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The Young Adult Book has become increasingly popular in recent years, for both book fans and movie studios looking to adapt them. "Harry Potter", "The Twilight Saga", "The Hunger Games", "The Insurgent Series" and "The Maze Runner", are some of the most recent and successful adaptations, but they're certainly not the only ones.

With The Hunger Games Franchise ending and culminating with "Mockingjay Part 2" later this year, and Harry Potter and Twilight all already finished, there's room on the roster for some fresh YA adaptations. Here's a list of Young Adult Books you should read before their movie, including information about their upcoming adaptations!

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Vow your blood and body to the empire.Published 2015
Vow your blood and body to the empire.Published 2015

An Ember in the Ashes is a 2015 Stand-Alone novel, the book debut of author Sabaa Tahir. Told from two points of view, the book follows Laia - a Scholar living under the harsh rule of the Martial Empire, and Elias - the academy’s finest soldier and secretly, its most unwilling.

When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they will find that their destinies are more intertwined that either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Paramount currently own the movie rights, in a seven-figure deal with the producers of "The Chronicles of Narnia," Mark Johnson and Haroon Saleem. No release date is currently known.

Find out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

House of Night Series: Marked (Book 1) - P.C Cast & Kristin Cast.

Marked is the first in a series of Vampire Fantasy novels written by Mother / Daughter duo P.C Cast & Kristen Cast. The series follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird, a fledgling Vampyre (the book uses a more traditional spelling), who takes up residence at the House of Night boarding school in order to learn the ropes of being a Vampyre.

It's a pretty big series, with 12 books planned, so whilst you've got a lot to get through if you chose to read the entire series, it seems as though you may have more time to do so than originally thought. The film rights were acquired by Davis Films in 2011, with a movie said to be coming out this year. Though it's worth noting that whilst an outline of the script has been done, no one has been cast in any respective roles, and it hasn't begun shooting yet. To aim for a 2015 release, when the movie hasn't even been cast yet and we're already halfway through the year, seems unlikely.

Find out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

Blood of Eden Series: The Immortal Rules (Book 1) - Julie Kagawa

If House of Night doesn't satisfy your Vampire thirst, The Immortal Rules, the first in the Blood of Eden series, most definitely will. Set in a Dystopian world, where Vampire's reign supreme, the series follows Allison - an Unregistered girl, who does what she can to survive outside of the Vampires reign. She has neither the protection of a Vampire master (think True Blood, Bill and Sookie "mine"), nor is she infected with the deadly lung virus. She soon joins a group of pilgrims in the search for a cure to the deadly virus that had plagued so many.

Palamar Pictures currently own the film rights , although there is no information on a release date, or anything else for that matter, so you have quite a bit of time to read this one too.

Find out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

Legend - Marie Lu

Legend continues the Dystopian streak, set in the Western United States now ruled by the Republic, a nation who is constantly at war with its neighbours. The book follows two main characters, June and Day. June - a prodigy, born into one of the wealthiest families in the district, and Day - the country's most wanted criminal and born into the slums. The pair find their paths intertwined when Day becomes the number one suspect in June's brothers' murder, case. Together, they discover the real reason for their paths crossing, and how far their country goes to keep its secrets.

The film rights for Legend are currently in the hands of CBS Films, with Wyck Godfrey (Producer of The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner & Eragon) and Mark Bowen on as Producers. Newcomers, Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari are writing the screenplay, with Jonathan Levine officially signed on as Director. There's no information of a release date yet, or even a finished script, so like the others there's plenty of time to get stuck into a new series.

Find out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

We move away from Dystopian and straight into Fantasy-Adventure with Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone. The novel is the first in the Grisha Series, and centres around protagonist Alina Starkov, who lives in the war-torn nation of Ravka, plagued by the Shadow Fold - "a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh." Her entire life changes upon discovering she possesses a dormant power she knew nothing about.

DreamWorks currently own the movie rights, although following in line with the pattern we seem to have here, there is no other information on a script, or release date. So loads of time to get reading!

Find out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Dark Places takes a slight detour in that it isn't Young Adult, but it is a must read before its movie. You may recognise Gillian Flynn as the author of "Gone Girl", which incidentally went on to get its own critically acclaimed movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, but the adaptations don't stop there. Dark Places follows the story of Libby who at seven years old provided the evidence that put her brother in jail for murder, only to discover a group of people, some twenty-four years later who are certain of his innocence . What follows is sure to be as wild of a ride as Gone Girl.

This one tops the list in the way of movie information, with a film due to be released August 2015, starring Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz and Charlize Theron. So you've got just under two months to read this one!

Check out the Official Movie Trailer Below.

And that concludes Part 1 of this list! Check out Part 2 HERE, for the remaining 5 books!

Information on upcoming adaptations sourced from Goodreads, Moviefone and Pop Sugar!


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