There’s been a recent trend of trilogies instead of longer series, so today I’m highlighting a few YA series that are at least 6 books long. (Not that there’s anything wrong with trilogies, but sometimes you just need to sink your teeth into a series).
The Mediator – Meg Cabot
I know, I already talked about one Meg Cabot series this week, but her books are really worth reading. The Mediator follows teenage mediator Suze, who can interact with ghosts. In the first book she moves across the country to California, and thinks her time as a mediator is over, but that’s not so. One hot ghost, one vengeful ghost, one mediator priest, and one falling statue later, it’s clear Suze’s ability (and her duty as a mediator) isn’t going away any time soon. My friends and I read every one of these books in middle school, and even used to play pretend that we were the characters. Meg Cabot recently announced a final sequel set to come out next year called Remembrance as an epilogue of sorts. It will detail Suze’s adult life, after the end of the series.
Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard
Confession: I’ve only read the first of the novels. But there are 15 of them so far, and I think there will be more. The series follows friends Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hannah after the body of their missing best friend Alison is found, but is Alison really dead? Someone is taunting the girls, signing those taunts as “A”, is A for Alison? My best friend has read all the books, and there are also two sort of spin-off novels in addition to the main five. They read very quickly, but the one I read was also really entertaining. (I’m also a huge fan of the show and once won an ABC Family contest so I have about a million posters and postcards for it).
Maximum Ride – James Patterson
One day I will read the rest of this series, but so far I’ve only read the first four. During high school Maximum Ride was my favorite book series, and for good reason. It details the escapes and escapades of The Flock a group of teens and kids who were subjects of genetic engineering, and because of it have wings like enormous birds. They were stolen from the lab by their “Dad” who raised them after he broke them out, but now he’s gone. Max, the leader, is a 14-year-old girl in the beginning of the series, and she faces their problems head on. Now there are 9 books in the series, and you should definitely pick them up the next chance you get.
The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
This is another series I haven’t finished yet, but I love it. When the first book came out, I devoured it in about three days. Casssandra Clare is an amazing author, and her books pull you right in. The first is City of Bones, and the last is City of Heavenly Fire. The series follows Clary Fray, a normal girl from Brooklyn, who discovers the world of Shadowhunters while out with her best friend Simon. Shadowhuters are the descendants of angels and they hunt demons.
Sweep – Cate Tiernan
These were super popular with my friends in middle school, and they’re so much fun. There are 14 books in the regular series, and an epilogue style book that takes place years later. Sweep follows Morgan, a teenager who discovers that she is a witch, and is thrust into a world of magic, intrigue, and betrayal. The books are pretty short, and while they’re easy reads, they’re also fun reads.
In celebration of Teen Read Week, I’ll be posting about books all week long! Young Adult lit is a vastly underrated genre by a lot of adults, but for many of us it’s still a great place to find your next read.
Today’s YA Recommendation is 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson.