Top Ten Books to Buy the YA Lover in Your Life

Looking for something other than the newest incarnation of Twilight to get for the YA Lover in your life? Check out my recommendations!


1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic

Less grotesque, more romantic alternative to The Hunger Games. Under the Never Sky is probably one of my favorite sci-fi/dystopia series.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Romantic Comedy

A great look at friendships and relationships in high school. Anna and the French Kiss takes place at a French Boarding School and is adorable.

3. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


Fantasy, Romance, Faeries

A seriously AWESOME series about fae that is extremely creative/whimsical/equally dark with oodles of action and romance.

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Paranormal Romance, Angels

Looking for an amazingly creative and bizarre fantasy story about angels and a mysterious creature that creates wishes using teeth? This remains one of the coolest and most creative books I’ve read. Not to mention that the love story is epic.

5. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers


Historical, Supernatural, Romance

Assassin Nuns trying to keep the kingdom together while carrying out the will of Death himself. It doesn’t get more awesome than this.

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Fairy Tale Retelling, Sci-Fi/Dystopia, Romance

My favorite series currently. Strong characters, lovely romances, plenty of Fairy Tale elements. Tons of fun.

7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Superheroes

A great option for guys (though it’s also one of my faves as well). Awesome sci-fi action.

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Paranormal Romance, Vampires

On the vampire train? Pick up Vampire Academy, which is a MUCH better alternative to Twilight. VA is an excellent series that even has a (possibly better?) spin-off series called Bloodlines. I highly recommend VA.

9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Fantasy, Romance

Looking for that classic “other world, magic-filled” fantasy? Graceling has a strong and fascinating heroine who has to deal with a lot of personal issues on top of being an assassin.

10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Contemporary, Drama, Romance

Jellicoe Road is a really interesting story of a girl trying to understand her mysterious past while dealing with the politics of an Australian boarding school. A really great read.

What are some books you would get for the YA lover in your life?

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  1. sjhigbee says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful list. It inspires me to rush out and grab alll the ones I haven’t read on the list because I fully echo your enthusiasm for Cinders, Graceling, Steelheart and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’d add Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, too:)

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