What are the best YA books by Illinois authors?

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    XVI is a dramatic and horrific novel for young adults and adults written by Julia Karr. It was originally published in 2011. It is about a place where girls who reach their 16th birthday become the victims of sexual predators.


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    Mary Walters
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book has some deeply disturbing themes, but for YA readers prepared and mature enough to handle the premise, it provides some real thought on what society could warp into in the extreme. A YA reader prepared and interested in these themes could easily pick up Animal Farm, Battle Royalle, or a number of other novels, instead."
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    Evernight is the first book in Claudia Gray's romantic mystery series for young adults, the Evernight series. It was originally released in May 2005. It is about a teen girl who met a mysterious loner guy in their small town.


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    Andy Wen
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Evernight caught my attention because of the beautiful cover and I was so excited and eager to read it. It was quite interesting but it did not turn out to be so great like I expected. The interesting thing about it was the vampire twist in it."
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    #3Inhuman (Fetch)

    Inhuman (Fetch)
    Inhuman is a young adult fantasy dystopian science fiction book written by Kat Falls as the first book of the Fetch. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Scholastic.

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    Rose Ryan
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Okay fit"
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    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.


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    Benito Cortez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Of the many skilled authors from Illinois Veronica Roth is among the best. I thoroughly enjoyed her novel Divergent, and was captivated by her ability to create characters which I could bond with so easily. The plot is mesmerizing and beautifully told."
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    Torn is a dramatic lesbian and bisexual novel for young adults written by Amber Lehman. It was a 2010 Lambda Literary Finalist for Bisexual Fiction. It is about a girl who moved to a new school and met two interesting friends.


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    Mark Moore
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "If you like reading books about teenage sex and alcohol, then this book is for you. Not everyone has interest in sex, so this book isn't for everyone. This book is good only if you like reading about teenagers in highschoolers drinking and having sex, otherwise this book will be a bore for you."
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    #6Flying Blind (The Dragon Diaries)

    Flying Blind (The Dragon Diaries)

    Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2011. This is the first book in Cooke's The Dragon Diaries series. It was followed by Winging It published in that same year.


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    Sean Schultz
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Although there are many great Illinois authors I am not sure how many of them were writing young adults books. Deborah Cooke's teen books are decent enough for the young generation who loves fantasy and romance book. Together with the Flying Blind book, The Dragon Diaries books are considered to be good."
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    #7Cold Fury

    Cold Fury

    Cold Fury is the first book in T.M. Goeglein's urban and romance fiction series for young adults, the Cold Fury series. It was originally released in June 2013 and is about a 16-year-old girl whose family was kidnapped in Chicago.


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    Saanvi Bose
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Cold Fury is an excellent piece of fiction that serves as entertainment for young adults.T.M. Goeglein, a writer from Illinois,serves up a steady exciting stream of prose in this series. It helps with reading comprehension and understanding. For young readers, this novel series is a promise of entertainment and learning."
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    #8Plus One

    Plus One

    Plus One is a romantic adventure novel for young adults written by Elizabeth Fama. It was originally published in 2014. It is about teenaged starcrossed lovers in an alternate reality where some people can only go out at night.


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    John Cao
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Plus One by Elizabeth Fama is very popular with the tween reader crowd. Her style draws them in and holds on."
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    #9In the After

    In the After

    In the After is the first book in the futuristic dystopic series for young adults, the In The After series written by Demitria Lunetta. It was published in 2014 and is about a teenager whose family was kidnapped by the government.


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    Jeremy Cruz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I was born and raised in the Windy City and everything I consume relates to my hometown: deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, the Cubs and Bears, and even book authors. That's why I picked up In the After, by Chicago-born Demitria Lunetta. Dystopian novels are still all the rage these days, and this one is a worthy entrant into the crowded genre. I'd call this one of the best YA books by an Illinois author."
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    #10Steelheart (The Reckoners)

    Steelheart (The Reckoners)
    Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, tells the story of David Charleston, a man who will go to any lengths to exact revenge on Steelheart’s world. Bu to do that, he'll need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels who might just need David too.

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    Anthony Walsh
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Brandon Sanderson delivers an amazing novel targeted at young adults. This novel has everything a great teenage love story should have. "


Best What are the best YA books by Illinois authors
1XVIBooks 30 Paid
2EvernightBooks 25 Paid
3Inhuman (Fetch)Books 24 Paid
4DivergentBooks 22 Paid
5TornBooks 21 Paid
6Flying Blind (The Dragon Diaries)Books 18 Paid
7Cold FuryBooks 16 Paid
8Plus OneBooks 14 Paid
9In the AfterBooks 12 Paid
10Steelheart (The Reckoners)Books 2 Paid

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