For this list I am only looking at series which I read all the books in. Meaning, this won’t encompass every single YA series ever made because I haven’t read them.
1.Percy Jackson and the Olympians/ The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Most people consider these books as a children’s series, but this isn’t necessarily true, especially when it comes to the later installments of the series. These later installments take a much darker turn. The characters are well developed, and extremely likable, especially Percy Jackson. This series also inspired my love of Greek mythology and a series that I hold close to my heart to this day. This series also incorporates many strong female characters. (the movies are complete garbage though)
- Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
This series is beloved all over the world, for its lovable characters and magnificent storyline. It is engaging for people of all ages, but especially teens seeing as the main characters are the same age. Readers experience the complex evolution of the characters and most people can see a little bit of themselves in Harry, Ron, or Hermione.
3.The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Lesser known than the first series on this list, The Lunar Chronicles are an extremely modern retelling of famous fairytales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Set in the future, this unique universe twists these tales in an extremely unique way. Bringing the stories to life in characters such as Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the ever charismatic Captain Thorne. The four books are Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter.
4.The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
A series that I know very few people know of, The Grisha Trilogy is an interesting concept that is extremely different than others in the genre. It takes place where magic is basically science. With a heavy emphasis on light vs dark it seems clichéd, but it truly stands apart. The three books are Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This well known series is one that will appeal to both male and female readers alike. This series helped launch the large output of the dystopian genre in YA fiction. Nowadays we see it everywhere, and I think that can be attributed to this series. While it isn’t as well written as other books in this genre, it is a quick read with characters that readers grow to love. It has something for everyone. With, romance, violence, and politics, everyone can find something they enjoy.