Hi guys, it’s Heidi from YA Bibliophile. When Lori asked for anyone who had YA werewolf suggestions I was totally on board. I love werewolf stories! These picks are much more shape shifter werewolf than monster werewolf because, well, that’s just my thing!
Top Five YA Werewolf Books:
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: This is the first book in a trilogy. I read it back in 2010 and it’s actually one of the first books I ever reviewed! I loved the idea of having a human girl raised in a pack of werewolves. Also, Jennifer Lynn Barnes does an amazing job writing about a number of different types of relationships and the pack mentality.
Shiver by Maggie Steifvater: The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy kicks off with this book. Basically Maggie introduces you to awesome characters, makes you fall in love, and then rips your heart out. Thanks Maggie. Thanks a lot! These werewolves cannot change at will. I liked the different spin this brought to the story.
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock: Another first in a trilogy! I love, love, loved the idea that there is a virus (Lupine syndrome) that causes people to become werewolves! Plus, murder and mystery? Secrets and betrayal? Yes!
Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne: This is the first of the four Dark Guardians books. Rachel Hawthorne also writes adult romance novels and it shows! The romance and relationships are really front and center in these books. Also, you get to learn a lot about how the “guardians” (werewolves) society works.
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause: I feel like no werewolf list is complete without this book. It was back in 1997 when YA wasn’t really “a thing”yet. The werewolves in this book are actually a different species (loups-garoux) from humans. The main character, Vivian, is a sixteen year old loups-garoux who falls for a human boy. This is very taboo in her world and things get crazy. Blood and Chocolate is definitely the darkest book on my list.
There are also a number of series I love that have werewolves as one type of paranormal creature among many. I didn’t feel like I could include them above but they are super great so you should check them out too!
Series with werewolves as part of an ensemble cast:
Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White: If you’re tired of angsty paranormal stories check this series out. You will fall in love with the main character, Evie.
Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong: The werewolf is totally my favorite character in this series. I don’t want to spoil anything so that’s all you get!
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassanda Clare: Luke Garroway. You want to meet him. Trust me.
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr: Okay, so they are actually “daimons” but they’re totally werewolf-esque and I loved it. I think it’s the idea of pack and the bonds that creates that totally draws me in. So good.
Fateful by Claudia Gray: Werewolves on the Titanic. Why have I not read this yet?!?!?