This was a really hard list to write. I originally had eighteen on here and, after much consideration, whittled it down to ten. They aren’t ranked because I honestly couldn’t differentiate between what I’d consider number 10 and number 1!
So here’s my list of ten YA books to read before you die:
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I read this book once a year. And every single time I cry bawl, and read with an anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach because I’m so desperate to see Taylor learn the truth about her past, which sounds weird considering how many times I’ve read it but that’s the beauty of this book, and every book by Melina Marchetta. She makes you feel everything!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A fight to the death televised to a nation for their entertainment. And a girl who refuses to play along. I love Katniss Everdeen. She will have you cheering for, and applauding, her one minute and then sobbing the next.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
My favourite of the Harry Potter books! After the events of book 4, Harry has a lot to deal with emotionally and the book definitely takes a darker turn as we learn more about what it takes to wage a war against the darkest wizard of all time. We’re introduced to some cool new characters, and we get to learn a lot more about Sirius Black, my favourite characterJ
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
These kids have to deal with situations we’d never dream of, and have the difficult conversations when they haven’t even completed high school. It’s hard, it’s sad and it’s unfair. But that’s life and I’m glad John Marsden didn’t pave an easy path for the characters of this series.
Alanna the First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
A young girl trades places with her brother and disguises herself as a boy so she can train to be a knight. Is that a great concept or what? This book is a must read for anyone looking for a strong, capable heroine who is determined to prove that a girl can be just as strong, if not stronger, than a boy. She is not without her faults though and struggles with balancing Alanna, the girl, from Alanna, the warrior.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
This book will break your heart. I had a lump in my throat for the majority of it because even though I didn’t know the specifics of where it was heading, I knew something huge was coming. A seriously heartbreaking read that leaves you with a feeling of hope that the characters will overcome their pasts.
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief, #2) by Megan Whalen Turner
I actually read this series based on the insistence of a friend of mine. The first one was enjoyable and had me hooked enough to pick up The Queen of Attolia, and thank goodness I did. I couldn’t put it down and was so immersed in the story from the first page, right through to the very end.
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3) by Robin LaFevers
I really could’ve chosen any book in this trilogy, but the third one really sticks out in my mind. Probably because I didn’t care for the character of Annith when she made appearances in the first two books but in Mortal Heart she kicks ass! The inclusion of the Hellequin, tortured souls looking to atone for their sins, was brilliant. And their leader Balthazaar? I fell in love with him the moment he came upon Annith.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
A love story in Paris. Enough said.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Ah, Finnikin of the Rock. Another Melina Marchetta book I read annually. And another that makes me cry in the same spots every single time, and gives me the anxiousness. This story has it all. Romance, action, prophecies and a father/son relationship that I adore beyond words. It also delves into the complete and utter baseness of the human race, but also shows the goodness and generosity of people.
Bridie Blake lives, daydreams and writes in Melbourne, Australia. She’s happiest at her computer, coffee in hand, Tim Tams on standby and her furry companions Poppy and Mac at her feet. When not writing she’s usually found with a book in her hand or playing with her tribe of nieces and nephews.
Bridie is the author of the YA fantasy novel, THE JEWEL OF KAMARA, and YA contemporary novels A DISTANT VOICE and UNTIL YOU.
New Release: Until You by Bridie Blake
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published by Evernight Teen
Release Date: 26th May 2017
Jason Holden doesn’t know the word normal. Star of the hit Planet Gazers films, his every move is watched by millions.
A chance encounter between the pair leads to a deal that will change their lives.
Ellie needs money for her family. Jason needs a girlfriend for the world tour of the final Planet Gazers movie. It’s a match made in Hollywood heaven.
But what happens when the lines between their act and reality become blurred? Can they figure out what is real and what’s fake?