Hello! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means, guest post Wednesday (I really need to think of a new name for this, that’s better! But hey ho, we’ll go with guest post wednesday for now!)
Without further ado, I welcome my lovely friend Amy (links at the bottom of the post) who is here to talk about her favourite YA books! You can check out my post on Amy’s blog too in the next few days! I would love to see what you all think about our choices!
Thanks for having me Steph to discuss my favourite YA books! When we decided to do this, I didn’t realise how difficult it would be. I eventually narrowed my list down and realised the books that have really stayed with me are set in vivid fantasy worlds, with characters that made me care about what happened to them.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman was the book that got me into fantasy. I’ve seen the play, travelled across the country to meet Philip Pullman and read it more times than I can count. There aren’t many books that I was able to read as a child and still get so much out of as an adult. I’m not sure it’s technically a YA book but I’m including it because it has something for everybody.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is my ultimate YA book. I can still remember the first time I read it, how I had no idea what was coming and really loved those characters. Karou and Akiva are my ultimate OTP and Laini Taylor’s writing is beautiful.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore is one of those books that engages all of the senses. The descriptions are lyrical and gorgeous, and this is my favourite example of magical realism.
The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith was my favourite book as a teenager. I read it so many times that I almost knew it by heart and I think Julian was my first book crush. I reread it recently and it has definitely stood the test of time.
These are my other favourites: a mixture of high concept fantasy; believable, thought-provoking contemporary and even a little horror.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine
- Am I normal yet? by Holly Bourne
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
- Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
As you can see a lot of my personal favourites are on Amy’s long list, but to see my list of favourite YA I would love you to go over to my post at YA Under My Skin to find out my choices!
Thanks Amy for your guest post, I loved it!