10 YA books to read this Winter!

Looking for the perfect young adult winter reads? Here are some books that are made even better in that perfect reading spot by the fire. With a chill in the air, I’ve been inspired to make this list! I even started rereading Vampire Academy after making this list.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

A perfect read any time of the year, but with the constant snowy theme and chilly scenes, Harry Potter is always a great book to read by that warm fire. Sitting by the fire wrapped in a blanket with a hot chocolate in hand is the only way to truly read Harry Potter.

Magic, Hogwarts and the fantastc writing set the scene for this amazing series. With a feeling of home every time I read this book, its perfect to warm any heart during the cold seasons.

This might not specifically be a YA book, but I’m pretty sure anyone who loves Harry Potter won’t care.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

This young adult mystery series is a great atmospheric read! The settting of the old and prestigious school – Ellingham Academy – is a true wonder.

The atmospheric and sometimes creepy stroy is one that is perfect for a fireside read. The crackle of the fire will give you goosebumps as it mimicks the crunck of a leaf or an unknown presence.

Stevie Bell, the clever and sometimes awkward protagonist seems to have a natural magnetism toward trouble. The atmosphere and setting are unique and wonderful, making this a chilling mystery.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Feeling like some romance set in a dystopian society? Shatter Me is a brilliantly addictive read. I binge read these in 3 days!

Juliette is a fantastic main character and the stunningly descriptive writing adds that extra pinch of salt that makes this book unique and exquisite.

This is an extremely exciting book! There is not a dull moment as Juliette tries to figure out her power and find a way to escape her past. The story gets better with each book, although I’ve only read the first 3 books, the excitement and romance will definitely keep your heart warm during these cold months.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

London 1888? Cold weather, warm hearts and the best love triangle to ever exist. This Shadowhunters book set in Victorian London is stunningly brilliant.

The cold, dark setting is set in contrast to the absolutely brilliantly characters. They are each unique and complex. This is one of my favourite series of all time!

For some reason London based books always remind me of snowy wintery times. Which is why there are a couple of books set in London or London-esque cities.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This might seem like a peculiar choice but most of the VA series has a cold, wintery setting. St Vladimir’s Academy is somewhere in cold Montana, and snow seems to be a constant in this setting. In the second book there is even a ski trip to snowy mountains and the name of the book itself is called Frostbite.

We follow a brialliantly sassy and badass Dhampir, Rose Hathaway. This amazing series follows her as the best friend and protector of one of the moroi princesses, Lissa Dragomir.

Rose’s personality, strength and general greatness makes this series the gem that it is. This series is so much more than its reputation. It is dramatic and dark and lovely and emotional and gut-wrenching.

It’s also really funny because Rose is the best. For example: “The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The start of this book will immediately thrust you into a world of harsh winter. Our MC Feyre is forced to go out into the snow and hunt to keep her family from starving. However, desperation makes her do something that sets her on a very different path.

I don’t base this recommendation on the wintery beginning though! This is one of my favourite series of all time and I cannot stress the brilliance of this series enough. If the winter chill is bringing you down, this amazing book is sure to put a smile on your face.

Maybe the Spring Court setting, the excessive excitement and the amazing characters is exactly what you need.

The second book is even better than the first so if book 1 doesn’t live up to the very high expetations that hype has created, give book 2 a go.

The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

A group of misfits plan a heist to the Ice Court? Doesn’t that just say everything you need to know about this book. We have some of the best characters, an amazing setting and an exciting plot to get any heart racing.

This book right here is so much more than it seems at surface level. I don’t suggest this simply because it’s amazing though. This is a perfect winter read because of the Ice Court setting and near freezing temperatures that add that extra excitement and danger to the brilliant plot. Ketterdam also has a Peaky Blinders Birmingham feel to it. If you liked Peaky Blinders at all, you will most definitely love Six of Crows.

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Instead of following Guy Fawkes, we follow his son, Thomas. This magic system is extremely interesting where everyone has the ability to manipulate specific colours.

We have some rebellion, some political intrigue and a fantastical story. Of course, this is set in 17th century London so naturally it gives me the wintery chills. This was a really fantastic stand-alone, so it’s perfect if you’re not in the mood for an entire series.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Reading about some of the most notorious serial murders is bound to put an extra chill in the air. Which is why reading SJTR in front of a fire is made even more perfect with some hot chocolate.

This is once again, set in 1888 London, and I can’t stress enough the brilliant setting and eerily chilly atmosphere. Our main character, Audrey Rose is fiercely independent in a world where women are property. I adore her so much, and it doesn’t hurt that there are some other handsomely mischievous characters too.

This is a creepy murder mystery full of danger and emotions. But be warned, it’s pretty gruesome.

Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

This is a fun spin-off series from the Trylle Trilogy. An urban fantasy series about trolls (not ugly gross creatures, these are generally really attractive human-looking people with magic). It’s a young YA book but still enjoyable and fun. And it was my first ever encounter with a fantastically handsome morally grey character – Loki.

Frostfire is a spin-off where we follow Bryn Aven from a different tribe of trolls called the Kanin. Bryn is a badass character who was extremely fun to follow. As you can tell by this cover, there is a snowy and cold setting. I’m pretty sure there is even an ice palace in the series at some point!! (It has been a while since I’ve read them though, so I could be wrong).

If you’re up for a quick wintry read with some magic and an exciting plot, give the Kanin Chronicles a try. Although I’m not sure if it can be read without having read the Trylle trilogy first.

Happy Reading !

Gizelle  

Author: Gizelle Iworth

I am currently studying Psychology and English at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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