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At Tales you find all the best young adult books. The fascinating stories have become extremely popular in recent years, especially among the young readers. The young adult books often have a theme concerning love, romance and friendship. All important components in a young adult’s life. The special thing about the young adults genre is that the stories often mix realistic coming-of-age themes with fictional elements, giving the reader a chance to reflect their own life and problems while at the same time travel to an amazing world of fantasy. Let your adventure begin here.

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  • by Alice Oseman

    *Soon to be a live-action Netflix series!* Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fourth volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

  • - Winner of the YA Goodreads Choice Award
    by E. Lockhart

    A New York Times Bestseller. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honouree E.

  • by Onjali Q. Rauf
    £3.99 - 6.48

    Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

  • by Tracy Deonn
    £3.99 - 5.99

    The first book in a heart-pounding YA fantasy series from debut author Tracy Deonn.

  • by Alice Oseman
    £0.99 - 11.99

    Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between - for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

  • by Aiden Thomas

  • by Alice Oseman
    £6.99 - 8.49

    Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the second volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon. *Includes exclusive Tara/Darcy story!*

  • by Alice Oseman
    £6.99 - 8.23

    Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the third volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

  • by Kalynn Bayron

  • by Cassandra Clare

  • by Karen McManus
    £4.99 - 10.49

  • by Hafsah Faizal
    £3.99 - 9.99

    A rich and searing epic fantasy sequel set in ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal's We Free the Stars is the highly anticipated follow up to We Hunt the Flame.

  • by Jane Austen
    £1.99 - 14.49

    One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World''The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist' IndependentWith its 'light and bright and sparkling' dialogue, its romantic denouement and its lively heroine, Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's most perennially popular novel. The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, who misjudge, then challenge and change each other, is also a novel about the search for happiness and self- knowledge in a world of strict social rules, where a woman must marry well to survive.Edited with an introduction and notes by VIVIEN JONES

  • by Jenny Han

    Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. The letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

  • by Sarah J. Maas
    £6.99 - 10.94

  • - Twilight, Book 1
    by Stephenie Meyer
    £3.99 - 6.99

    An electrifying debut novel of a young woman's love for a vampire.

  • by Sarah J. Maas
    £6.99 - 10.99

    A hugely commercial, fabulously addictive fantastical romp - from an author with top-notch digital self-publishing pedigree and legions of fans awaiting publication

  • by Stephanie Perkins

    Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind - until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss? "e;Magical...really captures the feeling of being in love"e; - Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series "e;A delightful love story with real friendships, and the writing is great."e; - Rainbow Rowell "e;I fell in love with it from the very first chapter... Your fictional crush can move out of the way for Etienne St. Clair. Yet another beautifully crafted, realistic character that Perkins has created, you can't help but fall in love with him."e; - Growing Wings "e;Anna and the French Kiss was one of the best YA books that I have read ever. I absolutely bloody loved it."e; - Lisa Talks About... "e;Stephanie Perkins creates the perfect novel of a beautiful friendship, progressing into a slow burning romance... This novel is a mix of romance, friendships, family dramas, and an English accent... I can't wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door."e; - Never Judge A Book By Its Cover "e;Who can resist a (possible) romance/coming of age story set in Paris? Anna is someone you can relate to."e; - Reading Teenage Fiction "e;It's the perfect Young Adult book in my eyes. It's highly addictive, with unbelievably good characters, a beautiful setting and a story which I could happily read over and over again"e; - Emma Lou Book BlogNPR's Year's Best Teen Reads, 2010. NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels, Number 53. Cybils Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction, 2011. YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults. 2012 list YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Forbidden Romance, 2012. TAYSHAS Reading List, 2012. Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, Honor, 2012-13.

  • by John Green
    £3.99 - 10.99

  • by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott & Tobias Iaconis
    £6.24 - 8.49

    In this moving story that's perfect for fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication-they can't get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

  • by Cassandra Clare

  • - The Throne of Glass Novellas
    by Sarah J. Maas
    £6.99 - 10.99

  • by Stephenie Meyer
    £4.99 - 6.99

    I stuck my finger under the edge of the paper and jerked it under the tape. 'Shoot,' I muttered when the paper sliced my finger. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. 'No!' Edward roared ... Dazed and disorientated, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm - and into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning ...

  • by John Green
    £4.99 - 6.49

    I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.Praise for The Fault in Our Stars: Sunday Times (Culture) 'A touching, often fiercely funny novel'The Sun on Sunday (Fabulous Magazine) 'So good I think it should be compulsory reading for everyone!'Daily Express 'John Green brilliantly captures the voices of a young generation while instilling it with the wisdom of a life that has lived too much yet will never live enough'The Metro - 2013 Best Fiction 'The love affair of two terminally ill teenagers could be mawkish. In fact, it's funny, clever, irreverent and life-affirming.'Grazia 'So good!'Good Housekeeping 'As funny as it is heartbreaking... we defy you not to fall in love with its main characters, Hazel and Augustus.'The Tablet 'A humourous and poignant love story... It's terrifically funny... as well as a moving exploration of loss and grief. And no, it's so much not just for teenage cancer sufferers... it's for everyone.'Bliss 'If you need inspiration when it comes to making the most of a moment, this one is for you'Mizz 'Insightful, bold, irreverent and raw, if this doesn't make you cry, it'll definitely make you think, laugh and maybe even fall in love yourself!'

  • by Maggie Stiefvater

    This is the first book in a brand new series from bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. Fans of SHIVER (9781407115009), LINGER (9781407121086) and FOREVER (9781407121116) will love this new quartet! Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why - either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower - a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can't imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them? Look out for the next book, THE DREAM THIEVES, out 18th September 2013!

  • by Rainbow Rowell
    £6.35 - 7.49

    'Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book' John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars

  • by Emily Bronte
    £4.98 - 10.99

    Intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class.

  • by Alice Oseman
    £4.99 - 7.49

    The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman - one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

  • by Tahereh Mafi
    £4.49 - 7.99

    I'm envious. I couldn't put it down." (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen) Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series which has been published in over 30 languages around the world.

  • by Nicola Yoon
    £4.99 - 6.49

    *Now a major film starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton* The New York Times bestselling love story from Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything. Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts.

The YA genre
The young adult genre is one of the fastest growing literary genres. The genre is often referred to as ‘YA’ and speaks to the younger readers between the ages 12-18. One of the reasons for its popularity is the way the young adult novels deal with coming-of-age themes and problems that the young readers can relate to. The actions are set in fictional worlds and by using this mechanism the problems are introduced with a suitable distance for the reader. In that way it is easier for the reader to read about the problems and deal with them throughout the story. 
The enchanting worlds also fascinate the youngsters and give them a break from their everyday life and it’s problems, while the young adult books at the same time deal with them through these worlds. In that way the reader is met at eye level, and there are no adults speaking down to the youngsters. Then it is also easier for the young reader to deal with the challenges of the everyday life themselves. The books come in different forms, most often as young adult fiction books or young adult romance books.
Popular young adult characters
Some of the most famous book characters are found in the young adult genre. Here we find Bella Swan, the girl who falls in love with a mysterious and handsome vampire, Edward, in a little, rainy town where strange things happen. Here we also see the genre features of YA. Bella is an ordinary girl who falls in love for the first time and discovers her own sexuality. A very important step in any young adult’s life. At the same time she lives in a world with vampires and werewolves and magical wars. The fictional elements in the plot also helps her find her inner strength and develop her as a person.   
The Twilight universe as a young adult book series has fascinated both youngsters and adults around the world, where fans discussed which man Bella should pick. Should it be the shy and mysterious vampire or the attractive werewolf? The whole Twilight series is also adapted for the screen making the young adult novels even more popular.  
Another popular character from another young adult book series is the famous young wizard Harry Potter. In the Harry Potter series we also have a main character, who doesn’t fit in, but instead discovers he belongs in a magical world. Again the fictional elements help the young adult character to discover his true self and again we see the coming of age plot. Although a lot of the story takes place in a magical world with fictional problems, the story is also about friendship. No matter which opponent Harry, Ron and Hermione are up against, they always fight together and find strength in each other. 

The classics written for young adults
You also find classical novels written for young adults in our selection. A classical novel never loses it’s magic. It makes you reflect and everyone can get something out of reading a classic, because they deal with universal problems. The story could have been written 200 years ago and still be as relevant as the day it was published, but the language could be quite a challenge to read, especially as a young adult. Therefore the beloved stories have been adapted to young adult formats, so that the young readers can get as much out of the story as all the enthusiastic previous readers.
Among the classics is the beloved Pride and Prejudices, made as one of the young adult romance books, by the timeless author Jane Austen. In the story we meet the young girl Elizabeth, who just likes Bella Swan and Harry Potter, are different, because she doesn't live up to that times’ ideal of a woman. At the same time she falls in love for the first time, but she is having troubles figuring out the truth and which man she should trust with her heart. Instead of using a fictional universe to deal with the everyday problems, the story uses humor. Furthermore, although the story was realistic at the time, the times have changed and the historical time period almost becomes its own fictional universe, where the young readers can learn about the lifestyles of that time and especially the ideals of women. Another classic made for young adults that deals with some of the same themes is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte. Again we have a strong female lead character, who falls in love for the first time and discovers a whole new world - the world of adults. 

No matter which tales you love, you find all the young adult books to read right here.

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