Tired of getting the same really popular books recommended to you over and over again? Well, I’m here to help! These are my 6 favorite young adult books that you *might* not have heard of before, but definitely need to check out ASAP!
1: Hello, Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson
Estella is an orphaned teen living in swinging London, 1967. She’s also the girl who grew up to be Cruella de Vil. She runs the streets with Jasper and Horace, two boys she’s befriended, and robs people blind, in order to stay alive. But, her talent with fashion is incomparable and her ego is almost as big. She’s determined to make it big, and after a chance encounter with two high society teens, she just might.
2: When by Victoria Laurie
Maddie has a strange ability: she can see the death dates of everyone around her. Her mother uses this ability to her advantage by having customers pay for Maddie to tell them when they will die. After Maddie reads for a family, the young boy goes missing on the exact date Maddie said he would die. When the authorities get involved, all fingers are pointing to Maddie. But in a world of facts, and not fiction, nobody believes her ability is anything more than a gag.
3: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
17 year old Ryn lives in a town on the outskirts of a forest filled with the walking dead, or Bone Houses. These bone houses never move past the forest boundary, but after a strange boy, Ellis, comes into the village, the bone houses attack outside of the forest. Ryn and Ellis venture into the forest and through the mountains in hopes of destroying the bone houses once and for all, before they destroy everything and everyone Ryn cares about.
4: Shadowlands by Kate Brian
Rory Miller survived when infamous serial killer Steven Nell, who was posing as her science teacher, attacked her. Now in witness protection program and in a picturesque town, her newfound friends slowly begin going missing, one by one. But whenever she brings up the disappearances, no one seems to remember who they were. Nothing, including the residents, in Jupiter Landing are what they seem…
5: The Fixer by 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 following the family legacy and being appointed her new high school’s “fixer”, or until she finds herself tangled up in a political conspiracy bigger than she can imagine.
6: The Deceivers by 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…
If you have read a book mentioned here, tell me about it! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
See you around! Happy reading!