My Fav 5: The top 5 books I recommend

Searching for your next YA read? Here are my top 5 favorite books:

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
    • If you enjoy urban fantasy, horses, islands, and a dash of romance, this unique standalone novel is for you! Filled with carnivorous water horses, faerie magic, broken down cars, and a deadly horse race, it’s unlike any other book I’ve ever read. Compelling yet leisurely paced, this book delves into family loyalty, horse-human bonds, and whether risking your life is worth the possibility of saving everything you love.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    • This vivid high fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast mixes faerie magic, romance, treachery, and bravery into a compulsively readable series filled with twists and turns. The multifaceted characters challenge you to see through their masks, both literally and figuratively, to uncover the beauty and beasts beneath.
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • A YA contemporary novel that delves into the long road of healing after psychological and physical trauma, this book demonstrates how “normal” is a relative concept. Touching on social issues of child abuse, drug use, gangs, and mental health, this novel has depth, romance, and humor to inspire you to make your own forever.
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    • The first book in a multi-series saga, this urban fantasy takes the reader on a nail-biting journey of demons, angels, werewolves, vampires, and magically enhanced human warriors tasked with protecting the world from evil. Loaded with action, magic, romance, betrayal, and twists you’ll never see coming, this novel will leave you begging for the next book.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • An oldie but a goodie, this was the novel that got me hooked on dystopian fiction, which led to my discovery of the science fiction and fantasy genres that I now adore. This YA novel demonstrates what happens when people live unaware of powerful emotions and are left without choices, encouraging readers to chose their own paths in life.

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