So…finally a post about books. I have read quite a few ya books and I thought you guys should know some of my favourites. These are only Young Adult books (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson etc. are not included) This is an ever-changing list. They are not in any particular order (except for #1). I will put the summary (from Goodreads) as well.
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THE HATE U GIVE
By: Angie Thomas
I loved this book so much. It was such a powerful and important read. The author really brought Starr to life. It opens our eyes to what is happening around us. I believe everyone should read this book. It has a very powerful message that needs to be heard. 100000000% recommend it.
Don’t forget to read the book so you can go watch The Hate U Give in theatres October 19, 2018, starring Amandla Stenberg.
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” -The Hate U Give
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
THRONE OF GLASS SERIES
By: Sarah J Maas
This series is such a ride!!! This is a fantasy you wish you were in but yet you’re happy that you’re not. It is an amazing series for anyone who loves fantasy. Celeana Sardothien is an unforgettable character. This book and series has plot twists that you would have never seen coming. I would definitely recommend reading it.
There are 8 books including 1 prequel. The last book “Kingdom of Ash” will be released October 23rd, 2018.
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
By: Stephanie Meyer
Please don’t hate me. I personally loved twilight. It is the base of ya books. As cheesy and twilighty ( I couldn’t think of a better noun) twilight is, it is a book that you should read. It gives you all the feels. It is a timeless tale that was made for the sole purpose of being enjoyed.
“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” -Twilight
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS
By: Francesa Zappia
This is a pretty unknown book. It is not a bestseller but it was so good. It is very memorable. Eliza is such a real character that we can all relate to. The book deals with some very real issues and at the end, it did make me cry. I laughed and cried and had such a great time reading it. I read it in one sitting. I would definitely recommend this book!
“Broken people don’t hide from their monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.” -Eliza and Her Monsters
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
By: Suzanne Collins
This is a ya classic. The hunger games is such an amazing book. If you are a fan of dystopian books this is the book for you. Dystopian books like this make us scared for the future of humanity. I enjoyed reading this trilogy so much. Although the ending of Mockingjay left me wanting more. I don’t know what else to say other than read the book!
“May the odds be ever in your favor” -The Hunger Games
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
By: Veronica Roth
Divergent teaches us that being different from society is ok. Tris is such an amazing role model and we can’t help but fall in love with Four and all the relationships that Tris builds. The way that Veronica Roth wrote the book, makes you feel like you are in Chicago with Tris the entire time. If you are a fan of hunger games you will love this book. Any fan of dystopian books would love this.
******BEWARE OF ALLEGIANT (the last book)
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
TO ALL THE BOYS IVE LOVED BEFORE TRILOGY
By: Jenny Han
I actually read this very recently but I cannot stop thinking about it. It made me laugh and cry so much while reading the book. Lara Jean and Peter are very relatable characters that we cannot help but fall in love with. To all the boys I’ve loved before made me swoon. This book has strong themes of family, following your heart, sister relationships and love. I fell in love with this book and its characters. I would definitely recommend this book especially to those who loved the Netflix movie and any fan of ya contemporary books.
“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.” -To All The Boys I’ve loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
THE SELECTION ORIGINAL TRILOGY
By: Kiera Cass
By the original 3, I mean The Selection, The Elite and The One. I loved this series so much. it is the classic romance and America and Maxon were made for each other. I had a blast reading it and I really wished that I could be in a selection. All the characters were very lovable. This book is perfect if you love ya romance or if you watch the bachelor/bachelorette. I would definitely recommend it.
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.” -The Selection
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
By: John Green
The fault in our stars is an unforgettable book about love. You go into the book thinking you are prepared for whatever ending John Green throws at you but by the time you are done you have no more tears left to cry. Hazel and Gus are such lovable charcters that did not deserve what happened to them. I would 100% reccomend this to anyone.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” -The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
RED QUEEN SERIES
By: Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen is my all time favourite book. I love this series so much. This is perfect for you if you love fantasy. Their society is so intriguing and the book is so interesting. the book has so many plot twists especially one that NO ONE ever saw coming. Victoria Aveyard is such a great writer and loves cliffhangers. You become very attached to all the characters. Many people do not like Red Queen but I beg to differ.
“Anyone can Betray Anyone” -Red Queen
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.