These are the Top 5 YA Books (or Series) I Wish I’d Written (in no particular order):
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
It’s not only for the popularity of the books that I wishI’d written them. It’s because they are amazing!
***Possible Spoiler Alerts in the next section***
It follows Katniss who lives in the last district, District 12, of Panem where North America once existed. Each year, the President of the districts holds The Hunger Games as a reminder of what an uprising of the districts costs. Two kids (a boy and girl) from each district are to participate. In the game, they have to kill their opponents and be the last one standing. When Prim, Katniss’s little sister, is chosen, she immediately takes her place. She and Peeta, the other boy chosen, are taken to the Capitol where they are dolled up and presented to the people as two of the hunger games contestants.
The Hunger Games ends unbelievably, and you’re thrown into an unimaginable world of what happens when things don’t go quite like the Capitol has planned it.
I won’t tell you much more about it in case you want to read it, but it follows Katniss and others as they fight the Capitol and President Snow.
I read each book in under a week. The story is addictive. The characters are relatable even if they are teens. I would have loved to been like Katniss when I was 16. You know, minus the whole living in a dystopian society thing…
(I CANNOT wait for the movie!)
The Trylle Trilogy. Another brilliant series about trolls. But it’s not about the large cave trolls in The Lord of the Rings movies, and it’s certainly not the grumpy old troll who lives under the bridge in Dora the Explorer. They can pass as normal humans but are more earthy.
They have their own society which they
wittily disguise as a school to fool the humans, yet it doesn’t detract from the story because that’s not really what’s important.
There’s two separate groups of trolls who are enemies. There’s a big to do over what they both share, romances you see coming, some you don’t, and you’re left with a trilogy that ends and leaves you wanting more (but not in a bad way).
Amanda Hocking self-published these novels on Kindle, and look at her success story! They’re even turning them in a movie.
Divergent. Another dystopian novel. The beginning of a series I’m anxious to know more about. I won’t tell you what Divergent means in the book. It’s all part of the story, but it’s about Tris who is the main character. She lives in a faction where she doesn’t feel like she belongs.
During the faction choosing ceremony, she abandons her family and becomes a Dauntless. (Each faction represents a virtue. Dauntless represents bravery.) She doesn’t quite fit in with them either. She learns their way of living which is very different from hers. She falls in love and loses people she cares about. She survives their initiation, but surviving everything else thrown at her is a little more difficult.
Veronica Roth is an up and coming author who thought of a brilliant novel/series that’s all the rave now.
So, Vampire Academy. It’s set in an academy full of Moroi and Dhampirs. Moroi are the vampires who are alive, and Dhampirs are half human, half Moroi.
The story is set around the character, Rose, a Dhampir. She trains to become a guardian of the Moroi, specifically for her best friend, Lissa.
Each of the Moroi are blessed with a gift in the elements, as well as Spirit. Spirit can do amazing things, which ties Lissa and Rose together. (That’s elaborated on more in the stories.)
Rose surprisingly falls in love with her dhampir instructor, the sexy Dimitri. So, the story tells of their forbidden love and protecting the people she loves from the Strigoi, the undead vampires.
Believe it or not, it’s an amazing series. I didn’t want the series to end, but after seven novels, I can safely say Richelle Mead tied everything together well. This series blows Twilight out of the water. It’s even being turned into a movie.
Ethan Wate is a normal teenager, living out his life as a jock. He’s popular, living the life with the “in crowd”, but when he meets the girl of his “literal” dreams, he quickly forgets his popularity.
Lena, and especially, Ethan are taken into a world they’ll never forget. One where Casters and Mortals can’t be together. One where there’s a constant battle between good and evil, but how thin is the line between the two?
I love all things Southern, being a Southern girl myself, so I definitely fell for this novel. You see a side of the South that’s traditional to mortals, and a side traditional to Casters. To me, it’s such a page- turner. It’s a bit lengthy, but then again, that’s okay too. I didn’t get bored, which is important for a long novel.
The second novel of the series, Beautiful Darkness, is more of a page-turner as these characters are driven into a place they never knew existed. One of dark magic and a claiming moon that will either claim Lena as good or evil.
So, as I get over the whole “Dang, I wish I could think of something that good” moment, I continue to work on my ideas, and hope one day, someone will envy me. 😉