We all know YA is an extensive category. We’ve got supernatural, romance, historical fiction, some books feature a combination of all three, so the question then comes to: which ones should you be checking out? Read on to find out.
1.) Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Okay, yes, I know I did a Throwback Thursday featuring VA, but I’ve got to say, Mead’s spin-off series Bloodlines is better than the original. Of course, you’ll have to get through Vampire Academy before you read Sydney’s story, but you won’t regret it one bit.
Bloodlines features our kick-ass heroine (a characteristic in her female cast that we know Mead absolutely nails) Sydney Sage, an alchemist we meet in the fourth book of the VA series. To save her sister from entering the world of the alchemists, Sydney takes on a job guarding a vampire in good old California. My favorite part, Adrian Ivashkov is there to help. If you’ve read my Throwback Thursday feature on VA, you’ll know my infinite love for Adrian’s character. I almost wish we’d have gotten a second movie so we could see him, though I’d be lying if I said I’m also glad it wasn’t funded.
Mead manages to, once again, take us on an exciting, thrilling journey of love, friendship, and adversity as all of her characters struggle to learn who they are, and grow to who they want to be. Check out the Vampire Academy on Amazon, or check out Bloodlines here.
2.) Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
It should come as no surprise that some of the first books on this list are from my first Throwback Thursday posts. Tiger’s curse is next up because it’s a fantastical journey that any reader who enjoys learning about other cultures will absolutely love. Not only does Houck show her skill over research, she also crafts beautiful dialogues and stunning descriptions that jump off the page. Houck is an absolute master with plot and story development in which she lures the reader into the book from the first page. If you need romance, travel, thrill, and witty dialogue in your life, then this book is 100% for you. Check out Tiger’s Curse on Amazon.
3.) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Ah, a book that hasn’t appeared in a Throwback Thursday… yet. It will soon, so keep on the lookout because this book was amazing with character dynamics. I’ve read a few dystopian novels in my time, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, but I’ve gotta say that Bracken’s novel takes the cake. While I wasn’t a fan of the movie adaptation, I loved the stories. Ruby’s character is one that I found myself so easily invested in, not to mention all the others (I absolutely love Chubs). Bracken’s skill in character dynamics and development are shown through the series, and the reader falls harder and harder for every person; I couldn’t tell you how many times I was on the end of my seat, or I had tears burning behind my eyes (I don’t know about you, but the ending of book one tore me apart). Dialogue wise, the story takes on a more serious note where we don’t have as many comical moments, at least not to the same extent as the previous two books on this list. What it lacks in dialogue, though, it makes up for in feel good, heart-warming moments between the characters. If you want to check out the first book in the series, find The Darkest Minds on Amazon.
4.) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This one is relatively new to me. I haven’t done an official book review for it yet. I’m torn between a Throwback Thursday or an actual review. Let me know what you all might prefer. A review will be more extensive than a Throwback Thursday post.
I absolutely loved this book. I wholly believe I will always love this series and continue to return to it time and again. I’m currently on Escaping From Houdini, the third novel in the series, so despite not yet finishing it, I’m a strong advocate for the author and her work. Maniscalco is an absolute master of her craft with historical fiction. (A minor fact about me, Jack the Ripper is my all-time favorite notorious killer to read about). Not only does the time of Victorian Era England fascinate me, the way the author carves out every detail, from the settings, to descriptions of the gowns, and the perfectly fitting dialogue, one feels as if they’re transported back in time. It’s riveting, and utterly captivating because, on top of all this, we have her characters, Audrey-Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell. Both, I could do an entire post of these characters and still need more room to speak about them, are characters that bring a smile to my face when talking about them. Audrey-Rose is such a unique and fun character to read about because not only is she a stubborn, intelligent, outspoken woman from the 19th century, she’s also studying Forensic Science and dead bodies. Yep, you read that right. Did I capture your interest? You can check out the first novel in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper on Amazon.
5.) Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Another series I’ll feature in an upcoming Throwback Thursday post. While this series holds nothing supernatural about it, it takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster through the power of beautiful story telling and unique, dynamic characters. Toss in some good dialogue, and you’ve got many great reading evenings coming your way. The thing I loved most about this series, and I won’t get too in depth, is the multiple perspective aspect McGarry takes in each book. In Pushing the Limits we have Echo and Noah, chapter one we’re following Echo, and chapter two we’re with Noah; this continues throughout the entire novel, and it gives the reader great insight into what’s happening in each person’s life. Even better? The way she connects each book. Obviously, a series is connected; It’s a continuation of the prior book, but McGarry takes a unique approach in that the second novel Dare You Too follows Beth and Ryan, not Echo and Noah. Beth is a character we’re introduced to in the first book, but one that we don’t follow. Now, in the second novel, we learn about her and the story that follows her and Ryan. The books that follow take on a similar style as book three Crash Into Youfollows Isaiah and Rachel, and book four follows Rachel’s brother, West. I absolutely loved this, and I know you will too. If you’d like to dive on into the Pushing The Limits world, check out Echo and Noah’s story on Amazon.
And there you have it, my top five recommended YA series to check out while in quarantine. I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know your top YA series below! Until next time.
All the best.