Need a new batch of must-reads, “Twilight” fans? It has been a while, after all.
Well, look no further. Attached is a list of five Young Adult novel titles that I think you’ll definitely devour.
Along with the cover art, you’ll also find the books’ summaries and my reasons for recommending each individual title to you all laid out in the list.
See also: 25 titles YA book-to-film fans need to read now
The last round of “Twilight” fan recs came the better part of a year ago, so you can be sure these are whittled down from a lot of possibilities read over the past few months (not all books are created equal, ya know?).
These five are favored most for the purposes of this list because they’re either so awesome they simply cannot be left off or they are really good and also have some sort of familiarity to a theme or aspect of the “Twilight Saga” books.
Hit the list for more on this and be also be sure to let me know your own book recommendations in the comments below!
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ICONS by Margaret Stohl
“Icons” by Margaret Stohl
From the co-author of the “Beautiful Creatures” series comes an all-new series, and when I say new, I mean new. There are a lot of original and fresh concepts involved in Stohl’s second series starter, and boy is it an emotional thriller. The protagonist here is one who’s genetically pre-dispositioned to experience sadness and angst on a highly accelerated level, and yet, she is able to maintain a shred of hope in a broken world. It’s a very lovely book.
Your heart beats only with their permission.
Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.
Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.
She’s different. She survived. Why?
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.
Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis
“Across the Universe” by Beth Revis
I’ve heard Beth Revis describe her book as a murder mystery set in space, and that’s pretty much the best way to phrase it. This trilogy starter introduces a young girl whose parents chose to become cryogenically frozen and launched into outer space in order to reach a distant planet and colonize it with earthlings. Somewhere in the agonizing journey, though, she’s awoken far too soon and comes to discover that the humans living on board the ship are being severely misguided. It’s definitely a page-turner.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SURVIVE ABOARD A SPACESHIP FUELED BY LIES?
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends–and planet–behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Someone tried to murder her.
Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed’s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
For those “Twilight” fans who got hooked on Maggie Stiefvater’s “Shiver” series, this one’s a no-brainer. But this is also a good one for those who didn’t quite catch onto her wolfy trilogy. In “The Raven Boys,” a girl named Blue is exposed to a lot of magic and mystery in her small little town, and she’s under dire warning not to kiss anyone … lest she kill them. So, what’s a girl to do? There’s so, so much more to this intoxicating little book, but to tell anymore would be a betrayal of your right to discover all the twists and turns for yourself. Read this book, ya’ll.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury
“Origin” by Jessica Khoury
If you’re the kind of reader who enjoys just a taste of the supernatural in your YA book mix, this is a great one. Set in the depths of the rainforest, in an isolated but modern scientific research community, humanity has manufactured – yes, genetically and physically – an immortal human … sort of. Our protagonist can’t be cut, outpaced or outlived by anyone else alive. And as her creators search for the means to create another like her, all she wants to do is exist normally. Definitely a fun read for those who liked the complications of immortality referenced in the “Twilight Saga.”
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.
Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin–a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.
BETA by Rachel Cohn
“Beta” by Rachel Cohn
What would it be like to be endowed with just a portion of the normal load of human emotions and sensitivities? This book helps us find out! The quick book tells the story of a “Beta,” which is basically a human body which is thought to have passed before her time and which is revitalized with mechanical processes and taught to serve others. Only, this Beta is special. She’s no robot. It’s a really fun, surprising story.
Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.
Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island’s workers-soulless clones like Elysia-are immune to.
At first, Elysia’s life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island’s flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent among Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care-so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia’s mind?
If anyone discovers that Elysia isn’t the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happiness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she’s always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.