Young Adult Novels to Try -
Once I started reading young adult novels a few years ago, I haven’t been able to stop. I love how complex and entertaining these books can be and read a new one every chance I get. If you also enjoy YA fiction, here are five young adult novels you should try. If you liked The Hunger Games, and the Percy Jackson series, then you should aso love these five.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor.
This book is totally different than anything I’ve read, but it is incredibly well written and it’s one of those you just can’t put down! It is part of a series, with the second book just recently released (Days of Blood & Starlight).
The story centers around 17-year-old Karou who currently lives and attends art school in Prague. She was raised by a mysterious creature named Brimstone, who’s home lies behind a magical portal embedded in the city.
He routinely sends Karou on odd errands to pick up teeth for his collection so he can grant wishes. However, there is lots more to Brimstone and his world than meets the eye. When Karou meets angel warrior Akiva, she learns much more about the worlds that she so desperately wants to know.
Divergent (Book 1), by Veronica Roth.
This is the first novel in a dystopian trilogy that takes place in futuristic Chicago. It contains a great concept that is reminiscent of The Hunger Games, although it is a very different story.
Divergent is an exciting tale about a future society where everyone fits into a faction according to their personalities. At 16 years of age, citizens get to choose whether they want to stay with their families in their factions or choose another that fits them better.
When Beatrice Prior choses to leave her faction, it slowly starts a chain of events that will forever change the system of her dystopian society.
Delirium, by Lauren Oliver
Another novel in a dystopian trilogy, Delirium takes place sometime in a futuristic Maine, where citizens are kept healthy and safe in a government-led society.
When citizens reach the age of 18 they are have a procedure to be permanently cured of deliria, or “love,” a disease that can drive people to insanity or even death.
Lena Holloway can’t wait to be cured, to avoid the same fate as her mom, who committed suicide after the procedure failed to cure her. But, after meeting Alex, 3 months before her procedure, everything changes for Lena and she no longer wants to be cured.
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments), by Cassandra Clare.
This is the first installment of an ongoing series where there are monsters and demons that are only seen by young warriors called Shadowhunters.
Humans can’t see these Shadowhunters, so when 15-year-old Clary witnesses these hunters, whom she thinks are just regular teenagers, murder another boy, her life changes completely.
When she learns what the Shadowhunters are, she also discovers that her mom is somehow involved with this violent supernatural world. She’s not who she thought she was, and she’s about to begin a wild and unforgettable adventure.
Matched, by Allie Condy
Matched is the first of a three part story that happens far into the future of what is now the United States. The country is called The Society and is made up of different Provinces and Boroughs.
In the Society the government tells its citizens who to marry, where to work, how to live their lives and even when they die. Officials match people up with their perfect mate to assure a harmonious marriage and perfect children.
But, when Cassia gets matched with two boys by mistake, the event takes her into a different direction and makes her realize that having no freedom is not a way to live.
Do you have any young adult novels you want to add to the list? Leave a comment below with your suggestions!