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Lost & Confused: 5 YA Books That Need a Book Map

You guys know I love a good book map! Even though I see them more than ever before in my YA reads, there are still a good number of directionally-challenged books that could do with some geographical markers.

As I flipped open the pages of Days of Blood and Starlight, I was reminded of why I love book maps so much:

ya book maps


So purdy! But mostly, it’s helpful! I’m not very far into the book yet, but already I can tell that there’s traveling and wandering that might be confusing to keep up with.

And that’s what the books below needed. Some helpful little guide for readers to figure out where the characters are in the dystopian and fantasy world. I’ll take a book map even if it isn’t a full page or looks weird on my Kindle. I. Just. Want. Something.

What YA books do you think could have used a book map?

Lost & Confused: 5 YA Books That Need a Book Map

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

crown of embers ya books that need a book map


The whole series could have used a book map, but this book especially. Elisa was traveling on a mission all over the kingdom, into creepy catacombs and into enemy territory. I would have loved to have a visual of the new places she was traveling.

I just wanted more ways to immerse myself into this series. All the love to it.

Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner

shadowlark ya book that needs a book map


This is another classic case of fantasy world wanderlust. When you travel clear across the woods into the unknown, I must see it! Where are you going in relation to where you’ve been? What terrain is there? How great a distance have you covered?

All valid questions, I think.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

stolen songbird ya books that need a book map


So, this is a tricky one, but the majority of the book takes place under a mountain. Even though that sounds limiting, there is a lot going on under that mountain, and I want to know about it! It reminds me of that time Eragon spends with the dwarves in the first book of that series.

It’s not needed, necessarily, but I want it, and I feel like that should count. Cuz demanding readers FTW.

Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little

forbidden ya books that need a book map


Ok, so this book won’t be out until November 4, so there’s still TIME! Forbidden is set in Mesopotamia and the landscape sounds interesting, despite all the sand. There are big cities and hidden secrets as they caravan across the desert, and I think a map could add so much to the reading experience here.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

the burning sky ya books that need a book map


There’s a fantasy world that the characters spend a limited amount of time in during this first book, so I think The Perilous Sea, the sequel, might require a book map more than this first book.

STILL. With two distinct places being discussed and traveled to and from, a map would be very handy for readers to reference when the galavanting begins.

So, what do you think? A book map would have helped me read this YA book _____?

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.
  • Stephanie

    Under the Never Sky series for sure. They did so much traveling and I just wish I knew where everything (Tides, Horns, Marons place) was in relation to Reverie. I think part of the lack of map was because no one knew exactly where the Still Blue was but I would have appreciated a map. I felt the same with The Girl of Fire and Thorns series.

  • Lisa Schensted

    Maps always! When I started reading THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS I was shocked there was no map! Happy to see it on your list. :)