The Definitive List of YA Series & Gone Girl Mysteries to Give and Get

Oh Winter - time to cuddle up indoors in piles of puppies and blankets. It's also time to wait in lines - post office, airport, Starbucks (those syrups bring in a whole new crowd of people who don't actually like coffee), stores, bathrooms. It is a season of giving and it is a season of lines. Cannot be avoided.

So what could be more perfect than a digital book (or three, or twelve) to help pass the time? Now is not the time for deep thinking, or tear jerkers. Now is the time for pure, delicious, time consuming entertainment.

PS it is really hard to write about these without ruining anything, so bare with me! There's more detailed descriptions on the link. Also, here are instructions on how to send digital books as a present - because you can save a tree. Help any tech challenged loved ones to download the kindle app and populate it with books for them, they will thank you (and so will the planet!)

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For lovers of Trilogies, YA Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance, Adventures etc.

The 5th Wave:  The world has been systematically destroyed by the visitors, only the children and teenagers survive

Beautiful Creatures: A family of cursed witches, an epic battle between good and evil, and a love story with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Beekeeper's Apprentice: (Mary Russell Series) what if an middle-aged Sherlock Holmes found his equal in a 14 year old prodigy. This is the story of how student surpasses master, friendship, and of course mysteries.

The Delirium Series:  In a dystopian world where love is declared the deadliest of all diseases, one's only hope is to be cured. Lena is 95 days away from getting her cure when she does the unthinkable. She falls in love. 

Diana Herself, The Bewilderment Chronicles:  A girl with flaws, a quest that turns magical, and an awakening. That's all I can tell you.

The Divergent Series: Different than the movies (especially after the first one) and definitely worth reading, this is the story of a dystopian, future world where you must choose to put yourself into a single box. What happens if you fit in more than one?

The Diviners Series:   Set in the 1920s, this is the story of a disparate group of actors brought together to fight the supernatural- falling in and out of love with each other as they go.

Ender's Game:  Widely considered the original that started it all, I've been told to only read the first one because it is a true masterpiece (fight me on this if you want)

Graceling Series: A world where some people have magic powers, and some do not, and the interplay between the two. Possibly an incredibly timely allegory on socio economics and thoughtful use of power, but also great for times when you feel completely different and misunderstood.

The Grisha Series: An epic romance, a battle for the world, a teenage girl at it's center. Cinderella meets Harry Potter meets WWII.

The Hunger Games Series: In case you've been living under a rock, just read this. It's really good.

The Legend SeriesWhat was once the western United States is now home to the Republic. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. Romeo and Juliet set in a world where trump is elected (j/k not really) 

The Magicians: If Harry Potter was for older, more depraved kids with much darker enemies.  Not even sure this book is YA, it's pretty dark, but it's a page turner.

The Maze Runner Trilogy: Also very very different than the movie. A boy wakes up in a box rising from the ground with no memories. He's inside a maze, with only a ragtag group of boys to organize their own survival. Then a girl comes up, and they can speak in each others minds....

The Passage: A dystopian world who's only hope for survival is one very special little girl.

Red Rising: A sexier, darker Hunger Games cum Ender's Game set across the galaxy.

The Shadowhunters Series: A world of angels, demons, fairies and power struggles who's only hope is a ragtag, sexy group of teenagers.

The Wrath & The Dawn: A magical love story based on classic myths - this is the story of a prince forced to slaughter his bride every night and the girl who survives.

The Twilight Saga: Vampire/Human/Werewolf love triangle. Honestly if you haven't read this yet I'm pretty sure I wont be able to convince you. I'm not even sure why you're reading this list. In case you're 14, in which case - you're welcome.

The Young Elites: A dystopic fantasy world where magical children are bought and sold - power struggles, star crossed lovers and mysteries abound.

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If you like more suspense/murder/mystery in your indulgent reading here are my favorite "Gone Girl" esque books from the last year.

Luckiest Girl Alive  - Do we ever really get past the wounds of high school?
Girl on the Train - an alcoholic on a train is the only one who noticed when the perfect girl goes missing...
Midair - planning the perfect suicide/revenge in the city of love. 
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Why did reclusive writer Leonora go on the hen weekend? And what did she do while she was there? 

All The Missing GirlsTold backwards—Day 15 to Day 1 - there are two missing girls, separated by almost a decade, in the same small backwoods town. 
Under the Harrow: What would you do if you found your best friend, and twin sister, dead? 
All the Pretty Girls: Three sisters. One goes missing. The other two fall apart. This is what happens next...  
Wilde Lake: A rape, a murder and family in a small town that is supposed to be a modern  "utopia" 






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