After a poll I recently did on my Twitter account, I realized that you wanted me to write more book-related posts, and I’m really happy about that since I love books! As you know, I’m a huge bookworm and am always on the hunt for my next favorite read.
But I know not everyone loves reading as much as I do. It can be hard for people to find a book that’s not too heavy, with a limpid style and an addicting story. And you know what genre reminded me of that? Young Adult. This genre also happens to be one of my favorites, exactly for the reasons stated above! I love dystopian stories and fantasy, and this is what YA normally offers.
In that state of mind, I have decided to list ten of my favorite YA series, in the hope that I might be able to recommend you something new that you might like!
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
Do you love fairytale retellings? Dystopian stories with an intergalactical twist? Well, this series is perfect for you! I’m going to seem like a bit of a snob here, but I picked Cinder, the first installment of the series (which I’ve talked about in a previous post) only because I loved the cover and had heard good things about it. Little did I know that I would be so engrossed in it that I would have finished reading the first three books in three days (each book was read in one sitting)!
What I love so much about this series is its characters. Each book brought its new characters, and I love each and everyone of them differently. The girls all kick ass in their own way. The characters are complex and explored in-depth. I was able to recognize myself in all of them, and it was easy to connect to the ones who I couldn’t see myself in.
The story holds numerous plot twists. Some expected, some that you totally won’t see coming! The author, Marissa Meyer, was able to create intricate plots that all connect with one another. The story is told from different points of view, and they all connected at some point.
This series is one of my all-time favorites and holds a dear place in my heart.
THE HUNGER GAMES
Surely you’ve heard of The Hunger Games. The movie franchise was a huge hit, but nothing beats reading the books! I read the first book before the movie came out, and I absolutely loved it!
I loved the concept from the very beginning. Suzanne Collins was able to build a amazingly well-construscted world. I wouldn’t want to live in it, but she was able to make it interesting and realistic.
What I loved about The Hunger Games is that it’s more than a simple love story. Love doesn’t really come into the picture until the second installment. Instead, Katniss is driven by her love for her sister and friendship.
The author created fantastic characters that I will forever cherish. My love for Katniss, Peeta, Finnick and Effie (to name only a few) knows no bounds.
Even if you’ve watched the movies, I suggest you read the books. I loved the movie adaptations, but I will always prefer the books!
THE MAZE RUNNER
I dived into this series after having read many great reviews about it on Goodreads. And I understand why people loved it so much.
The plot of this series is interesting, thickening with each book. It had its loads of unexpected, so be prepared. You will ask yourself many questions (some will receive an answer to, some you will have to wait until you figure it out), and you just don’t know who to trust. But that’s what will keep you on reading!
This series has made me go through so many emotions, but it was completely worth it. Very well written, the story is brilliant and the characters are simply amazing. You would think that the restraining setting would be boring, but it’s anything but. I loved seeing the relationships that bounded the characters evolve as the story went on, and seeing the characters grow with it.
It is definitely a must-read. There is also a movie adaptation, if you haven’t seen it (with Dylan O’Brien aka bae). I’ve only seen the first movie (the second book was adapted too), but I loved it!
Bloodlines is the spinoff series of Vampire Academy, written by Richelle Mead. Even if it’s a spinoff, you don’t particularly need to have read Vampire Academy to enjoy it (even though it does help you understand the world and the characters better). I personally prefered the spinoff to the original series, but quite honestly, both are amazing.
The reason why I enjoyed it so much, I believe, is because of the characters. I had particularly loved Adrian in VA, so I was overly excited to find out that he was going to get his own series! I also thought Sydney’s character held a lot of potential, so I was glad that she was going to be under the spotlight.
Not only does this book features two amazing main characters (who also happen to be the narrators), but the storyline is addictive. I devoured each of the books in this series, and ended up loving each and every one of them more than the last (I gave them all 5 stars on Goodreads).
Remember how I read the first three installments of The Lunar Chronicles in three days? Well, the same phenomenom happened with The Selection trilogy! I actually read both of those series around the same time last year, so I guess I was in a binge-reading mode, haha. 😉
Anyways, before I head further into why I love The Selection so much, you have to know that I’ve only read the first three books of the series. The Selection was originally supposed to be a trilogy, before the author decided to add two other books that concentrated on a new generation. I did not read those two other books, nor do I intend to. I was satisfied with the way things ended in The One, the third book.
The story itself is every different from what I had read so far and I loved it. It reminded me of the Hunger Games a little because of the elimination and the fact that all the Selected live in the same place, at the palace. Aside from that, it has a heart of its own.
The characters are all complex and well written, but I have to admit that I have two favorite of my own, America and Maxon. I know a lot of people complained about America, the main character, but I have to admit that she’s probably what made me love it so much. She has her qualities and her flaws, but she is aware of the fact that she is not perfect. She is strong-willed and doesn’t let anyone get in her way.
This trilogy has everything you could hope for: romance, unexpected plot twists, well-built characters… and the list goes on. It will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, that I can guarantee!
This book is perfect for all girly girls who crave romance and drama!
THE RAVEN BOYS
If you’re a Bookstagramer or are well-aware of what is going in the book blogging community, you must know that The Raven Boys is one of the most hyped YA series of the last year. So, of course, I had to give it a try!
I had never read a Maggie Stiefvater book before, so I was a little disoriented at first. Maggie’s style is very lyrical and metaphorical, which makes the story even more unique.
The story line was confusing for me at first (I usually don’t read books about ley lines and all that jazz), but that’s what made it interesting. The subject, that is more of a quest, really, made me really curious, I wanted to know more as I was reading the book.
The pace of the story is quite slow compared to what I normally read, but it made me enjoy every moment more. Stiefvater really takes the time to go in depth within her characters, and that makes us love them even more. The slower pace gives more space to character portrayal and literary images.
The beauty of this series stands with its characters. Each one of them holds a special place in my heart. They all have their strengths and vulnerability and are depicted very differently. The relationships that bind them all made my heart ache. Let me just say that Stiefvater has made me jump up and down in my room, but as also made me cry ugly tears. It tears up your heart, making you feel all kind of emotions. The bound that unites Blue and her Raven Boys is very strong, and Stiefvater depicted that perfectly.
This series is amazing. There is no other way to put it. Interesting storylines, unexpected plot twists (and sometimes I hate Stiefvater for it), beautiful writing, romance that doesn’t make me want to throw up… what more is there to ask for?
PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS
I’m not sure whether this can classify as Young Adult, as it is mostly considered Middle Grade, but I simply had to put it among my favorites. I’m actually kind of cheating with this one. My favorite series of Rick Riordan is actually Heroes of Olympus, but you have to have read PJO before you head into this one to understand how it all began.
Don’t let the fact that it’s aimed for a younger audience scare you away! I started reading Riordan’s books when I was seventeen, and even now, as as twenty-something, I still enjoy them. Also,
the movies are kind of bad and definitely don’t do the books justice! Even if Logan Lerman makes a great Percy, don’t let them discourage you from reading this series!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a great Greek mythology retelling. Set in today’s world, the demigods, children of Greek Gods and mortal parents, go to Camp Half-Blood, meant to train them. Percy never expected that he would be special, and never wanted any of this, but… you know how it goes.
The characters are great, Percy’s sass will make you laugh, the storylines are always interesting and full of plot twists that you won’t see coming and it’s Greek mythology retelling!
(I love greek mythology, okay?)
Rick Riordan wrote a lot of other spinoffs from that series, so if you like his work, there are plenty for you to read!
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS
I stumbled upon this series before I even knew it was popular. Fifteeen year-old me found this book at my local library, thought it seemed interesting and decided to bring it home with me. Little did I know that I would end up loving it so much!
I read and reread this series countless times, and I still love it, even five years later.
I think the reason why I love these books so much is because of the world Cassandra Clare has created. It’s so well described that I can actually imagine myself living in it. Everything has been meticulously thought of and well-crafted.
Of course, I cannot go by and without mentioning the characters. Clare is able to go in depth behind her characters’ psychology. Every character is unique and complex. She does not only explore her main characters, but she gives a voice to others as well.
Clare’s books are beautifully written and got me hanging on every word. I simply couldn’t put this series down, I had to know what would happen next.
Cassandra Clare kind of resembles Rick Riordan on one thing: she exploited the world she created to the maximum! The Mortal Instruments is one of the multiple series she wrote within the Shadowhunter world. I wrote about one of them in my favorite books of 2015 post.
This series is probably the darkest, most gruesome and twisted one of the bunch. But God did I love it. It’s so good, I couldn’t stop reading. I was captivated.
The storyline was simply amazing. I don’t know how the author thought of something so clever. It’s so different from most stories I read and I really like that this freshness. Hodkin knew how to keep me hooked. I just couldn’t stop myself, I had to know more.
I really connected with the characters. I loved reading the story from Mara’s point of view. It made me understand what she was going through a lot better.
Without Noah Shaw, I don’t think I would have liked it as much. When we first encounter him, he is the school heartbreaker and every single girl wants him, even if they know what is going to happen to them after he’s done with them. Though, when he meets Mara, when he’s with her, everything changes. As the story evolves, not only do we get to see their relationship evolve, but we also see who the real Noah Shaw is. We get to see far beyond the hottest guy cover he’s putting on.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Divergent. It’s almost as well-known as The Hunger Games, and with reason! I have only seen the first movie, and while it was good, the book was ten times better.
I fell in love with the world Veronica Roth has created. It’s a dystopian society with a very unique concept. People are sorted into factions, based on their personality. Faction before blood is their motto. Faction before anthing else. But the problem with this society is that differences are not accepted. So when Tris finds out that she’s Divergent, she does everything in her power to hide it.
Tris, the main character, shattered this world. She’s not afraid to fight for what she believes is right, and will stop at nothing until she gets what she wants. Veronica Roth did an incredible job at creating strong and well-developed characters.
I have yet to see the other movies, but I’m pretty sure that nothing beats the books.
What are your favorite YA series? Have you read any of these? See any favorites?