I know, how cliche, a teenager liking Young Adult books. I’m not ashamed to admit it nothing makes me happier than getting stuck into a good bit of fiction. Ever since I read Harry Potter in 2006, I have loved all things fantasy and make believe since. When Twilight came out, I was so invested in Edward and Bella’s relationship, I think I lost contact with the real world for a little while lol. Since then, I’ve grown up a little bit (only a little bit) but I still love a good fantasy novel. John Green novels really opened the doors for non-fantasy books for me, The Fault in Our Stars is my eternal favourite but there are others I enjoy too!
Sometimes I find it a little difficult to find books which are off the beaten path and often find myself youtubing things such as “Top 10 YA Books of 2013” or something similar to find inspiration (this is how I found His Fair Assassins Trilogy woo!) so I have decided to compile my own list too in case anyone is stuck for a good book!
1. The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
The Killing Woods was a really good book that I came across in WH Smiths. I was looking for something different to read from my usual fantasy world drama and found this. It’s about a girl named Emily who is a bit of a social outcast and her life is turned upside down when her dad is accused of the murder of a girl Emily’s age called Ashlee. Emily however, doesn’t believe he is guilty, so she tries to discover what actually happened and this leads to her cross paths with Ashlee’s boyfriend Damon. The book is really cleverly written and keeps you guessing the whole way through about the actual events of the night and it jumps between Emily’s story and Damon’s story so it is a really worthwhile read!
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This was a recent Christmas present from my mum and it was surprisingly really good. My mum’s choice of gifts for me isn’t always 100% (still love her loads though) but this one was great! It’s sucha good book and as well as your usual fantasy story suspects: good vs. evil, there is so many layers to it! It is a really intricate plotline and there is so much added mystery and you really fall in love with the characters. You really begin to root for Celeana and even though Chaol isn’t always nice to her, you still love him lots! And luckily, it’s the first in the series so you know there is lots more to come!
3. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
I stumbled across this gem when I was on a huge reading spree, reading literally any book I could get my hands on in one very boring summer. Starcrossed was a surprise as when I first picked it up, I wasn’t really that into it but I ploughed on and it was so worth it! It’s about an ordinary girl named Helen who is suddenly introduced to new truths about her parentage and finds out she’s a demi-God! This then introduces a whole new family of Demi-Gods (or Scions as they are called in Starcrossed) and a deeper plot is introduced! The plot twists and changes at every turn and the characters are so colourful and varied that there is someone for everyone to relate with! It introduces Greek mythology in a whole new way and since reading this I have bought The Odyssey by Homer (how chic I know).
4. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
I read the start of Beautiful Creatures which was co-written by Kami Garcia but I was so disappointed, it was slow to take off, the characters dull and just not very interesting so I was a little reluctant to read Unbreakable after I was given it as a Christmas present. I was thoroughly wrong to pre-judge it because it was AMAZING. It’s about a girl called Kennedy who comes home to find her mother murdered and this takes her on a journey of self-discovery about who she really is. She meets a group of ghost hunting teenagers called The Legion and a love triangle quickly forms between Kennedy and twin brothers Jared and Lukas. I loved this book from start to finish and have read it several times since. The descriptions of the ghost attacks are so vivid so I did have a little trouble sleeping after reading a chunk of the novel at around one o’clock in the morning, how crazy yet sad. It is also the first book in the series yippee!
5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
You can’t have a list of YA books and not include the mother of them all. The Fault in Our Stars is probably the most beautiful book I have ever read in my life and John Green is a literal genius. Before discovering TFIOS I was happily stuck in my rut of fantasy worlds (enter Middle-Earth, Hogwarts, Twilight, Eragon) and I didn’t know or care about what I was missing. After being forced into reading, it opened a whole new door of books! I won’t go into plot details because I doubt there are many people who don’t know what TFIOS is about and the movie is so beautiful although I did cry from beginning to end (true story – ask my friend). Also Ansel Elgort is in it, so yippee! Basically you need to read this book at least once before you die and after that you’ll probably read it several times over (guilty!).
6. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevres
Grave Mercy was a book I came across on one of my youtube searching sprees and I was not disappointed by this recommendation. It’s about assassin nuns in Brittany during the reign of the Duchess Anne who are the daughters of Death himself, Mortain and their quest to protect Anne. Ismae, the first assassin is introduced, is so heart-warming and you instantly join her team as number one supporter! When she is introduced to Duval you immediately see the spark and root for them from then on! The book is cleverly written and has a complicated plot-line and the book cleverly plants the seeds for the next book, which just makes you want to read one! Thankfully, this wonderful book is the first in the series of His Fair Assassins!
7. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
I have no idea how I found this book on my Kindle but it is honestly so good! It can be categorized as a Hunger Games type but is such a good book in its own right! It’s about a girl named Aria who is thrown out of the Domes which her people live in into the wild where she meets Perry, someone who lives in the Wild as a Savage. Aria has no idea why she was thrown out but she wants to find her mother who w was in another dome but she suspects she might be dead. Perry agrees to help Aria to the other Dome but they obviously fall in love! The really nice thing about this book is that even though it’s not all plain sailing, there isn’t an annoying love triangle because they have really been done to death so yay!
8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This little beauty was another Kindle find after my love affair with The Fault in Our Stars began. What’s strange about this book isn’t that it’s about the run-up to the death of a main character; it’s about the aftermath which makes it different as well as extremely amazing! After TFIOS, this is definitely my second-favourite. It’s not about love either which is refreshing, it’s more about humanity so it really is a beautiful read.
9. Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Rosebush is honestly like the scariest book I’ve ever read in my life. It’s so gripping and chilling and omg. It’s a very modern murder mystery and it is just so strange but it is an amazing story. I was sucked in from the very start and was guessing right until the very end! Basically, this girl gets run over after a party and figures out one of her friends is trying to kill and then omg it’s just soooo scary! But you’ll love it.
10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones is OMG AMAZING. I loved it right from the very start and it’s so clever and so wonderful and so fabulously fantasy! It’s sort of like Twilight (a cheeky love triangle has been thrown in also) and it has a fabulous cast of characters. AND to top it off, it’s the first book in a series of six so enjoy!
Original Post Date: March 2015