My Top Ten YA Book Recommendations by Mollye Oze
2015 has been a great year for YA, and for my reading life. Here are a few books that I’ve adored:
10. The Witch Hunter – Virginia Boecker (published in 2015):
The Witch Hunter is a fantasy set in alternative sixteenth century England. Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter, but when she is accused of being a witch herself she is sentenced to burn at the stake. She is saved by one of the most wanted wizards, Nicholas Perevil, and they work together to help each other out. I love this book; the word building is unique, the main character is tough, there are swoon worthy guys and the plotlines are exciting.
9. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell (published in 2013):
Fangirl is a contemporary novel about an antisocial writer going to college with her twin sister, who wants to branch out and break away. It is such a cute coming of age story, so relatable for anyone who is a writer, part of any fandom (especially Harry Potter), anyone who is going through or have been through life changes – like switching schools.
8. Uglies – Scott Westerfeld (published in 2005):
Uglies is a powerful dystopian novel about a society where they give its children surgery to make them beautiful at age sixteen. Tally can’t wait to be pretty, but when her friend Shay runs away to avoid the surgery, the authorities give her a choice; find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty. It is filled with themes on society’s ideal beauty and plastic surgery, Uglies takes place in a unique world and has a strong characters.
7. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater (published in 2012):
The Raven Boys is about sixteen year old Blue Sargent who lives in a family of fortune tellers. She is the only one without powers, but she has the ability to make her family’s powers stronger. Every year she goes to the cemetery to watch all of the souls of the people who will die that year, although she can never actually see them–until a young boy emerges from the darkness and speaks directly to her. She soon finds out that name is Gansey, and he goes to an expensive private school called Aglionby. Normally she stays away from the boys who go there, The Raven Boys, but Blue finds herself drawn to Gansey and his friends. It is a truly unique Urban Fantasy, and perfect for anyone looking for something different and exciting with memorable characters.
6. The Demon’s Lexicon – Sarah Rees Brennan (published in 2009):
The Demon’s Lexicon is an Urban Fantasy novel about a sixteen year old boy named Nick, who is determined to rescue his brother, along with his brother’s new friends, from being possessed by demons. I know I say this a lot, but I’m going to say it again. The world is so unique, it’s a concept of demons and magicians I’ve never heard of before. Not to mention Nick and his brother Allen, who are both so different and such great characters. The plot twist at the end will shock you.
5. Midnight Thief – Livia Blackburne (published in 2014):
Midnight Thief is a fantasy novel about seventeen year old Kyra, a thief recruited by the Assassins Guild. This fantasy world is incredible, I love every part of the kingdoms and the society classes and the different groups and organizations. The characters are each so intriguing in a different way, and the plotline’s constant changes are very exciting.
4. The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey (published in 2014):
The Fifth Wave is a science fiction novel about Earth’s last survivors after an alien invasion that killed most of the population. This is the book that changes your view on the world in a way that is so incredible, but also entertaining enough to hook you to every line.
3. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi (published in 2011):
Shatter Me is a dystopian novel about seventeen year old Juliette, who can kill with her touch. She was locked up for three years, until the reestablishment realizes they could use her powers for its own good. Shatter Me is deep and powerful. The writing style is incredible, drawing you in and forcing you to see the world through Juliette’s eyes. The other characters in this novel are amazing as well, with interesting personalities you fall in love with and want to learn more about.
2. The Young Elites – Marie Lu (published in 2014):
The Young Elites is a fantasy novel about a sixteen year old named Adelina Amouteru, who is a Young Elite – a survivor of the blood fever, and in result was given magical powers. She was hunted down by the inquisition Axis, but is rescued by The Dagger Society rebels. One of the most interesting things about this book is that it is told from the point of view of a villain, and there is no one good character. They’re all doing bad things, there is no one you can trust. This is one of the darkest books I’ve ever read, and it absorbs you into these people’s twisted lives. Besides the incredible characters, the world is amazing. It is Venice – middle age style.
1. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard (published in 2015):
Red Queen is set in a world where some people have silver blood, and some people have red blood. The Reds are poor, and those who don’t have a job are just awaiting the army draft. The Silvers, however, have magical powers and they are very wealthy. Seventeen year old Mare Barrow is a Red without work, but when she is given a job in the royal palace it is discovered that she has powers, too – only, that’s impossible, because her blood is red. To hide this impossibility, the king and queen force her into the role of a lost Silver princess and engage her to one of their sons. This book is filled with betrayal and action. The plot twist at the end will blow your mind. I love everything about it; the brave characters, the plotlines and the world. Very highly recommended.
Mollye Oze is all too obsessed with YA. She enjoys reading it, writing it, reviewing it on her blog, reading and watching reviews of it and following news about it on social media. Currently a student, there are some times when she has plenty of time to do this and others not so much. You can find more of her reviews on her blog mollyeyablog.wordpress.com, and follow her on Instagram @MollyeOze, Twitter @MollyeYa, and goodreads @Mollye Oze.