Attention Grabbing YA Books


When I saw Bustle’s list of “16 YA books that will keep your attention ’til the last page,” I was obviously intrigued. I’m always on the lookout for a great YA read. The list included a couple of books I had already read (Eleanor & Park and We Were Liars), as well as several books on my Goodreads To-Read list (Ready Player One, Red Queen, and a book by Neil Gaiman). I’m assuming that since my reading tastes fit this list fairly well, there will be others I’ll enjoy too. Check out the list and see if anything catches your attention.

If I were going to create a list of YA books that kept my attention, I would recommend the following…

  1. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. It starts with The Knife of Never Letting Go. Check out my rave review here.

The trilogy is set in a strange world where men broadcast all of their thoughts as noise. When one man is able to control and mask his noise, he becomes power hungry. It’s up to teens Todd and Violet to stop him and set things right.

  1. Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi. Read why I liked it here.

In this novel, there are two groups of people: one group lives in technology controlled pods, while another group lives out in the wasteland with no technological advancements. Violent lightning storms are threatening the survival of both groups. When Aria is kicked out of her pod and forced into the wasteland, she meets Perry and must work with him and his unusual abilities so that humanity can survive.

  1. Burn for Burn trilogy co-authored by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – both are awesome writers on their own, too.

In the first book of the trilogy, three girls team up to carry out revenge plots. However, as the trilogy continues, they begin to doubt whether they should continue with their plans – especially after people get hurt. With friendships and relationships put to the test, and some supernatural influences too, the series is sure to be a hit with readers who enjoyed Pretty Little Liars.

  1. Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay – a great twist on the classic story of Romeo & Juliet.

I happened upon this book duo and was pleasantly surprised. What if Juliet didn’t take her own life? What if Romeo had murdered her in order to attain immortality? 700 years later, Romeo leads a miserable life destroying love while Juliet works for the Ambassadors of Light. The concept is a bit heavy at times, but the story and characters are entertaining and will keep you guessing to figure out how it all ends until the last page.

  1. The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd. Read about my thoughts on the books, plus a dream cast here.

Juliet is the daughter of a madman. Her father experiments on animals, transforming them into human-like creatures. When Juliet is reunited with her father on a secluded island, she is forced to wonder if perhaps she is a bit mad too. The story is dark and creepy, pulling in elements of the classic tale The Island of Dr. Moreau. There is also a love triangle that brings a modern element to the story. You’ll be hooked by the madness that continues into the next two books in the series.

  1. The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi.

The trilogy starts with Juliette locked up in a cell so she doesn’t hurt anyone. She has the strange ability of being able to kill people simply with her touch. Now that war is on the horizon, prominent players begin to realize that she could be a powerful weapon. Will Juliette recognize her strength before she becomes a pawn? And just what exactly are they fighting against? There are lots of great twists, intriguing characters, and a love story to keep you interested from the first page to the last.

(Just realized two of these recommendations have a Juliet as the main character and a third has a Juliette! Weird coincidence…)

Do you have any attention grabbing YA books to recommend?


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