Hi guys! This is the list you need if you’re looking for your next YA book, with some middle grade and adult fiction included. Many books could fit into multiple genres, so I placed them as I saw fit. For the sake of space, more genres (dystopian, contemporary, etc) are below the cut.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Beta (4) by Rachel Cohn
The Fifth Wave (3) by Rick Yancey
Gone (6) by Michael Grant
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Across the Universe (3) by Beth Revis
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (5) by Douglas Adams
Skinned (3) by Robin Wasserman
Mila 2.0 (3) by Debra Driza
Maximum Ride (8) by James Patterson
Unwind (4) by Neal Shusterman
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Uglies (4) by Scott Westerfeld
Partials (3) by Dan Wells
These Broken Stars (4) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
We’ve got suggestions based on genre and books you may have already loved.
If you’re into fantasy…
Readers who loved Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black should check out Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev for more witty and romantic stories set in worlds where fairies are real.
Fans of The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey, check out Indelible by Dawn Metcalf for more stories of girls who can see magical creatures, go on adventures, and fall in love.
Looking for books set in the sky? Perfect Ruin by Lauren Stefano is set in a magical floating city that is the utopia it is supposed to be. In Magonia by Marla Headley the city in the sky is where the main character can finally breathe.
If you’re into contemporary YA…
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley are both stories of artists falling in love and finding themselves told from multiple perspectives and bursting with lyrical prose.
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr and Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia both deal with mother-daughter relationships and teenage pregnancy in a compelling and realistic way.
Great by Sara Benincasa riffs on The Great Gatsby, while the protagonist in Solitaire by Alice Oseman is a Holden Caulfield for the digital age. Both present smart and edgy stories about how social media effects the lives of teens.
If you like mysteries or thrillers…
Fans of Pretty Little Liars series should check out They All Fall Down by Roxane St. Claire. Murder? Check. High school drama? Check.
The Rules of Disappearing by Ashley Elston and Fake ID by Lamar Giles are both about teens in the witness protection program, but Rules has a side of romance and Fake ID is heavy on the conspiracy.
I’d Tell You I Love You, But then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is a fun mystery with spies – fans will find the same in Robin Benway’s Also Known As.
A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in December 2014. Check out this month’s new releases below. Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere. If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!
Gimme some book recommendations that have fantasy, love, badass female characters but aren't nesecarilly anti-love/anti-man, with a deep and interesting storyline (pretty please? c:)
I most certainly can! What you’re asking for is basically a well-rounded lady character with a well-rounded story and a love interest that treats her with respect in a fantasy setting, which happens to be my favorite kinds of story!
I’m including sci-fi in this because fantasy and sci-fi go hand in hand and also I really, really love these books.
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (fantasy world, with two loves on opposite sides of a political war, both of whom respect the political cunning of the other) - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (two people stranded on a planet must find a way to survive and learn to respect each other) - Graceling by Kristin Cashore (a fantasy with a light romance, where a girl goes to recuse her love interest’s cousin from an evil man) - Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (their planet blows up and two people who broke up that morning are stranded on two different spaceships and I’m not joking when I say this is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it comes out in October and you should buy it when it does) - Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood (also sci-fi about a girl who marries herself to a rival house to try and save her sister - comes out in December and was really interesting to read and I love the relationships within the story) - Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (Bertie lives in a Theatre where every character in a story comes to life and it has a love triangle but Bertie’s like I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR LOVE TRIANGLES I NEED TO FIND OUT WHO I AM and it’s great and also very funny) - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (alina can summon the sun and the darkling wants to use her power for himself and there’s lots of sexy romance options but mostly it’s about alina determining whether she wants to be a queen or a saint or the ultimate ruler and her relationship with power) - Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell (girl with a god in her head is also a thief - really awesome fantasy with a light romance element and i loved this book)
And some adult titles with hella crossover appeal - Uprooted by Naomi Novik (girl is taken to the lair of a supposedly evil man and he teaches her how to use magic as the evil in the world moves closer to her hometown and those she loves) - Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold (girl who was raised with magical wolves discovers that she’s royalty and is taken back to her human home but is still HELLA MAGIC and nobody really knows how to handle her and it’s great; one of my favorite fantasy novels with a really really light romance element) - Soulless by Gail Carriger (paranormal steampunk fantasy with some of the funniest writing I’ve ever read - so so so much fun)