Goodreads Gift Guide: Addictive Series for Teens

Posted by Cybil on November 22, 2016


Unless you’re an avid follower of young adult literature, gift shopping for the book-loving teen in your life can be tough.

How do you select the dystopian series guaranteed to hook your Hunger Games-reading niece, nephew, or godchild? And where do you start when trying to find reads perfect for the Harry Potter or Twilight fan you know?

Worry no more.

We’ve compiled three lists of titles likely to appeal to readers of different genres and fans of a few very popular series. And, by the way, you can also use this guide to select a new series for teens who liked the movies these books are based on. In addition, we also asked New York Times-bestselling author David Levithan to suggest some of his favorite LGBT Young Adult books to give as gifts.

See, teens aren't so terrible to buy for!


If your teen loved Hunger Games and Divergent, try these series…
An Ember in the Ashes
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Matched
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Maze Runner
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The Uglies
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Delirium
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The Queen of the Tearling
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The Selection
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Lorien Legacies
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If your teen loved Harry Potter, try these series….
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
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Graveling Realm
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Six of Crows
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Gemma Doyle
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Bartimaeus Sequence
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Abhorsen
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His Dark Materials
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If your teen loved Twilight, try these series…
The Mortal Instruments
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The Immortals
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Wicked Lovely
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The Raven Cycle
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Paranormalcy
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The Lunar Chronicles
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House of Night
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Blue Bloods
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message 1: by Josiah (new)

Josiah My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker trilogy. He is a brilliant storyteller. Brian Jacques's Redwall odyssey always makes a good gift, too.


message 2: by Maya (new)

Maya They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts


message 3: by Blow Pop (new)

Blow Pop Maya wrote: "They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts"

Josiah wrote: "My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker trilogy. He is a brilliant storyteller. Brian Jacques's Redwall odyssey always makes a good gift, too."

Can the both of you recommend the series to me and any others (except the giver because that's already on my to read and I have it unless it's not the one by lowry that I'm thinking of)? Please and thank you?

And anyone else who has faves not on this list? Go ahead and just rec them to me? I'm pretty open to any series.


message 4: by Kike (new)

Kike Ramos I feel like, if your teen likes to read, they have probably already read like 3/4s of those books


message 5: by Jen (new)

Jen Obernewtyn chronicles......how are they missing? Feed trilogy? The Hunt trilogy? so many great reads.


message 6: by Zoë (new)

Zoë Potter Fowl Jackson I think people who like Harry Potter would love Unwanteds, and The Magisterium series. Also Maximum Ride and Artemis Fowl should be on here somewhere!


message 7: by Hello (last edited Nov 23, 2016 10:55PM) (new)

Hello Cupcake Kike wrote: "I feel like, if your teen likes to read, they have probably already read like 3/4s of those books "

Yeah, I see about six that I haven't read. Still like this list
though. It has a lot of my favorite series on it.


message 8: by Asti (new)

Asti - Pivot Point (series of 2) from Kasie West,
- The Frontier Magic Series from Patricia C. Wrede,
- And for the younger teens, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, also from Patricia Wrede.


message 9: by Lidia (new)

Lidia For me, the best books for teens are The Hunger Games, Divergent and Legend trilogies! Graceling (all three of them) and Fallen series are amazing for fantasy lovers! And for girls The Luxe by Ana Godberson!


message 10: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I recommend the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown . I have read book one and am reading the second one now. My Granddaughter has read the first one and really enjoyed it.I would say these are aimed at older teens/YA's.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Is it bad I've read almost all of these?


message 12: by Lanie (new)

Lanie I wish more of my family and friends liked to read so I could gift them with awesome books like these. :( they're not quite as obsessed as I am.


message 13: by CARISSA (new)

CARISSA E I've read most of these books but my favorite series on this is the number for series. I love those books...


message 14: by Mary Ann (new)

Mary Ann Khalil Blow Pop wrote: "Maya wrote: "They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts"

Josiah wrote: "My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker tril..."


The Grisha trilogy is a really good series to read. Other good books are Insignia, Red Rising, Birthmarked, Across the Universe, The False Prince, The Testing, Glitch and Crewel. But The Unwind dystology (already mentioned) is REALLY good. Happy reading!


message 15: by Caidyn (he/him/his) (last edited Nov 28, 2016 04:14PM) (new)

Caidyn (he/him/his) Zoë wrote: "I think people who like Harry Potter would love Unwanteds, and The Magisterium series. Also Maximum Ride and Artemis Fowl should be on here somewhere!"

Only the first three Maximum Ride books, though. After that, it's really bad and pointless series.


message 16: by Fee (new)

Fee Not sure how the Raven Cycle relates to Twilight... but yay Raven Cycle!


message 17: by Zoë (new)

Zoë Potter Fowl Jackson They should have had Keeper of the Lost Cities, fans of Harry Potter would like it, it reminds me a lot of Harry Potter!


message 18: by Zoë (new)

Zoë Potter Fowl Jackson Caidyn wrote: "Zoë wrote: "I think people who like Harry Potter would love Unwanteds, and The Magisterium series. Also Maximum Ride and Artemis Fowl should be on here somewhere!"

Only the first three Maximum Ride books, though. After that, it's really bad and pointless series."


I agree. It doesn't seem to have a good plot.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Fee wrote: "Not sure how the Raven Cycle relates to Twilight... but yay Raven Cycle!"

Maybe because they're both dark with supernatural themes?


message 20: by Geneviève (new)

Geneviève LMAO WHY WOULD YOU PUT TWILIGHT AS A COMPARISON TO CITY OF BONES, WICKED LOVELY, THE RAVEN BOYS AND CINDER.

really disappointed in goodreads for putting an unhealthy heap of inked crap in the same category as non-abusive, genuinely good books.


message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura For fans of Harry Potter, I would recommend the Peculiar and the Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann. Also any and all Rick Riordan mythology books. And the Michael Vey series
For fans of dystopian- Red Rising, the Giver, the Last Survivors, the Age of Miracles, Legend
Yay books!


message 22: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Give me Six of Crows as a gift and I will love you forever.


message 23: by Maya (new)

Maya Blow Pop wrote: "Maya wrote: "They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts"

Josiah wrote: "My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker tril..."

check out my favorites section in my profile like one of my added shelf 114 books wait or more :)))))) They are all really good


message 24: by Selena (new)

Selena Wait, if your teen liked Twilight, read Cinder?

...I fail to see the similarities between bad ass sci fi fairy tale retelling and questionable vampire love story...


message 25: by Maya (new)

Maya Selena wrote: "Wait, if your teen liked Twilight, read Cinder?

...I fail to see the similarities between bad ass sci fi fairy tale retelling and questionable vampire love story..."


thats funny


message 26: by Maya (new)

Maya I also never ever seemed to get twilight even though I only read 2 pages but I dont really get whether it is good or bad sometimes!!!


message 27: by KRYM (new)

KRYM How could you have left The Darkest Minds series out???!!!!!


message 28: by Benozir (new)

Benozir Ahmed liked the names of the series suggested. Will be looking forward to reading those and stacking up my TBR with these titles but couldn't like the heading :
"If your teen loved Twilight, try these series…"

come on who loves twilight series? To my understanding it's total waste of time to even turn the pages of twilight series after all. people may at best like the first two books but loving ? (gaaaaaaaaah)


message 29: by Benozir (new)

Benozir Ahmed Elizabeth wrote: "Is it bad I've read almost all of these?"
Too bad :(


message 30: by Fazilat (new)

Fazilat Fee wrote: "Not sure how the Raven Cycle relates to Twilight... but yay Raven Cycle!"
True! The Raven Cycle is a master piece! It is no where near anything like Twilight, the plot is intricately planned and detailed and the characters have a lot more depth and are better developed in comparison to Twilight. But I'm glad to see it on here. Definitely a treat for someone who likes to read.


message 31: by Megan (new)

Megan Where are the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series by James A. Owen?


message 32: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri Anything by Janny Wurts. She has a series, a trilogy and a bunch of stand alone novels. They are all good.


message 33: by Kyera (new)

Kyera Definitely should have recommended Percy Jackson (or any of RR's series) and maybe Throne of Glass.


message 34: by MacBudgie (new)

MacBudgie Surprised to see Golden Compass on here. It's usually considered more of a 'children's' book that young adult.
I'm pleased to see Six of Crows and Cinder on here though. They were good.


message 35: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie Books I will rec until I die

Dystopia/post-apoc Unwind (Unwind, #1) by Neal Shusterman Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1) by Mindy McGinnis

Fantasy Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor Croak (Croak, #1) by Gina Damico Wax by Gina Damico + all of Tamora Pierce's work

Alt-history/dystopia/sci-fi Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine

Thriller I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) by Barry Lyga


message 36: by Ben (new)

Ben Toups They should put Sara Maas's Throne Of Glass and A Court Of Thorns and Roses on there


message 37: by Elizabeth (last edited Nov 29, 2016 11:04AM) (new)

Elizabeth Conroy Ben wrote: "They should put Sara Maas's Throne Of Glass and A Court Of Thorns and Roses on there"

I think that is a great idea! I love that series it is so catchy! This is one of my favorite series ever!


message 38: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 Addictive for sure!!


message 39: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri Magician by Raymond E Feist
Faery Tale by Raymond E Feist


message 40: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri Dresden Files by Jim Butcher


message 41: by Zanye (new)

Zanye Legend for fans of dystopian. LOVED that series


Jacob the Bookworm The Red Queen trilogy by Victoria Aveyard. The first two are already out and the third one comes out in February 2017


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Jacob wrote: "The Red Queen trilogy by Victoria Aveyard. The first two are already out and the third one comes out in February 2017"

It's not a trilogy, it has four books scheduled.


message 44: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Any non-dystopian, non-fantasy books for teen boys?


message 45: by Damian (new)

Damian My teen loves books like The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) or If I Stay, etc. Any recommendations along this line?


message 46: by Maya (new)

Maya Damian wrote: "My teen loves books like The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) or If I Stay, etc. Any recommendations along this line?"

I really want to read fault in our stars awesome


message 47: by Shia (new)

Shia Blow Pop wrote: "Maya wrote: "They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts"

Josiah wrote: "My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker tril..."


Blow Pop wrote: "Maya wrote: "They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts"




Josiah wrote: "My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker tril..."


Blow Pop wrote: "Maya wrote: "They really should've had Legend, Unwanteds, Giver, Seeds of america, and the sorts"

Josiah wrote: "My favorite to give? Probably Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology or Skinjacker tril..."


I recentenly read the Fallen series by Lauren Kate I think, those books were really good but I cannot remember if there were four, five, or six boooks, either way you should read them


message 48: by Breanna (new)

Breanna Damian wrote: "My teen loves books like The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) or If I Stay, etc. Any recommendations along this line?"

Anything else that John Green wrote.


message 49: by Adhya (new)

Adhya You should really read the 'Selection series' and the 'Touch of Power 'book.


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