In no specific order, because I am too indecisive to choose, and apart from the obvious Harry Potter:
1. “Gone” series: Dear lord, if Michael Grant were a god, there would be no mercy. If you can’t handle horror and painful details, then this is definitely not the book for you. But I do pity you, for you would be missing out on an amazing story. It’s just so painful and complex. The situations keep getting worse and worse, and for every victory there are ten calamities. My favorite aspect of the novel is the character development. Every character is like a diamond, precious and with so many facets. If your hobbies include sobbing then do go check out this series.
2. “The Mortal Instrument” series/”The Infernal Devices” trilogy: Now I decided to put these two series together because TID is the prequel series to TMI, although TMI was published before TID. So let’s just start with TMI. I’ve read TMI a few years ago, and I can honestly say I enjoyed it greatly. It’s just a really fun series. It has a good amount of action, well-developed story line, and strong (sometimes a bit controversial) romance. Now I would’ve enjoyed more action and less romance, but altogether it was a good series. Onto TID. Now where do I begin with TID. It’s quite different from TMI, that’s for sure. It’s set in Victorian London, and has by far the most well-written love triangle in the history of love triangles. If you enjoy fangirling over OTPs then run. Run to the nearest library/b&n/friend and buy all the books by Cassandra Clare. Blaze through all five TMI books, Clockwork Angel, and Clockwork Prince. Then stop. Read every letter of every syllable of every word of every page of every chapter of Clockwork Princess. Then come back and thank me or kill me or just thank me before you kill me for one of the most plot-twisty experiences ever. If you don’t like the entire TMI series and two-thirds of the TID series, I can still guarantee you’ll love Clockwork Princess (maybenottheendingbutthatsirrelevant). Moving on.
3. “The Faults in Our Stars”: I don’t care if some people think the story-line was predictable, it was brilliant. Because, love story, tragic ending, and outlandishly good-looking characters aside, this book was about life. It wasn’t about how smooth-talking Augustus was, or how his romantic gestures makes you want a boyfriend exactly like him, or how in love Hazel and Augustus were. It is a novel about how two teenagers deal with the prospect of death, and how they’d choose to live based on that. Yes. the love story was perfect and beautiful, but it wasn’t the main point. Personally, I find myself as frustrated as Augustus at the thought of a less than glorious death. This novel delves into how we as humans wish to depart the world. Would you rather make a grand exit that people will remember for eternity, wishing that you never left because you were such an amazing actor? Or would you rather leave no imprint, so that when you leave no one will realize your absence? If you have a philosophical and/or romantic taste then I recommend it.
4. “Divergent”: WOAH. SO. MUCH. ACTION. One of the most exhilarating and unique books I’ve ever read. If I had to summarize it, it would be an action-packed series with one of the most bad-ass female characters ever. For once. To be honest I liked the romance in the beginning but toward the end of “Divergent” and almost all of “Insurgent” I just wanted to smack Four in the face. (sorry not sorry) This series is extremely unique, although if I had to liken it to another series I’d say the Hunger Games. So yeah. If you like the Hunger Games, I’m quite sure you’ll like “Divergent”
5. “Graceling”: So far I’ve named all the well known YA books, but this one is relevantly unknown. Also this is one of the few books I found on my own instead of it being recommended to me by my friend Kulsoom (aka my hobbit-sized literary Gandalf) I was exploring a library one day, and I came across this book. I really really really like it. Plot twists. Bad-ass female. Awesome and unique story line. This book has it all, so yeah, if I were you I’d check it out. Also by the same writer, “Fire” is equally amazing.
6. “The Hunger Games”: Firstly, I’d like to say that THG comes no where near Harry Potter, even though it is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Don’t you ever dare compare the two. Moving along to the actual series, my favorite was Catching Fire. What can I say, I’m a sucker for action and Finnick. and Catching Fire did not disappoint. I cannot hide the disappoint that accompanied Mockingjay, because I personally felt the ending was too rushed. But I loved the series quite a bit. I’m going to assume that you’ve all read them and watch the first movie, which was amazing (mainly because Jennifer Lawrence was the perfect Katniss). They didn’t mess up Katniss or Peeta and that’s all that really matters, although I must say Effie and Haymitch were also spot on. One last thing, if you focus on the love stories and whatnot, then you’re not reading The Hunger Games correctly , and completely missing the concept. Go read it again.
7. “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”: Yes, it’s a children’s series. No, I don’t care. It’s a brilliant series. I’ve loved Greek Mythology for a long time, even before Percy Jackson, so this series appealed to me. Action, adventure, wit, and overall awesomeness, boys and girls alike will love it. I recommend that after you finish reading it, go give it to your younger sibling or niece/nephew or something. Also, apparently there is a new series by the same author, Rick Riordan, and it’s still about Olympians and demigods and all that. So if you really enjoyed Percy Jackson, then go read it and tell me if it’s good enough. 🙂
Hopefully you found the above content worth your time, and if you have anything to say about it just leave a comment below. These were my personal reflections of the books, so you may find them more or less awesome. Enjoy 🙂