10 YA Books/Series You Should Read


Bessie Barlow, Guest Columnist

The following list contains some favorites of mine. I have some other favorite books that are not on the list. This list will NOT include: The Hungrer Games, Twilight Saga, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, or the Harry Potter series. The order of the books is randomly placed.

1. The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder.
Yes, I know a school book, but it was good. This book I had to read last year in my World Civilization class. The book is about the fight over the English crown. This started my love for historical fiction novels.

2. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
This is a fantasy book series without magic, or is there? An assassin is brought to the castle to compete against other criminals for her freedom. The ruthless king needs a “champion:” someone to do his dirty work. The first book is about Celaena fighting and winning her freedom, the rest of the books in the series are about her finding out more about the world she lives in, and her past. This series is a great one to read if you’re looking for some fantasy.

3. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
A love story told from fourteen different points of views. The story is about two college students, Lea and Gabe falling in love; both are too shy to talk to each other about their feelings. They also can’t tell the other is falling in love with them. The viewpoints are from their teacher, classmates, friends, a weird one is the bench they both sit at, and a squirrel. I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone looking for A Little Something Different (pun intended).

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Fairytale retellings with a science-fiction twist. There are four novels, one prequel, and one book filled with novellas. Living in the distinct future there is only one evil queen, and she lives on the moon. The series opens with a retelling of Cinderella, called Cinder. She is a cyborg, that works as a mechanic for her stepmother. The entire world is losing hundreds of thousands to a plague that doesn’t have a cure. When her sister dies from the plague, Cinder is the immediate blame; she with a mysterious past, has caught the heart of the Prince Kia. After some unfortunate events, and the help of a doctor and a new friend Thorne, she is on the run from the moon queen Levana, and New Beijing government officials. The next books in the series continue with Cinder running away from Levana, and eventually trying to dethrone her. She meets up with Scarlet, Cress, and Winter; all of them have been in some way been wronged by the Queen, and they help Cinder on her mission.

5. Doon series by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
A retelling of a musical called Brigadoon, the series is set in Scotland. Veronica and her best friend Mackenna go to Scotland after they graduate from high school; there Veronica starts seeing a young boy telling her to follow him over the bridge and be with him. The girls find a letter left to Mackenna from her great aunt, the girls follow the instructions, and find themselves in Doon: a medieval land with human plumbing. While it may seem beautiful, Doon has a darkness that is about to be uncovered.

6. The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel
After a nuclear war, the U.S. is left in terrible condition. The few survivors left all live in a community that has fought for power on how to govern the people. The girls are married off to the boys of the winning side. Ivy is set to marry Bishop Lattimer, the president’s son. Her father and sister have told her that she needs to kill him. When she is married to Bishop, she starts to learn that everything she was told from her family isn’t true, and maybe he might be able to understand her in a way that her family couldn’t. This book doesn’t get a lot of recognition, and it needs to. It is short and fast paced with an ending that makes you want the next book: a continuation of the first.

7. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This is the best love story I have ever read; it also has a mysterious element to. There is betrayal, and another love story in this one. The only bad thing is that the book ended on a cliffhanger, making you want to read the next book immediately. Unfortunately for me, I had to wait eight months for it to be released to read it.

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is a realistic coming of age story that deals with some heavy issues to talk about. Cath is a fanfiction writer, with a twin sister named wren. They go off to college, and Cath has to start to be by herself without being in Wren’s shadow. Wren is outgoing, fun, and wild, while Cath is a quiet, shy, stay-in-house type. At college, Cath makes new friends and even meets a guy. Some of the heavy issues that are dealt with are mental illness, abandonment, and alcoholics. I really like this book. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending; it didn’t give any type of ending to the story.

9. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
Clay receives a box of tapes explaining why Hanna Baker killed herself. She gives thirteen reasons why she committed suicide. Hanna gives instructions on who to pass the tapes on to once Clay has finished with them; she also goes to locations while she is recording the tapes and gives a map to follow. Following the instructions, Clay learns the reasons why she killed herself and why he is on the list. This was hard for me to read because it deals with how other people’s actions make you feel. After reading this book I started watching how I treat people, and what I say to them, or about them because I never know what’s going on in their head. I honestly think everybody in high school should have to read this book in their English class because it brings up every day issues that happen in school, and it may give them a wakeup call.

10. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Gemma is kidnapped by Ty and taken to the Australian Outback to live with him. While she is with him, she learns more about him and that he believes he is saving her from the life she was living. Getting to know him, she starts to fight what her heart is telling her; she’s fallen in love with him. This book is told in second person point of view: Gemma writes a letter to Ty, the man that kidnapped her. I absolutely love this book. When I first read it, I was a little confused if Gemma had Stockholm Syndrome, or if she really loved him. After a few more reads, I know whether it was love or not. I hate/ love that the author made Ty such a likeable character because his kidnapping of Gemma was wrong