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Beyond Twilight and Hunger Games: Ten Girl-Centered YA Speculative Fiction Series

ImageIncarnate by Jodi Meadows is the first in a three part Sci Fi series about a girl named Ana who is the first new soul born on a planet where it is commonplace to recycle souls and everyone remembers their past lives. Some mistake in her universe has given her someone else’s life and she has to embark on a journey to find out why. This book was so anticipated that it was optioned for a film before it was even published. It’s sequel, Asunder is now out as well.

cinder1Cinder is the first book in the proposed four-part Lunar Chronicles, written by Marissa Meier. Cinder is a loose re-telling of the classic Cinderella story, and concerns a cyborg girl mechanic who finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle after becoming involved with the local prince. Scarlet, the second book, has also been released.

ruby redKirsten Gier is the writer of the Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, and soon-to-be -published Emerald Green books about Gwen Shepherd, a teenage English girl who has a genetic predisposition to involuntarily traveling in time. These books, translated from their original German, deal with Gwen’s journey as a part of a secret time-traveling society and her place in the fulfillment of one of their prophecies. The third book is due out in October.

titheTithe is the first book of a three part “Modern Faerie Tale” series by Holly Black, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles. These books concern the underground, Faerie world adventures of the seemingly normal teenager, Kate Fierch who turns out to be a very green fairy in disguise.

evermore_200Sixteen-year old Ever Bloom, following a great tragedy in her life, becomes a gifted telepath and finds herself involved with the enigmatically magical Damien. Alyson Noel’s Evermore starts their magical story arch, and this The Immortals series will eventually be comprised of ten books. All have been optioned for films.

WingsAprillyne Pike’s Wings is the first book of a four-part series about a teenage girl who’s bump on her back turns out to be of supernatural origin. Her odyssey as a nature fairy is explored

WeetziebatThe Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block (also known as Dangerous Angels), of which there are seven novels to date, concern the lives and loves of a young girl (at the start of the series), named Weetzie Bat in a Alternatie Universe version of Los Angeles. The series is equal parts humorous, romantic, fabulist, and absurd, and all dream-like. These books are quite above explanation,really.

blackbrookeBlackbrooke by Emma Silver is a convention-defying, horror genre marvel of a YA book with a heroine anyone would want in their corner when battling the creatures or “Crits” of this sensational speculative offering. This book is part one in a planned trilogy about Liberty Connor and her mind-bendingly twisty tale of escape from her terrifying hometown.

earth shifterLada Ray’s e-book, The Earth Shifter has gained some popularity. This first book in a planned series is about Russian teen Sasha Elfimova, who in an alternate version of 1908 Earth, is a powerful being known as a Time and Mind shifter.

daughter ofLaini Taylor is the author of the popular, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a story about a teenage girl named Karou who is an art student in Prague. She is also an unusual creature known as a chimaera that has attributes of both humans and animals. This is the first book in a planned trilogy. The second book, Days of Blood and Starlight was just released last Fall.


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One thought on “Beyond Twilight and Hunger Games: Ten Girl-Centered YA Speculative Fiction Series

  1. Thanks for the pingback 🙂 Lada Ray’s The Earth Shifter is a great girl centered YA adventure as well.

    I dig your blog, happy to have found it!

    All the best 🙂


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