Best Book Series for Teens

Teen readers can't get enough of trilogies and multipart series that keep them on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next installment. Whether it's a dystopian series or a science fiction, fantasy, horror, or historical saga, these books immerse readers in other worlds and keep them hooked. Check out this list of our favorite teen book series -- in most cases, we've included a review of the first title in the series. And for even more suggestions, check out our lists Books Like the Hunger Games and Teen Romance Novels.

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Shadowshaper: The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1

age 12+

Art-filled urban fantasy has outstanding Afro-Latina hero.

By: Daniel Jose Older (2015)
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The 5th Wave, Book 1

age 13+

Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.

By: Rick Yancey (2013)
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The Black Witch: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1

age 13+

Overlong but engaging fantasy tackles prejudice.

By: Laurie Forest (2017)
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Divergent, Book 1

age 13+

Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.

By: Veronica Roth (2011)
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Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

age 13+

Delightful steampunk fantasy about girl spies and assassins.

By: Gail Carriger (2013)
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Flamecaster: Shattered Realms, Book 1

age 13+

Absorbing fantasy romance full of spies and palace intrigue.

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The Gilded Wolves, Book 1

age 13+

Clever 1889 Paris-set story has diversity, magic, puzzles.

By: Roshani Chokshi (2019)
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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Book 1

age 13+

Teen detective "unsolves" murder in riveting thriller.

By: Holly Jackson (2020)
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The Hazel Wood, Book 1

age 13+

Captivating tale of teen thrust into the world of folklore.

By: Melissa Albert (2018)
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The Inheritance Games, Book 1

age 13+

Intriguing teen mystery has puzzles, twists but fizzles.

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Insignia

age 13+

Complex, thrilling start to thoughtful dystopian trilogy.

By: S.J. Kincaid (2012)
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The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

age 13+

Magical fantasy blends science, magic, and Shakespeare.

By: Julie Kagawa (2010)
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Matched, Book 1

age 13+

Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.

By: Ally Condie (2010)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Book 1

age 13+

Eerie gothic fantasy a satisfying creep fest for teens.

By: Ransom Riggs (2011)
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Monument 14

age 13+

Suspenseful survival story will grip teen readers.

By: Emmy Laybourne (2012)
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The Raven Boys:The Raven Cycle, Book 1

age 13+

Imaginative, twisty tale explores magic, friendship, money.

By: Maggie Stiefvater (2012)
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Red Queen: Book 1

age 13+

Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.

By: Victoria Aveyard (2015)
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The Selection, Book 1

age 13+

Entertaining futuristic take on reality TV dating shows.

By: Kiera Cass (2012)
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Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1

age 13+

Thrilling, exotic fantasy romance gets pretty violent.

By: Leigh Bardugo (2012)
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Shadow of the Fox, Book 1

age 13+

Samurai, demons, Japanese folklore; very cool, kind of gory.

By: Julie Kagawa (2018)
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