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Best Young Adult Books of 2015 So Far

It’s that time of year again. As in, the year is half over!

Come and see just what YA books have rocked my socks so far.

Best Young Adult Books of 2015 So Far

Best Young Adult Books of 2015 So Far

Best Fantasy

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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When I read Cruel Beauty, I knew Rosamund Hodge would be an author whose work I would be following. Crimson Bound was a book I felt totally immersed in. I was invested in the characters and the incredible fantasy setting she created.

Most Unique

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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V.E. Schwab is an incredible writer, and all her talents were on display in this book. The idea of parallel Londons was an exciting idea that was executed in a way that was clear and so intriguing. I could not put this book down! It made me fall in love with fantasy books all over again.

Best Contemporary

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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I’m thankful Sophie Kinsella decided to branch out in the YA world. This story has her trademark sense of humor combined with a quirky family and some bigger issues. She blended these elements very well to produce something special and memorable.

Top New Debut Series

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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Oh. My. GOSH. This book has literally ALL the intrigue and mystery ever. Legacy of Kings is a historical fiction novel (set during the time of Alexander the Great) that hits the just the right tone – it’s well-researched without getting bogged down in details. I was riveted to the escalating schemes and ready for any and all future books.

Most Feels

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Jenny Han knows how to sweep a reader off her feet. I don’t often wish I could jump in the world of a contemporary book, but this is the one book I would love to live in. Han has this perfect way of adding sweetness to heartbreak and knows how to temper sad moments with hope.

Top Book I Told Everyone About

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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I told all of May’s Uppercase subscribers about The Girl at Midnight because it was the official Uppercase selection :). But of course, I told my friends and family about this incredible new paranormal fantasy that’s set in NYC and the New York Public Library!

Most Interesting World

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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The Orphan Queen offers top notch fantasy and world-building. You can tell there is so much in store for the rest of the series, and I appreciate knowing Meadows is an author I can trust to surprise, frighten and delight me.

Best Surprise Read

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

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I didn’t know what to expect going into The Start of Me and You. What I got was a story that surprised me with its focus on great friendships and in recovering from loss. I connected personally to this book, and it holds such a special place in my heart.

Best Sequel

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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I think Marie Rutkoski is really doing a large-scale social experiment. Either that or she just loves to torture her readers with clever plots and twisty maneuvers. The Winner’s Crime wrecked me so much. I just adore this series and Rutkoski’s writing.

Best Overall

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas

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This novel proves just how masterful of a writer Sarah J. Maas is. She made a story about the fae new and fresh, unlike anything I’ve read before. And more than any other book, I really rooted for the characters. I just cannot stop talking about this book to anyone who will listen!

What YA books made your best of 2015 so far list?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I have the ARC for Legacy of Kings and I have been so excited for it. I am so happy that you enjoyed it so much!

  • Kim

    Can’t wait to get the Legacy of Kings! Sarah Maas is on my reading list for this summer.

  • Brittany Welsh

    I tell everyone who even says the word book to me, Sarah J. Maas is IT. I love everything she writes.