Hi friends! I’m hyped to do this trend, even if I’m doing it super late. Basically, I used the YA template already existing on Tier Ranker, and ranked the books they had in the template. I was curious to see how I would do in the “ultimate” test, so here we go!
Haven’t Read It Yet
Three Dark Crowns | Yeah, there goes some tea in the Literary Harbor…the tl;dr is that it was boring, the characters were majorly unlikable (katherine and joseph don’t deserve capital letter names), and there was insta-love GALORE. Goodbye, bad book.
Divergent | Technically, the first novel would be in okay or even good. But Insurgent and Allegient are such utter blights on this earth they brought this series’s stock way down. Those two would be in crap tier if it weren’t for Divergent.
Everything Everything | INSTA-LOVE. And an annoying plot twist. It’s funny how much I adore the author’s second novel, but not this one.
Warcross | This is an unpopular opinion…but I really didn’t like this book. The romance is so beyond insta-love, it’s like the quick version of a microwave. And there were not enough video games to satisfy my soul so FAIL.
Illuminae | Oof. I remember almost nothing about this book, except that I was super confused and mostly bored. And the characters annoyed me. Also, after starting Gemina and listening to some creature being described for a solid 10 minutes, I was beyond done.
Shadow and Bone | I remember liking this series, back when I was brand-new to the YA world. However, I haven’t read it since? I mainly remember loosely enjoying the first book, something about Mal and trenches in the second (also Nikolai, he’s an important memory) and general crying in the third. Nikolai is carrying this series tbh.
The Darkest Minds | OKAY I ONLY READ THE FIRST BOOK. But after the first 100 pages, it got good. At least I think it did.
Twilight | I’VE ONLY READ THE FIRST TWO. Don’t @ me. This is both an awful series, but it’s not bad. It’s a decent paranormal romance okay. I can’t bring myself to hate it.
The Selection | While I obviously have enjoyed this series to no end, I can’t bring myself to put it higher? I despised Aspen up until the third book too much, I think. Maxon was and will forever be my child.
Matched | I’ve only read the first. I thought it got a lot of unnecessary hate, because it was relatively enjoyable.
The Fault in Our Stars | I like the movie better than the book. I think that says it all.
The Maze Runner | I REMEMBER CRYING. The third book made me SOB. And I enjoyed the first! The second might as well not exist for all I remember it.
Vampire Academy | Again, I only read the first? I didn’t like the romance. Or the characters. Maybe one day I’ll continue but I don’t know.
Red Queen | My thoughts are here, in case you’re curious about the series as a whole!
Stalking Jack the Ripper | The first was okay, the second was a lot better, and the third? CHOO CHOO HERE COMES THE TRAINWRECK. I haven’t read the fourth yet.
The Raven Boys | Lowkey is ranked here just for Gansey. And Ronan’s shenanigans, like throwing Noah out the window or attempting to jump from a moving car rather than listen to his brother. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is worst and The Raven King is superior. I don’t make the rules.
The Hunger Games | This might be due to a reread…haha. I think I’ve broken some kind of unspoken YA rule here. Finnick I adored, everyone else I was kinda eh on. How can I be Team Peeta or Team Gale when I don’t like either???
Scythe | I thought long and hard about this, and I don’t want to put it higher. I haven’t read past the first yet so…
Strange the Dreamer | To be fair, I haven’t read Muse of Nightmares yet. I’m really lazy. But Strange is so confusing, then whimsical, then very near perfect, it had to go here!
Renegades | MARISSA MEYER IS MY QUEEN. She writes the most amazing stories, with the most lovable characters, and a diverse cast too! I’ve screamed about Renegades at least 201 times before so that’s that.
Throne of Glass | Y’all are probably shocked. Here’s the thing: regarding my memories from the first 4 books, this is EASILY in here. However, the callous sexual themes in the rest of the series, plus the ridiculous lack of diversity, are what really bothers me. To be honest, I would probably put Queen of Shadows into the “love with my whole heart and soul category”. That book is the pinnacle of this series imo.
Percy Jackson | YES AND YES. MY DEMIGOD CHILDREN. I read this series when I was 8, and was promtptly introduced to the lovely world of middle-grade series.
The Hate U Give | The queen herself. I would 10/10 recommend reading this, especially in light of current events. It’s a dang good book.
The Cruel Prince | The Wicked King is one of my all-time favorite books. The first book was average imo, and the third was an average conclusion. So I’ve decided that it’s not quite top tier…tier.
Love With My Whole Heart and Soul Tier
Six of Crows | Kaz Brekker would have my EYEBALL if he was placed any lower. Plus this crew is freaking legendary? I couldn’t just betray my favorite criminals like that. So of course this lands here!
The Lunar Chronicles | I CAN’T HELP IT. This was one of my first YA series I ever read, and every time I reread the magic I get caught back up into the story. Cress alone is worth every star in this galaxy.
Harry Potter | Eddie Redmayne’s beloved series is obviously one of my favorites, since it defined so much of my reading life.
So that’s it! I’m going to be honest, I’m a little shocked at how many were in the “okay” tier? Tell me:
Do you agree with my choices?