The Best of 2015: YA Fiction/Nonfiction


(the links may contain spoilers)

  1. Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  2. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #3)
  3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  5. Under My Skin by Charles de Lint (Wildlings #1)
  6. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (sequel to Seraphina)
  7. The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  8. [EDIT Dec 30, 2015: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I hadn’t read it when we made this list, but The Scorpio Races is good.]



  1. We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Canadian!) (and every other Nielsen book! Go and read them, NOW!)
  2. The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, perhaps not his strongest novel, but it makes my list :)
  3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  5. The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin (Canadian!)
  6. Golden Song the second in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown, some of the most eloquent YA dystopia I have ever read.
  7. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, a wonderful sequel to The Diviners that still left me wanting more!
  8. Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott, because this series has turned into my fluffy Hunger Games -esque dystopian read for now
  9. Armada by Ernest Cline, a true Sci-Fi read.
  10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  11. There are so many more . . .


I didn’t read much…

  1. M.T. Andersen’s Symphony for the City of the Dead
  2. Caroline Pignat’s Gospel Truth which I think was actually 2014, but still a worthy (and award winning!) mention.
  3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsonread it. It’s good.


These are my picks:

  1. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
    The suffragist movement from another perspective.
  2. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
    A feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty or what comes after she wakes up.
  3. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
    A fairytale inspired story of second chances at life and love.
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
    Me and the rest of the world apart from some stragglers think this novel is great.
  5. I Want to Kick You in the Back by Risa Wataya
    Ha. The title alone makes it worthy of a place on my list.
  6. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
    This was beautiful.
  7. Of Metal and Wishes duology by Sarah Fine
  8. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
  9. All the Rage – Courtney Summers
  10. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
  11. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  12. The Scorpion Rules – Erin Bow
  13. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
  14. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  15. The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim


Going to continue picking just one title, except maybe not really since I’ve split this category into genres. Here are my top 2015 YA releases:

Traditional Fantasy

A History Of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

There were so many awesome fantasy novels but Moskowitz’s A History of Glitter and Blood was just way too haunting and way too clever for it to share a spot with any of the others.

Urban Fantasy


I’ve talked about Older’s Shadowshaper way too many times to be healthy. If you want a short list of reasons why you should read this, go here. If you need a longer explanation, go here.

Science Fiction

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Okay, fine, barely sci-fi. But it is. And it is awesome. Go read Silvera’s More Happy Than Not now. Now. Go.

Realistic Fiction

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

Summers’ All The Rage is, possibly, one of the most important books to come out on the subject of rape culture. Definitely worth reading.

Historical Fiction

X A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

I think this one of the first books I’ve read this year and I love it even now. X: A Novel is all kinds of incredible, not least because it stands exactly on the line between the historical fiction and non-fiction.

Haven’t read much in the way of YA non-fiction and poetry, so this is it for me. Our picks for 2015. What are your picks? Let us know in the comments! :)

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