We have been reading books since we could read. We started reading picture books, then moved onto Harry Potter and then went from there. As we’ve grown up, we’ve moved across to reading a lot of Young Adult books, although we still do reread Harry Potter every year and occasionally will pick up a book from the Percy Jackson universe. But, I have picked up a lot of favorite series of the years and we wanted to share five of our writer Chloe’s favorite ones with all of you. So, this is 5 YA series you should be reading! And, no, we know it doesn’t include Harry Potter but it is counted as a children’s series rather than a YA one!! Here’s Chloe’s picks.
5) Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems they may still be alive.
Through this series, we follow Jacob as he finds out more about his Grandfather’s old life. We travel to Wales where we get introduced to Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar Children and follow on their adventures.
The Miss Peregrine’s Home series is such an interesting, creative series full of twists and turns. The addition of mysterious photographs scattered across the book makes it even more intriguing as I think they really help the story come even more to life. Ransom Riggs’ writing style is so intricate and detailed, as well as it flows really well and is also quite lyrical. You can guarantee that you will be hooked from the very first sentence of the first book to the last sentence of the last and with another trilogy in the same universe slowly coming out, there’s plenty more to come yet. I cannot recommend this series enough!
4) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
We follow our main character Juliette who has been locked away for almost a year because she can kill somebody just by touching them. But, soon she meets Adam who helps her, breaks her out and Juliette finds out that maybe everything isn’t exactly how she thought it was.
Now, I haven’t actually completed all of the Shatter Me books that are out in the world yet but it’s still on this list because it is INCREDIBLE. It has been on my TBR basically since it came out and this year, I finally started to read the series and I cannot wait to finish it and then carry on with the last two that are being released. Again, Tahereh has the most beautiful writing, not just through the Shatter me series but her other books too, I could honestly read her shopping lists because I know that they would be beautiful too. Juliette is a character that I absolutely love and I think it is amazing how Mafi has created a kick-ass female character that teenagers can happily look up to.
I can honestly with my whole heart recommend this series. It’s beautiful, it’s tense, full of plot twists and heart-stopping moments.
3) A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price. Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Through the A Court Of series, we follow our main character Feyre who is being punished for killing a faerie. When they put her father into prison, she takes his place and starts to fall for her captor. Although, through the series, we begin to realize that her captor might not be everything Feyre built him up to be. A series that starts off as a lose Beauty and the Beast retelling becomes a lot, lot more than that and is honestly one of my favorite series’ of all time.
Although I do love this series, it’s a bit of a weird one for me. I actually DNF’d the first book in this series, I really couldn’t get into it and be determined I wouldn’t like the series because I didn’t like the love interest of the first book. Over a year later, I picked up the second book in the series and gave it 5/5 stars which I really wasn’t expecting and now believe that the second book is just one of the best YA books that have ever been written. I can understand that Sarah J Maas books aren’t for everyone, for one thing, they are high fantasy novels which a lot of people don’t really like, I wasn’t really a fan until I read this series myself. But, this series is just so incredible, it’s so beautiful and it’s so TENSE. Especially A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third book in the series. So, if you think you can deal with a slowish first book in a series then please give this one a go and if you don’t like the first book remember that I DNF’d it too.
Just an extra note, these books do have some sex scenes in so they’re not suitable for really young readers!
2) Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. (The Mortal Instruments)
Now, the reason I haven’t put my own description here too is that, well, the Shadowhunter Chronicles is a very long series and is actually, for the moment, compiled of three separate series, soon to be four. I know that it seems really daunting when you look at the books, they are so, so worth the read, these books are incredible. The Shadowhunter books have honestly changed my entire life, from Alec Lightwood teaching me that it is okay to be different and scared to start with, to Will Herondale who is my favorite character in literature and got me through one of the hardest times in my life. This world is so intricate, what Cassandra Clare has created here is truly a huge masterpiece that gets better with every single book or novella that is put out into the world.
If you have the patience for a currently thirteen book series, I truly cannot recommend reading them enough. They just get better and more sophisticated with every book, I will say though, also be ready to get your heart broken more than once as these books truly are a roller coaster and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.
1) Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
In Renegades, we follow two teams, the Renegades and Anarchists, the ‘good guys’ and ‘the bad guys.’ And, we follow our two main characters, Nova, an Anarchist who goes undercover as a Renegade and Adrian, a Renegade and the adopted son of the two leaders of the Renegades who has a huge secret of his own.
After reading Renegades this year, it has become my favorite book of all time I just cannot explain my complete love for this book. I mean, yes it does have to do with Superheroes and if you know me, you know I adore Marvel but it’s so much more than that. It’s full of friendship and family, secrets and love, it’s just such a beautifully written masterpiece. This was also my first Marissa Meyer book and I couldn’t be happier with my choice because I just love this book and this series so much. I also just finished the sequel, Archenemies which was just as incredible and even more tense and heartbreaking than the first book. The ending has broken me and I cannot wait for the third and final book to come out in November 2019 which gives you all plenty of time to catch up on the series! I really with my whole heart and soul cannot recommend this series enough, even if you don’t like Superheroes, I think you can really enjoy this series because it’s more about the politics of Superheroes and the fact they are still people and have family and friends and it’s just beautiful just please read it.
So, yes, there are 5 YA books that I think you should all be reading. I know that this is all my personal opinion but they’re not popular series for no reason and they are all so close to my heart. Even though they are popular series, they still deserve so much more love and I hope you all get the same enjoyment out of them I get!!
If you’ve read any of these series off the plan to get in touch with us @Fuzzable and let us know!