For some reason, it really irks me when someone says they love YA fiction when they’ve only the popular ones. The popular ones being, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, etc. To really get into YA fiction, you can’t just skim the surface, you’ve got to read some more. Well, friends, it’s your lucky day, because today I’m giving away Five Series That You Absolutely Need To Read Next.
1) The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand
First Book: Unearthly
There are plenty of not-so-good angel books out there, but I can’t say the same for Unearthly. This series takes an interesting spin on angels and demons, and will leave you wanting more. This story follows the life of Clara Gardner, who just learned that she is part angel, and has to make the move from California to a small town in Wisconsin, along with her brother, Jeffrey, and her mother. The romance is one of my favorites, it never made me roll my eyes, and get this, it’s healthy! *gasp*! All in all, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this series, it will restore your faith in angel books!
2) The Anna Duology by Kendare Blake
First Book: Anna Dressed In Blood
Ah, a horror series! What a delight! To be honest, I never even knew YA Horror existed, until a stumbled upon a copy of Anna Dresses In Blood. ADIB follows the story of Cas Lowood, a teenage boy who follows the occupation of his late father, killing ghosts. Cas travels the country with his witch mother and their cat to seek out and kill the famous Anna Dressed In Blood. Blake mixes adventure, horror, and dark humor to create this haunting tale. Don’t let the covers creep you out, and read these!
3) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
First Book: Cinder
I did get into this series a little late, but I am so glad that I got into it after all! Meyer creates science-fiction spin-offs of classic tales such as Cinderella, The Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. Winter, the fourth novel will be coming this November and will be telling the story of Snow White. This series features incredibly layered and compelling characters, along with a fascinating and an un-put-downable story. I can’t tell you anymore. JUST READ IT.
4) The Unwind Dystology
First Book: Unwind
Okay, first of all, disregard the covers. Yes, they are creepy. Trust me, I know. Don’t let the covers overtake your judging of the book. I was actually a bit obsessed with the first book, Unwind, for a while, but for good reason. These books actually make you THINK. They make you wonder about ideas that have never crossed your mind in the least, and although they are quite…. unsettling ideas, you will enjoy it. This Dystology is set in a future society where life is inviolable since birth, But, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, the child’s parents may “unwound” the child, which is basically transplanting all of the child’s organs into different donors. The story follows Connor, Risa, and Lev, three “unwinds” who fight for their survival together. Chilling as the summary is, I guarantee you, you will not want to miss out on this. If you enjoy frightening dystopian futures with a survival story, then this is the book for you.
5) The Angelfall series by Susan Ee
First Book: Angelfall
Never have I thought that this scarcely known book called Angelfall became my favorite of 2014. This post-apocalyptic story follows the journey of Penryn Young, a teenager who sets off to find her 7-year old sister who was taken by angels. She journeys with an angel left wingless names Raffe and discovers haunting secrets about her world. This book. I can’t even. I literally can’t. Everything about this series (what is in the series so far) is just so perfect. The world-building, the story, the pacing is absolutely flawless. And the characters! The characters are the best part of this series, you will fall in love with them quicker than you think. Overall, anyone who loves butt-kicking heroines and snarky hot males thrown into a world with warrior angles, will devour this book.
These 5 will draw you into the world of YA literature faster than ever, and eventually you will end up drowning in feels and fangirling. Keep reading everyone, and I shall get back to you soon!