Should I admit that, despite growing up in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I have never actually watched The Breakfast Club? This weeks prompt at Devouring Books is to post your Top 5 Coming of Age books. I’m not the biggest fan of YA or NA books though I have read a fair few of them over the years.
I could include Little Women, which was a favourite in those years between not quite a child but not yet a true teenager. Then there are the much missed Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett, with those crazy Wee Free Men. However it’s been more than a while since I read those, so my choices are going to be picked from more recent reads.
Top 5 Coming of Age books
Strictly speaking these aren’t necessarily coming of age, though all the main characters undergo personal growth and development, so I am counting that as the same thing.
These are all books I enjoyed, each one rating between 4 and 5 stars.
Title – Roar (Stormheart #1)
Author – Cora Carmack
Genre – YA Fantasy
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
Title – Prison of Statues (Statues Trilogy #1)
Author – Ainsley Shay
Genre – YA Paranormal
Her nightmares are more than a warning…On the evening of her father’s funeral, Iris’ nightmare bursts with colors, despite her having been color blind since birth. But when she wakes in the morning, her world turns gray once again.
Soon after, she encounters three mysterious strangers who are inexplicably drawn to her. Through secrets and deceit, she fears they are all here for one reason…her.
Now, night after night, the nightmares continue into a series of disturbing events where Iris finds herself caught in a vibrant collision of past and present. But when the nightmares start to cross into her physical realm, she must find a way to fight for her life, and for a love she may once have had.
Title – Eerie
Author – C.M.Mcoy
Genre – YA Paranormal Romance
Hailey Hartley has just enrolled in the world’s premier supernatural university. It’s a school she’s never heard of, located in a town called The Middle of Nowhere, and run by a creature that’s not supposed to exist. But at least she got a scholarship…
Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid. When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds only one place offers her answers–a paranormal university in Alaska. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her otherworldly classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from the evil immortal who took her sister doesn’t decide to kill her himself.
Title – Killshot (Icarus #1)
Author – Aria Michaels
Genre – YA Dystopian/Science Fiction
After the death of their parents, seventeen year old Liv Larson and her younger brother are separated by the foster care system. Her grades slip, her friends drift away, and she gives up on her plans for college. The only thing that matters is keeping the promise to get back to her brother. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to their high school’s rooftop solar flare party. Despite the beautiful lights dancing in the sky, Liv finds herself captivated by Zander, a mysterious boy with a crooked smile. For a few hours, she allows herself to feel normal again.
That is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm. Cut off from the rest of the world with no sign of rescue, fear and paranoia begin to take their toll on the group. Battle lines are drawn and their ranks are divided. Soon, those left behind must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.
Can she keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are Liv and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue military unit, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?
Or was Icarus really the KILLSHOT?
Title – The Omega’s Prophecy (Legend Of Gods #1)
Author – M.U. Skar
Genre – Omegaverse Fantasy Romance
Centuries ago, the Goddess of all Omegas betrayed her mate by falling in love with the infamous Lord of Xibalba.
Enslaved for a crime they did not commit…
To prevent Omegas from repeating History, the Gods created the Mark. A barbarous, merciless act, maiming an Omega for life, forging an unbreakable bond between an Alpha and his mate.
Their quest for freedom just found its beacon of hope
Change was coming, centuries-old traditions were finally questioned… before the people of Khelliom lost their King, before the Dragons of the North decided to take control of the Realm, before Kiara, Omega princess from a southern Clan, rumored to be the reincarnation of the Goddess, seeking to reveal the truth behind the greatest lie of all times.
Laying down a path, paved with suffering and sorrow
Caught up in the brewing war, Kiara must grow stronger if she wants to uncover the deceit of the Alphas around her, and survive the return of the Gods, each coming to claim her for their own.