book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead at my local library expecting to have a good laugh.ReplyDelete
I was surprised (and hooked). These are really good books, and with a little tweaking, would have been really great without any of the blood drinking stuff. I suppose the other supernatural stuff wasn't quite enough without it though.
Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning was a great first in her YA otherworld series.ReplyDelete
Lesley Livingston's Wondorous Strange
Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men
oh and another - Paul W. Catanese - The Books of Umber--Happenstance FoundReplyDelete
My son´s (12) favourite book right now.
And impatiently waiting for the translated version of the second book! (It´s a trilogy)
"Hush Money" by Susan Bischoff is really good!ReplyDelete
I've heard that Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a really great YA novel! And I don't know if Jodi Picoult's books qualify as YA but they are amazing--especially My Sister's Keeper.ReplyDelete
Great giveaway, Lynn. Thanks :)
Great post. The books by Rebecca Maizel are memorable, special and unique.ReplyDelete
I have always been a fan of A Walk Through a Window by KC Dyer. SImply captivating.ReplyDelete
I would imagine given what you write that you're looking for recomendations in your genre - the only YA recommendation that I have is the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen - it's Gossip Girl meets the turn of the 20th Century (in New York). As someone who writes American-set historicals I was excited to see a historical series for YA readers (there's really not that much out there historical wise that I've been able to find)ReplyDelete
just to name a few.
Cassandra Clare Mortal InstrumentsReplyDelete
Melissa Marr wicked lovely
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Anything by Meg Cabot but most especially her Mediator series. It's what got me into her writing and it remains a favourite reread even now.ReplyDelete
Strange Angels series by Lili St. CrowReplyDelete
Nightshade by Andrea Creamer
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
Well, nuts. All of mine have already been suggested, so I'll just throw my name in the hat. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I'll second the votes for "Graceling" and anything by Robin McKinley is worth reading (and re-reading)!! Also, for epistolary fiction, "Sorcery and Cecelia" by Patricia Wrede is my all time favorite, highly recommended.ReplyDelete
I want to second the PC Cast and Kristin Cast House of Night books. It's got some of my favorite characters ever. (I love Damien, especially.)ReplyDelete
Please don't enter me in the contest, but I LOVE to give YA recommendations:ReplyDelete
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
ELSEWHERE by Gabrielle Zevin
A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb
IN THE FOREST OF HANDS & TEETH by Carrie Ryan
THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by Suzanne Collins
There are also a couple series that I don't see mentioned that I think are very good:
The GENERATION DEAD series by Daniel Waters and the GONE series by Michael Grant.
These are all SF/F/paranormal titles, and I like my YA a bit on the dark side. Please don't miss THE BOOK THIEF, no matter what. One of the best books I've read in any genre or classification!
Wow, I'm getting a lot to add to my listings for YA. :)ReplyDelete
I agree with a lot that has been posted already (Hunger Games, Iron Fey, Vampire Academy, House of Night).
These might have been recommended already, but I would also suggest the following:
Shade - Jeri Smith-Ready
Tigar's Curse - Colleen Houck
Intertwind - Gena Showalter
The Forest of Hands & Teeth - Carrie Ryan
I like a lot of the ones above, but I'm also tired of the paranormal domination within the genre. I like a bit of historical fiction and science fiction to mix things up. Also, male students respond really well to these: The Ranger's Apprentice series by Flanagan, The Samurai Mysteries series by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, The Dragonback series by Timothy Zahn. I also highly recommend Birdwing by Martin.ReplyDelete
I'd have to second the recommendations for the House of Night series and anything by Tamora Pierce. I've reread these over and over - the lioness quartet I've been rereading for the past 15+ years.ReplyDelete
Others I'd really recommend are:
Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
Power of Three also by Diana Wynne Jones
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
The Dark is Rising quintet by Susan Cooper
Brog the Stoop by Joe Boyle
The Renegades trilogy by Jessica Palmer
I haven't been dabbling in YA much (except for reading Hunger Games a while back), so I'm throwing my name in the hat, but thank you all so much for the suggestions. I'm sure to check them out.ReplyDelete
Oh man. I've read a lot of really awesome YA lately.ReplyDelete
- Aurelia by Anne Osterlund is quite good. It's a little bit of a standard fantasy but the end twist is unique, and I'm really curious to see how things continue.
- The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. AWESOME YA steampunk with faeries and magic and gadgetry. I can't say enough good things about this book. There are lots of twists and turns, and you can never trust what you think you know about the world.
- The Demon Trapper's Daughter. Think Supernatural, only the protagonist is a girl instead of two brothers. Freaking awesome story, and I hate that I have to wait for the next one.
- Ash by Malinda Lo. Retelling of Cinderella where Cinderella's fairy prince is another woman. Sweetest damn story.
- Eon by Alison Goodman. This reminded me a lot of Tamora Pierce's work, only with an Asian setting rather than European. The protagonist is a disabled girl who has to disguise herself as a male eunuch to become a dragoneye, a sort of warrior with powers gifted by the dragons. The story is incredibly good, and I love the handling of the gender issues (the fact that she is suppressing herself actually is a major plot point) and the disability.
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Incredibly good series about a girl who is "Graced" with the ability to kill. The world setting is fascinating and the characters are awesome, and the romance was very very sweet.
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Steampunk awesomeness. The two main protagonists are a prince on the run and a girl disguising herself as a boy to become a British airman. They end up meeting and having wild adventures. Westerfeld makes me wish that his was our world.
- The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. This one is like an epic fantasy packed into YA. Both the boy and girl protags are awesome. It's too complex for me to summarize, so just check it out.
- A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. If you've somehow managed to miss this book, pick it up. It's a very light fantasy set in the Regency/Victorian period, about a girl with magic at a boarding school. It's one of my favorite series.
Now I get to scroll up and go through the comments for more books to fill up my library hold list with. :D
Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamer series is pretty awesome (paranormal suspense about bean sidhes). Also, I loved Beth Revis's Across the Universe (SF). Also good new titles: Wither by Laura DeSetfano, and XVI by Julia Karr - both dystopian YA.ReplyDelete
Tossing my name in because the only YA series I've read is Twilight -at least as an adult!ReplyDelete
Bought the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzzane Collins for my 17 year old son and he insisted that I read them.ReplyDelete
They are fantastic!
Also Kelley Armstong has a YA series out called Darkest Powers.
The titles are The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning. I really liked all three and I believe the fourth is out now.
As for Twilight the books are okay and IMO certainly got better as they went along. However her book The Host beat Twilight hands down
and would be one I suggest you read if you are going to read Stephanie Meyers.
"I'm going to make myself read the final Twilight book so I know how that series ends. "ReplyDelete
Don't do it PBW, that way lies madness.
Who am I kidding? I didn't even listen when I was expressly warned.
I don't know any other YA authors other than the ones you've mentioned so I'm just going to toss my name into the hat.
I loved Christopher Pike when I was younger. He almost always pushes the boundaries of YA fiction but his plots made me stop and think. I'd often still be thinking about a plot twist or his unique point of view weeks after I'd finished the book. They always made me stop and reassess how I viewed the world. I especially enjoyed the Remember Me trilogy and See You Later.ReplyDelete
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins was quite enjoyable. (I had some issues with the other two books, "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay," unfortunately. Still a fun series, though!)ReplyDelete
One of my favorite series right now is the Demon's Lexicon Trilogy (two books released, the third coming in June), debuts of Sarah Rees Brennan. It explores a complex family dynamic on top of the romantic subplots, and the characters are some of my favorites.ReplyDelete
So that's my plug. Also adored White Cat, so I would be thrilled to win that.
Kristin Cashore -- Graceling and Fire. Both are astonishingly good.ReplyDelete
I also would like to plug Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road. Love. Love. Love. Them.
I haven't read any YA in a while and am looking for some good titles to explore. Please add my name to the hat.ReplyDelete
I haven't read any of the other comments so my apologies if any of these authors has already been mentioned.ReplyDelete
Tamora Pierce - Beka Cooper series
Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games trilogy
Michael Grant - Gone series
Charlie Higson - The Hunger (start of a zombie series)
Ellen Emerson White - Long Live the Queen (one of the books of a excellent series about the daughter of the first female president)
Robert Muchamore - C.H.E.R.U.B series of books.
R.A. Nelson - Throat
Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (steampunk)
P.C and Kristin Cast
Chris Wooding - The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
Beth Revis - Across the Universe
Hmmmm that might be enough for now.
Diane Duane's Young Wizards series - got me interested in young adult books and physics.ReplyDelete
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
Alien Secrets by Annette Curtis Klause
These are kind of "older", I came of age just as young adult was determined to be a separate genre. Heck, until Alien Secrets I hadn't realized science fiction could star and be aimed toward people my age (at the time).
Didn't see these on the list yet:ReplyDelete
Rachel Hawkins - Hex Hall series
Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls series
I'd recommend The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. It's a great new take on changelings.ReplyDelete