I’ve been thinking a lot about why I love trilogies/series so much. I guess it’s an addiction of sorts. If I fall in love with a book, it means I’ve fallen in love with the characters, and once that happens, I never want to say goodbye. It means I’m willing to pay full price for those follow-up books. It means I’m willing to wait a full year or more to keep that relationship going, and wow, the wait is so bittersweet.
I’m currently finishing one trilogy and sniffling as I get ready to say goodbye. Which means I’m on the lookout for another amazing world with characters who fly off the page. Instead of looking on Goodreads for the million lists there, I’d like to ask my Romance Magicians young adult readers to help me out, because hey, they are the blog peeps I trust.
Below, I’ve named a few popular YA trilogies I’ve read and I've listed at least one reason why I enjoyed the books:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
- A kick-ass heroine who knows how to shoot an arrow accurately. If you’ve ever tried using a bow and arrow, you understand my admiration for this one quality. That alone is enough to hook me.
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling:
- Who doesn’t want to be a wizard? Seriously, did anyone say no to that?
- Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien:
- TORTURED characters and a seriously awful end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario. Yeah, must turn pages.
- Legend by Marie Lu:
- The two main characters run this show. Opposites yet so alike that you have to keep reading late into the night.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth:
- Very much captures that feeling of leaving home with the hope that you’ve chosen the right path. Some days I still feel like this.
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare:
- Nothing like finding out you belong to an elite group of people who kick serious butt. Oh, and who can’t relate to having a deadbeat dad/relative who turns out to be a bit psychotic. We’ve all got one somewhere in the family.
- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare:
- The only love triangle ever written that had me stumped. I wanted everyone together at the end of this trilogy. I hope that doesn’t make me sound too kinky.
- Slammed by Colleen Hoover:
- Interesting premise of teens raising their siblings. Couldn’t resist.
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles:
- A wonderful example of how teen lives can be so much more than just high school. Nice and gritty.
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry:
- Such great examples of characters at that jumping off point between high school and college. Lots of personal family drama and yummy romance.
So that’s kind of my tastes. Any ideas? (And not Twilight please. I like paranormal, but for whatever reason, that one wasn’t for me.)