Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Top 10 Tuesday || YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a new category every week!

This week's topic is top 10 books you'd give to someone who's never read X. (And you can solve for X however you wish!)

And so, of course, I chose YA science fiction/fantasy! So let's get started!

Urban Fantasy

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
Once upon a time, an angel and a demon fell in love. It did not end well.
A superb trilogy with fantastic writing, a compelling mystery and characters that will make you feel all the things.

The Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie Stiefvater
"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."
With book 3 to be published this fall, this is the perfect time to jump into this series. There is a complexity to the mythology here that makes it unlike anything else I've read. And I love the ensemble cast.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
"You are more dangerous than daybreak."
A fresh and gruesome take on vampires, this standalone delivers with intriguing characters and some pointed commentary on our obsession with stardom.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson
Prophecy is a tricky thing, I have learned, full of edges and secret meanings and mischief. 
A trilogy that only gets better as the books go on. Full of epic quests, court politics and huge character growth. And at the heart of it, an unlikely queen who becomes the hero of her nation.

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
"I've been waiting for you for a long time, Alina," he said. "You and I are going to change the world."
Another trilogy that gets better as it goes (though, I admit, I haven't read book 3 yet!). There is magic and betrayal, secrets and unlikely partnerships. It's a great and original world.

The Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
Maybe this was how you stayed sane in wartime: a handful of noble deeds amid the chaos.
This isn't fantasy so much as it is steampunk. And even then, it's alternate reality. It's World War I told from a very different universe. With incredible creatures, both biological and mechanical, thrown in with the international politics.

Science Fiction

The Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman
Unwinds didn't go out with a bang--they didn't even go out with a whimper. They went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fingers.
A horrifying look at the not-so-distant future. I've only read book 1 of the 4, but it certainly left an impression. I've been told that book 2 is even better.

The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey
How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
A recent read, it's fast become a favourite (and book 2 isn't even out yet!). A gripping look at the human race struggling to survive amidst an alien invasion. Full of strong, likeable characters and whip-lash inducing plot twists!

The Lunar Chronicles quartet by Marissa Meyer
She was a cyborg, and she would never go to the ball.
Don't let this series fool you, if you think you know where this story's going just because you're familiar with the fairytales that inspired them--you are wrong! The tales have been brilliantly twisted and interwoven with such skill. Featuring another great ensemble cast!

The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us--the ones who lived.
Teenage superpowers meets dystopia, these books are an action-packed thrill ride full of innumerable ups and downs. Book 3 is one of my most anticipated books of the year!

And there you have it! My top 10! Phew... that was a lot more work than I thought, but I had a lot of fun putting it together!

What do you think? Have you read any of these? Any other recommendations? Link me to your TTT as well!