Our Favourite YA Books of 2015

Our Favourite YA Books of 2015

Queen of Shadows: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J.Maas

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. The start of a sensational romantic fantasy trilogy by Sarah J. Maas.

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

The Keeper: Vega Jane – David  Baldacci

The Quag is worse than Vega Jane’s darkest imagining. It’s a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in. The Quag will throw everything at Vega. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her. And survival might come at a price not even Vega is willing to pay.

I Was Here – Gayle Forman

This characteristically powerful novel follows 18 yr old Cody in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide. As Cody numbly searches for answers, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

The Door that led to Where – Sally Gardner

When AJ is offered a junior position at a London law firm he has no idea how much his life will change. A door and a mysterious key sends him on a journey to 1830, where the streets are replaced with cobbles and carts, and they’ve gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose.

Twilight Life and Death Edition – Stephenie Meyer

This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Girl Online on Tour – Zoe Sugg

Find out what happens to your favourite characters Penny, Noah and Elliot in the stunning sequel to Girl Online.

Queen of Shadows:Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Everyone Celaena loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past … Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold.

All that Glitters: Geek Girl – Holly Smale

Harriet knows many things. But she knows nothing about making new friends at Sixth Form. Or why even her old friends seem to be avoiding her. And she knows even less about being a glittering supermodel success. Has Harriet’s time to shine like a star finally arrived, or is she about to crash and burn?

The Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite with god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17 yr old Red girl, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance…

Half Wild – Sally Green

After finally receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

Audrey can’t leave the house. But with his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, Linus starts to entice Audrey out again. And with him at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Theodore is fascinated by death, and constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. Violet lives for the future, counting the days until she can escape her town and her aching grief for her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda  Salisbury

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. 

Demon Road – Derek Landy

Amber Lamont is a normal 16 yr old. But when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned, horned demons – Amber hurtles from one threat to the next, revealing the terror woven into the very fabric of her life.

The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning…

The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …

The New Enemy (Liam Scott) – Andy McNab

It’s a deadly game of hide and seek. Liam Scott has joined Recce Platoon, and it looks like he will be heading for Somalia. His mission is to gather intelligence from behind enemy lines, carrying out top-secret surveillance and dead-letter drops. But he’s new to the game and there’s a lot to learn.

Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne

All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as ‘the girl who went nuts’, there’s only one thing left to tick off her list. But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well.

We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

They said the asteroid would be here in 2 months. That gave us 2 months to leave our labels behind. 2 months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end. 2 months to really live.

Mind Games – Teri Terry

In a future world, life is controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Standing out is dangerous so Luna hides her secrets carefully. Luna has never been able to plug into Realtime, PareCo’s virtual world, where almost everyone now lives their lives. So how do PareCo know about Luna, and why do they want her for their elite think tank?

I Knew You Were Trouble – Paige Toon

Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn’t going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with her dad in LA? With tough decisions ahead (and not just choosing between two hot boys), can she cope juggling her two very different lives?

Night Owls – Jenn Bennett

Meeting Jack on the night bus turns Beatrix’s world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is. But Jack is hiding the truth that leaves him so wounded…

Talon – Julie Kagawa

Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What’s the point? Life sucks. Nothing surprising ever happens. Until his ex Chloe’s body is pulled from a pond. DI Singh is already on the case. He doesn’t need any ‘assistance’ from notorious slacker, Smith. Or does he?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

Mikey just wants to graduate and go to prom, and maybe work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger

When new kid Ryder emails Amy asking her out, Amy and Sonny see it as a great prank. But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And she realizes that she might actually ‘like’ him! Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider

When he’s sent to a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may be over. But when he meets Sadie and her friends – a group of eccentric troublemakers – he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn’t have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.

End Game – Alan Gibbons

As his memories start to return, Nick finds himself caught in a net of secrets and lies – where truth and perception collide and heroes and villains are not easy to tell apart.

Terminal (Virals) – Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs

Tory Brennan and the Virals pack are forced to confront the existence of a rival pack – The Trinity – who want them off the scene. As the tension mounts between the two packs, an even greater threat looms.

The Heir (The Selection Stories) – Kiera Cass

18 yrs ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold her own Selection. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be like her parents’ fairy-tale love story, but as the competition begins, she may find her own happily ever after.

All My Secrets – Sophie McKenzie

The shocking reality behind a £10m inheritance turns Evie Brown’s world on its head. Unable to find out the truth from her parents, Evie ends up on the mysterious island of Lightsea, where her desire for answers leads her towards a series of revelations that threaten everything she holds dear. Including her life.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines) – Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to the Bloodlines series.

The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

The tree bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it, and the fruit will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. But as Faith’s tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter…

Off the Page – Jodi  Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

When Delilah wishes for a fairy tale prince, Oliver is taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. But to exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Is there a way for everyone to live happily ever after?

Carry on – Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything. Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

Library of Souls: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose, and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, it’s up to Jacob Portman to channel his newfound abilities and defeat Caul before he loses his friends and their world forever.

We are All Made of Molecules – Susin Nielsen

Stewart is geeky, gifted and sees things differently to most people. Ashley is popular, cool and sees things very differently to her new family (which now includes Stewart and his dad). Things are about to get even more mixed up when these 2 different people attract the attention of school hunk Jared.

Asking For It – Louise O’Neill

The morning after a party, Emma wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night…

Zom-B Fugitive – Darren Shan

WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN ALL IS LOST? HOW CAN YOU BUILD A FRESH FUTURE ON THE SANDS OF A TWISTED PATH? WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU KNEW WAS A LIE? B SMITH IS ON THE RUN …The penultimate tale in this gory, epic series from Darren Shan – with unmissably horrifying twists!

Shadow Study:The Chronicles of Ixia – Maria V. Snyder

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in rival countries Ixia and Sitia and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job -and his life – are in danger.