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Recently, Amazon announced their official picks for the Top 10 Young Adult Novels of 2016. Whether you’ve found yourself weeping over a John Green novel on your own time or you’re looking for some suggestions for that angsty tween of yours to read — we’re diving into Amazon’s picks for the best YA books.
1. Heartless | Marissa Meyer
Any Alice in Wonderland fans out there? This novel reimagines Lewis Carroll’s fantasyland and creates an incredible back story for the Queen of Hearts. Heartless tells a tale of Catherine, a young girl who is in a secret courtship with a mysterious court joker. Despite being a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, Cath wants to determine her own destiny. This prequel to the classic story is sure to win you over.
Available at Amazon for $12.69
2. The Sun Is Also a Star | Nicola Yoon
This magical, yet smart, novel will captivate you immediately. Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teens randomly meet and fall in love. However, there is much more to this book. It is also about Natasha, whose family is about to be deported. In the mean time, Daniel is on his way to a college interview, despite the fact he’d rather follow a creative career path as a poet. The teenagers tell their stories in alternating chapters, making you want more and more with each turn of the page.
Available at Amazon for $11.39
3. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass) | Sarah J. Maas
A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this novel is the fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series. Chances are, your teen has already been anticipating the release of this story. The tale continues with Aelin Galathynius continuing her path to the throne with her warrior-prince by her side. The world around her is tense with those who have magic at odds with those who don’t. Aelin will use her own powers to protect those she loves in this epic novel.
Available at Amazon for $10.67
4. Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
Fans of Six of Crows will be pleased with this sequel novel. The story continues as Kaz Brekker and his crew soldier on. Despite pulling off an epic heist, they are fighting for their lives. Loyalties amongst the team are fragile and war is coming to Ketterdam. Hang on to your pages — this novel is going to be a wild ride.
Available at Amazon for $10.93
5. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes) | Sabaa Tahir
Looking for a book filled with dark forces, wild missions, and perilous journeys? Well, this story is the one for you! In this sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, follow along as Laia tries to break her brother out of the most dangerous prison in the Empire, with the help of Elias, who risks his last chance at freedom to do so. This novel is suspenseful to the core — you won’t want to put it down.
Available at Amazon for $12.09
6. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) | Cassandra Clare
If you’re a fan of Freeform’s Shadowhunters, you’ll love diving into this YA series. Lady Midnight is the sequel to the Mortal Instruments series. The story takes place five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire. Readers of the series will be pleasantly surprised to see the return of their favorite characters as they investigate a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to Santa Monica.
Available at Amazon for $15.81
7. Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys’s latest novel is a beautifully crafted piece of historical fiction. In this piece, she crafts a fictionalized World War II story based on a true tragedy. The story revolves around four very different teenagers; Joana, Florian, Alfred, and Amelia, who each are dealing with personal struggles. With alternating narrators, you’ll never be disappointed as you make your way through this detailed, heart-wrenching tale.
Available at Amazon for $11.37
8. Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
The best part about reading is getting completely lost in a character’s trials. This story about Charlotte Davis, a 17-year-old who we meet as she is being released from a mental health facility, will truly captivate you. As the book unfolds, readers will slowly learn how Charlie has lost her best friend, father, and mother, but also how she learns to rebuild herself from a very dark place.
Available at Amazon for $11.16
9. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) | Neal Shusterman
This chilling story takes place in a world that has no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery at all. The only thing that can end one’s life is a Scythe, which unfortunately the main characters have been chosen to apprentice as. Neither Citra or Rowan want the job, but nonetheless they must master the “art” of taking life. Shusterman’s novel proves that a perfect world is not one without consequence.
Available at Amazon for $11.40
10. The Singing Bones | Shaun Tan
Wicked stepmothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses — The Singing Bones has it all! If you’re an original fairytale lover, this tribute to the Brothers Grimm will certainly pique your interest. This book breathes new life into the classic stories through extraordinary artistic sculptures. This would make for the perfect gift for any fan of art or fairytales.
Available at Amazon for $14.79