Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-YA books that adults will enjoy

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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The topic this week doesn't interest me so I'm looking at YA books without the worst of the tropes, that adults can enjoy. These books are all ones that I really enjoyed and I'm not a great YA fan!

1) RJ Crayton-Life First
Kelsey decides to flee when ordered to give her kidney to a stranger as similar surgery crippled her friend Susan. The government then decide that for her crime all her organs and life are to be taken if she is caught. Can Kelsey and her loved ones fight the system? YA dystopian thriller.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25747431-life-first

2) DelSheree Gladden-Wicked Hunger
The Roth siblings have an uncontrolled rage that can make them violent killers. Zander wants to kill the boy that Vanessa loves and she wants to deal with Ivy, who attracts and repels Zander in equally destructive measures. YA paranormal thriller with heartbreaking and believable romances and excellent characters fighting for a cure for their genetic illness.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19721475-wicked-hunger 

3) David Estes-The Moon Dwellers
Convicted of treason by a corrupt government, Adele and her friends have to escape a brutal prison camp while being hunted down by a deranged killing machine.YA dystopian thriller which great characters and non stop action.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13931214-the-moon-dwellers

4) Kendra C Highley-Matt Archer Monster Hunter
When 14 year old Matt saves his uncle from a mutant Sasquatch with a magic blade, he finds himself drafted into a secret monster hunting army unit. YA urban fantasy/horror with lots of monsters, death and laughs. Not cheesy at all and aimed at older readers despite the MC's age.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15773126-matt-archer 

5) Melissa Eskue Ousley-Sign of the Throne
Abby, babysitting for mythology fanatics, finds herself caught up in a war when her town is invaded by creatures determined to kill a local boy destined to be King in another realm, who is unaware of his destiny. YA fantasy with great characters, world building and a good v evil plot with magic and monsters.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17974745-sign-of-the-throne 

6) John Marsden-Tomorrow When The War Began
A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to discover that their town has been invaded by foreign hiostiles and their families are captive. They decide to fight back. In the vein of but way better than Red Dawn. YA dystopian thriller.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/71865.Tomorrow_When_the_War_Began 

7) Elizabeth Briggs-Future Shock
Five young people agree to go into the future for a day to bring back information on technology to a company. On discovering that only one of them is alive in the future, they break the rules to find out their fate and end up trying to prevent a murder plot. YA SF thriller trilogy.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26722944-future-shock 

8) Simone Pond-Hidden Sight
Blind and reclusive, Sybil is plagued by visions and can see demonic creatures. Now with her shape shifter guide dog Vago, she has to face her fears and try to stop her community being blown up in a fatal bombing. YA urban fantasy with great characters.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32861547-hidden-sight 

9) Rachel Caine-The Morganville Vampires
Claire is at college in a town that is run by vampires who don't let you leave once you arrive, and who prey on those not protected by a vampire in authority. YA urban fantasy with great characters, human and vampire monsters and the funniest vampire character ever who is a literal mad scientist with a fondness for spiders and bunny slippers.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13412840-glass-houses

10) Joelle Charbonneau-The Testing 
Cia is thrilled to be selected amongst the best graduates for the Testing-until her father's cryptic warnings to trust nobody. When the Testing begins, Cia realises that failing a test literally is a matter of life and death. In the vein of The Hunger Games, there are all kinds of tests and a survival course that the students have to get through. YA dystopian thriller. 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17711954-the-testing

20 comments:

  1. Future Shock looks like an interesting one -- I like the time travel aspect and yeah how do heir fates and a murder plot work together in the story.

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    1. I'm not a fan of YA, SF or time travel but I did enjoy this one!

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  2. I’ll have to check these out. I especially like the sound of Hidden Sight and Tomorrow When The War Began. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Part two of the list probably next week! I've liked these books because of the characters and plot-no whiny females or soulmates!

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  3. I have such issues with most of the recent YA so thanks for this list!

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    1. I barely read YA these days as they mostly seem like versions of Twilight! These books were certainly different from that.

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  4. Most of these are new to me. I do have one of the Morganville Vampire books, but I don't think it's the first one.

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    1. I loved that series! You haven't lived until you meet Myrnin!

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  5. I'll have to take notes. I end up being unimpressed by a lot of hyped YA books these days, because they all seem to fall prey to the same tropes and patterns. It would be nice to read something refreshingly original for a change.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I have to really like the sound of the plot to go near YA these days and I know I'm missing out on good ones but I'm not prepared to sit through the bad! These books were at least different from Twilight copies.

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  6. Life First sounds good, and so does Future Shock (I remember seeing those around and thinking they looked quite good- plus time travel). The Testing sounds kinda good too?

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    1. I loved The Testing...I think most fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy that one. Lots of good series there!

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  7. You know, I have Future Shock, and haven't read it yet. I've had it (from Netgalley ack) for over a year! I tried to read it and just couldn't get into it. I think I was in a bad book mood though. I'll have to try again! What a great list. Love your twist on this week's discussion.

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    1. I hate a bad book mood...it really messes things up. I often ignore the topic and just do my own thing-part two of this list will follow maybe next week!

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  8. Thank you for an excellent list - I thoroughly endorse The Morganville Vampires, which are truly terrifying creatures. I enjoy a lot of well-written YA and I've made a note of your list:).

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    1. I was right into YA a few years back when I was reading some of these books but then all these Twilight copies with instaluv, mean kids and love triangles appeared and I got tired of the genre. I only pick out the odd YA with a blurb suggesting good plot and no tropes!

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  9. I needed this list - every YA I've read recently has been really dull or WAY too trope-y for my taste. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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    1. I hope you find something on this list to enjoy! Part two has been uploaded!

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  10. The Moon Dwellers and Future Shock were fantastic. Great list! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. I was surprised how much I liked Future Shock! I've got the sequel but might wait and read the rest of the series in one go.

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