Top 10 Young Adult Books I Should Read

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

For those of you who don’t know, young adult fiction is rarely my go-to form of literature. People who exclusively pass by Bookidote for that usually get what they come for thanks to my co-blogger Trang, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like staying up to date with the latest trends in YA and to occasionally peruse the isles for some good YA books !

I do however have extremely high expectations for the ones I pick up, and I usually let Trang be the guinea-pig before I even dare crack open one of those books.

Over the past few years, there were a couple of YA stories that have successfully proven their worth and gave me hope that YA isn’t something that I should completely ignore in my life.

I did however realize that while I don’t read them often, I do have nice little list of potential candidates that I still need to read and that’s what I want to share with you guys today.

There are some titles that I purposely excluded from this since there was a high-risk of tomato-throwing action that could have resulted from such revelations (i.e. something that rhymes with Barry Botter?), but hopefully the ones on this list won’t lead to that. ๐Ÿคฃ

Without further ado, let’s see how behind I am on all the hype!

P.S. You can click on the titles to be redirected to their Goodreads page!

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I thoroughly loved Six of Crows (check out my review by clicking here), but I have yet to read the finale to this duology. I’ve heard things about this finale that makes me go “eurgh” and actually leave Six of Crows as a stand-alone success, but then there’s all these awesome folks telling me how great it was. I think I should give this a try and find out for myself. It’ll also be pretty on my shelf alongside my signed hardcover edition of Six of Crowsโ€”I had to mention that, I don’t know how else I could ever show that off! ๐Ÿคฃ


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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Iย  really enjoyed the originality of Illuminael, especially its visual format,ย but I have yet to read Gemina. And with Obsidio around the corner, I think it’s a good time to soon find myself a copy of both of these sequels!


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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

I absolutely loved This Savage Song (check out my review by clicking here) and it was my first experience with the author’s writing. She has an amazing writing skill and I don’t know why I didn’t join the hype for this duology finale. I did read about some mixed feelings regarding this from trusted sources, but I think if I check this out when the hype is low, my level of open-mindedness will probably far bigger, hence enjoying it more!


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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I have only heard great things about this series, and just the excitement of fans when the trilogy was expanded made me even more curious about the greatness of this sci-fi.


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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I was actually pretty intrigued by this one before it was even released because of the blurb. It just screams alternate-history-done-right and based on what I’ve heard from a bunch of you, it really is quite a ride!


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Stealheart by Brandon Sanderson

Honestly, I could have also put any of his other YA titles too (The Rithmatist, for example) because it’s Brandon Sanderson and he undoubtedly got my attention ever since I read The Way of Kings (check out my review here). His world-building is everything and I probably will go through this one at some point in my life.


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Unwind by Neal Schusterman

This is the first book I discovered from him and still really want to give it a shot. Nowadays Neal Schusterman is mostly being known for Scythe and its sequel Thunderhead, and probably for great reasons too. I totally would love to see what kind of ideas the man has to offer.


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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I know my co-blogger raved a lot about this book a couple of years ago and having seen the movie first (I know.. Crazy.), I told myself that I need to find out what the book has to offer.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I mean.. Come on. This book’s popularity exploded within seconds of its release; sort of like how Black Panther (2018) is doing right now! Timely and highly relevant, I think this is one of those books that everyone has to check out at some point in their lives. It’s like mandatory reading that you WANT to read.


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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

This is a classic and I wanted to exclude it of the list at first, but I feel like it’s also something that might be worth checking out for a lot of you too, especially if you’re looking for a sci-fi story after having been initiated to the genre by books like Illuminae nowadays.


As I look back at this list, I realize that this might actually also turn out to be a post filled with recommendations since I’m almost 99% sure that I’ll end up enjoying all of these when I get the chance to read them.

I also think that by the time I read 33% of this list, a couple of years will have gone by and another 3-4 must-read YA novels will be added to this. ๐Ÿคฃ I also don’t own a copy of any of these right now, so that’s not going to help me solve things up… Talk about bookworm problems! ๐Ÿคฃ

Now that I’m done rambling on about all the things I haven’t accomplished, I want to hear your side of the story!

Have you read any of these?

Do you have any of these on your TBR?

Am I insane for not having already read all of these? ๐Ÿ˜€

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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  • I’ve read and liked almost all of these books (and YA isn’t really my thing either, so they’re definitely good picks). Red Rising is one of my all-time favorite series. And I think classifying it as YA is iffy (publisher’s fault). The first book, maybe, but it definitely matures into adult from there. So it might be a good place to start.

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  • Oh my.. I need to read all of these haha! Except Ender’s Game. I loved it, but have no desire to continue with the series. Weird? I liked it as I left it. I do have Unwind, Crooked Kingdom and The Hate U Give here. So hopefully soon! I just read and reviewed Children of Blood and Bone and I admit, it met and surpassed the hype for me. I loved the magic system. Maybe one day we can buddy read some YA ๐Ÿ˜‰ That might make for a fun chat haha.

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    • You know our TBR’s are crazy though haahah I wasn’t surprised when I finished this post that I had yet to read some VERY popular books that have received A LOT of praise from fans! ๐ŸคฃI seem to hear that often about Ender’s Game. I might also post-pone the sequels for much later at this point hahah I’ve been hearing great things about Children of Blood and Bone though. I’ll definitely pass by to read that review of yours as soon as possible! Oh yeh, it would be pretty sweet to do some buddy-reads. We’d have to figure out a system that could work out too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Let me know if there’s a title in particular you want to try together in this list in the future months!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  • Wow Lashaan, you are behind, lol;-) No seriously, some of these are awesome. First of all, Red Rising is NOT YA, it’s definitely adult, no matter what you’ve heard. Read it, it’s fantastic:-)

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    • Oh man, Tammy… I sort of told myself the exact same thing when I finished up this post hahah How is it that I’ve only heard about this “YA-tag-on-Red-Rising-is-wrong” thing just now?! Definitely pushing it higher on my priority list now! ๐Ÿคฃ

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  • I really want to check out the Six of Crows duology! That is so cool that you have a signed hardcover! It makes the book so much more special.

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    • You have to AT LEAST check out Six of Crows! I devoured that book like no other! It holds a special place in my heart. It was that good. It’s sort of also why I’m scared to pick up its sequel. Fear that it might not measure up or surpass its predecessor! ๐Ÿ˜› YAAS!! I had went to one of my first book events (YALLWEST) and got to meet the author there. My copy is pretty special indeed hahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Oh snap! Thanks Kristin. I’m definitely going to make a mental note about that. THUG and Red Rising seems to get a lot of love from others too, especially the latter being tagged more adult than YA by readers. I’m sooo late to the party though hahah I got some catching up to do!!

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    • I can feel the love for THE BOOK THIEF!!! *looks at your blog’s name* Hahahahah The movie was pretty decent, but I was told that the book is SOOO much more. I’ll definitely try it out. How was Unwind? I’ve honestly barely heard from anyone about it. :O

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      • Yeah the movie is great but the book is much more unique and really special. Unwind is really great!! I think it was pretty popular like five years ago but nobody really talks about it anymore which sucks because itโ€™s a really great series. Itโ€™s super creepy and a really unique take on the dystopian genre.

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  • First, just echoing what others have said about Red Rising. It is by no stretch of any imagination YA. Read it and you’ll see.

    Second:
    “I usually let Trang be the guinea-pig”
    Excellent work formula there! A definite perk to having a co-blogger.

    I also enjoyed Ender’s Game, and Ender’s Shadow. But other than those 2, never did get into the Enderverse. I much preferred Card’s later trilogy, the Pathfinder trilogy.

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    • You’ve tried Red Rising?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Was is it worth picking up for yourself?

      Oh yes, she does also know my taste in books so she is probably the only bookworm guinea-pig I got in real life hahah

      I’ve seen you mention this before on someone else’s post (Orangutan Lib) too. I think it’ll be a mood thing if I ever go beyond the first book. Oh also if I get my hands on more than just the 1st book hahah And thanks for the rec in the Patherfinder trilogy. First time I hear anyone mention anything besides The Ender’s Game series.

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      • Red Rising:
        https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/red-rising-red-rising-1/

        I read the rest of the trilogy too but had to DNF the final book due to moral content. Lines in the sand and all that.

        I’ve also read Card’s Alvin Maker series, but considering that it is a mormon fantasy, it wasn’t really up my alley. So really, most of Card’s stuff doesn’t work for me. I took a chance on the Pathfinder trilogy and loved it enough to buy in hardcover, but that was the exception, not the rule.

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  • WHAT!?! Hahahahahhha you HAVE to read Ender’s Game… I LOVE that book… but DO NOT read any of the sequels I hated them (especially Enderโ€™s Shadow)… but it stands alone well! Well I’ve never buddy read a book before… and I have NO CLUE how to do so now… but we probably should for Red Rising! I’m pretty intrigued after trying the graphic novel… ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I read Unwind a long time ago and I enjoyed it but remember very little now… *shrug*

    BTW did you list these in the order you WANT to read them or is it just random?! It seems like there is an order… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Seems like it’s a shared feeling in regards of that book’s sequels. But your praise for Ender’s Game is definitely giving me hope and has me super excited to try it out sooner than later! I’d totally be down to try Red Rising together when we get our hands on a copy in the near future or something. And.. I sort of never tried to buddy-read with anyone, except Trang, but what happens with Trang is either she finishes the book too fast and I’m just playing catch up before we talk about it, or she doesn’t finish it and we forget we even did a “buddy-read” for it hahah I’d be curious to try a buddy-read with a “different” structure though hahahah Oh noooo, if you don’t remember Unwind… does that mean it was not memorable/special??? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      There was a little attempt in order, but after the first 4 books, I realized an order was too complicated so I guess we can say its random now hahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • I would totally love to read your thoughts on Enderโ€™s Game… hhhhhaha that sounds like how buddy reading works out for me too… my WP and I share books so by the time we both read it one of us is bound to have forgotten it! Well Iโ€™d probably get it from the library so would need a little lead time… but we could give it a go at some point… You know all I remember is enjoying Unwind, but donโ€™t quote me please. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • A big YES to Crooked Kingdom, Our Dark Duet, Unwind and THUG! I absolutely loved those books… I still have to read most others as well though haha. Especially Red Rising, which I have been meaning to start for a looong time now.

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    • That’s definitely reassuring!! Unwind seems to be the one that I heard the least from everyone, but any book by that author would be something I’d love to explore! And yesss!!! I’ve been meaning to try Red Rising and its sequels for so long, and with each book release, I’m just more curious about it all! Hope you enjoy the ones you plan on reading next on this list, Yvo! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • I actually don’t know why I haven’t read the Unwind sequels yet, because I remember the first book being bloody brilliant… Now I’ll probably have to reread it before I finally do so. xD
        And one reason I haven’t started Red Rising yet is that I know I will suffer having to wait for the next releases if I do… So I might wait until the series finished, if I can resist that long that is.

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  • I haven’t read any of these but I saw the movie The Book Thief as well because I’m so interested in books and that era, great movie and I’m sure a great book as well! I’m missing One of Us Is Lying on that list :-). Happy reading!

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    • The era and stories about books are definitely something that bookworms seem to have a hard time saying no to indeed hahaha Oh yes One of Us is Lying! That book that always reminds me of the Breakfast Club hahah Happy reading, Inge!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Like yourself, I should give YA a go more often. I totally avoid it normally.

    I loved Crooked Kingdom. But I don’t understand how it’s classed as YA. Or Six of Crows. Just never would have lumped them in that genre.

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    • Yeh… the tropes in YA, and especially the romance can easily make me cringe. But some authors know how to write and tackle fascinating ideas though. It’s why I haven’t completely given up on them YA books! ๐Ÿ˜›

      I know right? I think its why I enjoyed Six of Crows so much. It felt so adult. Glad to hear you loved Crooked Kingdom too though. Definitely gonna have to complete that series! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • I donโ€™t consider The Book Thief to be a YA, I believe itโ€™s one of those books that EVERYONE should read! I hope you pick it up soon, itโ€™s worth it! ๐Ÿ’—

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    • Oh snap! The love is real. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll definitely give it a shot. Have you tried that other book by the author? I don’t think people have as much love for it as The Book Thief, but it did seem interesting. I think it’s called The Messenger or something. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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      • Yes I read The Messenger last year and it was OK, it wasnโ€™t anything like The Book Thief. Itโ€™s kinda hard to believe they were both written by the same author. But the key point behind the story line was good!

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  • Nope, I haven’t read them, but I do want to read the Leigh Bardugo one and Red Rising. I used to like YA but gave up on it because the focus is always on romance rather than fantasy.

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    • Oh man, it’s why I barely explore them too… The romance can easily annoy me in YA stories. Good thing some authors have romance-less stories and others have AMAZING writing styles to give YA stories a whole other name and impression for me. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you get to try those out some day, Zezee! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • SANDERSON!
    I just finished The Reckoners trilogy and enjoyed it. I was a little disappointed with the final novel, but it’s still leagues better than most YA novels.
    Be careful with The Rithmatist! It’s AMAZING, but no sequel yet and probably won’t be for awhile ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
    Great list! I might check out a few since I’ve found myself disappointed with YA lately.

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    • Oh snap, I see. You’ve been having quite some time with those final novels huh. Seems tough to perfectly conclude series. Aw man, does The Rithmatist end on a cliffhanger or something though? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Yeh, how easy it is for YA novels to disappoint me is why I stay away from them, but at least with those in this list I feel like I can… get more bang for my buck.
      Thanks for dropping by!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Maybe my expectations are too high ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
        Itโ€™s not the worst cliffhanger Iโ€™ve ever read, but it left me wanting more.
        Hopefully those next books you have to read donโ€™t disappoint!

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  • What I list!!! Some of those books are in our to read list!! I’m not sure if you want to read them because they are good or because they are so hyped that we think that they are good!
    But you have really good taste and I will totally keep an eye to see what you think about those books when you read them!!!

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    • Thanks man! I can’t tell if they are good till I read them, but based on what I’ve heard from them, I believe they will turn out to be really good though! And also, for some of these, I did read the first book and they are a great indicator of how great the sequels could be too! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Aw yeh, thanks man. I just need to find myself a copy of these. Can’t wait to try them out honestly! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • I hope they end up being good, I mean it! ๐Ÿ˜€ and of course, one cannot know if they are good or not until you judge them with your own eyes XD
        You should try to get them on Kindle XD they might have one of those on sale a some point XD

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  • i read red rising and LOVED IT! i will definitely read the rest of the books in this series! a lot of people say itโ€™ll break my heart, but itโ€™s too good to think that it wonโ€™t! i keep delaying reading gemina an this savage song for no obvious reasons. hopefully iโ€™ll enjoy them when i do read them

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    • I only hear amazing things about Red Rising and need to finally start it. I hear the characters grow over the course of the series and that sounds sooo promising! Same here for Gemina and This Savage Song’s sequel! I don’t know why I delay them.. except maybe because I don’t have a copy and have so many books to read too hahah Hope you do enjoy those when you get around to them!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Fear not. I had not read Barry Botter till last year. Or two years ago. Effectively, both of those approximate to “too late xD” Don’t tell anyone. It was because of the hype, I just don’t like reading hyped books a lot of the time! I have still not finished the series, but that’s cause I don’t want to run out xD I am taking my time slowly reading them since they are awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

    Gemina and Red Rising are DEFINITELY worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t enjoy The Book Thief so much though. Great topic, good contents – but something was just… I don’t know. Probably the writing style. And I have Ender’s Game and still haven’t read it! It’s, in fact, the first book I’ve ever bought on the Kindle ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Oh snap! I think I’ll try the first book somewhere this year though, but completing the series? Yeh… I think I’ll take a decade to do that or something hahah It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one and that so far you’ve been really enjoying it though!

      Oh snap, that’s definitely good to hear. But I also had a feeling you’d have read them and loved them though with how much you enjoy sci-fi in general. ๐Ÿ˜€ Great topic and content is already A LOT of GOOD stuff compared to other YA novels though hahaha Oh yeh?! Oh my God.. That makes me wonder about the first book I’ve bought and if I even read it yet… LOL Hope you do enjoy Ender’s Game though. I only heard good things about the first book. Not so much about the sequels hahah ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • I feel like this list could also be called “Beth’s Top Books Ever!”
    I LOVED Crooked Kingdom, it was actually my top read of the year for 2016, and Gemina is amazing. I am so excited for Obsidio I’m going to be re-reading Gemina soon to prepare for its release.
    I don’t see many people talking about Wolf by Wolf, but it’s a great book so I really hope you enjoy that one Lashaan, it’s definitely quite a ride. And oh Red Rising, The Book Thief and The Hate U Give are all-time favourites.
    Basically read everything on this list ASAP! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hahahahaah I think you’re the only one who read most of these and I’m not surprised! But I’m trying Beth!!! I’m trying. I just need to get my hands on a copy and schedule it somewhere in my calendar so that I’m sure I go through them earlier rather than later!! ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks for reading, Beth!!

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  • Well, you are not alone. I have only read Our Dark Duet and the Red Rising series! Although I didn’t love Our Dark Duet that much but the latter was definitely worth the hype.
    Most of them are in my tbr as well and I hope I can get to them by the end of this year!

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  • aahaha love the tomato throwing … (and I haven’t read that one either ..shht.) also none of this were read by me as it’s not quite in my range .. I picked up six of crows as I saw it in french, but just .. nah. I put it back down … #sorrynotsorry

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    • Oh snap! #solidaritรฉ And speaking of which, you speak French too!!!! It’s so cool to discover someone like me out of the blue like that. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ And I feel you on that. I avoid translated copies of English books. Just translated title of some of them makes me laugh and ignore immediately hahah ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Well yes I do!
        Hahaha well, being born french I tend to do the opposite.. as for the longest of time I thought picking an english book would be just like thoses at school; id sleep in them. Turns out thatโ€™s not the case, as opposite of school settings, I really DO am interrested in thoses. I only read one so far however ๐Ÿ˜… but im trying!

        I guess.. idk what would make me choose between reading in french or english , but I definately wanna achieve reading in both regularly. It just would open so many doors !

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  • This is a great list! I think you’ll definitely love Crooked Kingdom, Gemina, Our Dark Duet and Wolf By Wolf. They’re all amazing! I haven’t read Red Rising either but I’m hoping to binge read the whole trilogy this year. It looks like I”m not the only one who haven’t read THUG yet. I really need to get to it soon.

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    • Thanks Raven. I honestly had a feeling you’d agree on that hahaha Oh yay!! That gives me loads of hope then. And I think you’ll enjoy Red Rising based on what I’ve heard from everyone too. I do hope the binge will prove to be amazing for you! And yes!! I think I’ll try and read it before the movie adaptation comes out. That should be a nice way to make me read it in time hahah ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • I’m behind on finishing the Six of Crows duology as well. I even own Crooked Kingdom already, but for whatever reason have failed to read it yet. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m really looking forward to it, though. Bardugo’s writing is just fantastic. โค Also, I am so jelly of your signed copy of Six of Crows. That's awesome!
    The Red Rising trilogy is really good. I'm currently reading the third book in the series, and am loving it. I feel like the series keeps getting better the more I read of it, so I can't wait to check out Iron Gold, too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you get to enjoy some of these titles soon!

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    • Oh man, I think I might have been in the same situation too if I had a copy of Crooked Kingdom though hahah I do want to get back into it since its been such a long time since I read Six of Crows! Leigh Bardugo’s writing style is golddd!!!! YAASS! I got to meet her at YALLWEST a while back and had my copy signed by her. Precious, precious copy now. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ohhhh maaaaaan, I’m really being persuaded by everyone that Red Rising is the bomb and now there’s your testament on it too. Have you tried the graphic novel? No clue what it’s about or even if it’s an adaptation of one of the books or a completely new series hahah

      Thank you so much!!! Happy reading!! โค

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  • I have read everything except Steelheart, Ender’s Game and Unwind and WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR!?!?! I could not stand leaving so many duologies unfinished hahaha and I also watched The Book Thief before reading it but the book still destroyed me. I do get really emotional with WWII related stuff either way though. Which brings me to Wolf by Wolf, which is also awesome but should not be trusted whatsoever in terms of how the German language is used. Both my reviews on the series had a section where I just complained about that hahaha

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    • It’s a nagging feeling to leave them unfinished, but because they were so great, I was able to be content with them being stand-alones and imagine them as never having had sequels hahaha Oh damn, I guess what people have to say about The Book Thief is true. Hahahaha I’ll remember to check out your review when I finally read that book then! ๐Ÿ˜› Sounds like there was a lack of research in that department!

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  • Oh this is such a great post! I would love to hear your thoughts on Gemina, I read and really enjoyed it, even if… well, it was far, far, far away from my comfort zone, haha, slightly crazy and creepy, too, but it was also brilliant. This series has so much potential, I can’t wait for Obsidio. Even if I am terrified, haha.
    I read This Savage Song and enjoyed it, too, I need to finish this duology ๐Ÿ™‚
    And The Hate U Give. That book was worth all of the hype for sure, it was really, really good ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I remember how much Illuminae was a big step for you and you still managed to enjoy it! I do hope Obsidio will prove to be a…. terrifyingly brilliant ending for you!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Oh sweet! sounds like we’re on the same boat there hahahah I need to find a copy of its sequel too.
      Yay for THUG. That book has only gotten raving reviews from everyone so far hahah Can’t wait to try it out!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by Marie!! โค

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      • I hope so, I’ll hide under the covers while reading it, but I WILL read it and I can’t wait haha ๐Ÿ™‚
        You’re so welcome! โค

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  • haha I’ve noticed a lot of people haven’t read Barry Botter- or are reading it more recently- so you’re not alone with that one ๐Ÿ˜‰ AHH A SIGNED COPY OF SIX OF CROWS?! That’s so cool! I’m really glad you liked it- and honestly I liked the second one just as much, so you have nothing to fear (well, even if you don’t like it as much I highly doubt you’ll actively dislike it if you liked the first one, cos it’s really in the same vein and I’m gonna shut up now before I spoil anything ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) And I liked Gemina just as much as Illuminae too! Oh I really think you should give Red Rising a try!! I think you’ll like it! And it’s reallly worth reading the Book Thief (I haven’t seen the film yet though) Ender’s Game was good as well ๐Ÿ˜€ I haven’t read any of the others- and seeing these on the list (after they’ve been on my tbr a good long while now) is starting to rekindle some guilt… hahaha I really relate to the ever growing tbr though!!

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    • I do have all 7 books though, so it’s only a matter of time… and mood? so that I finally rectify that! ๐Ÿ˜› Yep, yep. Got to meet Leigh Bardugo at YALLWEST a couple of years ago and had my copy signed by her hahah Cool stuff considering that it was like… the only 5 star YA I read back in the day. Alright, that’s definitely reassuring. I’ll try and complete that duology instead of pretending Six of Crows was a solo masterpiece hahahah ๐Ÿ˜€ Snap, seems like I got your seal of approval for most of the books on here hahahah Awwww yay, nothing like a little guilt trip together!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • hehe fair enough- I totally relate to the mood part ๐Ÿ˜‰ AHH WOW!!! That’s so so cool!! hehehe even better!! i’m glad ๐Ÿ˜€ hahahah yes!! Do!! It was really awesome! hehehe yes! For sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahahaha yes! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • At least we both know that we’ve got plenty to look forward to then! But it’s definitely awesome to hear that you enjoyed both of those titles though. They’re definitely very high on my priority list now! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • Lashaaaan…. do the young adult thang! You can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ The one one I’ve rad from this list is Crooked Kingdom and I took me a long time to start this because I spoilered myself with a scene from the book and it angered me and I wasn’t ready for it for a long time… eventually, I just went for it and… It’s a good book, definitely continues on the strengths that SoC displayed but in the end I think I like SoC more ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wolf by Wolf has always been somewhat interesting to me as well, so who knows, I might be able to squeeze it in this year, or, you know, next year! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good luck with the YA titles ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hahahah easier said than done! Oh, I do remember that particular situation of yours with Crooked Kingdom. I sort of do find it crazy that I haven’t gotten around to it after doing this post. I loved Six of Crows so much back then too.

      Hope you do try out Wolf by Wolf, or any other titles on here someday soon. It might help persuade me even more into picking them MUCH earlier hahahah

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  • I think I had a few issues with Crooked Kingdom, but I liked it. You should definitely read it if you enjoyed the first one. I don’t really consider Red Rising a YA book. The main characters start out as teenagers in the first book, but the rest of the series spans several years (and their in their 30s by the time you get to Iron Gold). I just re-read that series and I highly recommend it!

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    • Duly noted about Crooked Kingdom. I think it’s just a slight fear that it won’t be AS GOOD or BETTER than Six of Crows that bothered me. And also maybe a fear that it might suddenly find those YA tropes that it didn’t have and make me hate all of a sudden!

      I think finding out that the whole Red Rising series shouldn’t have been labeled as a YA was the biggest surprise I got thanks to this post hahah It definitely climbed up real high on my priority list now! Thanks for the rec, Stephanie. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Same. The level of disappointment that can come from a YA novel is too great for me to even attempt one hahah It’s nice to have people like Trang and other folks in the blogosphere to rely on to know what is A LOT less likely to disappoint though! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • I’m 90% there myself. I’m giving 10% benefit of the doubt to all the YA that can be released. Although I’m sure in a couple of years I’ll straight up cut them out of my life. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Am I seriously this behind on my friends’ posts!!! Epic fail and I suck!!! On another note, I have been reading over your posts again today and have to thank you for making my TBR even more humongous!๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ฏ I fangirling for Bookidote! Yay!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŒ 

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    • Don’t worry about it, Dani. You just do you first. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyone and everyone should be happy to see you whenever you can. Don’t have to force yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad to worsen the state of that TBR. I know mine is already a mess! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • I LOVE stopping by!โคโคโค My darn electricity was crazy because some drunk idiot broke down the poles. Yeah that’s South Carolina for you.๐Ÿ˜’ I am a fangirl for you and Trang! I know you guys have busy lives as well!๐Ÿ˜ I hope you guys are doing well!๐Ÿ™ƒ You Rock! Pssst Let’s not even go there with the TBR list! I own too many books, too many ARCs, too many on my list, and just books everywhere!๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต But I love them so MUCH! I just want to pet them, and squeeze them and love them and call them George! *I have issues*

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