What are the best action YA novels?

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    #1Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl
    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
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    Mark Butler
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Artemis Fowl is a legendary series, and it was a real privilege to buy it for my children after enjoying the early books as a child myself. A wonderful fantasy romp about a boy genius, Artemis Fowl is wonderfully imaginative and innovative. A must-read for lovers of urban fantasy, this is an accessible and intelligent series for any young reader, and perfectly enjoyable for children 20 and over too!"
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    #2The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a young-adult novel by Rick Riordan. It follows the adventure of the demigod Percy Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.
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    #3The Tree House

    The Tree House

    The Tree House is a mystery romance action fantasy paranormal novel written by Shay Lynam. This tells the story of Hailey, an average college student. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Shay Lynam.

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    Johnny Flores
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is an interesting and unique book that will appeal to lots of teens and probably some adults as well. It mixes disparate elements such as science fiction, romance, and the paranormal to form a narrative about a young woman. She is chased by men in black suits and must find out what is going on. "
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    #4The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)

    The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)
    Carter and Sadie were reunited by their father Julius for a research experiment, but it unleashed a result far more terrifying than Julius ever wanted. An ancient dangerous god is awakening, and the siblings can only stop him by discovering and embracing their lineage.
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    Ashley Rose
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "What happens when your dad releases a great Egyptian god? The Red Pyramid will give you a foundation in that. Carter and Sadie were separated after their mother's car accident that killer her. Sadie went with Grandma and Grandpa and Carter with his dad. But dad decides to reunite them in a libray where the experiment goes terribly wrong. This one will keep you up at night."
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    #5Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse is the third book in Rick Riordan's Greek mythology-based fantasy adventure series for children and teens. It was originally published in 2009. It is about Percy trying to hold off an ancient curse.

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    Bella Zhang
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "My daughter thinks Percy Jackson is cool. The books are nicely written, and they're a good way to learn about mythology."
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    #6Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls)

    Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls)
    Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is the second book in Ally Carter's thrilling spy and romance series for pre-teens and young adults, the Gallagher Girls. It was originally published in 2007 and was reprinted in 2009.
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    Lawrence Banks
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a good solution because the book has good reviews. This would be a good book for young adults and teens."
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    #7The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy and his demigod friends braved a vast and dangerous maze to save Camp Half-Blood from an expected attack from the Titan Kronos. 

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    Terry Montgomery
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Definitely not one of the best action novels. I'm not even sure what a YA novel is to begin with. From the description it sounds like it would have a lot of action in it if I were looking for one."
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    #8The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Last Olympian, the last book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy trained to fulfill his destiny and lead the heroes in protecting Mount Olympus against the Titan King, Kronos.


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    Kathy Price
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great action book. Good for kids as well, not just YA. I agree it is one of the best, but do be aware that this is the last in the series, so don't miss the others! Also, the link above goes to the audio book, so if you want the print version don't forget to click and change the version :)"
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    #9Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls)

    Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls)
    Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter is the third novel in the Gallagher Girls series. Cammie joins Macey's private security team. While they are applying their spy training on the campaign trail, Cammie finds out that the secret society targets her.
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    Tejas Singh
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I like to read the books that are romantic sometimes. And also the thriller and drama ones. I think that this one here is a drama and has some romantic things in it too. The book is called Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover and you should read it too!"
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    #10Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Kathy Hawkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is actually a psychological portrait of war, not a romance . It is the follow up to Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and doesn't disappoint. The setting is realistic in it's portrayal of poverty and how Katniss adjusts to her life after winning the Hunger Games and what she goes through trying to survive in a corrupted country. The author also wrote the screenplay to this, so the movie should be good also."
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    #11City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Ashes, the 2nd book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series, is about Clary trying to save her mother's life by tracking down the rogue evil Shadowhunter Valentine while proving Jace innocent of stealing the Soul-Sword.

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    Hao Cao
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments) is one fo my daughter's favorite novels. She was so obsessed with it she couldn't put it down when she read it the first time. Until now, she has always put it in a special place in her collection of good reads. "
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    #12City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Glass, the 3rd book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, is about Clary saving her mother by breaking the law and Jace's wishes, Simon being thrown to jail, and Valentine trying to kill all Shadowhunters at once.
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    Tiffany Dixon
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "City of Glass is an action packed book from beginning to end. Just be ready to be in it for the long haul because it is a pretty long book. This is the third in the series by Cassandra Clare and it basically picks up right where the second book left you. You will find yourself on an emotional roller coaster with this book. Recommended for readers who love some action!"
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    #13City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Bones is about 15-year-old Clary Fray and a weird murder that she witnessed in a city club. The culprit is invisible, and the body disappeared into thin air then an angel came and everything gets messier when Clary's mother is gone.
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    Nicole Walker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I borrowed my daughter's copy of the YA action novel "City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) because I had been hearing a lot of good things about it. I thought it was really good. I fully expect a movie based on this book to be filmed and released soon."
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    #14Among the Free (Shadow Children)

    Among the Free (Shadow Children)

    Among the Free is a young adult fiction novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book was first published in April 2006 by Simon & Schuster. It belongs to Haddix's Shadow Children series.

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    Bob Tang
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Very cool novel that is perfect for you if you are trying to find an action packed YA novel. I read this not too long ago expecting something slow and boring, but instead I got something delightful."
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