20 Best Book Series for Young Adults

Looking for some fresh reading to enjoy? There are a lot of great novels out there, and more than ever are young adult stories that both adults and kids love.

harry potter Harry Potter: There’s a reason this book series for young adults ranks up there as one of the best. It contains action, excitement, a little bit of young love, and of course, plenty of magic. Kids everywhere fell in love with the boy wizard years ago, and still love him today. Kids go through each book, waiting for Harry to take on Lord Voldemort and stop the evil wizards once and for all. From giant snakes and spiders to dragons and hippogriffs, it’s no small wonder that everyone who reads on of J.K. Rowling’s novels wants to go to Hogwarts and become a wizard!
hunger games Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins’s series is a ride that kids and teens won’t soon forget. Katniss is chosen to participate in a deadly game that requires only one person to survive. If she does, her village will live in plenty for a year – a drastic difference to how they’re living now. These three novels will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they anxiously wait to see how events change for the good – and for the bad. Along the way there is hope, survival, loss, and love. Will things in Katniss’s world ever change? Or will she be the one to change them forever?
percy jackson and the olympians Percy Jackson and the Olympians: One of the best books series for young adults is penned by Rick Riordan. Everyone simply can’t get enough of Percy, the Greek gods, and tales of heroism. Percy is the everyday average boy – at least, that’s what he thought until he discovered he was the son of Poseidon. He goes to Camp Half-Blood to learn about the nature of his powers and eventually finds himself caught up in all sorts of mysteries, adventures, and dangers. Along the way he makes a few demigod friends and discovers more about himself, his father, and what it means to be a part of both worlds.
twilight Twilight: Time to read up on the books that swept the nation almost as powerfully as J.K. Rowling’s novels. Stephenie Meyer delivers Edward, who is a vampire, Jacob the werewolf, and Bella, the girl caught up in their lives and everything in between. The most powerful thing she finds, though, is the love she shares with Edward. Despite the fact that they realize they shouldn’t be together, they can’t stay apart. Girls everywhere have swooned over these two lovers as there hasn’t been such a star-crossed pair since Romeo and Juliet. But readers will be pleased because their fate will be much happier.
pretty little liars Pretty Little Liars: Now a hit TV show, Sara Shepard’s stories of lies, betrayal, friendship, and of course, looking good have drawn in countless readers. In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, everything looks perfect, feels perfect, and – is far from perfect. Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are high school seniors with plenty of ugly secrets between them. One big one in particular involves a girl named Alison, who disappeared years ago. Now the girls are receiving threatening notes signed only with an “A.” They quickly realize that all their secrets, no matter how small they may be, are no longer safe, and that some things can’t be buried.
the inheritance cycle The Inheritance Cycle: If it’s time for dragons and swords, magic and mystical worlds, this book series for young adults is precisely what you should reach for. Christopher Paolini’s stories have been so sought after that booksellers are constantly asked when the next one is available. It’s the story of Eragon, a young farm boy, discovering that he is one of the last to ride a dragon – one of the last dragons, in fact. The fate of his world rests upon his shoulders. Will he be up to such an immense task? With help from skilled friends and his dragon Saphira, the time to take back the land has arrived.
his dark materials His Dark Materials: Beginning with The Golden Compass and moving on the The Subtle Knife and concluding with The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman’s three novels have entranced readers over the years. The scope is wide and stunning, ranging from gleaming cities and frosty mountains of one world to the grassy plains of other worlds. Even our own world is included in the story of Lyra Belacqua as she searches for the truth about mythical Dust. In her journey she comes across giant polar bears, witches, and even angel-like creatures. This is a series that definitely entices kids to read more than once.
ender series Ender Series: Orson Scott Card developed Ender’s Game, a novel that became a classic in science fiction circles. Now he has more to offer in order to make one of the best books series for young adults, especially for those that love great science fiction. War is a constant threat against Earth from an alien species, which is why a young boy named Ender was sought out. It was believed that he could finish things once and for all. Readers may be content with the first book, but anyone who wants more to the story will enjoy the subsequent books that take place on alien worlds with different creatures, or right here at home with wild politics.
lord of the rings Lord of the Rings: J.R.R. Tolkien’s work has since become known as a trilogy, though when he originally wrote it, it was meant to be a single novel. However you decide to read it, you won’t be disappointed. Young Frodo Baggins is just a Hobbit. Yet he carries a big responsibility. He has the Ring of Power, forged by the Dark Lord Sauron. If Sauron obtains the ring, darkness will rule Middle Earth forever. Thus he embarks on a journey to destroy the ring in the fiery depths of Mount Doom. With eight companions to help him, it will be a long journey there and a long journey back, fraught with danger, elves, men, battle, and above all, hope.
tiger’s curse series Tiger’s Curse Series: Travel to far off places and exotic lands across the globe with Ren and Kelsey. Ren is an Indian prince who was cursed centuries ago and has been a tiger ever since. Kelsey may be the only one who can save him and put things right once again. But it’s a long, hard road for the both of them. With help from others, including Ren’s brother, together they may fulfill an old Indian prophecy and discover their destiny. But does that mean they’ll be together? Rich in description and full of unique ideas, Colleen Houck has made a story that is like an old fable come to life.
lorien legacies series Lorien Legacies Series: John Smith lives in a small town in Ohio. Not very exciting. He’s moved all his life, but maybe this time will be different. Except for one problem – he’s actually an alien with amazing powers and there is another group of aliens called Mogadorians after him. Some of the best books series for young adults come from unexpected places, and this one was an instant hit with a movie following right after. Spilling over with excitement, action, and even a little romance, readers will be eager to get their hands on the next title to see how things work out. After all, if John and the others of his kind lose, so do we.
alex rider Alex Rider: Anthony Horowitz knows how to make a long line of books that readers won’t be able to put down. Young Alex is devastated when his Uncle Ian dies, but he realizes that the circumstances around Ian’s death are strange. In fact, he was a spy for British Intelligence. Now Alex has taken over his uncle’s mission and becomes a spy himself. Readers who love action, thrills, and James Bond-like excitement will get a kick out of this line of tales and always find themselves on the edges of their seats. Even with plenty of novels under his belt, Horowitz doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon.
wolves of mercy falls Wolves of Mercy Falls: It’s all about werewolves in this book series for young adults. Supernatural romance is always a hit, and Maggie Stiefvater has hit the nail on the head with her Minnesota werewolf pack. The stories focus on werewolves and humans and what can happen when the two worlds collide. Love can happen, but so can danger – especially the danger of losing the one you love. New characters appear, old characters reappear, and readers will hang on every word, hoping that everyone involved will get the happily ever after that they deserve. If you like werewolves, this is the next thing to read.
secrets of the immortal nicholas flamel Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: When you can turn metal into gold and brew up a potion that keeps you alive forever, more than one person is going to be after you. That’s what happens to the Flamels, two brothers who have such power. Aided by twins Sophie and Josh, they’ll battle werewolves, Dark Elders, vampires, evil magicians, vampires, and more. If they fail to retrieve the book stolen from the Flamel brothers, then the two will die. It’s a race against time and dark forces, and Sophie and Josh will quickly learn their place in this newfound world as well.
brian’s saga series Brian’s Saga Series: Gary Paulsen is a name well-known in the book world. His stories of survival in harsh conditions enthrall readers every time. A small airplane goes down, and the only survivor is Brian, and that is only the beginning of his trials. These stories are all about Brian’s attempts to survive. His failures, his successes, and his ongoing struggle in the wilderness. Paulson explores different scenarios in these stories, such as what if Brian never got rescued? These are the types of stories that make one glad to be at home and not in Brian’s shoes.
maze runner Maze Runner: Welcome to the Glade. Thomas doesn’t know how he got there. He doesn’t know the other boys around him. They’ve been stuck in a giant maze, and the boys who have been there the longest have been there two years. Thomas doesn’t know what to do until a girl shows up with an unexpected message. Now everything is changing. Thomas is more important than he may think, and there is a great deal going on – and that’s just the beginning. Mysteries unfold and readers will be eager to get their hands on all the titles because once you put down one, you’ll want to snatch up the next one.
the mortal instruments The Mortal Instruments: Clary Fray just wants to have a good time in a club in New York. But then her mother is kidnapped, she witnesses a bizarre murder, and is pulled into a world hidden behind ours. In one of the best books series for young adults, Cassandra Clare dishes out heaping piles of excitement in a place filled with werewolves, demons, vampires, and Shadowhunters. Clary wants her life normal again, but that’s going to be difficult if she wants to save her mother and be with Jace, a handsome Shadowhunter? There’s a lot to enjoy in these stories, and there’s more to come as Clare continues to write.
fallen series Fallen Series: When some people get together, they get to live happily ever after. Not Luce and Daniel. Their love seems to be doomed every time they meet. Yet after years of being reborn and meeting again, shouldn’t it be time that they’re allowed to be together and be happy? Luce doesn’t know how to stop fate, but she is certainly going to try, whether or not Daniel wants her to. Lauren Kate draws readers in with her star-crossed lovers and everyone will be hoping that at some point these two will be able to be together forever.
witch and wizard series Witch and Wizard Series: Not content to just write adult stories, James Patterson has turned to magic and more with this book series for young adults. He dapples in magic in these stories, featuring Wisty and Whit Allgood. They don’t know that they have magical powers, even if their parents weren’t exactly what most people would call “normal.” But then the two siblings are arrested by the New Order and while incarcerated, discover that they can do some pretty amazing things. From there, it’s a matter of getting out and taking down the entire New Order. No easy feat by any means.
house of night House of Night: If you’ve been marked, then you are sent to a special school in this best books series for young adults. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast develop a slightly new twist on vampires. These are vampyres, who take in their fledglings, all of them marked by the Goddess Nyx. Zoey is a special case, with some surprising powers. She finds a lot of good things in her new school, but she also discovers more than a few secrets and deception. Zoey must sort things out even as she deals with some of the classic issues faced by teens that Zoey thought she’d left behind.Now you merely have to choose which to read and snatch them up! Just make sure you have plenty of time to sit down and thoroughly enjoy them.

12 Responses to “20 Best Book Series for Young Adults”

  1. Lindsey says:

    How about the ”Sideways Stories From Wayside School” series by Louis Sachar? I remember those books being great when I was young.

  2. Chris says:

    What about C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia?

  3. Christine says:

    No Madeleine L’Engle?

  4. CQ says:

    Aren’t there any books for young people that don’t have witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and demons???? There’s gotta be something better to read out there!

    • Sena says:

      Everyone has different tastes out there. All these books piqued my interest. Try the Hunger Games no witches, wizards, vampires etc. As for categories go search for popular books in said category. This is a list of bestsellers for young readers. This is what is popular. My suggestion is try one or two and see if you like it before you judge it. You might find you like it. If you have tried it like I said above, search in the category that interests you.

  5. barefootmommy says:

    If this is the stuff teens are reading these days then we’re all screwed.

  6. patti says:

    If your child hasn’t read Michael Vey Cell 25 they should! It’s an easy read, full of suspense and adventure, written specifically for fourth grade and up. It’s the story of a group of children who were born in a hospital at a time when the MRI machine was malfunctioning. Each child that survived was born with special “electrical talents.” These talents create some really unique problems for each child which draws them together. Your kids won’t put this book down! I bought it for my grandchildren and they all (7) loved it. I bought it for my school and donated it to the library for all to enjoy. The second in the series comes out August 7th, I think!
    Author: Richard Paul Evans

  7. Jenny says:

    I’m so glad you included the Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel and the Lorien Legacies! My kids and I love these series!

    I am a fan of House of Night and the Fallen series, but I do think there are better series out there. The Time Quintet by Madelaine L’Engle, Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke, the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia, and the Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting are much better, just to name a few.

    If you haven’t read these books listed, don’t knock em till you’ve read them. And its not just teens reading these; many, many adults are also reading these series! They have great mythology, history, and great adventure!

  8. Shondra says:

    I like to read the Newbery Medal winner books, you don’t have to worry about the content for you or your kids.

  9. Ben says:

    This is a woefully mistitled list. There are many series, such as Susan Cooper’s “Dark is Rising” saga, whose literary qualities far surpass the trendy, pandering (though of course often plenty entertaining) fluff that comprises most of this list. With the exception of Ender, LOTR, Dark Materials, the rest is just low entertainment, not literature. How about the Wind on Fire trilogy by Nicholson, or the Pellinor series by Croggon, or the Crystal Cave books by Stewart, or the Abhorson trilogy by Garth Nix? And of course the other classics that other commentors have also mentioned.

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