From Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Frodo Baggins, to warrior princesses, handsome vampires, and Thomas the Maze Runner, the choice of heroes and [s]heroes today makes books for teens worthy of reading. Add changing dystopia to utopia, sadness to happiness, and hate to love, and communication via words reigns supreme.
The book Paper Towns has captured the attention of millions, won several well-deserved awards, and the prose is well-written, engaging, witty, and heart-stopping. The characters resound with familiarity, and with tones of ninja, mystery, revenge, and emotional honesty, you have an incredible, hard-to-put-down, just-100-pages-left, kind of novel that continues to inspire a new generation of readers.
Tell Me Three Things
The teen years are painfully awkward and in this contemporary novel, Jessie exemplifies these feelings by mourning the loss of her mom, moving cross-country with Dad and new partner, and woefully attempting readjustment. Lost, dazed, and confused, Jessie receives a mysterious email one day that may be life-altering. Mature teens will find this appealing and educational.
In Sight of Stars
After Dad decides to end it all, Klee finds himself with many questions, few answers, and seemingly no resolutions. Add a relocation to an unfamiliar, uncomfortable locale void of close friends, favorite haunts, and fulfilling artistic pleasures, and Klee’s story becomes one of disclosure, empathy, hope, and insight into teens suffering from mental illnesses.
Six of Crows
Beautiful storytelling is evident in this tale of six young people, appointed to pulling off the greatest heist in history. The author has given full credit to these six dynamic protagonists who promise to engage, enchant, and motivate young readers to go forward, do good things, and follow the Six of Crows on their next journey.
The Hunger Games
Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen lives in one of 12 Panem districts with her Mom and sister when she’s forced to attend the “The Hunger Games.” With a fight to the death on live TV, Katniss’ strong character, keen aptitude, and unwavering courage makes this engaging story the first of three must-read books for teens.
The Thing in the Woods
Creepy and the stuff-of-nightmares, this book exemplifies a teenager’s worst experiences. Beyond living in a small town with people he doesn’t like, James Daly blames his dad – lawyer who lost his job – for having to work. But, when James encounters a cult, their predatory master, The Thing in the Woods, and a girl he knows, things become intriguing.
Stand By Me
Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautiful, this story is about the gift of friendship. Lisa and Elliot have been best friends since childhood and when bullies made Elliot’s life miserable, Lisa was there to support him without fail. Flash forward twenty years: Lisa is struggling, and Elliot is back to help. Stand By Me celebrates lifelong devotion.
This Vampires series kicked off their incredible life-story with Twilight. Focused on Isabella Swan’s uprooting to drizzly Forks, Washington, her admittance to a new high school, and Isabella meeting ever-alluring, ultra-pale Edward Cullen, the story bends and curves. Enter desire, danger, and suspense, underscore with instincts, love, and romance, and appreciate innumerable, gasp-worthy possibilities.
Renowned as majestic, loyal, and hardworking companions to human beings, horses are deserving of unwavering love, respect, and protection. In the tale of War Horse, Joey is a courageous, beautiful, bay-red foal who, along with his officer, experiences France’s WWI horrific war battles. Joey’s heart aches for his master Albert – accompany him along his journeys.
One might argue that this story is a parable on many levels. Blinding flashes, darkness, and reinventions of one’s self are lessons learned at different stages of life. Among books for teens, The Light provides deep-rooted insight into life lessons and adapting to change: what matters, stays; what doesn’t matter, goes; and, it’s for now.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Thomas rules. He motivates the Gladers who once lived and died by the Maze, a seemingly endless labyrinth of fearful deathtraps, until he motivated them to push back and escape. But, upon discovering the Wicked, an oppressive organization who controls by disease, Thomas and his band of rebels are prepared to find The Death Cure.
As the first of five stories, Fledgling tells the tale of the 18 year old woman who has lived three short lives as a human, trained to fight, and who continues to govern by angelic rules. Fledgling is forbidden to intervene against human love, and is torn between temptations, the paranormal, and the demonic invasion of the modern world.
The Feral Sentence
Lydia Brone has accidentally killed her mother’s abusive boyfriend. She finds herself convicted of murder, stripped of her belongings, and transported by helicopter to Kormace Island – the Island of Killers – which offers no escape. The Feral Sentence is a thriller which offers horrid insight into Lydia’s terrifying life in the year 2087. Prepare yourself accordingly.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
This reimagining of a classic tale is compelling, alluring, and a must-have for bookshelves, tablets, and any-and-all-reading devices. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined relays the chronicle of Beau and Edythe, the latter a vampire and the former, soon-to-be-supernatural, thanks to Edythe, for whom Beau bares enormous affection, love, and attraction. Ah, teenage love is eternal.
Majestic powers, cosmological delights, medieval romances, and fierce fairy tales are lurking within the covers of The Silmarillion. Disciples of the renowned J.R.R. Tolkien will be familiar with Elrond and Galadriel, a royal Elf of both the Noldor and the Teleri, and familiar with Valinor, Morgoth, and life in Middle-earth. Enchanting, entrancing, unsullied, and inconceivable.
806: A Novel
Imagine three siblings on a mission to find their biological father, with nothing in common beyond the same DNA. Meet KT, Jesse, Gabe and their broken-down Jeep and join them on their epic journey across the country to track down Donor 806. Add luck, ingenuity, humility, and humor, and it’s a great read.
In the world of the Red Queen, blood divides: red or silver. Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite with god-like superpowers. Mare Barrow is a 17 year old, poverty-stricken Red girl who finds herself working at the Silver Palace and who discovers a deadly power of her own. Does good triumph over evil? Common over elite?
Visions: Crash; Bang; Gasp
Visions: Crash; Bang; Gasp are all three of the Wake trilogy thrillers and the absolute best books for teens. They are each riddled with elaborate, engaging, and hair-twirling prose with highlights of horrifying visions, jaw-dropping horrors, body bag smells, and eardrum-piercing sounds of careening trucks. And, Jules who makes pizza. Jules is our three-book gal-pal star.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Until he is summoned to Hogwarts, the mystical school for wizards, Harry Potter has no idea of his fame, magical powers, or unusual talents, due largely to his miserable aunt and uncle who have kept this information hidden. So, Harry bids them farewell, heads to his new school, and finds himself closer to his noble destiny.
Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered
Catch up on all the Marvel Studios super-heroes with the Marvel Studios 101 book. Aptly described as a pop-culture colossus, you and/or your friend will marvel at sneak peeks of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, 10+ years’ worth of movies, plots and characters, compelling storylines, entertaining illustrations, and unbelievable fun and pleasure!
Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic
For Harry Potter aficionados, this extraordinary book pays incredible homage to the enchanting history of magic. From discovering the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone to poring over amazing treasures curated by the British Library, this remarkable keepsake boasts unforgettable journeys that explore magic’s many wonders as portrayed in the soul of each Harry Potter story.
The Lord of the Rings
Such epic adventures, reworked and presented in a new format: The Lord of the Rings. The tale recounts the quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring – Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Boromir, Strider, and three fellow hobbits – to destroy The Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. Incredible, spectacular, and absolutely remarkable.
The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark)
The ceaseless quandaries of fate and destiny come into question in The Fates Divide, a merited best-seller. The richly imagined tale of hope and resilience puts forward several perspectives, with Cyra and Akos at the forefront and soulless tyrant Lazmet Noavek at the rear personifying wickedness and cruelty. Engaging, heart-wrenching twists determine whether fate rules.
If I Stay
The adage that we take things for granted holds true with this beautiful book, If I Stay. The story revolves around seventeen-year-old Mia who awakens after a car crash with sole memories of what happened afterwards. Little-by-little, she puts together what she’s lost, what’s left, and choices she must make. Heart-wrenching, beautiful, and a must-read.
Catching Fire (Hunger Games)
Against eye-popping, incredulous odds, Katniss Everdeen triumphs over the Capitol and conquers the annual Hunger Games along with district tribute, Peeta Mellark. Rebellious whispers foster blame and finger-pointing back to Katniss and Peeta, with anger and revenge escalating amongst Capitol leaders. The events that are set in motion render life-altering circumstances for one and all.
We Were Liars
As a modern, sophisticated suspense novel, We Were Liars appeals to both teenagers and adults. Main characters include a beautiful, distinguished family living on a private island, a brilliant, damaged girl, and a passionate, political boy, as well as four friends – the Liars – whose friendship turns destructive. Results: love, revolution, lies, truth, and a shocking ending!
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition
The magnificence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s written masterpiece, The Hobbit, takes on a wonderful new perspective with beautiful, enchanting illustrations provided by Jemima Catlin. Celebrate Bilbo Baggins and his new travel companions – the Wizard Gandalf and the thirteen dwarves – as well as Gollum, and the precious ring. A wonderful, collectible gift for teens, adults, and Hobbit worshippers.
Thirteen Reasons Why
The moral of this poignant story is learning from past mistakes to stop hurting those you love. Clay Jensen arrives home to find cassette tapes from classmate, heart-crush, and recent suicide victim Hannah Baker. Clay wanders, listens, feels, and learns that he was part of her pain and the experience changes his life.
The Girl Who Dared to Think
k] value in open-mindedness, this book speaks to differing and painful scales of young adult angst. With fascinating insight into the numbers on her wristband, twenty-year-old Liana Castell guides the reader through the consequences of low scores – drugs, isolation – until she meets a Perfect-Score dissuader who is there to guide/save her.
New Beijing bursts with humans, androids, cacophonous fury, and a cruel plague that ravages the population. Earth’s fate hinges on Cinder, a gifted mechanic, cyborg, and a second-class citizen, whose life changes when she meets Prince Kai. The story focuses on how her secrets will protect her current world’s future. New York Times Bestselling Series.
The Fever Code (Maze Runner)
Survival is for the fittest. And, in this fifth in a series of books that portray the world’s end with dried-up rivers, burnt forests, plagues, and violence, a hero continues to reign: Thomas. His survival instincts had him build a maze and within this maze are secrets, lies, mysteries, and loyalties that no one has foreseen.
The Hazel Wood: A Novel
While some are blessed to have a Granny who bakes pies, this novel recounts a tale of how a grandmother landed in The Hazel Wood, long known as a cultish, supernatural, fairyland riddled with bad fortune. Seventeen-year-old Alice has learned of her granny’s passing on her estate – the Hazel Wood – and so, the adventure begins.
The Wicked Deep
There has always been something alluring, villainous, and impish about witches, and The Wicked Deep brings these traits to the forefront with stories about the Salem Witch trials. With three sisters bent on revenge and their powerful love a saving grace, their story involves secrets, dangers, unburying the past, and edge-of-your-seat page-turning. Leave the lights on!
Carve the Mark
Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have long been adversaries, locked in long-standing fights for dominance over their shared planet. Yet, when Akos is kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family and forced to serve Cyra, he realizes that Cyra’s gift is resilience and that she fights for survival. Loyalty or love? Carve the Mark, and read on.
While most teenagers struggle with parental hierarchy, this book – The Wishnik – highlights potential consequences of any desire to dethrone Mom or Dad. Kenny wishes and executes death upon his abusive, tyrannical father, yet doesn’t expect an encounter with a wishnik, a demonic woods creature with insatiable hunger who lives in his backyard. Moral: consider consequences.
Sky in the Deep
Families are defined by many variables. In the case of Sky in the Deep, Eelyn is an Aska fighter who recently witnessed the impossibility of her dead brother fighting with the enemy on the battlefield. Eelyn meets her brother’s friend, Fiske, who she soon learns to trust and they work towards uniting the clans. Love triumphs.
Born hours before the dead began walking across Gettysburg’s battlefields, Jane McKeene has nearly finished her combat education in Baltimore where she could stay and protect the well-to-do upon graduation. Jane, however, is anxious to return to her Kentucky home but finds herself caught in a conspiracy and desperate fight for her life. Go Jane!
The Astonishing Color of After
The heart-wrenching pain of losing a parent by suicide is indescribable. Our heroine, Leigh Chen Sanders, is certain that her dearly departed mom turned into a bird when she made the decision to take her life. Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents and is determined to find her mother, the bird. Hope triumphs.
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)
Katniss Everdeen is a warrior, fighter, and has survived fire. Her home has been destroyed and new leaders are pushing a revolution which is rapidly unfolding. And, although she’s long been part of said revolution, Katniss has been blind to it. Katniss: this is your time to change Panem’s future. You are the rebels’ Mockingjay.
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory in Maggie Stevens’ world. Touting promises of an easier life, the bracelets control it, and Maggie knows the pain as a beloved was taken as a result. Maggie’s plan is to make things right and involve Quentin Mercer, the heir. Broken promises, shattered dreams, and technology failures.
Little Fires Everywhere
A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives, this story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the never-ending pull of motherhood. Celebrated author Celeste Ng brings wit, wisdom, and insight into rules, obsessions, and life.
Defy the Worlds (Defy the Stars)
As Abel and Noemi continue to Defy the Worlds, they remain outcasts. Noemi dreams of traveling through stars, while Abel believes this is farewell to Noemi. Burton Mansfield has captured Noemi and in a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together and discover a secret that saves or destroys. Who/where/with whom do we belong?
Lost in Los Angeles
Among great books for teens, this novel exemplifies the range of emotions that transpire after the loss of a best friend. Erin, our heroine, travels to Los Angeles, searching for signs that life is worth living. She meets Ben who helps her heal emotionally and yet, Ben hides a secret. Discover, savor, and stock tissues.
Arcane (The Arinthian Line)
For some teens, life is a dark cloud filled with bullies who create torment and living hell. For 14 year old orphan Augum, books and hard labor fend off loneliness and said bullies, until one day, an inferno changes his world. Augum begins again, meets new friends, discovers new talents, and marches forward. Parables, symbols, positive messages aplenty.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
It can’t be true! Harry Potter has completed his studies? Will he conquer the Dark Lord? Prepare yourself for lessons of love and loss, honor and contempt, right and wrong, as Harry prepares to face He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. We are, have been, and always will be, at your side, Mr Potter. You are a testament to good people. (Sniffle)
All the Bright Places
There are those fascinated by death, and Theodore Finch fits this profile, while Violet Markey lives with goals of escaping her Indiana town. Finch and Violet meet, pair up on a project, and discover that only with Violet can Finch can be himself, and only with Finch will Violet enjoy living. Read to discover more.
Eleanor & Park
Everlasting memories of a first love, the awkwardness of being a 16 year old girl in a new town, and a chaotic home life rings true for some/most when reading Eleanor & Park. Eleanor meets Park on the bus, escalates to late-night conversations, mixed tapes, hugs, and love. Funny, sad, and true, this is a must-have for bookshelves.
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)
When in love, there are difficult decisions to be made. In the case of Breaking Dawn, Bella Swan finds herself torn between her intense passion for Edward Cullen and her profound connection to Jacob Black. Does she become immortal or pursue a fully human life? Bella makes her final decision and it’s astonishing, breathtaking, and ultra-conclusive.
An incredible classic and prelude to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins. One day, Wizard Gandalf and many dwarves whisk Hobbit Bilbo away on a dragon-guarded treasure adventure where Bilbo encounters a magic ring and a frightening creature named Gollum. Unimaginable experiences are set in motion.
Divergent (Divergent Series)
Beatrice Prior lives in dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Big decision: stay with her family and be who she is. Sadly, she can’t have both. She renames herself Tris, begins a transformation, and her journey begins.
Siege of the Northland
Women are fierce warriors and in Siege of the Northland, we meet Jesyka, the Northland’s true heir of the ancient Tribe of Skea. She has been called upon to fight the infamous warlord, Volger, and along her trails, Jesyka joins forces with Lord Aran, and secrets, threats, and odds foreshadow destruction. Gasp – what happens next?
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
For those who save heartfelt emotions via paper and ink, read on. 16 year old Lara Jean Song has written five love letters, one for every boy she has ever loved, and stored them in a hatbox she thought was safe. One day, she learns these letters were mailed and her life changes. Imagine her world. What’s next?
The Hate U Give
While there are unsaid words in this book, the message is strong and the title begs for a positive response. The author asks for change in a quiet, polite manner that exemplifies the need for civility, understanding, and acceptance. And, with any hope, The Hate U Give will transform into love, cooperation, and tolerance of others.
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series Story)
Presuming you, the reader, have read the first three pieces in this volume – The Transfer, The Initiate, and The Son – about Tobias’ transfer to Dauntless and first clues that a foul plan is brewing between the two-faction leadership, now there’s more: The Traitor, fourth story, runs parallel with Divergent, giving you glimpses into Tobias’ decisions post-Tris.
Fangirl: A Novel
This story is about growing up and handling life. Cath and her twin sister grow up as Simon Snow fans, and when Cath departs for college, she leaves behind her fragile, aging dad to reside with a less-than-pleasant roommate and her ever-present boyfriend. Cath wonders if she, her father, and Simon Snow will survive. Food for thought.
The Giver (Giver Quartet)
Meet Jonas, a 12 year old who dwells in a colorless world of conformity and contentment: utopian for some, dystopian for others. He is given a life assignment as the Receiver of Memory and he begins to understand the dark, complex, and haunting secrets behind the fragile community in which he resides. Incredible prose, thoughtfully written, and a must-read.
Twilight: The Graphic Novel
Definitely among the most collectible books for teens, Twilight: The Graphic Novel begs for a coveted spot on a bookshelf next to the original well-thumbed version. The epic tale of Isabella Swan and her vampire soulmate Edward Cullen features beautifully rendered images to accompany the hard-to-resist romance that this legendary couple savors.
The moral of this story is identifying trustworthiness in a society filled with lies. Fira Moseley is a 16 year old graduate at the Network for Recovered Children who plans a career in biochemical research. The villagers are tired of bad treatment, and revolt against NRC, throwing Fira into the revolt’s whirlwind, and creating future uncertainties.
Insurgent (Divergent Series)
A heart-ripping, bone-wrenching, and emotional tale of love, grief, and identity, the second in the Divergent Series – Insurgent – continues the dystopian thrill ride in a war-torn underworld. The heroine, Tris, focuses on saving those she loves – and herself – while seeking resolution, forgiveness, and loyalty in an otherwise bleak space. PS: There is always light despite darkness.
The Maze Runner Series (Maze Runner)
The Maze Runner Series is a must-have gift for every collection, whether the recipient is a diehard fan or simply a binge reader. This boxed set includes the first four paperback books in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order.
The Fault in Our Stars
The Big C is not a diagnosis that a person of any age wants to hear: shock, panic, and denial ensues. In this poignant book for teens, Hazel has been diagnosed and provided with treatment to shrink the tumor, with the underlying reality that it’s still there. This book epitomises mind over matter, humor, love, and is a must-read.
From the Darkness
There is something so hair-raisingly taboo about darkness and vampires and paranormal stuff that begs for binge-reading about it all. From the Darkness is the second instalment of The Blackwood Vampires, featuring Grace Hardwick, a Vampire-Hunter living among her targeted kills in a super-weird Vampire community. Fierce, verboten, unstoppable, intriguing. Read it. Now.
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
As his fifth year at Hogwart’s approaches, Harry Potter, the full-blown adolescent, faces a nearly-debilitating-crush, a powerful sense of rebellion, and the prospect of confronting the dark threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Add the rise of Ron Weasley as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team and this great gift for teens – and adults – underscores its fabulous adventure.
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)
Zélie Adebola remembers when Orïsha hummed with magic, and sadly, things changed when the maji were killed. Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and with the help of a rogue princess, will outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is determined to eradicate magic. Zélie’s magical prowess may be a blessing or a curse.
The Book Thief
The horrors of World War II are recounted in this epic tale entitled The Book Thief. Liesel is a young German girl whose talents include book-stealing and story-telling and these gifts help sustain her family and the Jewish man they happen to be hiding. With due homage to an author making sense of horrible events.
There was once immutable trust between Maggie and Quentin until the latter’s horrible act of betrayal. Maggie’s world fell apart and unwilling to live in darkness, she is desirous of winning Quentin back with the ultimate act of Corruption (Disruption): bringing down M-Corp. A meaningful mantra for all ages: good triumphs over evil.
New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
In book two of the infamous Twilight saga, the New Moon’s multiple veils rise to the star-crossed lovers – Bella and Edward – who find themselves confronted with a devastating separation, dangerous wolves roaming Forks’ forests, revenge threats from a female vampire, and a sinister encounter with Italy’s Volturi. Impossible to resist and easy-to-read teenage escapes.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
It’s Year Three at magical Hogwarts and Harry Potter and his mates fend off a traitor within their midst. Legend has it that for 12 years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black, said to be the heir-apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Is it Black? Read one and all!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The search for Voldemort continues, the war against him is flailing, and Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long periods of time. There are, however, glimmers of hope, with sixth-year students flirting, fighting, and falling in love, while Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are seeking the full story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort.
The Fall (The Ark Trilogy)
At first blush, Char has lost everything: Her family. She is a prisoner, at Adam and Zhao’s mercy, and carrying the last of humanity through deep space. Yet, Char draws on her strength and skills, and fights back, knowing that Planet Eirena approaches. Char fights for the fate of humanity’s new home in The Fall.
Defy the Stars
In Defy the Stars, Noemi Vidal is a soldier willing to risk all to protect her planet, Genesis, while her Earth enemies view her as a rebel. Abel, a long-abandoned machine that Genesis inhabitants view as an abomination, has started to evolve. Noemi and Abel are destined to work together; the rest is yours to discover.
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay)
For those who have sisters, it’s a hung jury: undying love and best friends versus fighting ceaselessly for Mother’s attention. In the case of Sisters Like Us, it’s an enchanting look at the female hierarchy and encumbering priorities – or are they? – in a world filled with love, laughter, motherhood, sisterhood, and re-establishing that which matters.
The Black River Chronicles: Level One
This exciting new fantasy series bursts with escapist, otherworld details like wizards, unicorns, sorcerers, and good versus evil storylines: perfect books for teens. Start with The Black River Chronicles: Level One and meet the key characters: Durren Flintrand, Wizard Areinelimus, Rogue Tia, and Warrior Hule. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll definitely want more!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This novel elucidates the trials, tribulations, and pains of being an adolescent: ever-fluctuating hormones, myriad weird thoughts, and the efforts of navigating from adolescence to adulthood. Follow Charlie’s course from first dates, new friends, and sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as loss, life on the fringes, and everlasting love and friendships.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
We know you are anxious to learn what happens next with Mr Potter. Well, 14 year old Harry is midway through his wizardry training, excited to attend the International Quidditch Cup – a competition that hasn’t happened for a century – and he continues to yearn for normality. For Harry, though, there’s The Goblet of Fire! What could this mean?
Someone to Love: A Moving and Powerful YA Novel
The never-ending quest for “likes” on social media and looking “perfect” highlight dilemmas facing teenage girls today. The novel Someone to Love features Olivia “Liv” Blakely, a young woman thrust into the media spotlight and forced to deal with what matters most: inner or outer beauty. Definitely worth sharing and among the best books for teens.
For teenage girls, the question remains: does beauty matter? In this narrative, the Belles are revered because they control Beauty, a commodity coveted above all else. Camellia, our main character, desires to live in the royal palace, yet learns dark secrets and questions her motives. With much at stake, the question remains: what really matters?
While this is Book Two of the Reclaiming the Fire series, Dragon Knight can be read as a standalone. Carry on, readers. The imp Federico has gone missing; evil witch Angela has kidnapped him and only Jade and Davril can get him back, but can Jade turn her back on her old life to do so?
Twilight's Spell (Vampire Magic)
The supernatural, enchanting powers of a vampire are magical and strange. Callie Mayfair’s powers, violet eyes, and raven hair make her an outcast in high-school. Callie’s sister coaxes her into a dark church alcove where dragons and mystical creatures live. Callie meets Logan Bayne, Vampire Prince, and he must fight the attraction. What happens next?
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)
Gritty, fantastic, and exotic are just three words to describe City of Bones, one of several amazing books for teens. Short story: 15 year old Clary Fray witnesses a murder at Pandemonium Club, the body disappears into thin air, and she encounters Jace, a Shadowhunter, who looks like an angel and behaves like a jerk.
Everything I Never Told You
A gripping page-turner, the story of Lydia and her Chinese-American family is an exquisite novel that portrays a sensitive family portrait with undertones of family secrets, mourning, and struggles. As the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, the act of finding Lydia’s body in the local lake creates chaos, lifelong struggles, and quests for understanding.
Turtles All the Way Down
16 year old Aza finds herself locked in a situation with her BFF Daisy: a hundred thousand dollar reward awaits for fugitive billionaire, but Mr Pickett’s son, Davis, must not learn of this action. The novel’s messages resound: love, resilience, and lifelong friendship. A fabulous gift for teens, the words resonate with power and clarity.
Golden Hour: A Pippa Greene Novel
Heartbroken to receive a “waitlisted” notification from The College, Pippa Greene sets out to prove herself worthy of the program by flipping her initial approach. Along the way, she re-encounters her first love/her ex, Dylan, and that big decision: head or heart? Follow Pippa’s charming and humorous perspectives on first love, friendships, and family.
Beyond the Sky (The Sky Series)
The long-anticipated Beyond the Sky picks up minutes after the conclusion of Part of the Sky, as Seven, Ten, and their families and friends struggle for survival after their world has been demolished. These young men and women continue to bravely and fiercely live on in this post-apocalyptic, dystopian society founded on secrets and lies.
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
After a hideous summer with the Dursleys, Harry Potter is anxious to get back to Hogwarts, and while packing, Harry receives a warning from Dobby – a strange, impish creature – warning Harry that if he returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. Harry returns to Hogwarts and strange happenings occur. What is in The Chamber of Secrets?
An Ember in the Ashes
The first of four novels, An Ember in the Ashes, introduces Laia, Elias, and the brutal world of the Martial Empire where defiance is met with death. Laia is a slave, Elias a soldier, with neither enjoying freedom. Laia meets Elias who seeks freedom from the tyranny, and their destinies become intertwined. Engaging, compelling, fateful.
Seeking inspiration? Check out this exceptional collection of quotes from the best-of-the-best. Motivated Student features inspirational sayings from leaders like Dwight D Eisenhower and Mahatma Gandhi to poets and philosophers like Henry David Thoreau. Focus, inspire, motivate, and live life to the fullest. Pick up several, as they are great books for teens and adults both.
The Gender Game
A classic tale of men versus women is written within The Gender Game. Complete with a toxic river that divides 19 year old Violet Bates’ world by gender and where Women rule the East, Men rule the West, the battles for Matrus and Patrus go on. Matriarchy, patriarchy, anger, rebellion, strength, and love are feelings, happenings, and results.
Allegiant (Divergent Series)
Celebrate the arrival of Allegiant, the conclusion to the Divergent trilogy. Here, one choice will define you, regardless of whether your world was a lie and whether a single revelation changed everything; same applies if love and loyalty encouraged unexpected actions. Tris and Tobias are faced with questions, complexities, and myriad choices. Uncover/find them all.
The third episode – Eclipse – finds Bella surrounded by danger while Seattle is ravaged by mysterious killings, and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob, which will incite an ageless struggle. Who will it be? And will it be life or death?
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)
Phase Two has begun: The Scorch Trials. While Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would equal freedom for him and the Gladers, he realizes the new reality and that odds are against them. Two weeks to cross, survival is key, and friendships will be tested. Loyalty is prime and all bets are off.
Young love is awkward and glorious and when Penny Lee leaves her boyfriend behind to head to college in Austin, Texas, Sam remains stuck in every conceivable way. They remain digitally inseparable and share secrets, anxieties, dreams, and desires without having to see each other. And mutual benefits: they both have an Emergency Contact.
The Maze Runner
Thomas wakes up in the elevator and the only thing he remembers is his name. Surrounded by other boys and strangers whose memories have disappeared, Thomas looks outwards and sees towering stone walls, ever-changing mazes, and alerts that no one has made it through alive. A girl arrives, with a message: Remember. Survive. Run!
Cuke wakes up in hospital and discovers he doesn’t recognize his life. Three years: gone. Bouj is a hot dude who Cuke thinks is his boyfriend and Bouj can’t erase the memory of Cuke’s skull cracking against the pavement during a basketball game. Will Bouj realize that his feelings for Cuke run deeper than heterosexual affection?
In Part 2 – Bang – Jules should be happy because she passed the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer but she feels responsible for what he’s going through, and knowing that lives are at stake, she is going to help him figure it out. The problem is, Sawyer’s visions are getting worse, and time is running out.
To Kill a Kingdom
Princess Lira is lethal royalty, once revered across the sea, until a twist of fate forced her to kill one of her own. Lira’s mother, the Sea Queen, punishes Lira by transforming her into a loathsome human and Lira’s mission is to deliver Prince Elian’s heart by winter solstice or remain human forever. Prince Elian awaits.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Playscript
While being Harry Potter wasn’t easy for Harry, the difficulty hasn’t eased now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic. Harry is also a husband and father of three school-age children, one of whom, Albus, continues to struggle with the weight of a family legacy that he never wanted. Oh dear.
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring recounts the tale of the One Ring forged by Sauron, the Dark Lord, filled with his power so he could rule all others. The One Ring was lost to him and it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit, who passed it to Frodo Baggins. Legendary.
The Two Towers
Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have encountered danger along their quest to prevent the Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord, and Gandalf has disappeared. While Frodo and Sam escaped, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs, and the mysterious creature continues to follow them. What dangers lurk?
Looking for Alaska
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and has grown weary of a safe life at home. On a hunt for “The Great Perhaps,” Miles leaves for the Culver City boarding school, where he meets the bewitching, self-destructive Alaska Young who pulls Miles into her labyrinth and catapults him into the Great Perhaps.
The Outsiders is a 50-year classic that continues to celebrate the undeniable bonds of friendship and the gift of belonging. S.E. Hinton’s story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains relevant today, with issues of money, gangs, and social hierarchies still at the forefront of discrimination and gang warfare.
The Death Cure (Maze Runner)
Thomas has lost everything: his life, memories, and his friends – the Gladers. The trials are complete, after one final test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers a lot more than they imagine and that the time for lies is over. He beat the Maze, survived the Scorch, and it’s time for the truth.
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