15 Popular YA Series I Haven’t Read

YA Series I Haven't Read

We read a lot here at Pages Unbound and we try to keep up with many of the new releases. Even so, there are plenty of popular YA series I haven’t read. Here’s why.

Star Divider


This one was simply the victim of too much hype. Sometimes, when I see a book around too much, I kind of feel like I don’t even need to read it anymore because it’s already everywhere in my life.

Chaos Walking

I was never too interested in this series because the dystopian trend made me tired of the genre in general. Then I watched the 2021 movie, which strengthened my resolved not to pick up the series. Even if the book is better, the general premise seems overdone and frankly not too interesting or innovative.

The Folk of the Air

This series just seems too dark for me. I guess there’s no real way to know if I haven’t read it, though!


I actually have no idea why I never picked up this series.

I Am Number Four

I understand this series to be about aliens, but I am not fond of alien stories or sci-fi, in general.

Legend Series

Another dystopian series? Yawn.

The Mortal Instruments

There are demons or vampires involved here, I think? Paranormal books do not usually interest me, so I passed this one up.

The Selection

Another dystopian world. Also, it’s kind of like The Bachelor? The premise of the show kind of disturbs me, so I imagine this series would disturb me, too.

Shatter Me

Even though I saw this around everywhere, I never quite understood what the plot was. And some of the Goodreads reviews say the prose does not work. I tried and failed to read another book by Mafi–because of the prose– so I suspect I may not be the best audience for this one.

The Star-Touched Queen

I just never got around to it and now, because I have seen it hyped so much, I rather feel as if I don’t have to. It’s almost like seeing the book everywhere makes me think I must have already read it. Or at least invested too much of my time into it.

Throne of Glass

Assassin books now feel overdone, and Maas seems to have a very controversial reputation–readers either love or hate her writing. I’m a little afraid I might not love it.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance in general.


I’m just not into paranormal romance!


I’ve said it before–I’m just burnt out on dystopias.

The Young Elites

I could never tell if this was dystopia or a general sci-fi or what. So I didn’t read it.

What do you think? Am I missing out by not reading any of these series?

31 thoughts on “15 Popular YA Series I Haven’t Read

    • Krysta says:

      I was at the library the other day and I watched someone walk out with the entire series of I Am Number Four so maybe I’m missing out? Clearly that person was so invested they didn’t want to wait at all between books!

      I’ve also heard great things about Graceling. I saw the new graphic novel came out, so now’s maybe a good time to read the original series!

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  1. Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    I enjoyed Folk of the Air, mortal instruments, and star touched Queen. They were interesting and I recommend you try at least folk of the Air. I have To All The Boys on the shelf that I plan to read soon and I want to get Sarah J Maas books.


  2. JdV says:

    The only one of these that I have read is Chaos Walking. I enjoyed it but then I like dystopian fiction. I haven’t even heard of some of theseπŸ˜ƒ


  3. vee_bookish says:

    Caraval – Read the first book, forgot to continue.
    Chaos Walking – there was a brutal animal death and I haven’t continued since but also it’s really boring?
    Folk Of The Air – Same as Caraval πŸ˜…
    I Am Number Four – didn’t continue after the major drama surrounding Pittacus Lore being a fake person
    The Selection – only read if you’re in the mood for an utter trash read, it’s so fun if you don’t take it seriously.
    Throne Of Glass – read the first, it was terrible.
    Twilight – read them all. Trash, but fun.
    Uglies – see Caraval πŸ˜‚. This is becoming a TV series so I better get a move on.


    • Krysta says:

      Huh. I assumed Pittacus Lore was a pseudonym because, well, it sounds like one. But I didn’t realize the pen name was for several writers. That never really bothers me because I don’t think it’s that uncommon–I’m thinking of Nancy Drew and the Warrior Cats series–but I understand some people are a bit shocked when they realize books are being ghostwritten.

      Also, yeah, sometimes I realize that a book is essentially trash, but…it’s so bad it’s good? Or at least really entertaining?

      Mostly, I am impressed that you at least tried out most of these series!


  4. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Oh wow you have made some really good life choices skipping things like the selection, twilight, mortal instruments and caraval πŸ˜… it’s not that I hated all of those- I enjoyed some of them at times- but they’re all so flawed and I ended up hating myself for having read them πŸ˜‚ I did however hate chaos walking!! I also liked throne of glass but went off it. Don’t know what to say about folk of the air and young elites (it’s fantasy) cos I don’t know how dark you can take, but I did like those ones.


  5. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    Oooh, I /have/ read a book on this list! Haha, the first one of The Folk of the Air, early this year iirc. But I won’t be reading any more of that series. Graceling is my sister’s favourite series, which I may still try one day…


    • Krysta says:

      Yeah, a lot of these I think, “Maybe one day.” But maybe not. I guess it depends what’s available at the library at any given time, really.


  6. Karla says:

    This is so existing because you are in for a treat!! The folk of the Air series is my favourite series ever and I am easily spooked so I can guarantee that it is not as dark as you think! The main character is cunning but in a delightful and clever way, rather than a dark, malevolent way. I hope you still give it a try! πŸ₯° I finished Caraval last year and I honestly don’t understand the hype. I really enjoyed the books but it wasn’t groundbreaking in my opinion.


  7. Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

    I understand what you mean about overhyped books! I think the only one I’ve read was Uglies (and this was probably more than a decade ago!) and I remember liking it. I don’t know if it’s a must-read though.


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