Series Starters

These YA novels are the beginning of series that I have yet to finish reading–so take a risk and try them out! This list is divided into general genre categories.

HISTORICAL

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston: teen historical series starter, set in ancient Rome

THRILLER

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga: teen thriller series starter, Black love interest, hemophiliac central character

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: teen thriller series starter, main character with anxiety

HORROR

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: teen historical fantastical horror series starter, Black characters

Dreamfall by Amy Plum: teen science fiction horror series starter, insomniac characters, various diverse central characters

SCIENCE FICTION

The Cage by Megan Shepherd: teen sci-fi thriller series starter, characters of various racial backgrounds

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid: teen science fiction series starter

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: teen romantic science fiction series starter inspired by Persuasion

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron: teen science fiction series starter

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young: teen dystopian science fiction series starter

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson: teen science fiction series starter, Asian-American main character

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre: teen science fiction series starter, Brazilian central character

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman: teen science fiction/fantasy series starter, Asian-American main character

The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn: teen science fiction series starter

Mirage by Somaiya Daud: teen science fiction series starter inspired by India, non-white characters

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson: teen science fiction series starter

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna: teen science fiction/fantasy series starter inspired by Indian mythology, non-white characters

Starswept by Mary Fan: teen science fiction series starter, Asian-American main character

Want by Cindy Pon: teen dystopian science fiction series starter, set in Taiwan, Taiwanese charcters

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti: teen speculative fiction series starter, blind main character, Black main character, Latino main character

FANTASY

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows: teen fantasy series starter, Black main character with anxiety

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: teen fantasy series starter, Black main character

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves: teen historical fantasy series starter, set in Hungary

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: teen epic fantasy series starter inspired by West African mythology, Black characters

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins: teen romantic fantasy series starter, non-white love interest

Dreamfire by Kit Alloway: teen romantic fantasy series starter

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles: teen romantic fantasy series starter

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig: teen fantasy series starter, bipolar main character, Filipine characters

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White: teen fantasy series starter inspired by Arthurian legend

Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal: teen dark fantasy series starter, pansexual main character, central characters with various gender identities

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: teen fantasy series starter, same universe as Shadow and Bone, bisexual main character

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: teen fantasy series starter inspired by Arthurian legend, Black main character with grief disorder

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen: teen fantasy series starter

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski: teen romantic fantasy series starter, lesbian non-white main character, sapphic romance

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer: teen dark fantasy series starter, set in Peru

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: teen contemporary fantasy series starter

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke: teen paranormal fantasy series starter, lesbian main character, Asian-American bisexual central character, Black sapphic love interest

The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis: teen fantasy series starter, non-white characters

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: teen fantasy series starter inspired by West African folklore, Black characters, main character with anxiety, main character with migraines

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok: teen historical fantastical thriller series starter, set in France

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: teen historical fantasy series starter inspired by Romeo and Juliet, set in China, Chinese main character

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: teen romantic fantasy series starter inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, non-white characters

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco: teen contemporary fantasy series starter inspired by various fairytales, Filipine-American characters

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic: teen contemporary fantasy series starter, set in Montenegro