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Top five young adult must read books of 2014

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

By Leah Cassady

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With an abundance of books becoming successful films, all the way from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games to Veronica Roth's latest page to screen adaptation Divergent, we’ve spoken to book experts Waterstones to get some insider knowledge into which Young Adult books are a must read this year.

City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare (Out 27th May 2014)

The final installment from The Mortal Instruments series, set to bring an emotional but thrilling end to this highly popular teen collection.

“In this thrilling conclusion to Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire series, Clary and her friends must band together against their most dangerous foe to date; Clary’s Brother Sebastian. Journeying across realms, facing loss and sacrifice the world will never be the same again.”

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The Fault in our Stars – John Green

With the release of the movie later this year, this popular teen fiction is staying put in our bestsellers charts.

“In his devastating award winning book John Green tells the story of Hazel, who, despite a tumor-shrinking medical miracle has never been anything short of terminal. However, when all looks bleak the sudden appearance of a Augustus Waters at her support group changes her story forever.”

More Than This – Patrick Ness

A story about a teenage boy and a look in to his past. This book will take the reader on a suspense and challenging journey.

“From the award winning author Patrick Ness comes the tail of a boy’s life, or is it afterlife? Seth drowns at sea, or he thought he had, until he comes to naked, hungry, parched but very much alive. What’s he doing in the town he lived in as a child in a completely different country? Why is it abandoned, overgrown and dusty? Why is he having vividly painful memories? Seth has a lot of questions and desperate search for answers.”

Picture Perfect – Holly Smale

From the author that brought us Geek Girl. This is sure to be a laugh out loud follow-up to this brilliant series.

“The hilarious third book in Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series sees Harriet Manners land far from home. She knows all the statistics possible about New York City, but what she doesn’t know is about the modelling scene in NYC; about “becoming a brand”, how she can adapt to life stateside and how to react to the sudden romantic interest from people that very much aren’t your boyfriend...!”

Russian Roulette – Anthony Horowitz

This is the highly anticipated prequel to the bestselling Alex Rider series, charting the journey of a young assassin.

“Yassen Gregorovich has been given his next contract. The international contract killer has been tasked with killing a 14 year old boy… Alex Ride. He knows him well. Their paths have crossed before, leading them to share a secret. While he plots the mission his thoughts turn to the reasons for turning to the world of assassination and what led him down the path to evil.”

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