8 YA Series You Need to Read Right Now

If you’re looking for something new to read, or just something to add to your already huge TBR list, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite series for you, which I’ve read over the past few years and  still hold close to my heart. Most of them are pretty well-known, but if you’re skeptical whether to read them, you should definitely give them a try!

1. Harry Potter

First and most obvious, we have Harry Potter. If you haven’t read Harry Potter yet, I’m not really sure how you’ve made it this far, but you need to pick it up it right now (watching the movies doesn’t count!). You will not be disappointed. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

2. Percy Jackson

If you’re looking for adventure, look no farther than the Percy Jackson series. The story follows a young boy as he discovers his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea. The stories are filled with plenty of exciting run-ins with famous characters from Greek mythology, and the humor and cleverness of the young heroes make for an interesting ride. (The Lighting Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian)

3. The Heroes of Olympus

Another Rick Riordan series full of references to Greek mythology, we have The Heroes of Olympus. The series is somewhat of a continuation of Percy Jackson, but could most likely be understood without having read the previous series. If you love Percy Jackson, this is the perfect way to get more of his exciting stories. (The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades, The Blood of Olympus)

4. The Trials of Apollo

If you’re sensing a theme here, you’re right. Basically any Rick Riordan series is amazing, and The Trials of Apollo is no exception. This series follows the god Apollo after he is turned mortal by his father, Zeus. This could also be read out-of-order, but references are made to both preceding series, so I would recommend saving these books for last. (The Hidden Oracle, The Dark Prophecy, The Burning Maze (coming 5/1/18!))

5. The Darkest Minds

One of my favorites on this list is the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken. These books are perfectly crafted with some of the best character development and storylines I’ve ever read. The attachment you will feel to the four main characters as they run from the adults who fear their powers will leave you in tears countless times. I won’t give too much away, just read them! (The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In the Afterlight)

6. The Mortal Instruments

These books were pretty much my favorite thing in the world in middle school, and at almost any age you can enjoy them as much as I did. This journey through the world of shadowhunters follows Clary Fray, a girl with a hidden talent her mother never wanted her to discover. The six-book series is full of ups and down, love and war, and just about everything you can imagine. (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire)

7. The Infernal Devices

The Infernal Devices series is also written by Cassandra Clare, and is a loose companion to The Mortal Instruments. It takes place hundreds of years before the other series, and in my opinion is even better than the other shadowhunter stories. The love triangle between Tessa, Jem, and Will will break your heart, but it will be worth every second. (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess)

8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Finally, we have Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As the name suggests, the quirky characters make up an odd bunch, but they are balanced out by a painfully ordinary boy who discovers he may not be so ordinary after all. The stories will pull you into a fairy tale and show you what friendship really means. (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, Library of Souls)

If you haven’t read any of these series, you should definitely pick them up! These are my personal favorites, but let me know if I missed any of yours!


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