Hey lovely readers!
Here are your weekly recommendations, 5 young adult books! But before we get started I want to explain the books I picked. YA is such a huge genre, everyone reads the big books. So I’ve tried to pick books that are a bit more obscure. And 3 of the books are ones that I haven’t read but want to. Okay let’s get started!
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
“It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off on a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love. As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…”
This one I haven’t read! But I’m pretty excited about it because I love a good murder mystery. Plus I’ve been into anything not fantasy YA! And I think the addition of a possible romance sounds kind of amazing.
Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody
“Best friends since they were kids, Grayson, Mike, and Ian were hoping for another epic summer on “The Locks”, filled with clam bakes, bonfires, and late-night swims in the ocean. But that was before Ian’s dad never returned home from his last deployment. Before Mike had to take on more responsibility in order to help provide for his family. Before Grayson’s accident left him with an injured throwing arm and an uncertain future. It’s clear this summer on the island is shaping up to be very different from those Grayson, Mike, and Ian have come to rely on. And when the sacred code of dating a friend’s sister or ex is broken, it will push their friendship to the absolute limit, testing their loyalties in a way that could either break them—or save them.”
Again one that I haven’t read, but I’m really excited about. I like the idea of a YA that focuses on guys instead of girls as the main characters. And did you really think I wouldn’t slip as many romances on this list as possible, or at least books with a little romance 😉
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini
“When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .”
Okay so I happen to think that this YA fantasy series is completely underrated. It is one of my absolute favorites, probably because it is one of the first YA series I read. I’m also a bit obsessed with dragons so you know there’s that 🙂 And I am a champion of any YA series that has a male protagonist as opposed to a female protagonist. I think the second book in the series is actually my favorite, but the dragon in the first one is my favorite 🙂 Definitely give this one a try if you haven’t already.
Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things #1) by Sona Charaipotra
“Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and back-stab to be the best of the best.”
So this book was marketed as Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars and I was sold! Ballet and catty girls just yes please. Plus the added dark elements really sold me. Definitely excited to read this one for the first time.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire
“When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil. An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.”
So this book tends to be classified as adult, which totally makes sense. But I do believe it could be considered YA, at least the first half because the characters are in school. Mostly I just really wanted to include this book. My favorite movie of all time is probably The Wizard of Oz. Like when I was a little kid I watched it every day for years. I love the book and all the books in the Wicked years series. Anything having to do with that world. Plus Wicked is the best musical ever produced. I’ve seen it 5 times and it only gets better. This book is magical. And Elphaba is such an underrated female character. Spoiler: she may be included on my favorite literary heroines list 😉
That’s it guys, 5 YA books for your reading pleasure. I hope you find your next great read here!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*Covers and synopsis from Goodreads