This year I promised myself I would read more. Last year I set myself a GoodReads challenge for 50 books in a year. That’s less than 1 book a week. A complete fail. I logged that I read a measly 13 books. I kind of felt ashamed of myself and in my head, I could hear the librarian from my local library where I pretty much lived up until the age of 13 tutting and sighing at me. “Oh Tracey that’s really sad to hear” she would say. “I just can’t believe it, you of all people”. I dread to think what she would say if she found out all I do tend to read are free YA ebooks. What she would make of that I don’t know.
This past month or so I have been reading quite a lot. Trawling through the free YA ebooks on Amazon looking for stories that are quick and easy to read. I don’t tend to have a specific genre I read exclusively. But depending on my mood I flit from different types and styles as to what I fancy in that particular moment.
What Free YA Ebooks Have I Been Reading?
Well, to be honest, I have been reading mostly supernatural short stories and compilations. You know the type, they give you books 1&2 to get you hooked (or not as the case may be) then you pay out for the rest of the series to find out what else happens to your new favourite characters. I am a sucker for teen angsty supernatural and paranormal fiction though and yes I was a complete Twihard!
It can be a bit hit and miss with the free e-books in general, not just the YA genre. But the way I see it is I haven’t lost anything if it’s not so great and if I love it? I may have just found a new favourite author and series! Win-win if you ask me.
That being said I am just as happy to lose myself in the latest blockbuster or a good thriller should the mood take me. But right now I am shying away from those genres right now. Right now it’s the supernatural and paranormal where my interest lies and where I feel more comfortable writing about myself. You can read my new piece The Secrets of Saltlake and let me know!
Some of my Favourite Supernatural and Paranormal Free YA Ebooks.
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Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches Book 1)
A good old girl is an outcast, mum dies unexpectedly, girl moves to a new town and suddenly everything becomes different and she finally finds where she fits in and who she really is.
Centred around Kristyl Barnette, a 16-year-old girl who has a knack for just making things happen we follow her to a new town, a new home and a new school when her mum dies. I actually really enjoyed this story and found Kristyl a really likeable character. She definitely spoke to my inner awkward 16-year-old self. I’m currently debating if I want to read the next book in this series. 4/5
Fated Souls: 10 Clean Paranormal Romance Stories.
As you can tell this is a compilation of 10 paranormal stories. So far I have only read Hunted by Dean Morgan and Pisces by Rachel Medhurst.
Hunted kind of confused me a little bit. The main character Adri is running from people not only when she is awake but in her dreams too. I had no idea what was happening and was left with more answers at the end than when I started. 3/5
Pisces however, I loved. I definitely do want to read more in this series as Rachel Medhurst is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. 5/5
The thing I like about books like this is you can just put it down and come back at another time. Mostly they are short enough to read in one go unless I’m just a quick reader? And as none are follow-on stories they are all standalone you can pick it back up when you are ready.
Beautiful Demons Box Set Books 1-3
A series by Sarra Cannon focusing on Harper Madison. Who, after being bounced around the foster care system thanks in part to exhibiting behaviours she can’t explain or control – arrives at The Shadowford Home for Girls. Her last stop before juvenile detention.
Is there a reason Madison ended up here? And will she finally find out why these things keep happening to her? Well, of course, otherwise it would make for a pretty boring book, wouldn’t it! It did take me a while to get into this one. By book 3 I was hooked and wanted to know more about the secretive Order of the Shadows.
It has to be one of my favourite series I have read recently. If you don’t hear from me, I have downloaded the rest of the series and am binge reading them all! 4/5
Anything Else I Discovered in the Free ebook Section?
Sparrow Migrations was a free book courtesy of the Samsung Book Deals I got when I upgraded my phone so not technically free. A slow builder but really enjoyable read. I also loved Hook, Line and Stinker. A murder mystery story following Lily as she moves to a new town and finds a dead body on her way to her first day in a new job! And lastly another YA one Evolution books 1&2 by Kelly Carrero. Kind of a Twilight romance but without the vampire element.
Have you been reading any good free YA ebooks recently? I would love to hear some recommendations based on my current reading habits and also the best place or tips to find the best selection of free ebooks, YA or otherwise.