Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Young Adult (77)

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Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read YA

1. Vampire Academy, for a bit of vampire action.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

2. Before I Fall, for a bit of contemporary action.

Before I Fall

3. Sabriel, for a bit of undead action.

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)

4. Unearthly, for a bit of angel action.

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)

5. Divergent, for a bit of dystopian action.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

6. Touch of Power, for some high fantasy action.

Touch of Power (Healer #1)

7. Grave Mercy, for some historical magical realism action.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

8. Glow, for some sci-fi action.

Glow (Sky Chasers #1)

9. Entwined, for a fairytale retelling.


10. Shiver, for a bit of werewolf action.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Young Adult (77)

  1. Tanya (Read. Run. Study.)

    I love seeing Sabriel on your list! I also chose to recommend young adult titles and included Sabriel as one of my fantasy recommendations. I haven’t read many of the others on your list (except Divergent), but I may need to check them out.

    1. Nemo

      It’s great seeing Sabriel on lists, especially seeing as how it’s not recently published. I love that she’s still getting love.

  2. Renee Bookboyfriends

    Shiver is absolute perfection. Maggie Stiefvater gosh anything by her is just amazing. 🙂
    Can’t wait until I get around to reading Grave Mercy, Before I Fall and Unearthly!

  3. Amy @ Pages of Starlight

    It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I’ve actually not read any of these books. I do, however, want to read Sabriel and Grave Mercy. I’m also somewhat interested in Vampire Academy and Divergent. Of late I’ve been looking for some sci-fi books, so I’m curious about Glow now. Anyway, great list – I like how you broke the list down.
    My TTT

    1. Nemo

      Thank you. Do you consider yourself exclusively a YA reader? I would be surprised if you do. But not all of these are massively popular, although I do think they each hold a particularly well done introduction to their sub-genres.

    1. Nemo

      Oh yes, I struggled with Grave Mercy at first and had to read it all in one go. it was worth it in the end though, lovely book.

  4. Katie B

    Fabulous list. I completely agree with pretty much every book you mentioned, especially Vampire Academy and Grave Mercy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Nemo

      I think the ‘billowy dresses’ is more a me thing. I’m a sucker for a pretty white girl in a prom dress cover, and I picked the artwork I liked best for these books.

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