Top 5 Young Adult Mystery Novels


Annike: Hello again, so Zoe and I are back, this time with a ‘top 5’ post. Today we chose the genre: Mystery and decided to share some of our favourite novels from this genre. The books are all Young Adult books that we read in the last couple of years and really enjoyed, so with further ado, let’s get into it.

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Top 5 Mystery Novels (in no particular order)

1. Between by Jessica Warman – 454 Pages


5/5 stars, Age: 14-17

Annike: ‘Between’ follows a girl called Elizabeth who wakes up on her family’s yacht the day after her birthday party to discover that she is in fact dead. Elizabeth who seemingly had the perfect life has to watch her own funeral and her family mourning but she cannot recall much of her life before she died. So this book really follows Liz trying to come to terms with her death as well as trying to figure out who ended up killing her. Jessica Warman did an absolutely amazing job with this book in my opinion and it was one of my favourite novels of 2015. It was so captivating that I read it in a day and I definitely recommend it for readers, especially those who love mystery! 🙂

(Warning: This book does bring up some confronting issues such as anorexia, death, drugs, murder etc. so I recommend it for older teens rather than younger ones.)

2. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday – 303 pages


3.5/5 Stars, Ages 13-17

Zoe: Deadly cool is about a girl called Hartley Grace Featherstone who finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her with the head cheerleader and then is the #1 suspect for murder. Hartley knows he is innocent so with the help of her best friend, Sam and the school’s bad boy, Chase, they start investigating on their own to find the real murderer. I thought this book was a really fun read. I love crime books so this was a really good YA book for readers who love crime. Although crime is oftenly thought of as dark and scary, this book was very lighthearted and although it could be a bit creepy it also could make you laugh. It is full of fun twists and turns and is a really funny exciting story. It was a little cheesy at parts but I think this is a really good read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime or a quick and fun read.


3. Impostor by Susanne Winnacker, 274 pages

Zoe: 4/5 stars, Annike: 3.5/5 stars, Ages: 12-16

Zoe: Imposter follows a girl called Tess who is a variant. She is able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. She has spent the last 2 years training with a secret branch of the FBI, but when a serial killer rocks the small town of Oregon, Tessa is given the mission to impersonate a local teen, Madison before anymore people get killed. Tessa has the opportunity to be a normal teen but how long will it be until things get worse? I really liked this book. I thought it was a really original and exciting. It had an amazing plot and characters. The concept of the book was really captivating. It was one of those books that hooks you because of the suspense and I thought it was a really fun read.

Annike: I agree with Zoe here, I read this one because she actually recommendation it to me and I thought the concept was really captivating. Tess was a well developed relatable character and it was a great mystery story for teens. 


4. Never Never Parts 1 & 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher – 158 pages


4.5 Stars, Ages 13-16

Annike: So, the ‘Never Never’ series is made up of 3 amazing novellas. At the moment I have only got round to reading the first 2 parts, mainly because part 3 only came out a couple of weeks ago. The story follows Charlie and Silas who, as they are both introduced to us, have suddenly lost all of their memories and woken up in class with absolutely no clue who or where they are. The story is all about them trying to figure out what happened to them for this to occur. The book is  great at captivating you by uncover lots of Charlie and Silas’ secrets as the story progresses and gets you hooked from page one. The books are short and that is why there are three of them, but more than anything they are well written and super exciting. I highly recommend this book to anyone out there.  


5. Finding Cassie Crazy by Jaclyn Moriarty


4/5 Stars, Ages 12-15

Zoe: Finding Cassie Crazy is told entirely through diary entries, emails and other forms of writing.  The story follows three best friends, Emily, Lydia and Cassie, who all start a pen pal project, which sends them into writing to boys from Brookfield High school. The project transforms Lydia into secret agent with her pen pal Seb, Emily, into a relationship expert with her pen pal Charlie, but no one knows what is happening to Cassie. Nor Emily or Lydia know who she has been emailing Cassie and they are starting to get weird around her. I thought this book was really good and i especially loved how distinct all the characters were through their writing. I thought having it all in letter was super original and fun to read as you would go back and forth from each character and it was super exciting. I loved all the relationships the girls had with their pen pals and especially the relationship between the girls and how strong their friendship was. I would definitely recommend you read this for a fun and light mystery, which is super original and well written.


Annike: Well there you have it, those are just a few of our favourite mystery novels. We highly recommend them to all teenagers, especially if you are a big fan of crime and mystery or even if you are just trying to branch out into new genres like I know I am trying to do!

Zoe:  We will hopefully be doing another Top 5 posts with another young adult category in the future, so we hope you liked it.

Annike: Thanks! Bye x 


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