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Clean fantasy or post apocalyptic books?

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Rebecca | 3 comments When I say clean I mean squeaky clean. The less hints at romance the better, no foul language and preferably no graphic violence. I recently found a book I was very interested in but had to quit at 93% with many more books in the series. I was heart broken. An example of an author I will read anything by because of his standards is Jeff Wheeler. Does anyone else have a favorite author like this that is your go to for a good, squeaky clean read?

I like the excitement and the coming together of people to survive in a post apocalyptic book but most have had either way too much language and details of violence I couldn’t handle. Somethings I have been able to ignore but it’s so hard to find a clean-ish author in this genre.

Happy Reading Watching (nashelie) I'm not a fantasy reader yet so I don't have any recmendations sorry. I do agree with you It's hard to find good , clean , fun books. The athour I go to for clean romance is Sarah M Eden I can trust her 100%.

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Sean Durity | 3 comments If you like classic/epic/high fantasy, then I have really enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's works. He is ridiculously prolific. Most of his major works have an even larger universe connection (called the cosmere). However, he does blend/cross genres. The Mistborn Trilogy is closer to post-apocalyptic (but fantasy). Stormlight Archive is epic fantasy. Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians is snarky (but not annoyingly) middle grades contemporary fantasy that is deeper than you expect at first. Warbreaker, a stand-alone novel and good entry point, is fantasy with a touch of romance.

Another author we have enjoyed is Andrew Peterson. As a family we read together his On the Dark Sea of Darkness. It is a sometimes silly, but touching family fantasy entry. The consistently short chapters make it great for read-out-loud-together.

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Paul Stout | 6 comments I second the nod to Brandon Sanderson for fantasy.

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Krista | 7 comments I recently read Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It does have some cussing, but I have my copy to sell on Amazon with the cuss words covered with washi tape. There's a small hint of romance but nothing is acted upon. I really enjoyed it as a post-apocalyptic newer novel.

My seller account is washicleanbooks if you decide you wanted my copy.

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Amanda (amandalyn) | 107 comments The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I just finished the second book in the 5 book series, super clean - no language, war violence but not graphic, no romance. I only read one of Sandersons books, but it wasn't squeaky clean if you ask me. There was mild swearing and the lead male character kept objectifying the lead female, staring at her chest and commenting on her "assets". Patricia McKillip writes gorgeous clean fantasy. Dianna Wynn Jones too. Megan Whalen Turners The Thief series is one of my all time favorites. The Dark is Rising sequence is really good.

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Gary Harvey | 18 comments I feel your pain.

Finding a clean author and clean books shouldnt be this hard.

And you'd think that when authors explain that their books are devoid of sex, gratuitous violence and gutter language, it'd be a PLUS. Not necessarily so, it seems.

As someone pointed out to me, few readers will complain that a book has no swearing or gore - as long as the story line is engaging.

If you'd like to see my "clean reads statement" it's at but alas, I'm not into fantasy or post apocalyptic.

Gary Harvey
Pen name: Pat Wilpenter

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C. | 297 comments For Post-ApocaIyptic, I believe you would be happy with the After The EMP series~ Darkness Begins (After the EMP, #1) by Harley Tate

Darkness Grows A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (After the EMP, #2) by Harley Tate

Darkness Rises A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (After the EMP, #3) by Harley Tate

Also, The Remnant series~ Deep Shadows (The Remnant #1) by Vannetta Chapman

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Rebecca | 3 comments Krista wrote: "I recently read Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It does have some cussing, but I have my copy to sell on Amazon with the cuss words covered with washi tape. There's a small hint of rom..."

I tried to search for you! That idea is so great!

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C. | 297 comments Project ELE (ELE, #1) by Rebecca Gober

Seabound (Seabound Chronicles, #1) by Jordan Rivet 1 and 3 in the trilogy are non-offensive, but for some odd reason the second book has pervasive profanity, including religious swears but no "F" bombs!

Edgewood (Edgewood, #1) by Karen McQuestion

Granted by John David Anderson

The Time Travel Trailer (Time Travel Trailer, #1) by Karen Musser Nortman

The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn

A Spirited Tail (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery, #2) by Leighann Dobbs

These Haunts are Made for Walking (Haunted Tour Guide Mystery, #1) by Rose Pressey

Dark, Witch & Creamy (Bewitched by Chocolate #1) by H.Y. Hanna

It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #1) by Heather Blake

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, #1) by Robert Liparulo

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

The Truth Out There by Celia Rees

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Shay (foregroundnoise) | 6 comments Most anything by Shannon Hale is clean, and most of her books are also fantasy.

Airborn is interesting, it's fantasy but not in a way you'd expect. It's an alternate past, steampunk (but beautifully done, no cringe), about Matt -- cabin boy on an airship. It's sweet and well written, almost too happy for my taste. I remember finishing and thinking that it was one of the most interesting fictional worlds that I've read.

Cinder, which is actually a pretty popular book, is also very squeaky clean. It's a retelling of Cinderella, also steampunkish, where Cinderella is a cyborg!

Seraphina is a book about dragons, like Eragon but waay better :) Eragon is so male-centric that it kills me. Seraphina is a dragon book where the main character is an amazingly awesome girl named -- what else? -- Seraphina.

The Clockwork Three: this book... I read it from start to finish without stopping. Also a steampunk/fantasy/alternative past, we meet three characters who don't know each other (yet) and watch as their lives slowly begin to intertwine in the most beautiful of ways.

Peter Pan in Scarlet is in the children's section. Do not let this dissuade you! I had never red Peter Pan when I first happened upon this book. I read it as a child, LOVED it. I read it again as an adult, STILL LOVED it.

Matched is the first in a super popular sci-fi series. I've only read the first, but it was very clean. I never read the rest because I found this boring and lacking in action, it focused more on relationships than on action. I never read the second.

Starters is the first in a sci-fi series as well that's kind-of clean. I've never read the others in the series, and because of the level of seriousness I felt and because it's about body renting via mind-swap (which raises questions regardless of the fact that the book doesn't really dive into it) that it's not exactly clean. Old people rent young bodies to walk around in, it's an easy way to make quick money for the young. The middle ages have all died of a disease, so only rich old people and people beneath twenty-ish are still alive. There are some dark elements to this one, so maybe not?

The Angel Experiment is a book that I actually don't like at all. The story is very strange, but some people adore this sci-fi and swear by it. Basically these kids were experimented on genetically and now they have wings. I found it too full of plot holes, but that aside it's clean and popular.

Uglies is the first in a wonderful sci-fi series. It's clean, I've read every book except Extras and the quality of writing holds up. This the future (America probably) where only remnants of our current world exist. It asks the question -- if we could make ourselves physically perfect, would we? What would the results be? Though the government does drug people, so they'll be "bubbly" and can't think straight. Which means they're basically continuously high, they have no motivation to do anything -- which stops them from rebelling. Otherwise, pretty clean series. Curse words are made up, as most of the slang in this book has been created by the author (like "bubbly" meaning high).

Airman and other books by Eoin Colfer are pretty clean. Sometimes there is a little violence, but nothing descriptive. Occasionally there are some curse words, but again, it's not common. Eoin Colfer is an Irish guy who writes sci-fi. Airman is one of my favorite stand-alones. It's once again an alternative past, except this one is actually supposed to have happened and been forgotten by history. Airman tells the story of Conor, who is wrongfully accused of a crime and must escape prison to save the kingdom. This book is interesting because, unlike other YA novels, we see Conor grow up. He starts as a kid, then really starts when he's 14. By the end he's 17 and ready to start college. It's one of my favorites.

*Note, I don't usually notice swear words unless there are too many (Eleanor & Park looking at you), but none of these books should have strong language. Perhaps a word or two. None of these books have sexual relationships or anything vulgar.

Autumn Rae Hickenlooper | 5 comments Some great clean reads include anything by Brandon Mull. Three Times Lucky is really good too.

Autumn Rae Hickenlooper | 5 comments Framed! By James Ponti is a good clean read. Mystery

Autumn Rae Hickenlooper | 5 comments I am pretty picky. No profanity, no sexual innuendo, no graphic violence. But I also like high quality writing. Fablehaven, Three Times Lucky, and Framed! All qualify. The TheodosIa series is good too. They are also upbeat.

Autumn Rae Hickenlooper | 5 comments Three Times Lucky is by Sheila Turnage.

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Krista | 7 comments Rebecca wrote: "Krista wrote: "I recently read Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It does have some cussing, but I have my copy to sell on Amazon with the cuss words covered with washi tape. There's a sm..."

Well, I've never sold anything on Amazon before, so maybe I didn't list it correctly (I couldn't find myself when I went back!). But I tried again, and think it's ok now. I read a lot these days, so if you have any requests for washiclean'd up books, let me know! But Good Morning Midnight was a pretty good one. I enjoyed it.

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