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By VolunTeen

Hi! I’m Ana, and I am a huge bookworm. All readers have their favorite books. Even if we can’t pick just one, we can make a list. It was hard for me to put them in order because I love all of them so much, but I wanted to share my favorites. So, please enjoy my top ten YA books! I hope you agree with a couple of them as well as find some new amazing books to read!


In tenth place, I have decided on Warcross by Marie Lu. This book is in tenth place because I fell in love with the world that Marie Lu had created. I also really liked the concept of the video game itself, Warcross. Once I finished the book in two days, I was eagerly awaiting the sequel and even pre-ordered it. This book is definitely deserving of being in the top ten.

“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.” – Warcross

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.” (Summary from GoodReads)

 

In ninth place, I picked Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I read this book before I even knew there was a movie coming out. Once I heard about it, I was so excited to see the book come to life. I thought the idea of the world OASIS was so cool and kept wishing it was real. This book is in ninth place because I was hooked and obsessed with the book.

“I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life. Right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.” – Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.” (Summary from GoodReads)

 

In eighth place, I chose Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. This book was one of my favorites. I loved how the book portrayed the idea of extraterrestrial war and how to train for that. This book was unique in which it goes more in-depth about each important character’s backstory to make you sympathize and understand each individual character more. This book was one of the most gripping books I have read, which is why it’s in eighth place.

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody what they want, what they believe, and not love them they way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…I destroy them.” – Ender’s Game

“Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

In seventh place, I decided on The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. I read this book everywhere I went. I finished it after one and a half days. I was fascinated by the concept of disasters coming in to weed out the human race. It was so interesting how the author introduced a handful of characters, made you fall in love with them, and then brought them all together. I loved this book so much and it definitely deserves the seventh place on this list.

“We’re here and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with that time.” – The Fifth Wave

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

In sixth place, I chose The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This book was one of the first books to make me want to reread a book. This dark fantasy novel is one of my favorite books, well, the whole series. Sometimes, the sequels and the rest of the series don’t match up to the first book, but this whole trilogy is to just die for. I love the description of the powers and the world that they live in. As well as the character’s thought process that causes them to act the way that they do. This series will be embedded in my mind forever, which is why I have this book in sixth place.

“So. Tell me, little wolf. Do you want to punish those who have wronged you?” – The Young Elites

“Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

In fifth place, I picked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. If you haven’t read this book, then get reading! This is an iconic, must read book. Katniss Everdeen is a character that I looked up to and admired. I loved the concept of the game and the social hierarchy. The whole idea was so unique, and I just fell in love with the whole series and concept. This is definitely a book to read if you haven’t already. That is why it is fifth on my list.

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself together than it does to fall apart.” – The Hunger Games

“Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

Fourth on my list is One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This murder mystery had me hooked until the very last minute. Even in the end, I could not predict what was going to happen- I was shocked. This book is full of twists and turns. It was fun to try and figure out the mystery before the end. I loved the cast of characters as well as everything about the mystery. This is definitely an amazing book and a must read. That is why it’s fourth on my list.

“There are some things you can’t undo, no matter how good your intentions are.” – One Of Us Is Lying

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

Now, the top three! In third, I have The Selection by Kiera Cass. This book is just, well, there’s no words to describe this one. When I bought this book and sat down to read it, I read it in five hours. I couldn’t put it down, so I read throughout the night. The Selection is one of the few that I have reread. This book is pretty much The Bachelor meets the royal family. I fell in love with all the characters in this book, with two exceptions. 🙂 This book frustrated me, made me cry, and made me smile. This whole series is a must read. I have absolutely loved this book and everything about it. The Selection is one of the books I will never forget. It’s simply amazing. And that is why it is third.

“You might not fight for the things that most others want to fight for, like money of notoriety, but fight all the same. Whatever it is that you want, go after it with all that you have in you.” – The Selection

“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

In second place, we have We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I did read this book in one night, I couldn’t put it down. I love everything about this book from the love story to the friendships to the timeline of the book. Everything about this book is amazing, and I don’t really have any words for this book. The plot twist is nothing I could have ever expected and it shocked me entirely. I have reread this book many times, and every time I reread this it still pulls on my heartstrings. This book is simply one of the books that could never get old. And that is why it is number two on this list.

“This island it ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.” – We Were Liars

“A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

And at the top of my list is: Caraval by Stephanie Garber! Caraval is one of the books that I have constantly obsessed over. The world of Caraval is just something I dream of going to. I fantasize about experiencing such a magical world, their world. The game is just amazing. The characters, the love story, the world, their lives, everything about this book is simply amazing. Caraval is a perfect book, all around, and a must-read! I could go on and on, which is why Caraval is number one.

“No one is truly honest. Even if we don’t lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”- Caraval

“Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.” (Summary from Goodreads)

 

 

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