12 YA book recs based on your favorite TV shows

ya book tv show pairings

Have you ever finished watching your favorite TV show’s latest season and wondered what you should indulge in next? Often we look toward a new series to binge, but there are so many great young adult books out there to read that will get you just as excited as your favorite show. These 12 shows are paired with a young adult book we encourage you to read as you wait for the next season of your favorite show or when you’ve finished a new series.

If you like Game of Thrones, read Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

If you like Game of Thrones’ twists and turns and backstabbing story plots, then Four Dead Queens is for you. Keralie Corrington is the most skilled thief in Quadara while Varin is an honest upstanding citizen of the nation’s most enlightened region. When Varin attempts to retrieve a package Keralie took from him, the pair find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that leaves Quadara’s four queens dead. Keralie and Varin must team up to discover who murdered the queens – and they just might fall in love with each other in the process.


If you like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

If you have already successfully binge-watched season two of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then Three Dark Crowns is the perfect story for you. In every generation, three queens are born, and the night they turn sixteen, they have to fight for it. Each girl has inherited a magic of Fennbirn: Mirabella, an elementalist, can control flames and create dangerous storms; Katherine is a poisoner who can ingest and create poisons at whim; Arsinoe is a naturalist who can grow a flower in an instant and control animals at her beck and call. This life and death battle will result in a sister’s crowning, but will it be Mirabella, Katherine or Arsinoe who takes the throne?


If you like Atlanta, read On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

If you love the rap scene in Donald Glover’s Atlanta, then you will love Bri’s dreams of becoming a rapper in On the Come Up. As the daughter of an underground legend who died before he became famous, Bri aspires to be one of the best rappers of all time. But when her mom loses her job, Bri decides to pour her frustration into her first song which goes viral but for all the wrong reasons. Between the media labeling her as a menace and an eviction notice threatening her family, Bri has no choice but to make it big – even if that means losing herself.


If you like Victoria, read My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

If you adore watching the Victorian era unfold on TV and Victoria and Albert’s relationship, then you will love this mischievous and romantic twist on the Victorian classic, Jane Eyre. The story of the penniless orphan Jane Eyre falling in love with Mr. Rochester is turned upside down when a certain gentleman has skeletons in his closet. Governess Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood must go on a ghost hunt to solve this mystery.


If you like The White Queen, read Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

If you love The White Queen’s King Henry VII and Princess Elizabeth’s enemies-to-lovers debate, then this twist on the tale of Tristan and Iseult will be your next favorite. Branwen is the best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess and is determined to devote her life to her homeland and hates those who killed her parents. But when she accidentally saves the life of her enemy, her ancient healing magic is awakened and her heart is opened. Hoping for peace, Branwen is determined to fight for what is right even if that sets her against her closest friend and the only man she’s ever loved.


If you like The Perfectionists, read Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

If The Perfectionists is your newest obsession, take a trip down memory lane and read the original Pretty Little Liars series. High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily drifted apart after their friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing three years ago. But now someone is sending them anonymous notes threatening to spill their darkest secrets – ones that only Alison knew. The girls will come to the conclusion that Ali may not be gone after all.


If you like The Walking Dead, then try Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

If you have finished the roller coaster ride that is season nine of The Walking Dead, enjoy the zombie-filled historical fiction, Dread Nation. Jane McKeene was born shortly before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In this new America, laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require some children to attend combat schools to keep the dead down. Jane is one of these children who is learning to become an Attendant to protect the well-to-do, but as she finishes her studies at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane has no interest in continuing that life. But when families in Baltimore County begin to go missing, she is caught in between a conspiracy where the restless dead are the least of her problems.


If you like Sherlock, read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

If you miss watching Benedict Cumberbatch grace the screen as the clever Sherlock Holmes, then Charlotte Holmes will be a heroine you’ll be thrilled to root for. Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes’ families go back to when their great-great-great-grandfathers were the infamous crime-solving duo. When Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, she makes it clear she is not interested in making friends. But when a mutual friend ends up dead in a fashion that harkens back to the Sherlock Holmes stories, the pair must team up to solve the murder before they are next.


If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, read Slayer by Kiersten White

If reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is your old-school obsession, then try Slayer which dives back into the familiar universe but with the newest Chosen One. Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, have grown up at the Watcher’s Academy where they have learned how to become guides for Slayers – girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. Nina, however, has never had an interest in the violent Watcher lifestyle and instead prefers to be a medic. But when she is chosen to be the next – and last – Slayer, thanks to Buffy, Nina must hone her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo – especially as bodies start turning up.


If you like Riverdale, then try The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

If you think Riverdale has the perfect town-scandalized-by-murder storyline, then you will love Rowan’s Glen and the trials faced with the May Day celebrations. Ivy Templeton’s hometown of Rowan’s Glen in the Missouri Ozarks is an old farming community filled with superstition and traditions. The other kids at school might find the Glen kids weird but Ivy doesn’t care as long as she has her best friend and cousin, Heather, by her side. But when Heather goes missing after the May Day festival, Ivy discovers her best friend and hometown have more secrets than she realized.


If you like Timeless, read The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

If you miss Timeless’s time travel drama, then you will love jumping through eras and lands in The Girl from Everywhere. Nix is the daughter of a time traveler and has spent her life jumping between different lands, centuries and even places based on myth and legend. But her father is obsessed with finding a map to 1868 Honolulu to find Nix’s mother. But finding the map and getting there just might erase Nix’s existence. Nix must rely on herself and her own fantastical ability or she will disappear forever.


If you like The Bachelorette, read The Beholder by Anna Bright

If you love the will-they, won’t-they romance competition of The Bachelorette, then The Beholder will become your next favorite read. Selah is the daughter of the Potomac leader and has waited her entire life for her happily ever after. But when she is publicly rejected, her stepmother suggests for Selah to travel across the Atlantic to meet potential suitors. However, if she doesn’t come home engaged, she’s encouraged to not come home at all. This journey just might become something greater than finding a partner as more than just her mother’s secrets are spreading below deck.

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Marena Galluccio

Marena Galluccio is a freelance copywriter and journalist and lover of all things YA. She reviews fantasy, historical fiction, and historical fantasy YA books on her website’s blog, #MediaGalReads. When she is not writing creatively, Marena can be found planning her next trip to a Disney park, watching the latest movie in theatres, or visiting a history museum. She is currently based in Georgia.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Believe in your shelfie!

Sign up for the latest book news and fun ways to win free books.

When you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll email you weekly book recommendations, news, updates, and relevant promotional material from our brands. We do not share your information with partners or third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Part of the SparkPoint Studio Family

Believe in your Shelfie!
Sign up for the latest book news and fun ways to win free books.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Girl, your #TBR pile is STACKED.

Find out what she's reading with fierce female heroines!
  • When you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll email you weekly book recommendations, news, updates, and relevant promotional material from our brands. We do not share your information with partners or third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.