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Saturday, November 10, 2012

The United States of YA

The folks at Epic Reads (a HarperCollins site) have put together a really neat map called The United States of YA. They've found a book set in each of the 50 states and displayed them graphically. It's very cool, even though the map only shows the contiguous states. How neat is this? They're not all paranormal but I wanted to share because it's such a fun idea.

The United States of YA

You can get the full list by visiting their post.

They're also working on another project: Planet YA. If you'd like to help them with it, follow the link. :D

I think it would be really fun to do one for YA and adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. What do you guys think? It might be easier since we wouldn't have to stick to one publisher. If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments. If we manage to get all 50 states, I'll put something together!


Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

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  1. I saved this map as soon as I saw it! I might challenge myself to read each of them, since I've already read quite a few, and a bunch are on my to-read. It'll be fun to travel the country through books!

    I would love a map of UF/PNR across the country! Off the top of my head I know of:

    Washington: Georgina Kincaid by Richelle Mead
    Illinois: Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
    Texas: Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent + The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
    New York: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

    1. More that I thought of:

      Montana: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
      Arizona: Dark Swan by Richelle Mead
      New Hampshire: Transcend Time by Michelle Madow
      Georgia: The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver
      Louisiana: Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris + The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa
      California: The Mediator by Meg Cabot
      Michigan: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

  2. Some states have already been mentioned but I'm throwing different books out there.

    Pennsylvania - Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead & Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

    Massachusetts - Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

    New York - Bloodthirsty (YA) & the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

    South Carolina - Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

    Washington, D.C. - Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

    Louisiana - My Life as a White Trash Zombie & the Kara Gillian series, both by Diana Rowland

    Texas - The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

  3. This is sooo cool! I never find books that take place in Connecticut, so this is totally exciting to me. LOL!

  4. Awesome idea Jenn. I'll help you with finding any states that aren't too obvious if you want. I'll try to come up with my list!

    1. A few for now that haven't been mentioned:

      KENTUCKY – Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
      LOUISIANA – Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
      MISSOURI – Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K. Hamilton
      OHIO - Dead Witch Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

  5. Thanks, everyone! Great start! I've got a couple as well. I'm going to update the post later this week with everyone's suggestions!

    NORTH CAROLINA - Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series
    GEORGIA - Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
    WASHINGTON - Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady
    ILLINOIS - The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

    1. ARIZONA - Hunted by Kevin Hearne
      ALASKA - Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
      NEVADA - The Signs of the Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson

  6. Another blogger is working on an Urban Fantasy map. It's almost filled in: