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Readers' Advisory: Popular Series

Guide to finding reading recommendations.

Popular Series

Image result for hunger gamesThe Hunger Games is a popular dystopian trilogy that follows Katniss Everdeen as she tries to navigate life as a contestant through Panem’s brutal hunger games and survive.  – Suzanne Collins

Image result for percy jackson bookPercy Jackson is the main protagonist for a series that features Greek Gods, mythology, and a lot of pop culture sprinkled in. Join Rick Riordan and Percy in other series such as The Heroes of Olympus and explore Norse lore with Magnus Chase. – Rick Riordan

Image result for divergent bookDivergent is the first novel in a thrilling post-apocalyptic trilogy that follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she navigates a world that forces its citizens to become part of one of the five fractions and her struggles against such a rigid society. – Veronica Roth

Image result for mortal instruments bookThe Mortal Instruments is a series of six books that follow Clary Fray as she discovers the magic within her and her heritage. The Mortal Instruments is one of five book series in Cassandra Clare’s The Shadowhunter Chronicles, look for more at your library.

Image result for iron fey series bookThe Iron Fey Series is for all modern Shakespeare lovers out there who want a twist on a beloved classic. Grab the first book in this series and join Meghan Chase as she enters the world of Fey and interacts with some memorable characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. - Julie Kagawa

Image result for Alex rider series book scorpiaAlex Rider Series follows the main character, Alex, as he learns the truth about his late uncle’s life and joins MI6 and the CIA to stop nefarious plans from occurring all over the world.- Anthony Horowitz

Image result for alfred kropp series bookAlfred Kropp Series is a trilogy of books that begins with Alfred as he gets roped into his uncle’s harebrained scheme of stealing the legendary sword Excalibur and selling it to a man who they then must get the ancient artifact back from in order to save the world. - Rick Yancey

Image result for den of shadows amelia rhodes-atwater series bookDen of Shadows Series is a set of fantasy novels that includes supernatural elements such as vampires, ghosts, and witches and other mythical creatures and elements among the pages. If you like this series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes make sure to check out her other works that are carried in the libraries.

Image result for morganville rachel caine series bookMorganville takes place in Morganville, Texas, home of a large number of second-hand thrift stores and follows the life of university going Claire Danvers and her housemates in this vampire controlled town. – Rachel Caine

Image result for house of night series bookExperience the life of Zoey Redbird with the House of Night series as she becomes a “fledgling vampire” and must attend the House of Night Boarding School in Oklahoma along with her normal teenage girl problems; boys, catty girls, and a destiny that needs to be fulfilled. – P.C. Cast

Inspired by the famous Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland The Looking Glass Wars books turn the tale that is known and makes their own impact. Frank Beddor takes Alice, Wonderland, and other beloved characters and gives you the “real” story.

Loosely based on the Brothers Grimm stories The Books of Bayern transports you into a world of fairytales. We start off with the story of Princess Anidori and her fight to protect herself before reclaiming her throne before moving onto many other, fantastical adventures. [GC1] – Shannon Hale

Woodcutter Sisters follows the lives of the seven sisters named after the days of the week, starting with Sunday’s story. We discover her love of writing and her magic are interwoven when she is able to release a prince from being a frog. – Alethea Kontis

Popular Series

Image result for Wicked lovely series bookFollow Aislinn as she tries to navigate teen life while trying to ignore all faeries, especially Keenan, the Summer King of Faery, in The Wicked Lovely Series  by Melissa Marr.

Image result for throne of glass series bookIn a world of assassins and corrupted kings Celaena Sardothien only knows one way to survive. Kill them or be killed. Look for her exciting tale in Sarah Maas’s Throne of Glass Series and if you enjoyed this one so much don’t forget to look into the other books that Maas has written along the way too.

Image result for Chronicles of Faerie series bookTake a trip to Ireland with The Chronicles of Faerie and explore its rich mythology and countryside alongside Gwen and Findabhair as they take to a campsite on top of some old fairy ruins. - O.R. Melling

Image result for paranormalcy series bookFollow Evie as she navigates through her job as a member of an international police force that’s assigned to any and all paranormal crimes and her desire for a normal life in the Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White.

Image result for if i stay series bookIf I Stay Series follows Mia as she stays on a plane between the living and those who have moved on and tries to decide if living without her family is worth the pain of living for them. – Gayle Forman

Image result for Blue Bloods melissa cruz series bookBlue Bloods is a series of novels that follows Schuyler Van Alen as she learns that she is a vampire when invited to join “The Committee”  and that they are all in danger of a past enemy that all vampires had thought had been destroyed years ago. – Melissa De La Cruz

Image result for fallen series lauren kate bookFallen Series begins with Lucinda Price being sent away to a reform school in Georgia after being accused of starting a fire and murdering a boy. Once at the new school she connects with another boy and learns of their past lives together - Lauren Kate

Image result for vampire academy bookVampire Academy follows Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway, a half human half vampire, as she trains to become a guardian to her best friend, Vasillsa  or Lissa as she prefers it, and falls into a romantic entanglement with her instructor, Dimitri. – Richelle Mead

Image result for the immortals alyson noelJoin Ever Bloom as she navigates life after her family’s death with her new and unique gift of seeing and sensing people’s auras and life stories with The Immortals series by  Alyson Noel.

Image result for vampire diaries l j smithJoin Elena Gilbert as she navigates high school, life, and love between two vampire brothers in The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith.

Image result for raven cycle stiefvaterThe Raven Cycle transports you into a world where ghosts and Welsh kings of old interweave with our heroes Blue and her group of Raven Boys. – Maggie Stiefvater

If you liked the Graceling Realm series then give the Red Queen novels by Victoria Aveyard a try. A wonderful fantasy adventure about a common, ordinary girl who discovers her magic within and with it the dangers that are called towards her by her magic.

The Chemical Garden is a dystopian novel series that follows Rhine Ellery as she is kidnapped and forced into a marriage that she does not want. With her life running short all Rhine wants to do is escape and find her family, living out the rest of her days the way she sees fit. – Laruen DeStefano

The Uglies series is a dystopian world that takes the youth of this time and gives them an “upgrade” with their looks. Tally, the young women who is the main character, learns that the truth of these operations is to make those who go through with the procedure easier to control by lowering intelligence and morality. With this information Tally must choose – live knowing what is going on to the people around her, or fight and make it right again. – Scott Westerfeld

Popular Series science fiction meets historical fiction Orson Card Scott’s Pathfinder Series will check off all of your fiction boxes. Magic – check, trades and skills learned – check, characters of all ages – check.

Image result for missing series bookThe Missing Series follows famous children from the past that were stolen from their time and sent to the future and their struggle to be placed back into their proper period before time is destroyed. - Margaret Haddix

Image result for lorien legacies series bookIn the Lorien Legacies readers are whisked along as nine human looking aliens live and blend in with their surroundings as they age and come into their powers while hiding from those who would want to kill them, the Cepan. - Pittacus Lore

PImage result for pendragon series bookendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space follows young Bobby Pendragon as he travels through time and space in order to protect the ten territories from total destruction from the demon Saint Dane. - D.J. MacHale

Image result for maximum ride series bookMaximum Ride Series follows Maximum “Max” Ride and her family, the Flock, as they navigate their way to their parents all while trying to stay away from “The School” the lab that gave them their wings and the Erasers – half human half wolf hybrids. - James Patterson

Image result for soul screamers rachel vincentSoul Screamers is a series of books by Rachel Vincent about a young girl, Kaylee, as she learns the truth behind her mother’s death, the deaths of the young women in her town, and what being a bean sidhe means.

Image result for private kate brianPrivate Series by Kate Brian is a collection of novels that focuses on the life of Reed Brennan as she joins the school’s elite dorm group and learns who she, and the people around her, are along the way.

Image result for a-list zoey deanA-List Series takes you away to the life behind the scenes of Hollywood’s glitterati with Anna Percy as she reconnects with her estranged father, drinks too much champagne, flirts with cute boys, and meets the new and glamorous people who she’ll be spending the rest of her high school year with. – Zoey Dean

Image result for clique series lisi harrisonClique Novels focuses on a group of five girls, “The Pretty Committee”, as they navigate their all-girls school, growing up, and their friendships along the way.  – Lisi Harrison

Image result for pretty little liars book seriesJoin Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars novels as the girls try and uncover the truth of what happened to their friend Alison as well as finding out who is sending them threating messages that are hinting at revealing the girl’s hidden secrets.

Image result for confessions of georgia nicolson seriesConfessions of Georgia Nicolson are a series of books that explore Georgia and her friends’ relationships with boys, one of the major relationships being should Georgia stay with her Italian hot-throb boyfriend Robbie or should she choose her good friend Dave. – Louise Rennison

If you liked the Hunger Games then try James Dashner’s breakout series The Maze Runner and join Thomas as he is dropped off at “The Glades” and needs to make it through the ever changing maze on the other side in order to escape from the Grievers and to make it to safety.

Inheritance Cycle is a high fantasy series about Eragon as he lives his life as a farm boy before discovering that he is in fact, a Dragon Rider, and one of the last to save the Empire. – Christopher Paolini

Join the boastful Eugenides in The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, the queen’s renowned thief, as he is thrown into jail after thieving one too many times and given the challenge of a lifetime for his freedom. To steal a legendary object or to stay imprisoned.

Popular Series

Image result for finishing school series bookFinishing School Series follows Sophronia as she goes to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality where they learn their gently ways of dance and etiquette alongside espionage and assassination. - Gail Carriger

Image result for his dark materials series bookHis Dark Materials Series follows the lives of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry as they travel through parallel universes in search of family, friends, and the truth behind the mysterious “dust”. - Philip Pullman

Image result for mortal engines series bookSet in the distant future the Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve follows Tom and Hester as they battle through a world that is full of deceit, danger, and adventure.

Image result for gallagher girls book seriesEnter the world of spy school with the Gallagher Girl Series where cracking CIA codes in computer class are for extra credit and martial arts are taught in PE instead of doing your mile run every day. But then imagine when a completely unexpected thing happens that’s going to throw off your super cool spy persona, a crush on a real and normal boy, what is a girl to do? Grab Ally Carter’s book series and see how being a teenage spy can balance with a teenage life.  

Image result for chance twins  jack higginsThe Chance Twins, Rich and Jade, move in with their estranged father and learn of him being a spy as they’re thrown into a world of danger, espionage, and where they learn, most importantly the value of family ties. - Jack Higgins

Image result for nobody does it better gossip girl coverThe Gossip Girl series revolves around the lives and romances of the privileged teens at Constance Billard School for Girls in New York’s Upper East Side focusing on Blair Waldorf and her best friend Serena van der Woodsen. – Cecily Von Ziegesar

Image result for chronicles of nick kenyonChronicles of Nick follows the life of Nick Gautier, a teenage boy who is the son of a powerful demon. If you like these novels then try Sherrilyn Kenyon’s other teen reads such as the Shadows of Fire series.

Image result for rot and ruin mayberryIf you’re into The Walking dead then give this post-zombie apocalypse novel series a try. The Rot & Ruin Series is set fourteen years after the zombie outbreak and follows Benny Imura as he is now an “adult” in this world and needs to figure out how to survive while trying to not become the next victim to the zombie uprising. - Jonathan Maberry

Image result for graceling realm seriesGraceling Realm chronicles the life of Katsa, a young girl who from an early age was “graced” with the gift of killing. Katsa wants no more of her life as thug to her uncle, King Randa, and seeks a life beyond death and the truth behind the real reason for her “grace”. – Kristin Cashore

Image result for magic in manhattan sarah mlynowskiJoin Rachel as she navigates life with magic – that her younger sister Miri possess and that Rachel does not! School, boys, friends, none of them can even compare to the magical upheaval that is about to happen and that Rachel is the only one who can fix. Look for Rachel’s stories in the Magic in Manhattan series by Sarah Mlynowski.

Image result for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas FlamelThe Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a low fantasy journey with magic, battles, and rescues that John and Sophie must endure and follow through with in order to keep the world protected while saving the famous Nicholas Flamel and his wife! - Michael Scott

Image result for peter and the starcatchers seriesWith this adventure book series join Peter and the Starcatchers as they are sent away to an island in order to save it from the evil ruler, King Zarboff.– Dave Barry