This week’s Top Five was a struggle for me, not really knowing what I wanted to say this week. However, after the announcement of ‘Midnight Sun’, the return of the Twilight Saga, I knew I had to talk about some classic YA Titles that I’ve either not read or never completed. So, onto the list!
The Lunar Chronicles| Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
I don’t really have much of a defence for this one, owning the first instalment for quite a few years now, but having never picked it up. I originally purchased it as research for my BA dissertation, yet never progressed any further than that. I adore the author, however, so this one is definitely on my list.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology, Fiction, Adventure, Magic
Summary: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Yet again, I own the first three of these books, but yet again, I’m yet to pick them up. They’re currently collecting dust on my bookshelves, but I’ve never found the right time to start it. I’ve seen the films though, so I have a vague idea of the story behind the series, but I’ve heard quite negative reviews so I’m not sure how accurate it is to the original novels. Only one way to find out!
The Infernal Devices | Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Historical, Vampires, Angels
Summary: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
This is becoming a theme, but I own the entire trilogy yet haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet. I know this is blasphemy, many people telling me that this series is even better than The Mortal Instruments, so I’m desperate to start it. Life has gotten in the way though, but I’m hoping to finally return to the Shadowhunter world very soon.
The Twilight Saga | Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Fiction, Supernatural
Summary: About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Now, before you start shouting, I have actually read the Twilight Saga… Well, the first two books anyway. After that, I kinda lost interest in it, finding Bella an incredibly annoying protagonist. However, that was years ago, and I’m quite curious about my thoughts on it all nowadays. Who knows, maybe I’ll love it the second time round.
Pretty Little Liars | Sara Shepard
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Summary: Spencer covets her sister’s boyfriend. Aria’s fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily’s crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they’ve all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and the dirty secrets they’ve kept. And guess what? I’m telling.
Pretty Little Liars is my all-time favourite television show, it never getting old to me, so it’s no surprise that I’ve wanted to read the books since completing the series. However, I haven’t had the time or the funds to collect all sixteen books. It’s a goal of mine though! I will get there!