1) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is about a girl named Hannah who records herself on cassette tapes two weeks before her suicide, and plans a way for people to listen to them after she dies. (Click here to read my Netflix show review)
2) Crank by Ellen Hopkins is the first book I ever read in verse.
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak seems like a regular historical fiction, but what makes the book unique is that it’s narrated by Death personified.
4) Across the Universe by Beth Revis is a science fiction dystopia set on a spaceship. YA doesn’t see a lot of spaceships.
5) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness is a science fiction dystopia set on another planet full of men who can hear each other’s thoughts.
6) Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is an alternate World War 1 retelling with steampunk machinery and bio-engineered creatures. (some illustrations from the book below)
7) Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples is a graphic novel series about a young couple from opposing sides who fall in love, become fugitives, and have a child during a massive galaxy wide war. The characters are some of the strangest and cutest looking characters I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel series. Here’s my favorite little guy, Ghus.
8) Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a Cinderella retelling with cyborgs.
9) Soulless by Gail Carriger is an adult paranormal steampunk series set in Victorian England. It has your usual vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, but the main character Alexia is a preternatural, meaning she can neutralize supernatural abilities through direct contact.
10) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is a non-European inspired fantasy trilogy with POC. All you diverse readers need to pick this one up ASAP.