Tumblr used HeyChief texted me this morning asking for some YA recommendations— now, I work in a bookstore and have made it abundantly clear on my blog that I’m extremely passionate about the young adult/teen genres on a whole. There’s a lot of quality writing in there that most people on this particular website choose to ignore, which royally Pisses Me Off. So, since for some reason or another people respect my taste, I’ve decided to make an actual list of Young Adult Novels You Should Read Because Stop Knocking A Genre You Know Nothing About Just Because Twilight. (No, I’m not bitter at Tumblr.)
(Okay I’m extremely bitter at Tumblr but that isn’t the point of this post.)
Without further ado, let’s get on with this shit. 
The Hunger Games; The Hunger Games trilogy — Suzanne Collins (dystopian fiction)
The Lightning Thief; Percy Jackson and the Olympians series — Rick Riordan (mythological fantasy)
A Great and Terrible Beauty; Gemma Doyle trilogy — Libba Bray (historical fiction, LGBTQ)
Graceling; Graceling Realm series — Kristin Cashore (fantasy)
Bridge to Terabithia — Katherine Paterson (fantasy, contemporary fiction)
Artemis Fowl; Artemis Fowl series — Eoin Colfer (urban fantasy)
Divergent; Divergent trilogy — Veronica Roth (dystopian fantasy)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas — John Boyle (historical fiction)
Coraline — Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
Crank; Crank series — Ellen Hopkins (contemporary fiction)
Sabriel; Abhorsen series — Garth Nix (fantasy)
Howl’s Moving Castle; Howl’s Moving Castle series — Diana Wynne Jones (fantasy)
Gone; Gone series — Michael Grant (dystopian fiction)
Fallen; Fallen series — Lauren Kate (urban fantasy, romance) 
Magyk; Septimus Heap series — Angie Sage (fantasy)
The Alchemyst; The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series — Michael Scott (fantasy)
Go Ask Alice — Anonymous (contemporary fiction)
The Maze Runner; Maze Runner trilogy — James Dasher (dystopian fiction)
The Fault in Our Stars — John Green (contemporary fiction)
The Magician’s Nephew; Chronicles of Narnia Series — C.S. Lewis (fantasy)
Tiger’s Curse; The Tiger Saga series — Colleen Houck (urban fantasy) 
Bloodlines; Bloodlines series — Richelle Mead (urban fantasy, romance)
The False Prince; The Ascendance trilogy — Jennifer A. Nielsen (fantasy) 
Hero — Perry Moore (urban fantasy, LGBTQ)
Airborn; Matt Cruse series — Kenneth Oppel (steampunk, fantasy)
Throne of Glass; Throne of Glass series — Sarah J. Maas (fantasy)
Shadow and Bone; The Grisha series — Leigh Bardugo (fantasy)
The Oathbreaker’s Shadow; The Knots Sequence series — Amy McCulloch (fantasy)
The School for Good and Evil; The School for Good and Evil Series — Soman Chainani (fantasy)
Loki’s Wolves; The Blackwell Pages series — K.L. Armstrong (urban fantasy, mythological fantasy)
Seraphina; Seraphina series — Rachel Hartman (fantasy)
The Scorpio Races — Maggie Stiefvater (mythological fantasy)
Anna Dressed in Blood; Anna series — Kendare Blake (urban fantasy, horror) 
Cinder; Lunar Chronicles series — Marissa Meyer (science fiction)
Partials; Partials series — Dan Wells (dystopian fiction)
Uglies; Uglies series — Scott Westerfield (dystopian fiction) 
Terrier; Beka Cooper series — Tamora Pierce (fantasy)
The Underneath — Kathi Appelt (contemporary fiction)
These stories range from tales of best friends and princes in a Mongolian-based fantasy setting, to tales of strong female heroines and their ability to get shit done without ever needing to rely on a man or love interest to do so, to tales of a young mother cat and her ability to find happiness after being thrown away by a cruel owner, to a teenage boy with superpowers attempting to come to terms both with being gay and with the desire to be a hero. These are all stories of quality, stories people may not be willing to give a chance because they fall into the ‘young adult’ category, and to those people, I say: check yourself before you wreck yourself, because these books are all fucking quality. 
If anyone would like any more info on any aforementioned title or series, check out either Goodreads or feel free to throw me an ask and I’ll gladly extrapolate on what makes each book awesome! Have fun guys, and seriously: branch the fuck out and read young adult fiction. 
You won’t regret it.

Tumblr used HeyChief texted me this morning asking for some YA recommendations— now, I work in a bookstore and have made it abundantly clear on my blog that I’m extremely passionate about the young adult/teen genres on a whole. There’s a lot of quality writing in there that most people on this particular website choose to ignore, which royally Pisses Me Off. So, since for some reason or another people respect my taste, I’ve decided to make an actual list of Young Adult Novels You Should Read Because Stop Knocking A Genre You Know Nothing About Just Because Twilight. (No, I’m not bitter at Tumblr.)

(Okay I’m extremely bitter at Tumblr but that isn’t the point of this post.)

Without further ado, let’s get on with this shit. 

  • The Hunger Games; The Hunger Games trilogy — Suzanne Collins (dystopian fiction)
  • The Lightning Thief; Percy Jackson and the Olympians series — Rick Riordan (mythological fantasy)
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty; Gemma Doyle trilogy — Libba Bray (historical fiction, LGBTQ)
  • Graceling; Graceling Realm series — Kristin Cashore (fantasy)
  • Bridge to Terabithia — Katherine Paterson (fantasy, contemporary fiction)
  • Artemis Fowl; Artemis Fowl series — Eoin Colfer (urban fantasy)
  • Divergent; Divergent trilogy — Veronica Roth (dystopian fantasy)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas — John Boyle (historical fiction)
  • Coraline — Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
  • Crank; Crank series — Ellen Hopkins (contemporary fiction)
  • Sabriel; Abhorsen series — Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle; Howl’s Moving Castle series — Diana Wynne Jones (fantasy)
  • Gone; Gone series — Michael Grant (dystopian fiction)
  • Fallen; Fallen series — Lauren Kate (urban fantasy, romance
  • Magyk; Septimus Heap series — Angie Sage (fantasy)
  • The Alchemyst; The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series — Michael Scott (fantasy)
  • Go Ask Alice — Anonymous (contemporary fiction)
  • The Maze Runner; Maze Runner trilogy — James Dasher (dystopian fiction)
  • The Fault in Our Stars — John Green (contemporary fiction)
  • The Magician’s Nephew; Chronicles of Narnia Series — C.S. Lewis (fantasy)
  • Tiger’s Curse; The Tiger Saga series — Colleen Houck (urban fantasy
  • Bloodlines; Bloodlines series — Richelle Mead (urban fantasy, romance)
  • The False Prince; The Ascendance trilogy — Jennifer A. Nielsen (fantasy
  • Hero — Perry Moore (urban fantasy, LGBTQ)
  • Airborn; Matt Cruse series — Kenneth Oppel (steampunk, fantasy)
  • Throne of Glass; Throne of Glass series — Sarah J. Maas (fantasy)
  • Shadow and Bone; The Grisha series — Leigh Bardugo (fantasy)
  • The Oathbreaker’s Shadow; The Knots Sequence series — Amy McCulloch (fantasy)
  • The School for Good and Evil; The School for Good and Evil Series — Soman Chainani (fantasy)
  • Loki’s Wolves; The Blackwell Pages series — K.L. Armstrong (urban fantasy, mythological fantasy)
  • Seraphina; Seraphina series — Rachel Hartman (fantasy)
  • The Scorpio Races — Maggie Stiefvater (mythological fantasy)
  • Anna Dressed in Blood; Anna series — Kendare Blake (urban fantasy, horror
  • Cinder; Lunar Chronicles series — Marissa Meyer (science fiction)
  • Partials; Partials series — Dan Wells (dystopian fiction)
  • Uglies; Uglies series — Scott Westerfield (dystopian fiction
  • Terrier; Beka Cooper series — Tamora Pierce (fantasy)
  • The Underneath — Kathi Appelt (contemporary fiction)

These stories range from tales of best friends and princes in a Mongolian-based fantasy setting, to tales of strong female heroines and their ability to get shit done without ever needing to rely on a man or love interest to do so, to tales of a young mother cat and her ability to find happiness after being thrown away by a cruel owner, to a teenage boy with superpowers attempting to come to terms both with being gay and with the desire to be a hero. These are all stories of quality, stories people may not be willing to give a chance because they fall into the ‘young adult’ category, and to those people, I say: check yourself before you wreck yourself, because these books are all fucking quality. 

If anyone would like any more info on any aforementioned title or series, check out either Goodreads or feel free to throw me an ask and I’ll gladly extrapolate on what makes each book awesome! Have fun guys, and seriously: branch the fuck out and read young adult fiction. 

You won’t regret it.

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