Top Ten Tuesday #30: Top Ten YA Thrillers


Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (June 4th, 2019) topic is: Books From My Favorite Genre.  I love lots of genres but I thought it might be fun to do YA Thillers for this one, since I know it can be hard to find any good ones: Top Ten YA Thrillers



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People Like Us By Dana Mele
This one really surprised me, it’s just so deliciously evil.  If you love a story full of very flawed, mostly unlikable characters doing terrible things, this is book is perfect.  It’s so much fun and the reveals are great and on top of it, we get some great LGBT+ rep.

Dare You To Lie (Hometown Antihero #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
Calling all MARSHMELLOWS! Yes, this is perfect for Veronica Mars fans.  The main character is a sassy, tough chick and not one that you want on your case.  Loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the sequel this year! The author is also hilarious and a total sweetheart.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
This one is still really under the radar, even though it ends up on a lot of hidden gem lists.  It’s just a whole lot of fun and a great race to figure out who the killer actually is.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Honestly, I could recommend any Kara Thomas book.  They are all a really good time and an easy binge read.  Little Monsters is probably my favorite because it’s loosely inspired by a true crime that I was particular fascinated with (I’m a true crime buff).  I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to give anything away – go read it.

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
The thing that set this one apart a little bit from being just your average paint-by-numbers thrillers is the main girl and her friends are really into forensics and I thought that was such a cool concept and not one I have really seen in YA much.  For me, it was worth the read for that aspect alone.

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#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Oh my god was this book fun! I enjoyed the hell out of this one  – it’s like a thriller/dystopian type of set up.  Jail has now become one big reality show and you can watch these “criminals” try to survive being torn apart in various ways.  It’s completely messed up and a great deal of fun.  Great binge read, very fast paced.

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Ok, no one seems to have heard of this one but I picked it up in a discount bin and thought it was quite intense for a YA thriller.  The action picks right up at the start as a child sexual predator kidnaps a young girl and she must escape and fight her way back home before she becomes the next in a long line of victims.  This is VERY fast paced and has trigger warnings for sexual assault, pedophilia and graphic violence.

Sadie by Courtney Summers
This mixes hard hitting contemporary and thriller.  It’s a very dark and hard read and centers around a girl trying to get revenge for her sister’s murder.  There is a lot around rape culture and I would recommend only going into this one if you are in a good state of mind – this one will haunt you.

 The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Just a girl with a task of repopulating an entire planet – no big deal.  Everyone else is gone on her ship and it’s just her… until she starts to get messages from someone else.  This story gives you such a sense of isolation and dread.  I couldn’t put this one down, I had to know how it turned out – there were times I was just so uncomfortable, I couldn’t stand it!

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Ok, this is kind of a weird recommendation because through-out 90% of this book I thought it was ok at best – pretty basic.  Easy/fast read – maybe 3 stars, then we hit the end and WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK?!!? I had to read it a couple times over… This seems to be a lot of people’s reaction – it’s such a fast book, that I’d recommend this one just for that ending.  I still haven’t read the sequel and I really should but I have a feeling they won’t be able to live up to that wacked out ending.

Do you have any favorite YA releases? Let me know below!



53 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #30: Top Ten YA Thrillers

  1. What an excellent list! I can see some books on here that I’ve really enjoyed. 🙂 I’m following you (again) for some reason WordPress unfollowed! I wondered why you hadn’t been popping up in my reader!

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  2. I kinda wish I had done this genre now- some of your picks remind me how much I like it. 🙂

    People Like Us was awesome, I agree. and Dangerous Girls too. The Loneliest Girl is on my list to read…

    To Catch A Killer has me curious!

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    1. I haven’t read any of these yet probably because I am not a huge fan of thrillers 🙈 I mean enjoy them if given, but I don’t pick them in the first place on my own. But sadie is definitely on my TBR for so long. I have heard nothing but amazing things about that.

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    2. Greg, I honestly didn’t now which genre to pick – this just seemed like one that doesn’t get a ton of attention so I went with it.

      I think you’d really like Loneliest Girl – from the stuff I’ve seen on your blog, it would be right up your alley!


  3. I love me some YA thrillers so definitely adding some of these to my tbr. I highly agree about Dangerous Girls, it’s so underrated and I haven’t heard many people talking about it but it was such a fun read with great twists!

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  4. I loved Dangerous Girls so much! I don’t read enough YA thrillers, cause I feel like the good ones are so hard to find. So I love these recommendations! I’m adding People Like Us and Little Monster to my TBR, they both sound amazing!

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  5. This is a great list! I absolutely loved Ruthless! That book was freaking good! I also loved Sadie and Follow Me back! I haven’t read The Loneliest girl in the universe but heard great things about it. I might give it a shot someday in the future!


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