Hello, and welcome to my list of the best YA books of the year, covering 2014 releases! Keep in mind that as voracious a reader as I am, I cannot possibly read all the YA books released in a year, so I'm probably missing out on some good ones. These recommendations are all 4.5+ star reads in my eyes. I hope you enjoy them!
Eager to Read
1) Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is the first in a YA paranormal fantasy spin-off series of Beautiful Creatures that follows the cousin of the original main character.
2) The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Matthieu. This YA contemporary novel takes on slut-shaming and is very well reviewed already.
3) Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch. This YA sci-fi dystopian series starter is about a future where genetically engineered people are sold as pets.
4) Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes. This is the second book in the Viral Nation Duology, which follows an autistic girl who uncovers the truth about an organization that wants her to time travel for them. The first book was featured as a best YA of the year in 2013.
5) Idols by Margaret Stohl. This is another sequel to a best YA of 2013, part of the sci-fi dystopian Icons Series, where a group of gifted teens fight the aliens that have destroyed humanity.
6) Unravel by Imogen Howson. Again, another sequel to a best YA of 2013, from the Linked Duology, about a girl who discovers her hallucinations are actual events happening to her secret twin, who is on the run from the government.
7) Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre. This YA fantasy series starter by the author of the Razorland Trilogy follows a girl who is on the brink of suicide when she makes a Faustian bargain in order to get revenge on her bullies.
8) Astray by Amy Christine Parker. Add this to the 2013 sequels list: a continued look at the life of a girl who escapes a cult.
9) Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga. This is the third book in the I Hunt Killers Trilogy, which I'm quite a fan of, about the son of a serial killer who decides to use his skills to capture other killers.
10) The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas. Another one for that sequel list, this book continues the story of a gifted Chosen One who dresses up as a boy to attend a magic school alongside a prince.
11) The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter. This is the third book in the White Rabbit Chronicles, a paranormal romance that loosely retells Alice in Wonderland with added zombies.
12) Unmarked by Kami Garcia. I have hope for the second book in Garcia's first solo series, The Legion, which follows a girl who joins a demon-and-ghost-fighting society.
13) The Body Electric by Beth Revis. I really enjoyed Revis's Across the Universe Trilogy, so I'm excited to read her next book, about a girl who uses technology to enter people's dreams and memories and who gets pulled into a government conspiracy as a result.
14) In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. This is the final book in Bracken's The Darkest Minds Trilogy, which I've quite liked, about a future where teens develop powers after a viral illness and the government puts them in detention camps as a result.
15) Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This is the second book in The Naturals, a thriller series that follows a group of gifted teens working for the FBI.
16) Captive by Aimee Carter. This is the second book in a sci-fi series where a girl is promised her caste will be raised if she disguises herself as the Prime Minister's niece to end a rebellion.
17) Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman. This is the second book in a beautiful historical fantasy series that takes place at a paranormal school in 1911.
Thank you for reading! What were your favorite YA books of the year? Let me know, and I'll see you again in 2015.
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