Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I don’t read just YA novels. I don’t read just Adult novels. There are aspects to love about both. Here are my ten recommendations that YA fans should read based on their favorites. Or vice versa, of course, if you’re looking for new YA recommendations based on your Adult favorites.
Being a huge fan of horror stories and ghost stories in particular, it’s no surprise I loved both of these. Darkhouse amps up the terror and has a romance that you can’t help but love.
I did say I loved ghost stories, so here are two more recommendations. Anna Dressed in Blood is my favorite YA horror and Heart-Shaped Box is my favorite Adult horror. Box also remains one of the scariest things I’ve ever read, so keep that in mind if you pick up this tale of terror.
Lex and Charley are both Grim Reapers. They both have a hilarious sense of humor. If you loved Lex, I have no doubt you’d love Charley.
I grew up on Vampire Academy and no vampire series has quite filled that hole like the Chicagoland Vampire series for me. Merit is totally a grown-up Rose and don’t worry, there’s a Dimitri-like romance too. The first installment was a bit rocky but it gets infinitely better if you give it a chance.
If you likes your zombies with a side of romance, Married with Zombies should be on your list. There isn’t actual zombie romance, but it’s equally hilarious and with more actual zombie hunting too in case you like that sort of thing.
Both Ashfall and The Age of Miracles deal with post-apocalyptic situations (supervolcano vs. earth rotation slows) that are all too realistic and plausible. I love reading these types of stories not only to see how humanity reacts to these types of situations but to pick up tips on how to survive.
The stories of children being interned in concentration camps are always some of the hardest stories to read, but both Sepetys and Wolff do fantastic jobs of telling their heartbreaking stories. Recommended if Between Shades of Gray and WWII stories in general interest you.
While neither are technically historically accurate, these are still incredibly entertaining stories for fans of the Tudor era. The Boleyn Inheritance is technically the third in Gregory’s Tudor series, however, this story in particular has the most in common with Gilt’s storyline. I recommend them all.
All the Rage is a powerful depiction of rape culture and subsequent victim blaming and while Dare Me has a different storyline, both touch on stereotypes and just how mean girls (and people in general) can be to one another.
These two are both heartbreaking romances that focus on the struggles that we’re forced to deal with in life. Be prepared with tissues when you crack open either of these.