We're done trying to separate Young Adult book series from Middle Grades! So we've mixed them all together. You'll find all the ones we review on this site.
Middle Grade series tended to be funny. YA tended to be dystopic. But what do you do with humorous dystopias? And grown-ups of all ages reading books meant for 10 year olds?
The answer: give up. Our reviewers (all adults) go beyond the labels....
Young Adult book series reviewed on this site. And middle grade serials too
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress
Sixth grader Alex (a girl) jumps into action when her favorite teacher is kidnapped...by pirates! There's an Extremely Ginormous Octopus, the Ironic Gentleman is a ship, and of course you can expect swordfights and buried treasure. Whimsical and funny. Second book in the series is Timothy and the Dragon's Gate.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When we first meet him, Artemis Fowl is a creepy, 12 year old, criminal mastermind. By the end of this sci-fi and fantasy series, well, he's much more. (The series has also been called a "thriller fairy tale.") Our reviewer tackles the first book in the series, assuring us it's worth continuing.
The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
A kingdom has been left leaderless, but the citizens don't know it, in this trilogy about placing an impostor in an heirless throne. Our reviewer takes on the first book in the series, The False Prince
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
The author takes us back 6000 years (part of her research included living in the forest, eating reindeer and berries). She begins this six book series with Wolf Brother, the story of Torak, a young adult who just lost his father and, despite his outcast status, must fight to save his clan.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Lewis's classic 7 book series with Christian undertones. We feature reviews of the first two books in the series (taken in chronological order, not the order written): The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
1974 Newbery Honor book, "an epic story of good, evil, and the human heart," can actually stand alone or be read as part of a 5 book series/"sequence," the first book of which is Over Sea, Over Stone.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney: a novel in cartoons
The middle school years find stick figure diarist Jeff Heffley both bullied and bullying. There's really nothing of redeeming moral value to be had here, which makes it a perfect reflection of middle school and probably something of a comfort to the real kids living through it. Maybe that's why the 7 books (so far) in the series remain so popular! In addition to the first book (see link above) our reviewers take closer looks at Books 5 and 6: The Ugly Truth and Cabin Fever.
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Imagine a future society where people are divided up by personality traits. Imagine further that having more than one trait is considered very threatening by the powers-that-be...and you have three.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this novel spawned a series (called the Enderverse or the Ender Saga) that now encompasses a dozen YA novels, a dozen more short stories, countless comics and a movie (release date November, 2013). Our reviewer's favorite is the fifth book in the series, Ender's Shadow.
The Finkleton series by K.C. Hilton
Self-published author Hilton seems to be making a splash with her two book series consisting of The Magic of Finkleton and Return to Finkleton. The Finkle family discover their legacy is a magical village...that takes a sudden turn for the worse.
The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, by Kathryn Lasky
Beginning at the Saint Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, this epic series continues through 12 books and delves heavily into the nature of good and evil. Do we have reviews of each book in the series? Yes, we do. Click the link to start with the first, The Capture.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
No doubt you've heard of the most popular book series of our time...and all-time. So had our reviewer. But guess what? He wasn't very impressed. You probably won't agree, but that doesn't make his outlandish review of the first book (he stopped after that) any less funny!
(Or you could read our serious reviews of the series.)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
These 13 books are dark, grim, ridiculous and humorous, with lots of jokes and literary references that only adults are likely to appreciate, yet the adventures (13 of them!) of the orphaned Beaudelaire children and their evil, greedy guardian, Count Olaf, have proven wildly popular.
The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner
Dashner imagines a future where boys awake, with no memories of their previous life, in a self-contained farming community from which there is no escape...except through a deadly maze.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Society is a bunch of kids with very special talents recruited to do no less than save the world. A puzzle-solver, an acrobat and a stunningly smart and stubborn girl with a talent for rhyme are just some of the Society's members. There are now 4 books in the series, including the fourth book (a prequel), The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
The Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
Not many authors can contrive to weave together Asperger's (undiagnosed), Star Wars, origami and prescient hand puppets, but Tom Angleberger somehow manages, and with rare humor. We review both The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan
Riordan offers up Greek myths in a modern-day setting, where the gods live in the Empire State Building rather than Mt. Olympus. Young adult protagonist Percy Jackson has just found out he's a demigod, and with that comes a lot of responsibility - not that he doesn't have the usual teenage problems as well.
The Secret Series by "Pseudonymous Bosch"
A five book series our reviewer describes as a "kind of lighter (and shorter) Lemony Snicket. A paranoid (and footnote-obsessed) narrator details the adventures (and misadventures) of heroes Cass and Max-Ernest while imparting a whole lot of knowledge and vocabulary draped in silliness. Another of our reviewers focuses exclusively on the first book in the series, The Name of This Book Is Secret.
Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
Attacked by wolves as a child, Grace grows into a young adult longing to meet the lone wolf who saved her. Turns out that that wolf was a werewolf, i.e. a good-looking teenage boy (when he's not running around on all fours). Yes, there's romance afoot...or apaw. Shiver is the first book in the supernatural series.
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