Best and Worst YA Books Published in 2017

Just a disclaimer! This is only including the ones I have read. I still haven’t read them all, but it is an aim I have (and I discussed it here).

Last year, I read around 300 books. Many were duds, but I did find a few gems. Let’s go through the list, from worst, to best.

 

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth

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Rating: 2/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: Roth was easily the biggest disappointment from 2017. Divergent was my favourite series years ago, and was the reason I got into reading. This story is unforgettable and dull.

 

Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead

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Rating: 3/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: Repetitive and story-telling overkill. However, I love Mead’s writing voice, and the ending went out with a bang!

 

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

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Rating: 2/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: Predictable ending, mediocre characters who don’t grab the audience’s attention very well, perfect for die-hards for the Red Queen saga.

 

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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Rating: 3/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: In one word? Lame. Anticlimatic plot and mopey. This is a great slow read for a beginner YA reader. If you couldn’t get enough of All the Bright Places, check this story out!

 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 2/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: It’s the Breakfast Club; but worse. Poorly written suspense that’s meant to be the ‘benefactor’ for this cliche-trope-parody take.

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

Rating: 3/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: The main characters were bystanders in this soap-opera tragedy. But, the plot does make me reminisce the Parent Trap. So that’s a fun plus.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Rating: 3/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: Fun, spunky and totally relatable! If you’re into sci-fi culture, or just fandom culture, plus story retellings in a contemporary setting: you will adore this! It’s cute and light-hearted, perfect for a young teen.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Why it deserves this rank: Well written narrative about a girl with agoraphobia (v relatable) who starts unknowingly talking to her fave celeb crush. Sounds corny? Wait until you stumble across the kidnap, murder, and framing!

History is All You Left Me byAdam Silvera

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Why it deserves this rank: Emotional, diverse and complex. It covers an OCD gay teen in grief over his dead-ex, and befriends the ex’s boyfriend. It’s a tongue twister.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: Unique world, better than the first instalment, and such a thrill to read!

Rating: 5/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: It has faeries, a dark world, it’s AUSTRALIAN, and it has more faeries. What else can I say? Oh, and the author’s “academic work focuses on the history of love, sex, women and girls, popular culture and literatures.”

Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: I’m a slut for Clare’s work. That’s all.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 5/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: This book is the equivalent to my best friend. I love this book. It’s quirky, it’s real, and it’s queer.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: It made me extremely happy and I will forever love the characters from this series. ACOWAR wasn’t as great as ACOMAF, but the second half was brilliant. The first half was a little slow, but if you are attached to the character’s; it’s fine IMO.

Rating: 5/5 stars.

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Why it deserves this rank: It’s been an entire year since I’ve read this book and I still randomly cry about the story. It was so good. It’s best you go into it not knowing anything <3.

 

There you have it! These were the best and worst stories published in 2017! Which were your favourites?

 

Check out my previous post: The Best and Worst of My Reading Year (…so far)

7 thoughts on “Best and Worst YA Books Published in 2017

  1. reading these I went from oof oof oof oof to oooh to YASSS

    I personally really liked Geekerella because those fuzzy stories are just so amazing and i love them and the give me all the fluffy feels, but Wintersong was definitely one of my favs, as well as Upside!

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  2. First of all how does one read 300 books in a year? I’m always amazed when people manage to read so much! It’s a shame some weren’t as good but I’m glad there were a lot of good one. I’ve never heard of Valentine before but that cover is gorgeous and now I’m definitely curious about it. Great post!

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