Thousands of books pass through the hands of YA readers each year, but only a handful rise above the rest. These are last year’s best YA books, as selected by the Bookstacked Team.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas’s debut is emotional, powerful and relevant. Perhaps the most important book of the year, it offers a profound glimpse into black culture in America.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
This final book in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy could not have been done better. Intrinsically beautiful and unbelievably heartbreaking, Wings and Ruin delivers a strong finale.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Marie Lu’s new series is packed with fun action and refreshingly diverse heroes. Exciting twists thrill readers throughout — it’s a solid start to what is sure to be a great new series.
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Pullman returns to the world he introduced over 20 years ago in the His Dark Materials Trilogy. La Belle Sauvage evokes the beautiful language and the complex characters of a traditional fantasy story.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Clare’s work is at its best here, raising the personal stakes between characters as well as staging an epic conflict that expands and deepens the world of the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Alex, Approximately hearkens back, not just to classical films, but to classical YA in its love story with a twist. A re-telling of ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Alex is a book we recommend.
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
In a world where war is their norm, the heart of this story lies within the characters and their hope for a better life. Read Our Review
Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne with Rowan Coleman
Delevingne explores friendship and betrayal in this thrilling mystery revolving around a group of friends in a band.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Aveyard adds complex layers to her wide cast of characters in King’s Cage, leaving fans shocked and eager for the final installment.