Book Recs: YA Standalones

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I like to read a lot of standalones since I don’t have a lot of patience for series, I’m better at starting a series than finishing it. So standalones are better for me and they might be for you too! So I just threw together a little list of some of my favorite YA standalones, hopefully you can find some new and interesting books to add to your TBR!

Keep in mind these aren’t ALL of my favorites and some of these are short story anthologies, but they still count in my book! I will link up each title to their Goodreads pages and also link up any reviews I have too.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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You can read my full review here.

This is an absolutely fantastic Peter Pan retelling about the relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter. Although I will warn you up ahead of time, you will cry so many tears! It’s a dark, sad story with many flawed and broken characters but it still manages to be beautiful (thanks to the gorgeous writing!).

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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You can read my full review here.

I don’t think I need to hype this book up anymore but I will 100% support all of the hype it has already recieved since it’s worth every bit of it! This is an absolutely amazing book telling the story of a girl named Starr who witnesses the shooting of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, Khalil was also unarmed. We then watch as Starr struggles between voicing what really happened and endangering her life, or not saying anything at all.

It’s not only a diverse read but also a very important and powerful one as well. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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You can read my full review here.

This is the story of a girl who lived 12 years in a cult before it finally burned down and the Prophet was killed. Now she’s part of the questioning on what REALLY happened that night.

Another very quietly powerful book on learning to believe things for ourselves and not what others would have us believe. It’s also very interesting if you have some curiousity about cults and their inner workings.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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You can read my full review here.

This is a retelling and origin story for the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland”, is that not enough to make you wanna read it? We get to see some interesting twists on all of our favorite Wonderland characters as well as some crazy plot twists. It’s kind of slow to start but the ending is 100% worth it!

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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You can read my full review here.

I don’t think I can ever mention this book enough! It’s a unique fantasy book that also weaves together little retellings of Mulan, Jane Austen’s Emma, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. It has great world building and fantastic characters as well, plus the plot itself is very original and has all of the retellings interwoven throughout!

With Malice by Eileen Cook

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You can read my full review here.

A very fast-paced YA thriller that’s about a girl who wakes up in the hospital with anmesia and finds out her best friend is dead and she’s the prime suspect! I don’t want to say too much more because there are TONS of crazy twists that will ensure you zip right through this book.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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You can read my full review here.

Another psychological thriller that actually gets pretty dang dark and twisted for a YA book. I mean it this book will mess with your mind and you definitely won’t be able to guess what will happen next. The main character, Tessa, goes back to her childhood home to try and dig up the truth of her friend’s cousin’s death that occured when they were little girls. The thing is they lied about what they saw that night and now Tessa must find out what really happened.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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You can read my full review here.

If you haven’t read this book just….go read it now! It’s the most beautiful, touching story of a boy whose mother is dying of cancer and a monster comes and takes him on an adventure that will change the way he has been viewing things.

Also just a heads up…you will most definitely cry!

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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You can read my full review here.

This is actually a small collection of three stories all by Laini Taylor, so of course it’s gorgeously written and all have unique twists and very original mythology/world building. It’s truly amazing how much awesomeness she squeezed into such short stories!

The stories themselves are all Fantasy and revolve around, you guessed it, kisses but the kisses all have consequences that can be…deadly.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

You can read my full review here.

This is a YA horror anthology that is actually full of VERY good stories with the exception of one or two duds. Although this isn’t for the faint hearted some of the stories get really scary, gory, and disturbing! But if you’re a big YA horror fan like me you’ll definitely love this anthology.

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Did any of these books interest you? Which ones and why?

Do you already have some of these on your TBR?

Have you read any of these before?

What are some of your recommendations for standalone YA books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

19 thoughts on “Book Recs: YA Standalones

    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      It’s such an amazing story although I was so sad about the ending I dived into the next book so I wouldn’t dwell on it and make myself sadder, haha! 🙂


  1. ashley April 28, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I have Tiger Lily on my TBR, and I finally have a library copy of The Hate U Give that I’ll be starting this weekend!

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  2. DaniellaWrites April 28, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I’ve read and loved a few of these: Tiger Lily, Lips Touch Three Times, and Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. I’ll definitely be checking some of these out, especially The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and Kingdom of Ash and Briars.

    A few recommendations: A Certain Slant of Light (technically a duology, but readable as a stand alone), Keturah and Lord Death, and Bone Gap.

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    • thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Hope you enjoy Sacred Lies and Kingdom of Ash and Briars, both are also very underrated in my opinion!
      I haven’t heard of A Certain Slant of Light (will definitely have to check out!) and I actually already have Keturah and Lord Death and Bone Gap on my TBR! I have to say though getting a copy of Keturah and Lord Death is kind of hard….and I can’t borrow it since my library doesn’t have one! 🙂

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      • DaniellaWrites May 10, 2017 / 8:34 am

        I feel rather blessed that I stumbled across Keturah at Chapters years ago then… I wouldn’t have suspected that it would be a hard one to find!

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      • thesassygeek May 18, 2017 / 3:05 pm

        You definitely are! I have yet to find it in any bookstores although I’m sure I could probably find a copy online somewhere! It’s just not a book you se around too often! 🙂

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  3. Emma's Library April 29, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Lips Touch and A Monster Calls are two of my favourites as well. Both are packed with such intensity!

    I might check some of these others out as I could do with some more YA standalones.

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    • thesassygeek May 4, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Yes, agreed they’re both page turners! I enjoy standalones more since I don’t have the patience for series sometimes! Hope you find some to add to your TBR! 🙂

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  4. martina @TheMysteryCorner April 29, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I havent read any of these though I have heard of some.of them. Im.very intrigued by The darker corners sounds really good 🙂

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    • thesassygeek May 4, 2017 / 10:57 am

      The Darkest Corners is an excellent book, I found it to be quite the page turner and it’s a book that isn’t appreciated enough! I really hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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  5. raven avery April 30, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Some of these sound really good, Tiger Lily and Kingdom of Ash and Briars especially 🙂

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    • thesassygeek May 4, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Both of those are absolutely amazing, and also pretty underrated. I really hope you read and enjoy them! 🙂

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  7. MetalPhantasmReads July 12, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I bought Tiger Lily recently and can’t wait to finally read it. I’ve got many of these on my list. Great recs 🙂


    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Thank you!
      I hope you enjoy Tiger Lily! It’s a really unique twist on Neverland and it was fun to see more of Tiger Lily’s character! 🙂

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      • MetalPhantasmReads August 2, 2017 / 10:30 pm

        I’m sure I’ll love it from reading a little sample. Her writing seems to click with me 🙂

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