Top 10 recommendations for YA series

Top 10 recommendations for YA book series

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  1. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole


Books in the series: Poison Princess (#1), Endless Knight (#2), Dead of Winter (#3), Day Zero (#3.5), Arcana Rising (#4), The Dark Calling (#5)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian

The arcana chronicles

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Poison Princess)

She could save the world-or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future-and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Derveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…


I absolutely adored the series and I’m team Death/Aric all the way 😀

While binge reading the first 3 books, I was so paranoid that at any moment the book would come true. The Arcana chronicles is a fantastic mash-up between Hunger games and the Tarot cards, the characters are lovable and compelling and the amount of plot twists in this series makes my jaw drop in EVERY book! I also recommended this book to my best friend and she loved it as well!

Some precautions before you decide to read this series, it is very dark and grotesque as its set in a dystopian world with zombies (known as bagman, if I remember correctly), but the romance here is to die for as you ultimately start choosing a side once you get absorbed into the Arcana Chronicles’s excellent world building.

I heard that there will be a TV adaptation of this series and I’m so excited!!

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Books in the series: Cinder (#1), Scarlet (#2), Cress (#3), Fairest (#3.5), Winter (#4), Stars Above (#4.5), The Lunar Chronicles Colouring Book

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction

The lunar chronicles

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Cinder)

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.


Okay, I love love love this series like how a kid loves candy. Cinder was the first book that brought me back to reading and this whole series was so awesome due to how Marissa Meyer brought the entire world to life with compelling characters and the settings. I would definitely recommend this to those who love sci-fi, retellings, romance and OMG, just read this series XD

I heard that this series is getting a movie adaptation but there hasn’t been much news yet.

Did I mention I have all the books to the series? XD I haven’t gotten my hands on Wires and Nerves though, this epic chronicles continues on with Iko as the main character in the graphic novels!

  1. Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi

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Books in the series: Shatter Me (#1), Destroy ME (#1.5), Unravel Me (#2), Fracture ME (#2.5), Ignite Me (#3) and (the author has announced 3 more books, YES, 3 MORE BOOKS!)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian

Shatter me series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Shatter Me)
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


I would definitely recommend this to readers who prefer more darker fantasy stories. The romance between Juliet and the boys are really interesting. The characters are unique and have great redemption & character arcs. Each book is more interesting than the previous one and I binged read the entire series, even the novellas, which I normally don’t read at all.

I was so excited when I heard that The Shatter Me series is getting a TV series adaptation (IMDB states that its supposed to come out this year), I hope they adapt this book well since it was really hyped up.

  1. Firelight Series by Sophie Jordan

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Books in the series: Firelight (#1), Vanish (#2), Hidden (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Firelight series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Firelight)

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.


I would recommend this series to those who love dragons and great plot twists. The characters’ character arcs might not be as strong, but the plot and setting for this book is great. The plot twists are unpredictable yet with every one that is revealed, the story becomes more conflicting for the different characters.

Online sources have mentioned that this series has been optioned for a movie adaptation in 2012, but nothing else has been heard since then. I felt that this series is one of the more under-rated series that didn’t have much hype around it despite this series being really good, so do give this series a try!

  1. The Cage series by Megan Shepherd

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Books in the series: The Cage (#1), The Hunt (#2), The Gauntlet (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance

The cage series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – The Cage)

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?


I finished the last book today, after waiting 2 long years, and to be honest I was really disappointed with the ending of the book, however, it was a really great series and its one I would definitely recommend to people who enjoy The Lunar Chronicles as well.

I also have all the books in the series as well, now excuse me while I hide in a corner to cry about the ending of this series, if you’re interested, go have a read! To me, this series is one of the most under-rated books that totally deserved a hype.

  1. Fire & Flood Series by Victoria Scott

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Books in the series: Fire & Flood (#1), Salt and Stone (#2)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Action

Fire & Flood series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Fire & Flood)

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


Being quite similar to the Hunger games, but different, but this series is so good, it was so sad that there were only 2 books. The thrill in this book was great, definitely recommended to fans of dystopian novels with the protagonist playing a ‘game’ of sorts. It was definitely one of the more under-rated series that I would recommend.

  1. Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

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Books in the series: Red Queen (#1), Glass Sword (#2), King’s Cage (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Dystopian, Romance

Red queen series

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Red Queen)

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


I definitely loved the first book, Red Queen, but subsequently, everything felt like it was getting way too dragged out. I am Team Cal all the way! Well, this series is recommended to fans of A court of thorns and roses, Snow like ashes and anyone who loves a thrilling action-packed YA fantasy novel.

  1. The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks

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Books in the series: Of Poseidon (#1), Of Triton (#2), Of Neptune (#3)

My rating: 5/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Mythology (Mermaids), Romance

The syrena legacy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Of Poseidon)

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.


Definitely another one of those under-rated series that have no hype, but this series was really good, especially the romance between Galen and Emma. The entire story was compelling and interesting and recommended to fans of mermaid stories with a nice twist.

  1. The Stars never rise Duology by Rachel Vincent

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Books in the series: The stars never rise (#1) & The flame never dies (#2)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian

The stars never rise duology

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – The stars never rise)

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.


I really loved the first book in this series, but I felt that the 2nd book didn’t live up to the first book’s standard. However, the story had great developments and character arcs, whenever you think that it wouldn’t get worse, it does. The plot twists in series were the most shocking I’ve seen in my entire life.

  1. The Styclar Saga by Nikki Kelly

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Books in the series: Lailah (#1), Gabriel (#2), Jonah (#3)

My rating: 4/5

Genres: YA, Paranormal (Vampires & Angels), Fantasy, Romance

The styclar saga

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

(The first book – Lailah)

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


I haven’t read the last book, Jonah yet, but I have a feeling this series would be good. This story had an interesting concept and I definitely preferred Jonah over Gabriel as Gabriel seemed too perfect.


Have you read these series? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂



4 thoughts on “Top 10 recommendations for YA series

  1. karenjo46 says:

    Loveeee the Lunar Chronicles and Shatter Me Series!!! I’m so excited Mafi is writing 3 more Shatter Me books. The Cage Series is pretty awesome too. I still have to read The Gauntlet though. I’ve read the Red Queen and really enjoyed it but haven’t caught up with the rest of the series. The others sound really interesting and I may have a book or two but my TBR is seriously so crazy I don’t think I’ll ever catch up lol


    • firstbooklove says:

      Yes, I’m really excited about the new Shatter Me books too! I feel that The Cage Series so so under-rated 😦 I’m glad people know about the series are enjoying it too! The Red Queen series is still ongoing although I thought it would end with 3 books 😮 My TBR pile is insane as well XD

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      • karenjo46 says:

        I know what you mean about the Cage series!!! I didn’t even know about it until the second book came out only because I won an ARC on twitter from the author. I ordered the first in ebook cause it was on sale but ended up loving the series that I bought the hardcovers 🙈🤗. I love supporting authors so when I really like/love a book and I have the ARC or ebook, I try to get hardcovers as long as my budget allows haha.


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