The Best Books For Teen Readers Who Have Moved Past Twilight And The Hunger Games

Let’s face it, to fact-paced teenagers, Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games are already classics. They’re just sitting on the shelf next to Narnia by now. These may be the most popular franchises for teens out there, but avid readers have probably made it through these series at least a dozen times already. They’re looking for new, exciting, soon-to-be explosive books to sink their teeth into.

I can still remember being that kid who received a series of books from Santa and spent the rest of my Christmas break curled into an armchair devouring new characters and stories. I wasn’t playing with new gadgets or putting together an amazing line-up of back-from-break outfits. I was reading. In fact, laying down with a brand new book is still one of my favorite parts of Christmas Day. Hint, hint sweetheart.

So for teens who share my love of a good book, here are some young adult series that are sure to excite and intrigue teen readers. They might not all star Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, but they’ll keep them entertained and stir their imaginations.


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  • Beverly

    Another good series for young adults (and adults with a young heart) is “Blue Bloods” by Melissa De La Cruz. I think there are five or six books in the series. Takes vampires to a whole new level. Ms Cruz also is creating a more adult line starting with a book called “The Witches of East End” which is a spin off from her vampire series.

    • tanysha

      blue bloods is really good…i even like the immortals series

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  • Meg

    Thanks for this, I needed some suggestions for a teenage niece. However, what I’d love is if you could do another series that’s not limited to the fantasty / gothic / sci-fi genres. As I kid I loved reading too (& still do) but preferred books about realistic characters, whether in a historical / foreign / current setting – let me try and think of some examples. The Homecoming series by Cynthia Voigt. Anything by Robin Klein (an Australian author). The Anne of Green Gables series. SE Hinton’s books – the Outsiders etc. Looking for Allibrandi by Melina Marchetta (also Australian). That kind of stuff. – as I know my niece is also not so into the fantasy / sci-fi thing. Just a suggestion :)

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  • Victoria

    Just a heads up: In the P.C. Cast series, the 16 year old protagonist loses her virginity to her teacher.

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  • Miss Meppy

    I’m surprised Uglies isn’t on this list. It seems like the natural next read after Hunger Games. Well, consider this my addition! Check it out! Or have your teens check it out, anyways. :)

  • Jen Sollami

    I definitely recommend The Created Series (

  • rathi

    Surprised that the Divergent / Insurgent books by Veronica Roth aren’t on this list…

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