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11 YA Series You Need To Read This Summer

Be warned, once you start you won't be able to stop. Never fear though, once you finish one series, there is always another to comfort you.

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1. The Maze Runner Series - James Dashner

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The first book in this series has such a great opening line...

"He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air."

From that sentence on, prepare to get hooked. There are countless twists and turns throughout the series, that will make turn pages quicker than you ever thought possible. The first book has been turned into a film, and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is on its way. There has also been a new edition of book covers recently been released and they are gorgeous.

2. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

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A old but classic YA series. Don't judge this series by the film please. It is one of the richest series there has ever been and it will break your heart:

“I'll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart.”

I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Use this summer to tick this amazing series off your reading bucket list.

3. Young James Bond - Charlie Higson

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Here's one that hasn't been turned into a film... well if you don't count all the actual James Bond films. Charlie Higson, in a series of five books, explores James Bond's time at Eaton and shows us how he becomes the man we all know him to be. It is jammed packed full of action like any James Bond novel should be.

4. The Selection Series - Kiera Cass

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This series is a mix of royalty and reality TV. Thirty-five young girls compete in a reality TV contest for the heart of their prince. It sounds like tiaras and ballgowns but drama rises from every corner, not just from the competing girls but from the royals themselves. This series proves there is a lot more than meets the eye with a royal family. The last book in the series is due out soon, but the first four will keep you going this summer.

5. The Cherub Series - Robert Muchamore

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What a series guys, what a series. If you are looking for a long-running, action packed series... this is it. In the Cherub series, we follow James as he becomes a Cherub agent and fights for the country. The best thing about this series, as James grows up, so do the books - the older he gets, the older the content gets. There was nothing like growing up alongside James.

6. The Percy Jackson Collection - Rick Riordan

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Another great series than has been turned into film. But, you really need to read the books to get all the details missed out in the films. Percy Jackson is half mortal, half Greek God and although the novels have sometimes been compared to Harry Potter, don't let that stop you. They are worthy in their own right.

7. The Dragons of Pern - Anne McCaffrey

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Ah... dragons. We all love stories about dragons and McCaffrey's novels of Pern are up there with the best. The first book was published in 1983 but has remained popular ever since. Thirty years on and this series still deserves your attention.

8. Numbers Series - Rachel Ward

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This series will hit you in ways you never thought it could. How would you feel if you knew the exact date everyone will die? Jem doesn't have to imagine, every time she looks at someone she instantly knows their death date. The series is fast moving, with each book covering very different time periods but all are equally as good. It will make you wonder what you would do with Jem's gift for a long time after you finish reading.

9. The Legend Series - Marie Lu

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An series based on Les Misérables but don't expect any singing. What you can expect is tough characters, hard story lines that make you grip every work and tear your heart into two but this series is worth it all. It is another amazing dystopian novel series for you to get your hands on.

10. Chaos Walking Series - Patrick Ness

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There is nothing but praise for this series and is well acknowledged for its dark and serious content. It is a story about a boy, in a town full of men who can hear his thoughts but what will happen when they no longer like his thoughts? A gripping series that may be your best place to start this summer.

11. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras - Scott Westerfeld

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Westerfeld's novels discover a world where vanity and over-bearing governments rule. The series not only grips the reader by being full of twists and turns, intriguing characters but also ponders big questions that face us today in the celebrity culture we live in: who decides what is pretty is and is not?

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