Gena Showalter

 

In today’s literary world, so many authors are venturing out and doing different genres and doing both young adult and adult books. Authors from Nick Hornby (About a Boy and Slam) to Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries and Overbite) to Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy and Georgina Kincaid). More and more authors are venturing out of their comfort zones and tackling a new category, whether they originally wrote young adult and are now writing adult or vice versa.

Gena Showalter first came known to the literary world with a contemporary romance duology called Imperia. She eventually went on to write a widely known and loved series called Lords of the Underworld. This popular series has 15 books, 3 novellas, one spin off series, and two upcoming publications!

She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances. She also has 4 finished YA series and just released the first in a new YA series called The Forest of Good and Evil

Her first foray into the YA world was with her series, IntertwinedThis series follows sixteen year old, Aden Stone, who has four human souls within him. All four souls have a unique power such as time travel, raising the dead, possessing another human, or telling the future. Her second YA series, The White Rabbit Chronicles, a unique retelling of Alice in Wonderland, has taken her readers to a whole new world and created a loyal fan-base from the YA community. My personal favorite of her books is her YA series, Everlife, is a unique story like one you’ve never read before about what happens after your First Death!

 

Series Starters: The Mediator Series

The Mediator series by Meg Cabot is by far one of my most favorite series for young adults. There are seven books and a two short stories in the series, with the most recent book having been published last year.

The series starts out with sixteen-year-old Susannah Simon moving from New York City to California, where her mother has relocated after remarrying. Suze is already unhappy about the move, but she is hoping for a fresh start in sunny California after her struggles in New York with the undead. Suze is a mediator; she can see, hear, and touch ghosts, and it’s her job to help the dead with their unfinished business so they can move on to the afterlife. She hopes the ghosts won’t follower her to her new house, but she’s sorely mistaken when she finds out her new bedroom is haunted by a 150-year-old ghost.

Throughout the series, Suze makes friends and enemies who are dead and alive, meets fellow mediators who are both benevolent and evil, and falls more in love with Jesse de Silva, the ghost who haunts her bedroom. She has typical teenage issues, like friend and boy drama, but with the added twist of being able to talk to the dead. First published in 2000, the conclusion of the series takes place years later with (spoiler alert) the happily ever after fans had been rooting for all along.

If you’re looking for a quick young adult series to read that will make you laugh out loud or cry in despair, The Mediator series is perfect for you.