Great YA Books

YA Books means Young Adult books, for any of you out there not familiar with the lingo. Basically, that means the protagonist (main character) is a young adult, which can mean anywhere from 9 to 19ish… although my feeling is that if a young adult book is well written, it will appeal to adults as well. I think J.K. Rowling would agree with me on that.

Below are some great YA books. NOTE: There are NO SPOILERS on my website!!! I hate knowing anything about a story before I begin reading it. I don’t even read the back of the jacket before I start a book!

FYI: I use my own 5-star rating system for all my books.

Anastasiu, Heather. Glitch. New York, St Martin’s Press, 2012. Print.

3-stars. The first book in a dystopian trilogy. At first, I rated this at 2-stars, because I really wasn’t fond of the writing style. I’ve since upgraded it to 3-stars because I have found that the story has really stuck with me. A fish hook in my brain. I think I’m going to have to get the next book.

Clare, Cassandra. The Clockwork Angel. New York, Margaret K. McElderry, 2010. Print.

4-stars. The first book of a fantasy series geared towards older female teens. Though there are both strong male and female characters, the main main character is a female, and there’s a strong romantic element. My at-the-time seventeen-year-old-daughter loved these books (I believe there are 5 in the series.)

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York, Scholastic, 2008. Print.

5-stars. First book in a dystopian Trilogy. A real gripper. I could have done without the muttations at the end, but otherwise a fabulous read.

Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. New York, Scholastic, 2009. Print.

4-stars. A really good book. I’d recommend you quit reading about 20 pages from the end,  though. Just imagine the ending you were hoping for,.

Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay. New York, Scholastic, 2010. Print.

1-star. Actually, I did read it to the end, but there was heck of a lot of skimming. Stay away from this book. A disappointment after the first two. If you really must know what happened, look it up on Wikipedia. It will save you a lot of pain.

Condie, Ally. Matched. New York, Penguin, 2010

4-stars. First book in a dystopian trilogy. This one has more of a romantic element than any of the other books I’ve listed here. It’s a good read with interesting characters and an interesting mystery.

Condie, Ally. Crossed. New York, Penguin, 2011

4-stars. Book 2 in this trilogy. Lived up to the first book. Worth reading.

Condie, Ally. Reached. New York, Penguin, 2012

3-stars. Rare that a third book in a trilogy doesn’t suck. This one wasn’t actually all that bad. I realize that’s not a glowing recommendation. It isn’t meant to be! I read it because I had to know what happened next. I’m still not sure I know…

Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. Delacorte, 2009. Print.

4-stars. First book in a dystopian trilogy. This book will get your heart pounding and your palms sweating. Make sure you don’t have to get up too early the morning after you start reading this. Yowzah.

Dashner, James. The Scorch Trials. Delacorte, 2010. Print.

3-stars. This is the second book, the sequel to The Maze Runner. The end of the first book sets this book up, but really it’s okay to just not read this one. Not a bad read though, if you do choose to find out what comes next.

 Dashner, James. The Death Cure. Delacorte, 2011. Print.

1-star. This is the third book in the series, and really should just be omitted. I read the end because I was pretty invested after reading the first two books, but the plot was pretty confusing and not much actually happens. I suggest you just don’t bother. Read up on what happens on Wikipedia if you must. A fourth book came out in 2012, The Kill Order, which was supposed to be a prequel to The Maze Runner, but after The Death Cure, I’m staying away from that series all together, thanks. Somebody let me know if it’s any good.

Fletcher, Susan. Dragon’s Milk. New York, Atheneum, 1989. Print.

5-stars. An amazing fantasy series. (What? Not a dystopian trilogy???) Great book. Beautifully written. Fletcher really captures the feel of her ancient and lovely world, characters, and creatures. All four of the Dragon Chronicles books feature a female protagonist. My son picked them up at the bookstore with his birthday money. I was worried he’d be turned off because they were about girls, but no. We read book one right through together, then book two, then since book three wasn’t out yet, we had to read book one again. He loved them just as much as I did. The protagonists in these books are all related, and briefly mentioned in each book, but each young lady has her own story. These books can be read in any order.

Fletcher, Susan. Flight of the Dragon Kyn. New York, Atheneum, 1993. Print.

5-stars. Book two of the Dragon Chronicles. Just as enchanting as the first book. This one is about the niece of the heroine of the first book.

Fletcher, Susan. Sign of the Dove. New York, Atheneum, 1996. Print.

5-stars. Book three of the Dragon Chronicles. Fletcher does not disappoint. As powerful as the first two books. This one is about the granddaughter of the heroine of the second book. I think.

Fletcher, Susan. Ancient, Strange and Lovely. New York, Atheneum, 2010. Print.

4-stars.  I didn’t love the fourth book quite so much. Well written, but not quite as entrancing as the first three. This one is set in a more modern-day world, so for me it lost the fantastic quality. Still a really good read.

Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt. New York, St Martin’s Press, 2012. Kobo.

4-stars. First book in a dystopian series. Another one I couldn’t put down. Seriously tense. The end was a bit drawn out. I must admit, I skimmed a bit in the last twenty or so pages. Still, I highly recommend it.

Fukuda, Andrew. The Prey. New York, St Martin’s Press, 2013.

Book two in The Hunt series. It’s on my wish list, in case anyone’s wondering what to get me for Christmas…

Lu, Marie. Legend. New York, P.G. Putnam Sons, 2011. Print.

5-stars. First book in a dystopian Trilogy. It is a must read. Wow. I couldn’t put it down. My children had to feed themselves and get themselves to elementary school and tuck themselves in at night the whole 2 days it took me to read it. Clear your calendar and get this book!

Lu, Marie. Prodigy. New York, P.G. Putnam Sons, 2013. Print.

4-stars. This is the sequel to Legend. A great read. You might as well get this one when you get Legend. You’re going to need it.

Lu, Marie. Champion. New York, P.G. Putnam Sons, 201?. Print.

I HAVE NOT READ IT YET!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? AHHHH!!!

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. Harper Collins, 2011. print.

5-stars. Another first book in a dystopian trilogy. Get it. Read it. Love it.

Roth, Veronica. Insurgent. Harper Collins, 2012. print.

4-stars. Sequel to Divergent. Again, might as well get this one when  you get the first. You’re going to need it. Soon.

Roth, Veronica. Alligiant. Harper Collins, 201?. print.

I haven’t read it yet!!! (I still think it should have been called Detergent.) I think I’m a little scared of “book-three-in-a-trilogy”s. I’ve been disappointed too many times.  Somebody let me know if I should invest the time into reading this one.