Please note that this is purely in my opinion. If you disagree so be it.
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Lately, thanks to BookTube mainly, I have been on a young adult book kick. They stories are short and sweet, I get to finish an entire book in a day or two and I’m usually happy with the outcome. While not every YA book I’ve read has been good here are the five that I personally liked the most in no particular order.
This put a very interesting twist on Cinderella. I adore Cinder and her partial robotic part humanself. I love that sci-fi twist! When reading through the books there are a lot of times where you’re like ‘Aha! Just like the regular story!’ and you smile because you know where the comparison is coming from. It’s a futrastic world with two different races on the planet, humans and robots. Robots are beneath humans, so Cinder being a partial robot also makes that true to her character. You get to see her grow and learn that she is defined more than by her parts, and that her past is going to come back to bite her. I have finished the first book, and own the second book Scarlet and third book Cress but have yet to read them. I am interested in seeing how Cinder’s story plays out though.
2. Hunger Games
Well of course this one had to be on here! The Hunger Games was one of the first YA novels I read and feel in love with the story. I was a little hestiant at first because a lot of the books that get a lot of love and turn into movies so quickly aren’t that great, but I picked up the first one and dived into the world. Thankfully in a metoporical way otherwise I’d probably be dead rather quickly. I read each book before the movies (I am really glad I did, some key parts were missing in the movies), and I really did enjoy this trilogy. Suzanne Collins builds a believeable world of how society can just roll over and accept their fates because it’s how it’s always been, and the way the sections are sepreated I can see how each of them would think the Capital is all high and mighty. What I think I enjoyed the most about this series is that Katniss wasn’t a push over who would just let anything happen. She was badass, and stood up for herself, and didn’t necessarily need a man to save her in every instance. I enjoy seeing a heroine who is stubborn, strong willed, and not girly.
Another series where I read the first book, and own the others, but have yet to read them. While I don’t think it was meant to be deep I felt like there was a deeper meaning into this series. I like the fact that it’s how the world has found a way to rid itself of all hatred of others, by making them all the same. But that turned out to actually make it so that people who were too young to have the surgery hated those who had the surgery, while others looked forward to it just to be “normal”. I like how there are two view points and they are basically debating whether it’s worth it to stay the same and be a pretty, or to remain an ugly and break away from the norms. It kind of goes into normal life where you have to realize that just because you don’t fit in, doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, even if society disagrees. The one thing I don’t like about this series is the titles, but I understand why they’re named Uglies, Pretties, etc.
4. The Fault In Our Stars
This was the last book I read, and I had it on my shelf for a few months before I read it because I was concerned that because it had made so many people cry it was going to be mushy. I’m not a huge fan of mushy books. I did final read it though after my friend Rachel (check her blog out she’s awesome) said it would be a good book to get my mind off the scarier book that I had just read, Aslyum. I finished it in less than five hours, just reading straight through. I have a review that’s going to be up in a few weeks for this book so I don’t want to give too much away, but I loved the characters, and the goals of Hazel Grace through her life with cancer. John Green showed a multitude of ways to deal with cancer, including from the parent and loved one’s perspective, which I throughly enjoyed. I bought Papertowns yesterday because I love John Green’s writing style, and I hope I enjoy his other books as well.
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
This, honestly, is my favorite book and series right now (next to The Dresden Files, but that’s not YA). I bought the book based off the cover origianlly, because I am writing a novel that involved creepy doll like humans, and the cover kind of had that vibe. I placed it on my shelf though to read later because the thought of actually reading about something that may horrify me wasn’t too pleasent after the fact. While I was searching throught the internet a few weeks or months later I found a YouTube video that explained the making of the Book Trailer and I wanted to read it, now. So I did, and over the nexet few days I engulfed the book and fell in love with the world, the pictures, and the story. Ransom Riggs did a very good job on this series, and I cannot get over how he took those old pictures and made them into crazy characters that fit into his world. It’s perfect, it’s amazing, and it’s believeable despite it being unbelieveable. I did a book review, so check that out for my score, but honestly I recommend this book to everyone.
Do you read Young Adult books? Why or why not? If you do, what are your favorites? Maybe I can add them to my list.
Do you like the Top Five? I’m thinking of doing some more. Thank you for the suggestion Emily (check her blog out, she’s awesome)! 😀