What are the best YA novels of 2017?

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    #1Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices)

    Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices)

    Lord of Shadows is a young adult fantasy novel by acclaimed author Cassandra Clare. It tells the story of Emma and her Shadowhunter friends as they look for the Black Volume of the Dead. It is the second book in the Dark Artifices series.


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    Arjun Powar
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "I like reading novels, and Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices) has been one of the best novels I read in long time. It talks about Emma and her Shadowhunter friend while the look for the black volume of the dead. Great story, you will like it!"
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    #2The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give is a multi-awarded young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It tells the story of Starr Carter, who witnessed her friend Khalil get killed by a cop. This book is a condemnation of racism and police brutality, because black lives matter.


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    Jose Williamson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This looks like a very good pick for best YA novel of 2017. It's themes are very modern, concerning racism and police brutality. "
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    Warcross is a young adult sci-fi novel by Marie Lu. It tells the story of Emika Chen, a teenage hacker who works as a bounty hunter for the world-famous virtual reality game, Warcross. A twist of fate brings her into the spotlight.

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    Steven Butler
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This looks like a popular series but it does not come out until this year 2018"
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    #4Always and Forever, Lara Jean

    Always and Forever, Lara Jean
    Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is a young adult romance novel by Jenny Han that tells the story of Lara Jeans as she embarks on her last year of high school.  It is the third book in the To All the Boy's I've loved Before.

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    Andrew Richardson
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I had to pick up Always and Forever, Lara Jean for my niece. She claimed it was the best book for teenagers."
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    #5The Upside of Unrequited

    The Upside of Unrequited

    The Upside of Unrequited is a novel by Becky Albertalli. It tells the story of Molly Peskin-Suso, a 17-year-old who's always felt overshadowed by her beautiful twin sister, Cassie. This book talks about the woes of adolescent love.


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    Billy Henderson
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "It gets good reviews and if you like it I would recommend "Me, Earl. and the dying Girl""
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    #6Wayfarer (Passenger)

    Wayfarer (Passenger)
    Wayfarer is a young adult science fiction novel by Alexandra Bracken. It tells the story of Etta Spencer, who can travel time with the help of an astrolabe. It is the second and final book in the Passenger series.

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    Bella Zeng
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Wayfarer packs in a lot of action, which was a welcome change from the slightly slower pace of Passenger. Yet, somehow, the book seemed more drawn out. Wayfarer is an overall fun read, but it's not as intriguing or thought-provoking as Passenger. It's worth reading if you're a fan of the first book, but it's not something I'd enjoy as a standalone."
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    #7Strange the Dreamer

    Strange the Dreamer
    Strange the Dreamer is a sci-fi fantasy novel by Laini Taylor. It tells the story of Lazlo Strange, whose dreams urge him to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Weep. It is the first book in the Strange the Dreamer series.

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    Joyce He
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I read this book after seeing it was one of the best young adult novels and, frankly, I found that laughable. Not that this book is bad, just that it fills a small niche for fantasy novels certainly not overall novels."
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    #8By Your Side

    By Your Side

    By Your Side is a young adult romance novel by Kasie West. It tells the story of Autumn Collins and Dax Miller, who both get locked in the library for a weekend. Autumn gets to know Dax beyond his bad boy reputation and they connect.


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    Philip Vargas
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. This is the same old story with a VERY interesting twist!"
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    #9Daughter of the Pirate King

    Daughter of the Pirate King

    Daughter of the Pirate King is a fantasy novel by Tricia Levenseller. Published on February 28, 2017 by Feiwel Friends, Daughter of the Pirate Kings tells of the adventures by pirate captain Alosa.


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    Brian Knight
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "My daughter was reading this and I decided to take a look. It's pretty good! There is lots of action and an engaging story. I can understand why kids love this stuff!"
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    #10Beyond the Bright Sea

    Beyond the Bright Sea
    Beyond the Bright Sea is a coming-of-age and adventure novel written by Newbery-winner Lauren Wolk. It was released in May 2017. It won the 2018 Scott O'Dell award and was voted book of the year by NPR, School Library Journal, and others.

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    Paul Coleman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I picked this up for my neighbors daughter as a birthday gift. My neighbor tells me that she absolutely loves the book, and has become one of her favorite "talking points" this summer. Which is her code for "she won't shut up about it!" Guess I did ok here."
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    #11Scar Island

    Scar Island

    Scar Island is an adventure and thrilling suspense coming-of-age novel for young adults written by Dam Gemeinhart. It was released in January 2017. It became a New York Times Editor's Choice selection and an Indie Next List book.


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    Jorge García
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This series has fast become a favorite for my daughter. I've had to pick up all the previous titles in the series for her and now this one. She's loved the mystery involved in the plot and finished the book with in a couple days."
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    #12All of You (Between Breaths)

    All of You (Between Breaths)
    All of You is a romance novel and the first book in the Between Breaths Book Series written by Christina Lee. It tells the story of Avery. She will meet a tattoo artist who will capture her heart and her life will change forever. 

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    Christine Hanson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Fantastic novel. Especially since this is the debut novel of Christina Lee. Very heart wrenching and captivating. A lot of intense and sexy attractions happening between Avery and Bennett the young protagonists of this fine book. The characters are very appealing and interesting. Great for young adults , but adults should like this also. Can't wait to see her future offerings."
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    #13Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground is a coming-of-age novel about music and family written by Newbery medal winner Rita Williams-Garcia. It was released in 2017 and was named one of the National Book Award finalists.


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    Humberto Rendón
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Absolutely a joy to read! I enjoyed learning about the street music scene and how sometimes you have to press on when you're shrouded in grief. It reminded me of my own grandfather who passed recently, and I'm not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes by the end of the story even while reading it with my kids. The praise this book has gotten is well-deserved."
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    #14The Last Tudor

    The Last Tudor

    The Last Tudor is a historical novel for young adults written by renowned author Philippa Gregory. It was released on August 7, 2017. It is about the life of Queen Jane Grey.


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    Edward Allen
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A lot of intrigue set in one of my favorite historical periods. To be honest though, there were parts that were long and really boring. It would have been better if it was shortened and had a tighter story."
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    Reboot is a book by Amy Tintera that tells the story of a crime-fighting soldier who follows commander. The day will come when she will disobey and her life will change.


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    Russell Robinson
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "As a young adult, I'm always looks for good fiction books to read. Reboot was so good I couldn't put it down. I actually stayed up all night and finished it. It was that good."


Best What are the best YA novels of 2017
1Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices)Books 40 Paid
2The Hate U GiveBooks 37 Paid
3WarcrossBooks 35 Paid
4Always and Forever, Lara JeanBooks 34 Paid
5The Upside of UnrequitedBooks 31 Paid
6Wayfarer (Passenger)Books 29 Paid
7Strange the DreamerBooks 28 Paid
8By Your SideBooks 25 Paid
9Daughter of the Pirate KingBooks 20 Paid
10Beyond the Bright SeaBooks 0 Paid

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