By Autumn Hutson
The uncertainty of these times can come with stress or even boredom. Especially for teens and young adults who are used to going out into the world to explore and express themselves.
If you are still in school, you may not feel like taking on an extra task like reading, but when you get into a cool book with an intriguing plot, reading suddenly doesn’t feel like work anymore. It can become an escape into a world away from the confines of self-isolation. Besides, we all know that social media can be a little slow these days.
And who knows? You may emerge from self-isolation with a revitalized imagination and a few finished books under your belt. If you are looking to turn your story ideas into a young adult novel, this can be a perfect time!
Here are a few young adult books that are sure to pull you in, with their compelling mysteries, whimsical worlds, and lovable characters.
Young Adult Books of Fantasy and Adventure
1.Carry On (Simon Snow Series Book 1) by Rainbow Rowell
Meet “chosen one” Simon Snow and his sworn enemy (and possible vampire) Baz. With Carry On, Rowell takes you into a world of wizardry–with a side of monsters, dragons, and ghosts.
This book has all the fun and charm one can expect from Rainbow Rowell, not to mention a rivals-to-lovers arc that further wrangles readers into the magic.
2. Legend by Marie Lu
This is a dystopian YA book that will catapult readers into a time beyond the year 2054. This world is a future version of the United States, where the coasts are separated territories (the West being the Republic of America and the East being the Colonies).
Characters Day and June hail from different classes (June from the elite class and Day from the lower class), but when they cross paths under fateful circumstances, secrets about their government slowly come to light.
With a civil war raging on in the background of this action-filled story, join a side and get lost in the suspense.
3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Bray leaves you no choice but to take a vacation, because the plane of beauty pageant contestants takes a nosedive onto a deserted island right at the start of the book! Think, Lost meets Mean Girls.
Full of laugh out loud humor and teenage snark, this is a unique young adult book that serves as a getaway and a satirical commentary on finding your true self when abruptly separated from societal pressures and judgement.
4. Lovely War by Julie Berry
This story follows both mortals and immortals as they navigate their separate realms. The goddess of love, Aphrodite, tells a tale of love between two different couples spanning from World War I to World War II.
All of that is happening while she is on trial on Mount Olympus for cheating on her husband, Hephaestus with her lover Ares, the god of war. In the midst of it all, the book seeks to uncover the reason why love seems to prevail even in the face of war.
For fans of romance, history, and Greek mythology, this one’s for you.
5. There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Here is a fantasy young adult book about the Seven Prophets, guardians who use their fortune-telling visions to guide humanity. But suddenly, they disappear. Their final prophecy tells of a dark age and a rising prophet who could save or destroy the world.
With an eccentric group of five potential prophets, all from various walks of life, readers can come along on their journey across a stunning fantasy world and ride straight into the highly anticipated ending!
Bonus YA Reading
Wayward Son (Simon Snow Series Book 2) by Rainbow Rowell
And the fun doesn’t have to stop there! Wayward Son serves as an equally adventurous sequel that takes you on a wild road trip across the American West.
Yes, there will be monsters and magic galore.
To sum up…
Hopefully, this roundup of fantastical young adult books has piqued your interest!
Perhaps you’re a person who’s never quite read for fun or you’re the person who always intended to get back into it, but life just got in the way.
Regardless, we’ve been dealt a little more time than usual.
Will you spend it with one of these books? Or an exciting find of your own? Let us know in the comments below.
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