7 YA Essential Ghost Hunting Reads

Fan of (fictional) spooky tales and teenagers who hunt down the things that go bump in the night? Me too. I am a sucker for a good ghost story, even more so when it involves teenagers fighting against evil ghouls and other various paranormal monsters.

I’ve got you covered with the best 11 books all about ghost hunters! Without further ado, let’s get started with the list.

1: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Rory is a Louisiana teenager traveling to London with her family for their new job. Naturally, she enrolls in a posh boarding school. While the British-ness of the place was expected, the ability to see people other students don’t was not. Nor was a Jack the Ripper copy cat beginning their killing spree either. Especially not when Rory sees the main suspect when no one else can. So when a group of young adults contact her and tell her they’re the “ghost police” Rory is sure she’s lost it. But can she actually see ghosts? And can she help these new found friends catch the Jack the Ripper copy cat before it’s too late?

2: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Lucy Carlyle is living in a future London where there is a big Problem. Malicious people are returning from the dead as spirits than can kill if they touch you. And only teenagers can see them. In response, London established agencies: places where the psychically gifted teenagers can contain and destroy these ghosts before they attack people. The first of a five book series just touches the surface of this borderline dystopian city as Lockwood and Co. (the agency Lucy works for employing only 2 other people) try to solve why the ghosts are coming back as they work their own cases.

3: Jackaby by William Ritter

Abigail Rook is new in town, and she’s having difficulty finding employment in 1820s New Fiddleham, New England. When she finds a job posting working under R.F Jackaby, she happily takes the job. But Jackaby is an eccentric man who solves crimes… of the supernatural sort. He and Abigail begin work on a case of serial killer terrorizing New Fiddleham, but neither are convinced the culprit is a natural being.

4: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every other day Kali is a normal teenager girl. But on the other days, she a talented demon hunter who spends her time taking down the supernatural creatures that have returned to earth straight out of a horror book. When she notices the popular girl at school has been marked for death by a demon, she knows she has to intervene to keep her from dying. The only problem? It’s the wrong day.

5: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake drowned in a river, but she didn’t fully die. And now she can see ghosts. When her parents announce they are starting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, Cassidy and her ghost best friend, Jacob, are quick to tag along. So off the four of them go to their first stop: Scotland. While there, Cassidy meets Lara, another girl who can see ghosts. Lara is quick to teach Cassidy that she’s a In-Betweener, someone who’s job it is to send ghosts on to the afterlife. But it doesn’t take long for Cassidy to get caught in a life and death battle against the Red Raven, a sinister ghost looking to steal children’s life forces.

6: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

El attends school at the Scholomance, a place where there are no teachers, but instead a haunted building that teaches the students. El has no allies, but she’s prepared to graduate without them. Because failure to do so means death. The school is filled with deadly supernatural beasts that aim to kill the students, but the students have to be smarter than them in order to survive four years. El is prepared with an immense amount of dark power she keeps hidden, but slowly she begins uncovering the secrets of the school and the monster that live there.

7: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neil is new to New York City in the 1920s. But something dark and evil has awakened after a game of Ouija gone wrong. No one is aware of this, but when a serial killer begins striking, it might not be as natural as the police suspect it to be. Evie and her strange Uncle Will, who is obsessed with the occult, begin trying to solve the case, but something evil is lurking around the corner, ready to destroy everyone

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11 Contemporary Books You Need to Read Right Now!

What exactly is a contemporary book? I would define it as realistic fiction, where the characters, plot, and setting, could happen in real life. Of course, I think that could be stretched a little where minimum magic or other fantasy elements are in play. But a big theme of the books are coming of age, understanding others, and confronting social or personal problems.

When composing this list, I set myself a few guidelines to find the perfect books to recommend. The books had to be realistic fiction, heavy on the romance, and have some components of a coming of age novel. Not crazy specific, but the guidelines helped me narrow it down to which books I wanted to suggest.

Without further ado, I present 11 contemporary books you need to add to your TBR ASAP!

1: Tweet Cute, Emma Lord

Tweet Cute is an adorable contemporary book about Jack and Pepper, two high school students who both run the social media accounts for their family businesses respectively. But when Pepper’s fast food business is accused of stealing Jack’s famous grilled cheese recipe, a twitter war breaks out between the two companies. While the two are unknowingly attacking each other online, they are also chatting anonymously with an app Jack constructed. But what happens when they come clean to each other?

2: Prince Charming (Royals), Rachel Hawkins

Daisy’s sister, Ellie, is getting married to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight and hang around with the royal family, but sudden tabloid attention forces her to go on a trip to Scotland with Ellie. However, once in Scotland the trouble with the tabloids doesn’t stop. Daisy is seen with the younger prince of Scotland, and dating rumors spark. In an effort to squash them, the Queen of Scotland orders Daisy and Miles, the younger prince’s best friend, to fake date to take the heat off of the tabloid rumors.

3: Instant Karma, Marissa Meyer

Instant Karma is a newly published novel about Prudence and Quint. Prudence is a chronic overachiever with a strong hatred for Quint, who never seems to put any work into their joint science project. But Prudence begins seeing him in a new light when she volunteers at the animal rescues shelter his mom runs in an attempt to redo the science project. She is also suddenly given the power to seek karma (both good and bad) on those around her, but at its core, the book is a romance and not so fantasy.

4: Not if I Save You First, Ally Carter

Maddie Manchester was the daughter of the White House’s head of security and Logan is the son of the president. They were both little kids when they first met and bound to become best friends. But when Maddie and her father suddenly up and move to the rural wilderness of Alaska, she is determined to remain best friends with Logan. Despite this determination, years go by and the two lose complete contact, until Logan, as punishment for ditching his security detail (again) is sent to go live with Maddie and her father. Except trouble has followed Logan across America, and it doesn’t take long for Maddie and Logan to be stuck in the Alaskan wilderness with a Russian terrorist after them and a deadly storm beginning.

5: Geekerella, Ashley Poston

A Cinderella retelling, Elle Wittimer is obsessed with Starfield, a sci-fi series she watched with her late father. Darien Freeman is an actor who recently got the lead role in a reboot of the series, and Elle is not happy about it. She publishes a blog hating on Darien, while also texting and developing a friendship with a wrong number. Darien sees the blog, but is also the unknown number, texting Elle constantly. When the two accidently meet each other at a Starfield convention, they are far from who they were expecting the other to be.

6: You Have a Match, Emma Lord

From the author of Tweet Cute, comes You Have a Match. Abby used to be doing really well in school, up until her grandfather passed away. Since then her life as been a bit of a downward spiral. So when she signs up to do a DNA test with her friends, she isn’t too happy to find another complication in her life: she has a sister. And not just a half sister, a full blooded sister. The two meet up, and Savvy can’t be more unlike Abby. They are almost the exact opposite. Despite their differences the two decide to become friends and attend the same summer camp. But camp is far from a dream come true…

7: All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is obsessed with death, but he hasn’t killed himself yet. Violet is a girl hurting from the sudden death of her sister and tired of living. No one is more surprised by Finch and Violet than each other when they suddenly strike up a friendship and then a relationship after Finch stops Violet from jumping. But this story is no happily ever after.

8: The Conspiracy of Us, Maggie Hall

Avery suddenly becomes aware of a powerful family she never knew she had. She’s part of a dangerous group called the Circle that secretly runs the world, and they believe Avery is the prophet they’ve been looking for. As she investigates why the prophecy suggests she’s the chosen one, she unravels a conspiracy that just might start World War 3.

9: My True Love Gave to Me, Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White

This collaborative novel is comprised of 12 short stories, all holiday romances! Each author contributed one story to the book, making it so any reader can find something they like in the book.

10: American Royals, Kathrine McGee

Instead of becoming a president, George Washington became America’s first monarch, but not their last. Two and a half centuries later, the Washington’s are still ruling. Beatrice is getting closer and closer to becoming America’s first queen, but she is having difficulty romantically. She can’t decide which is more important: her heart or her duties. Her younger sister, Samantha, is also struggling, after developing a crush on the one guy that is off-limits. Of course, it doesn’t help when Sam’s best friend, Nina, suddenly starts dating Prince Jefferson, Sam’s twin brother. Oh, and Jeff’s ex is set on ruining Nina and getting herself a royal position.

11: Let it Snow, John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

This collaborative novel features three short stories that all intertwine with each other after a small town falls prey to a giant snowstorm. A perfect romance read to get you in the holiday/ wintery spirit. Plus, you can now cozy up with some hot chocolate and a blanket and watch the Netflix adaptation that came out last year!

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Book Blog Newbie Tag

Welcome to my book blog!

Hi! My name is Claire and I just started this blog at the end of January 2021, so I’m pretty new to this whole blogging thing. Introductions and first impressions are so important, especially on the internet, so I figured it was high time I did a Meet the Blogger Tag!

For some basic knowledge about me, before we start the tag, I have been reading ever since I was young, but only two years ago I became very interested in books. I am a high school student who enjoys writing, dancing, reading, and now, blogging!

I nominate anyone who wants to do this tag to do it! Let me know if you do, I would love to check it out! And so, without further ado, I present the Book Blog Newbie Tag!

1: Why did you want to start this book blog?

I’ve been a lover of books my entire life! But outside of school, I hardly read a thing. Yes, I confess, I was that kid that legitimately enjoyed the books we read in English class. But it wasn’t until two years ago that I decided to begin reading young adult novels in my free time. I quickly fell in love and managed to read 50 books in the span of three months when I began reading! My love for books and fictional worlds has not dulled at all. In fact, it has probably grown with each and every book I read. So, I created this book blog to help spread and share my love of books with the world (or, at least those reading this) !

2: What can we expect from this blog?

My blog is going to focus heavily on recommendations– a great example would be my latest posts. (You can check my most recent post out here: https://thecrabchronicles.wordpress.com/2021/02/10/6-best-rags-to-riches-books/) One of my favorite things is recommending the books I just couldn’t get enough of! I want to share my favorite books with everyone, so hopefully you can find something to add to your TBR!

Aside from book recommendations, you can also expect a variety of other content, including:

  • Book reviews
  • Monthly wrap ups
  • Challenges
  • DIYs
  • And more!

3: Why do you love reading?

This is a seriously hard question to answer. There are just so many things I love about it! From experiencing new worlds, to seeing from a different point of view, I can’t pick a favorite thing! I think the better question to ask would be what I don’t like about reading. Which would be love triangles. I am not a fan of that trope, at all. Reading about love triangles is just a big, firm NO from me.

4: What book(s) got you into reading?

All Fall Down by Ally Carter was the book that got me into reading back in 2018. I read it three years ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Everything was perfect, from the characters and the plot to the writing style in general. AMAZING! After finishing the book in a few days, I knew I was missing out on the beauty and entertainment of books. I immediately realized I had to go to the local library and bookstore to stock up on a handful of novels I had never even considered reading before.

5: When and where do you read?

Everywhere and anywhere I can! I always have a book with me, whether it is a physical copy or an eBook, I am always prepared. I mostly read at night and on my couch, ignoring the world and totally consumed by the book. It is a fantastic way for me to unwind after a long day and get ready for bed. But I love reading other places too! I miss the days when I could chill inside a coffee shop, Barnes and Noble, or my local library and read for hours at a time. I cannot wait until I am able to do that again, post COVID.

6: What is your favorite book and why?

There are so many answers to that question! As I mentioned before, I love love love All Fall Down by Ally Carter. But, I also have a few more favorites. Some of those include: All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Warcross by Marie Lu, and The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. There are just too many to name them all!

7: Who is your favorite author?

Again, there are so many authors I could list here. The question is just too hard! I do have a few auto-buy authors though, and those are: Ally Carter, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Maureen Johnson, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, and Roshani Chokshi, to name a few.

8: What is one book that has been on your TBR for waaaaay too long?

I am a bit ashamed to admit this… but I have yet to read the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber. The trilogy has been on my TBR for about a year and a half now. And honestly, I cannot give a good reason as to why I haven’t read it yet, but I promise it will be read before the end of the year!

9: What kind of books do you like to read?

I read a variety of YA books. While I tend to steer clear of most dystopian books, I love mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, and occasionally sci-fi! But my absolute favorite would have to be mysteries. I actually made a post recently covering my top 50 YA mystery books! (You can find it here: https://thecrabchronicles.wordpress.com/2021/02/06/50-ya-mystery-books-everyone-needs-to-read/)

10: What are some non-book realated facts about you?

  • I am a dancer training ballet, tap, and jazz.
  • I am writing my second novel, and hopefully my first published one!
  • I love painting in my free time!
  • My favorite chocolate is dark chocolate.
  • And I LOVE renaissance paintings of cats!

I hope you enjoyed this post; please follow and like if you did! I’m so happy to be here in my little corner of the internet sharing what I love! I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Let me know if you do it– I’d love to check it out!

I’ll leave with a prompt for you! What is the book that got you into reading? Tell me in the comments down below!

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6 Best Rags to Riches Books

Do you love a good young adult read about someone who comes from nothing and is suddenly given everything? Me too. There’s just something so entertaining and satisfying about seeing someone who has so little get thrown into a life of luxury. Here’s some of my favorite books that fit the trope.

1: Warcross, Marie Lu

Warcross is a duology about Emika Chen, a bounty hunter and skilled hacker. She and her roommate are a month away from being evicted from their apartment when Emika accidently hacks her way into the Warcross championships, a tournament that tests the skills of players in a VR game that is insanely popular. She catches the attention of Hideo, the creator of the game, who immediately hires her to catch someone who is disrupting the games. But in order to do that, she needs to move to Tokyo and join one of the Warcross teams to compete in the tournament. From having to sell her late father’s paintings just to pay rent, to wearing Gucci every night, this is a perfect story for fans of the rags to riches trope and mysteries.

2: The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Grambs is living in her car. What she never expected was for Tobias Hawthorn, a billionaire living in Texas, to suddenly die and leave Avery, a stranger who never even knew of the late billionaire, his entire fortune. The only condition is that she has to move into the mansion Tobias lived in for a full year. But why was everyone disowned and Avery given everything? Nobody, not even Tobias’s four grandsons, seems to know.

3: The Deceivers, Kristen Simmons

Brynn grew up scamming the rich, never having enough herself. But once her stepfather steals all of her hard earned cash she was going to use to pay for college, she’s had enough. Fortunately, Vale Hall has its eyes on Brynn, and soon enough she’s admitted into the exclusive academy. Only it isn’t your typical boarding school. It’s a school that teaches talented liars and thieves to harness their skill and use it for good. Brynn enjoys the many luxuries the school has to offer, but it’s becoming more and more obvious life at Vale Hall isn’t as beautiful as it seems…

4: Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

Mare grew up poor in a world divided by the color of your blood. Those red blooded were commoners and were ruled by the silver blooded, who all possessed special powers. Mare, a 17 year old red blooded girl, ends up working at the silver palace, but not for long. She quickly discovers that she, while having red blood, has the power of silvers. The silvers decide to hide Mare’s unique ability by disguising her as silver nobility and marrying her to a silver prince. But a red rebellion is rising against the silvers, and despite Mare’s new status, she wants to help them.

5: Little White Lies, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Sawyer Taft is a mechanic whose only concern is making enough money to get into college, and her chances of that aren’t looking too good. But when her estranged, incredibly wealthy grandmother suddenly shows up and offers Sawyer a deal, she can’t help but accept. In return for paying for her education, Sawyer moves into a mansion with family she had never met before to participate in debutante season, against her mother’s wishes. But it’s simple, introduce herself to high society for a bit, and then she’s off to college, paving a successful future for herself. What could go wrong?

6: The Selection, Kiera Cass

A young adult staple read, The Selection is a triology (and a duology spin off) about America Singer, a girl in the low cast level of 5. America is chosen to move into the palace and compete against other girls to become the queen. But life at the palace isn’t so easy. Imagine if the Bachelor met the Hunger Games, that’s The Selection. From never having enough to suddenly living in a palace with maids and strawberry pastries, this is an iconic example of rags to riches.

50 YA Mystery Books Everyone Needs to Read

I, the biggest mystery fan of them all, took it upon myself to create a master list of my top 50 mystery reads and a summary sentence. I hope you find a new book or two to enjoy !

1: The Naturals, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals is a 4 book long series about a group of 5 gifted teenagers who work for the FBI and solve cases.

2: Truly Devious, Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious is a trilogy about Stevie Bell, a student trying to solve the Ellingham Affair– murders that took place at the Ellingham Academy back in the 1930s.

3: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson

Good girl Pippa decides to investigate into a local five year old case in order to prove the guilty party innocent for a school project.

4: Four Dead Queens, Astrid Schotle

Keralie is a thief and scavenger who somehow becomes entangled in a conspiracy to kill the four ruling queens.

5: All Fall Down, Ally Carter

Grace Blakely watched her mother die in a fire. She claims it was murder, but nobody believes her until she spots the man who murdered her mother and is set on proving him guilty.

6: The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson

The last thing Rory expected from her new posh boarding school was a Jack the Ripper copycat terrorizing the school and surrounding area. She also didn’t expect to be one of the only people who could see the murderer…

7: The Lovely and the Lost, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

When a little girl gets lost in the Sierra Glades National Park, Kira and her family’s search and rescue team get sent in to find the girl, but what if the young girl didn’t just wander off? What if something more sinister is at hand?

8: Jackaby, William Ritter

A serial killer is on the loose in New Fiddleham, New England in 1892, but R. F Jackaby and Abigail Rook are not so sure the culprit is a natural being…

9: Charlotte Holmes, Brittany Cavallaro

The descendants of Holmes and Watson, Charlotte and Jamie, meet at an esteemed boarding school. It doesn’t take long until a student dies under mysterious circumstances and Jamie and Charlotte are framed.

10: One of us is Lying, Karen McManus

Five students walk into detention and only four walk out, but his death was not an accident.

11: The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson

At a school where students make chalk drawings come to life, students began getting kidnapped from their dorm rooms, leaving only a trail of blood behind.

12: When, Victoria Laurie

Maddie is able to see the date that everyone will die on. She tells a family that their son will die soon, so when the boy vanishes, she’s a top suspect in the disappearance.

13: The Body Finder, Kimberly Derting

Violet is able to sense the bodies of those murdered and can see imprints on the killers. As a serial killer begins terrorizing her small town, she realizes maybe she is the only one who can stop them.

14: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco

Audrey Rose is fascinated by forensic medicine and often assists her uncle in the line of work. But when a victim from a new serial killer surfaces, Audrey Rose might just get drawn into the mayhem.

15: Ace of Shades, Amanda Foody

Enne was raised as a proper lady, but when her mother goes missing she’ll have to make the journey to New Reynes, the city of sin, in order to find her.

16: Lockwood and Co, Jonathan Stroud

This 5 book series takes place in a world where both ghosts and death by ghosts is common. Three ghost killing agents must solve the mysteries of hauntings in a politically corrupt London.

17: This is Our Story, Ashley Elston

Five rich, preppy boys went hunting together one Saturday morning, but only four came back.

18: I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga

Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer, and as bodies start piling up again, he works with the police to help solve the case.

19: Every Other Day, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every other day Kali is a demon hunter, on the other days she’s just a normal teenage girl. But she notices a demon marking the popular girl at school for death. The problem? It’s the wrong day.

20: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

Trouble went down on a privately owned island, but Cadence Sinclair can’t seem to remember anything that happened.

21: The Blackthorn Key, Kevin Sands

A mysterious cult begins preying on London’s apothecaries, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake– including the apprentice Christopher’s master.

22: The Amateurs, Sara Shepard

Five years ago Helena disappeared from her backyard, amateur investigator Seneca spends her spring break trying to solve the cold case.

23: Warcross, Marie Lu

Emika Chen is a hacker and bounty hunter hired by Hideo, the founder of Warcross (a virtual reality game that is globally loved and played) to discover who is hacking and disrupting the Warcross championships.

24: Sadie, Courtney Summers

Sadie’s sister, Mattie, is found dead, the killer roaming free, uncaught. Sadie takes it upon herself to hunt down the killer and make him pay for what he did to Mattie and herself.

25: The Perfect Candidate, Peter Stone

Recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship in D.C, but did not expect to get thrown into a political conspiracy after a brief mentor and staff member suddenly winds up dead.

26: The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Grambs suddenly inherits a dead billionaire’s entire fortune for reasons nobody knows.

27: Killing November, Adriana Mather

November Adley is whisked away to a secret boarding school training the elite members of a group that is covertly running the world. However, someone wants her dead for reasons she cannot figure out.

28: People Like Us, Dana Mele

Kay Donovan gets caught in the crosshairs of a murder investigation for the body of a girl she and her friends found in a lake.

29: House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig

A retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, Annaleigh’s sisters keep dying, one after the other. After the fourth sister plummets off a cliff to her death, Annaleigh begins to suspect someone is behind these deaths and takes it upon herself to investigate.

30: Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn

Jamie Henry was relieved when 2 years ago his crazy sister was sent to juvie for burning down their neighbor’s horse barn, but when his sister gets out of jail, she’s determined to let him know that she isn’t the crazy one.

31: A Spy in the House, Y.S Lee

A young orphan is rescued from the gallows and given shelter at an academy– except it’s not your regular school. It’s a cover for the all girls investigative unit called The Agency.

32: The Diviners, Libba Bray

A supernatural mystery set in Manhattan during the 1920s follows heroine Evie as she moves to New York to stay with her uncle who runs an occult museum, but something dark and evil has awakened and is prepping to bring mass destruction.

33: The Fixer, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her sister Ivy in D.C– but Ivy isn’t any old resident. She’s a fixer, someone who can make any politician’s problems go away, for a price. It isn’t long until Tess finds herself entangled in a political conspiracy.

34: Scarlett Undercover, Jennifer Latham

Scarlett is a amateur crime solver, and when a case she’s working on begins to unfold, she realizes her own family might be more involved than she thinks, and she might just solve the murder of her father.

35: Lock and Mori, Heather Petty

Two high school students start a competition to solve a murder, but it might just strike closer to home than expected.

36: City of Saints and Thieves, Natalie C. Anderson

Tina’s mother gets murdered by a corrupt business man she worked for, and Tina decides to spend the next 4 years of her life preparing for revenge against him, but what if he wasn’t actually the one behind the murder?

37: Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday is missing, but Claudia seems to be the only one that notices and so Claudia does the only thing she can: looks into the strange and sudden disapearance.

38: The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney

15 year old Janie Johnson recognized her face on the side of a the milk carton, identifying herself as a missing person who was kidnapped 12 years ago. But how could that be?

39: Dread Nation, Justina Ireland

Jane was born 2 days before the dead started walking, but that’s the least of her problems. Now grown, Jane finds herself caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one where she finds herself facing very powerful enemies on both sides.

40: The Similars, Rebecca Hanover

6 identical clones appear at Emma’s boarding school. But when her best friend Oliver– who died over the summer– has an identical clone named Levi, she wants nothing to do with the 6 of them, yet she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their friend group and discovers secrets she doesn’t want to know.

41: The Deceivers, Kristen Simmons

Brynn hasn’t had an easy life, she’s had to lie and steal her way threw it. So she jumps at the opportunity to attend Vale Hall, a school where they are trained to lie and expose corrupt politicians and other similar kinds of people. But Brynn’s first job doesn’t go as smooth as she hoped, and Vale Hall isn’t as pretty as it seems…

42: Desert Dark, Sonja Stone

Nadia is given the opportunity to train at Desert Mountain, an elite covert school training it’s students for a life in the Black Ops, but she quickly becomes accused of being a traitor roaming the grounds…

43: Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart

44: Heist Society, Ally Carter

Kat Bishop needs to find and return five priceless paintings to a dangerous man who thinks her father is behind the theft of them. But she and her teenage crew don’t know where they are, or how to get them back.

45: I Woke Up Dead at the Mall, Judy Sheeran

16 year old Sarah wakes up in the afterlife after being murdered by her step mom, except she can’t move on until she finishes her business and proves that her step mom is behind her death.

46: Girl’s With Sharp Sticks, Suzanne Young

The Girls of Innovation Academy are perfect, but Mena soon begins to realize that her carefully controlled life isn’t as perfect as it appears.

47: Horrid, Katrina Leno

Jane suddenly moves across the country to her mother’s childhood home after her father’s passing, but strange occurrences begin happening and it might just end with someone dead.

48: Caraval, Stephanine Garber

49: Winterwood, Shea Ernshaw

Nora and Oliver are both hiding secrets when Nora finds Oliver in the woods. He should be dead, but instead he has no memory of the weeks he has been missing.

50: Shadowlands, Kate Brian

Rory Miller survived when serial killer Steven Nell attacked her. Now in witness protection program and in a new, picturesque town, a friend goes missing and nothing in Juniper Landing is as it seems.

If You Liked These Books, Read These

Tired of getting the same crazy popular book series recommended to you over and over again? Don’t worry– I’ve got you covered with these five underrated books to read if you enjoyed these very popular ones!

If you liked Harry Potter by JK Rowling, try The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The famous story of Harry Potters tells of a boy who survived a killing curse by the most evil wizard ever. The Iron Trial is the start of a five book middle school series that tells of Callum Hunt, a boy cast away to the Magisterium– a school that trains mages. But lately rumors have been spreading about the most sinister mage of all, and his supposed return to power. But what if Call is more connected to the mage than he ever thought?

If you liked Renegades by Marissa Meyer, try Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart is exactly how I imagined Renegades to be if it was told from the perspective of a character that was not a prodigy. Basically, ten years prior to the book a meteor named Calamity came and gave a bunch of random people super powers. Those people– referred to as Epics–became dangerous and tyrannical. However, an underground group called The Reckoners slowly been chipped away at their power, trying to bring them all down. David wants into the group in order to seek revenge on the Epic who killed his father.

If you liked Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, try Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Aurora Rising is about five crewmates who end up on the run from an intergalactic government. Heart of Iron is actually an Anastasia retelling, however, it covers a band of misfits traveling through space, remaining under the radar. But when Ana’s bot from childhood, DO9, begins glitching she has to travel to locate the coordinates of a place where DO9 can be fixed. But when a mysterious boy beats her to the coordinates, everything goes wrong and the two of them end up as fugitives on the run from the government.

If you liked The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, try The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

The Lunar Chronicles if a YA staple read about Cinder and her crew as they try to overthrow the lunar government and prevent a war on Earth. The Shadow Queen is about Lorelai, the crown princess of Ravenspire and wanted fugitive. Many years ago, her step mother killed her father and took the crown for her own, but Lorelai survived the attack. She is the true queen of Ravenspire and is determined to defeat her stepmother once and for all, brining happiness and comfort to Ravenspire once more.

If you liked The Selection by Keira Cass, try Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Selection is an iconic trilogy about America Singer, who enters a competition to become the next queen. Little White Lies is an underrated duology about Sawyer Taft, an 18 year old mechanic. She is completely estranged from her mother’s family, but to her surprise, her grandmother shows up in her kitchen with a deal to make. Her grandmother will pay for any college needs Sawyer may have if she participates in the upcoming debutante season. And thus, Sawyer is swept away to a mansion to go live with family she has never known before in order to pave a successful future for herself.