Top 10 YA Books to Read


Image by Celeste Ochoa and Amalie Esparza

The digital artwork of Celeste Ochoa and Amalie Esparza illustrate Percy Jackson of the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series and Mare Barrow of the “Red Queen” series.

Books, a world of imagination bound in beautiful covers of fantasy! Explore your perfect world with the following Young Adult New York Best Sellers!


Leigh Bardugo – Grisha Trilogy 

A mesmerizing blend of adventure, imagination, and magic, this trilogy is perfect for fantasy lovers! During the course of this series, Alina Starkov must fight to save the world with her profound Grisha abilities. With threats looming over the horizon, Alina is constantly faced with the challenges of darkness and disparity. 


The Grisha Trilogy is a remarkable fantasy novel within the world of literature, filled with the thrills of imagination and creativity. According to a recent survey, approximately 15% of Mt. SAC Early College Academy students are interested in reading The Grisha Trilogy. Are you interested? 



Cassandra Clare – The Infernal Devices series  

The world is at a loss: the Shadowhunters are declining while darkness continues growing. As Theresa Gray searches for her brother, she is tangled in the world of the Shadowhunters’ mysteries. As the mysteries unravel, Theresa comes face to face with the monsters at hand, risking the lives of herself, her friends, and those she has grown to love.  


With approximately 10% of Mt. SAC Early College Academy students interested in reading The Infernal Devices, this series is the least popular. However, this does not signify The Infernal Devices series is any worse than the others included within this list!



Marissa Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles 

A mesmerizing twist of classic fairy tales, The Lunar Chronicles is an astonishing series. Every character plagued by mysteries and challenges of their own, Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and Jacin must unite in order to protect those they love. With unfolding mysteries and mounting risks, Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and Jacin must fight for their own happy endings. 


With interesting twists and turns, The Lunar Chronicles is a definite page-turner! Approximately 20% of students are interested in reading this series, are you part of the interested population? 

This artwork was digitally created by Amalie Esparza, visually illustrating Mare Barrow from the Red Queen series. ( Amalie Esparza)


Victoria Aveyard – The Red Queen series 

Within this enthralling fantasy novel, Mare Barrow must survive in a world where the color of your blood determines your social ranking. With red-colored blood, she is often faced with injustice and prejudice, forced to bend down to her silver-blooded counterparts. As the story progresses, Mare comes to realize that she possesses more strength than her red blood entails. 


A unique series of magic and fantasy, the Red Queen series is the most popular with 45% of students interested in reading the included novels.



Tyler Edwards – The Outlands 

The Outlands is managed by a tyrannical patriarch, causing the people of Dios city to cower in fear. Breaking rules, citizens are severely punished with consequences, “worse than death.” Jett Lasting is set on surviving the cruelty and brutality of the Outlands society while rebelling against the reigning government. 


If you’re interested in stories like this with a strong hero living within a dystopian society, then this is the book for you. As for this novel, 20% of Mt. SAC Early College Academy students were interested in reading The Outlands by Tyler Edwards.



Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle In Time 

Meg Murry is a girl living a normal life trying to get through high school; but when her father mysteriously disappears into the unknown, she and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, are set on finding out about their father’s whereabouts. In a fight against an evil entity, they strive to save their father despite all costs.


This novel has appealed to many since the early 1960’s when it was first published. But does it catch the attention of today’s youth? When it comes to this enthralling fantasy novel, approximately 35% of Mt. SAC Early College Academy students are truly interested.



Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass series  

A series of seven thrilling novels, the Throne of Glass series is bound to keep you occupied with a wonderful concoction of adventure, creativity, imagination, and magic. Crowned the title “Adarlan’s Assassin,” Celaena Sardothien’s past is shrouded by mystery. With monsters lurking behind every corner, Celaena must fight for the freedom and security of herself and those she loves.  


Once you immerse yourself within the Throne of Glass series, you can never escape! This series is exemplary in highlighting magical creativity and unrestrained imagination. Approximately 30% of Mt. SAC Early College Academy students are interested in reading this series, are you? 


This artwork was digitally created by Celeste Ochoa, visually illustrating Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. (Celeste Ochoa)

Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians series  

A wonderful series of five novels, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is enthrallingly entrancing. Percy Jackson has always been different. However, with deadly mysteries unfolding, Percy is forced from his casual life. With the aid of demi-god brethren, Percy Jackson must travel diligently, completing the quests necessary to protect the world from horrifying threats rising on the horizon. 


The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is adored by readers and authors globally. With a twist on classical mythology, the series is thoroughly entrancing. With approximately 40% of Mt. SAC Early College Academy students interested in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, are you interested?



Lois Lowry – The Giver  

Jonas, a 12-year-old boy, lives in a world where pain, suffering and war are unfamiliar. Within his society, everyone is assigned a job and partner for the rest of their lives. Through the Giver, Jonas soon realizes that life is much more vibrant when happiness and sadness, terror and excitement, and dullness and color exist. Life is much more vibrant when the good and bad aspects of society coexist together.


A classic example of a dystopian society, this novel is remarkable in symbolism and imagination with mysteries revealed every step of the way. Approximately 20% of students are interested in The Giver, are you?



Jamie Pacton – Lucky Girl  

When Jane Belleweather unexpectedly wins the lotto jackpot, her next actions are excruciatingly difficult. Jane is a minor; thus, unable to purchase lottery tickets. Making things more complicated, her best friend, Brandon Kim, is a journalist. As a journalist, she fears her friend might announce her win to the world. She is set on keeping her secret from her town, friend, and hoarder mother. It is not as simple as it sounds: suspicion begins to rise and as time passes, Jane’s secret is inching closer to disclosure.


Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton is still a fairly new book, having been announced for release on May 11, 2021. Nevertheless, the novel has garnered numerous excited and enthusiastic reviews on Goodreads. According to survey data, 20% of students at Mt. SAC Early College Academy would be interested in reading Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton.