The Best YA Books Out There

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Do you have a teenager who loves to read? Or, perhaps one that you are encouraging to read more? Then it’s always good to have a selection of YA (young adult) books that you can recommend to them. Not sure what’s popular right now? Here are some popular YA books for 2022!

  • It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh
    • Charlotte lost her mother six months ago, and still no one will tell her exactly what happened the day she mysteriously died. They say her heart stopped, but Charlotte knows deep down that there’s more to the story. 
    • The only person who gets it is Charlotte’s sister, Maddi. Maddi agrees – people’s hearts don’t just stop. There are too many questions left unanswered for the girls to move on.
    • But their father is moving on. With their mother’s personal assistant. And both girls are sure of one thing: She’s going to steal everything that’s theirs for herself. She’ll even get rid of them eventually.
    • Now, in order to get their lives back, Charlotte and Maddi have to decide what kind of story they live in. Do they remain the obedient girls their father insists they be, or do they follow their rage to the end? 
  • Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton
    • When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang – Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki – visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal huntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers – and ultimately harmless.
    • But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realize that they’re in over their heads.
    • Sometimes, it’s the dead who need our help – and the living we should fear.
  • League of Liars by Astrid Scholte
    • Ever since his mother was killed, 17-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal – to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve to be punished as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.
    • But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are…complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension – where all magic comes from.
    • League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains, and danger.
  • The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
    • Fi is a bookish treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles who definitely doesn’t believe in true love.
    • Shane is a tough-as-dirt girl warrior from the north who likes cracking skulls, pretty girls, and doing things her own way.
    • Briar Rose is a prince under a sleeping curse who’s been waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him.
    • Cursed princes are nothing but ancient history to Fi – until she pricks her finger on a bone spindle while exploring a long-lost ruin. Now she’s stuck with the spirit of Briar Rose until she and Shane can break the century-old curse on his kingdom.
    • Dark magic, witch hunters, and bad exes all stand in her way – not to mention a mysterious witch who might wind up stealing Shane’s heart, along with whatever else she’s after. But nothing scares Fi more than the possibility of falling in love with Briar Rose.
    • Set in a lush world inspired by beloved fairy tales, The Bone Spindle is a fast-paced young-adult fantasy full of adventure, romance, found family, and snark.
  • Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon
    • Sunny G’s brother left him one thing when he died: His notebook, which Sunny is determined to fill up with a series of rash decisions. Decision number one was a big one: He stopped wearing his turban, cut off his hair, and shaved his beard. He doesn’t look like a Sikh anymore. He doesn’t look like himself anymore. Even his cosplay doesn’t look right without his beard. 
    • Sunny debuts his new look at prom, which he’s stuck going to alone. He’s skipping the big fandom party – the one where he’d normally be in full cosplay, up on stage playing bass with his band and his best friend, Ngozi – in favor of the Very Important Prom Experience. An experience that’s starting to look like a bust. 
    • Enter Mindii Vang, a girl with a penchant for making rash decisions of her own, starting with stealing Sunny’s notebook. When Sunny chases after her, prom turns into an all-night adventure – a night full of rash, wonderful, romantic, stupid, life-changing decisions. 

The next time your teen is looking for a new book to read, suggest one of these to them! From fantasy to thrillers, there’s something for everyone on this list!

***All book descriptions are courtesy of Amazon

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