Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten YA Books We’d Recommend

November 19, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 3


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Top Ten Books We’d Recommend to a YA Skeptic!

We’re all lovers of Young Adult fiction here, Contemporary or Speculative, but there are plenty of skeptics out there who perhaps aren’t aware of the amazing books that are written for (supposedly) younger readers these days. Here are a few of our recommendations, in no particular order.

Fault in our stars

1.  The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green

It’s a book about teens with cancer, sounds depressing right?  How wrong you are! While this book is definitely a “keep a box of tissues beside you” novel, it is also light hearted, funny, romantic and just real. For adults who like a bit of Jodi Picoult, or enjoyed My Sister’s Keeper I would definitely suggest trying The Fault in Our Stars.  Even better its coming out in 2014 as a movie so for those non readers out there you can still recommend this to them. – Philippa & Natasha

2. Angelfall, Susan Ee

Angelfall was a book that made me realise that self published did not mean you were getting a dodgy story. Angelfall is anything but, it is quite simply an awesome riveting book.  While this is a YA book it is very dark, very gritty and so intense!  This book was so popular it’s now been picked up by a publisher and the rights has been bought so Angelfall may be coming to the big screens in the near future! – Philippa



 3. The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson

4. Delirium trilogy, Lauren Oliver

Love as a disease that has been cured? This is the premise of Lauren Oliver’s book Delirium and you have to admit its a really interesting concept.  It was enough to hook me and I loved the underlying question of are we better off without love and what do we lose when we no longer have it in society?  The writing is beautiful and intense and the book is just hard to put down.  This one was a hit in 2011 and is being turned into a TV series by FOX right now. – Philippa

Delerium, Pandemonium and Requiem

delirium blue


5. The Morganville Vampires series, Rachel Caine

A great series for Vampire skeptics as well as YA ones! – Hannah

6. The Lotus War series, Jay Kristoff

Stormdancer and Kinslayer have been two of my favourite books last year and this year. This dark fantasy could only be classed as young adult in that many of the characters are young – it contains a lot of dark and grisly subject matter. The writing, however, is very beautiful and descriptive and the character of Buruu the thunder tiger is just pure awesome! Get into it! – Angelya



7.  Lumatere Chronicles, Melina Marchetta

This trilogy is full of the yearnings of a lost kingdom, personal tragedies and betrayals and the absolute joy in reuniting with those thought lost. I haven’t read any of Melina Marchetta’s other YA works but there are plenty of fans of those as well, so if epic fantasy isn’t your thing, you could try Looking for Alibrandi or On the Jellicoe Road instead, but for me, this fantasy trilogy was just amazing. – Angelya

Finnikin of the RockFroi of the ExilesQuintana of Charyn

8. The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins

When this first came out I was told it was the new ‘Twilight’. So naturally I stayed as far away from it as possible. After a while my curiosity triumphed over my book snobbery and I read the trilogy, and actually enjoyed it! The story is set in a dystopian future where tributes from twelve poorer districts compete to the death in gladiator style games for the entertainment of the wealthy Capitol. Carnage and teenage crushes: what’s not to love 🙂 Of course you would know that this franchise is killing it at the box office too – Jennifer Lawrence is a kick-ass Katniss. – Natasha

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

Hunger Games


daughter of smoke and bone

9. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor

This series is full of beautiful prose and gorgeous descriptions of Prague and of the world of the Seraphim and Chimaera. The first book is rather whimsical and romantic while the second became rather a dark tale of war. We can’t wait for the third part to be released and are super excited to hear its being turned into a movie! – Angelya and Philippa

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters (April 2014)

10. For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund

This is a sci fi/dystopian based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  The writing has a real sense of antiquity and you almost feel that you are reading a 19th century romance novel!  Lovers of Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre might be tempted by this YA book. – Philippa

for darkness shows the stars



Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

3 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten YA Books We’d Recommend”

  1. Natasha

    Mmm, Philippa – you may have tempted me into trying For Darkness Shows the Stars. Any take on a Jane Austen novel warrants a look 🙂

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