Jul 10 2012 1:30pm

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Kresley Cole’s Upcoming Young Adult Series

Poison Princess by Kresley ColeI am a huge Kresley Cole fan. I find her writing tight, her characters hilarious, and I love the way she twists common paranormal situations, putting her own spin on it.

I discovered her through her Immortals After Dark series. After I finished that series, I looked to see what else she had written. No more paranormals, but she did have two historical series.

While I’m not the biggest historical fan, I do enjoy a good historical romance—especially historical highlander romance—so I picked up her other books. While I did not enjoy them quite as much as her paranormals, I still found them to be good reads and thought them well worth my reading time.

So here I am now, firmly established as a Kresley Cole fangirl, and KC has thrown me another curveball: She is spinning her IAD world into another series.

Good news, right? Well, in this case, she’s writing in YA, a genre I do not read at all.

I’ve heard the rumors that she has not one but two spin-offs of her IAD world. One series is a paranormal romance series focusing on the Dacian vampires (and I am so there), but the other series will be YA, focusing on the young’uns of the Lore and featuring Thad, that strapping half-vampire/half-phantom we first met in Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

I adored Thad in that book, especially his interactions with Lothaire. But a whole series based on Lore teens? Hmmm…

Right now details are scarce, so speculation is rampant about where she might be going with this series. I know some people are bursting at the seams with excitement over the thought of a YA Lore book. Me, I’m kind of caught in the middle of things; I love Kresley Cole’s writing, but several of the things I love about her writing are firmly in the “Adult” side of things—the sexual tension and yearning foremost in that category. And her humor, which I absolutely adore, is very often of an adult nature as well.

But I also know Kresley Cole writes authentic characters with strong voices. While I haven’t read a ton of YA, one of the things that kept me from really reading the genre is every protagonist (usually female) sounded exactly like every other protagonist. When I had a hard time remembering which character was in which book, I stopped seeking out YA books.

I also know that Cole writes larger-than-life situations and emotions without the plot going into the ridiculous, which is a very fine line, but one at which Cole excels. One of my other problems with YA is because we are dealing with teens, every detail—real or imagined—seems to be THE. END. OF. THE. WORLD. But Cole has already demonstrated that she excels in this type of high-emotion, high-stakes writing, so I know I won’t be rolling my eyes every five minutes over another outburst.

And then, there is Thad. Thad was great, he was awesome, and he seemed a natural part of the world, not shoved in there as series bait. While I was reading Dark Warrior, I actually did think it was too bad he was so young that he wouldn’t be getting his own book. Now, I’m getting my chance to spend more time with him, and if I could enjoy one teenager Kresley Cole wrote, it just makes sense I’m going to like the lot of them.

In the end, I don’t think I have a choice. I love the IAD world, and the thought of missing out on stories set there makes me have sad face. I will trust Kresley Cole and follow her down another path in this world she has created. She hasn’t let me down yet.


Danielle Monsch is a Romantic Geek Girl Writing in a Fantasy World. Besides torturing her poor, poor editor about her latest story, Dani likes to read manga and watch anime, debate the merits of DC vs. Marvel, and geek out over the latest and greatest romance novel offerings. Catch up with Dani on Twitter @DaniMonsch

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I think I am actually one of those rare breeds who likes KC's historicals best. But she has such a great voice that I'm up for trying whatever genre she writes. I'm looking forward to this YA series, but then, I'm already a YA fan, so there's that... We'll see how it goes!
Melanie Thomas
2. missmelthomas
Like you, I don't read a lot of YA. Most of it seems watered down to me and I thoroughly enjoy violent, smexy, and dark books. You don't get much of that in YA. Though the sexual content is almost nonexistent, there are a few YA series that totally won me over. Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, Gena Showalter's Intertwined, and Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers are all YA done the way I feel it should be. All three of the authors acknowledge that teenagers are gonna get sexual and that a lot of them have foul mouths. They also stay true to the genre by making it abundently clear that in a paranormal setting things can and will get violent and that it's gonna get dark.

I love IAD so I'm really looking forward to both of the YA series Kresley Cole has planned. I lurve Thad and I'm excited to get more of him and the other Lore kids. The concept behind the Arcana Chronicles is super cool and I'm itching for Poison Princess. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.
3. SassyT
I've read all of KC's IAD series. I even read the historicals (which I really liked...was a little disappointed she didn't write more of them). I think this is the right way to go. Remember, Thad is a very wholesome character. I don't think it would work to write an adult book about him and suddenly he's this horn dog running around having all kinds of (mind-blowing and position-defying) sex. He's a good boy (for all intents and purposes). So, I think this is the right medium for his story. Now, how the other teens stories turn out is a toss-up. We know Thad so we know who he is...and she's already written about him in other books.

I agree that YA fiction is usually kind of watered down (and sometimes I think while reading it that I was never that stupid as a teenager...lol). However, there is something to be said for the pureness of the relationships in YA. There's no sex (while I admit to loving that in most books...in some books it's like the story was just written so they could tell you about the sex...in other words...not a good story...just porn on the page). I've been reading a lot of YA recently (my BFF is a teen librarian and she kept suggesting I give it a try) and have found that some are really good and others are simply annoying. I would suggest Veronica Roth's Divergent series (only two of the books are out so far with the third one coming). It is by far the best one I've read to date. No love triangles or any other Twilight (sorry, Twi-hards) mess (no vamps or werewolves). Just good solid story telling and really well written characters and a pretty decent romance that seems real (considering the circumstances...although I'm pretty sure in an adult book they would have managed to get a little freaky-mcnasty going during down time). I also enjoyed Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules series (only the first book is out so far). This one has vamps in it although it reminded me of the movie Priest (yes, the one with Paul Bettany). There is violence in it but in a good way.
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