Series Week – Day Five

Posted on 29 February, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am introducing you to the amazing Lucy over at ChooseYA. This girl is one blogger I’ve really connected with and I’m so glad I did!
I’m really thankful that she was happy to do a guest post for you guys! She has listed her top ten series, and I hope you enjoy her post as much as me! 
I can’t thank her enough for helping me out.


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My top 10 YA series

It seems that in the current market, the standalone young adult novel is a bit of a rarity. Sometimes this is great as the first novels leave room for more questions to be answered and events that need to happen for a satisfactory conclusion, other times… Well, it can feel a bit unnecessary. Therefore I decided to share my top ten young adult series for my guest post here and why I love these ones in particular. So without further hesitation, here we go:




10. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
Occasionally I begin  get to a point where I feel this series may be going on too long, then an addition like Last Breath completely and utterly rejuvenates my love for the series. The romance between Shane and Claire has benefited from the time spent in the books developing it slowly and there is a soap like quality to the books – generally ending on cliff-hangers or revelations – that Caine masterfully uses to make you need more. I love her characters and her dialogue.




9. The Wicca series by Cate Tiernan.
I haven’t read these in years but when I was fourteen I literally read them all in a week and just loved them. It’s about a girl who discovers she is a witch and I just remember loving these books so had to include them.






8.  Shades of London by Maureen Johnson.
Awesome series I cannot wait to see more of: based in London, main character can see ghosts, what else do you want? It’s well written to boot, and it really left me wanting more at the end of the last book.






7. If I Stay/ Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
A heartbreaking read which is taken to a different place in it’s sequel and is incredibly well written. The concept of If I Stay is stunning and heartbreaking, while  Where She Went is a beautiful story of rediscovering your first love and second chances. Both books could stand alone in my opinion but are heightened when they are compared and placed together.





6. The Iron Fey - Julie Kagawa.
A truly awesome take on faeries that is constantly developing and leaving wanting more. For me, the plot rather than romances drive it forward which is always a good sign for me of YA as romance is a secondary concern to me in most cases. I love the idea of modern fey, I really like Meghan and on a superficial note these books have fabulous covers!



5. Gingerbread series by Rachel Cohn.
Possibly my favourite contemporary Ya series. I adored Cyd Charisse and her development and journey through the books. Highly, highly recommend this one. As a teenager, I really felt for the characters and now I just love how much Cyd grows and works out what she wants from life as they progress. 




4. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent.
This is a series that from the first novel you know requires books to follow it, Like the Morganville series, it has a serial tv show feel and each addition feels like a new episode. The first book dealt with the power Kaylee discovered and the following books show her adapting to them and much much more. Also each book refers to other books and the universe Vincent creates is very well written and fun to read.




3.  Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
An inventive werewolf series with an awesome protagonist who is constantly growing. Each book feels necessary and not superfluous and develops naturally on from it’s predecessor. It has great dialogue and well written action too. I love Bryn’s friendships and her surrogate family’s interactions.



2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
Okay, so technically only one book so far is out in this series but I need to know more absolutely desperately and the story is nowhere near complete. The concept of this series is utterly, utterly terrifying and so plausibly written it truly chilled me. This is one of the best recent dystopias created in YA and I recommend it to everyone.




1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
We needed the extra books in this series in my opinion. I had to know about the consequences for Katniss of the berries and more than that the oncoming revolution. Each book is rich in plot, character and development and utterly engaging. 
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4 Comments

  • Hi, Lucy!

    Maureen Johnson’s Tumblr helped me get through NaNoWriMo last year, so seeing her being mentioned here was nice! I have yet to read any of her works, but if I have to start somewhere, I’ll try The Shades of London.

    What really caught my eye here was Unwind, though. I just checked it out on Goodreads now and… Yeah, I’m searching for it tomorrow or something. Soon. It seems exactly like the type of thing I like to read. I have no idea what that says about me!

    Thanks for sharing your list! May the odds be ever in your favor! ;)

  • Melissa says:

    I love the Wicca series! I have read up to book seven and need to check to see if the Library has the rest.

  • Lucy says:

    I had so much fun writing this, thank you for having me Faye :)
    hi goodlitandgreentea, I haven’t seen her tumblr but I will definitely check it out :) Unwind is stunning and absolutely terrifying, I hope you like it :)
    Hi Melissa, it was such a good series, right?! And oh, the last book is great when you get to it :)
    Lucy

  • I wasn’t all that impressed about If I Stay/ Where she Went; it was OKAY. I’ve heard great things about The Hunger Games, Raised by Wolves and Unwind series. Thanks for sharing.

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