10 Best Teen & Young Adult Dance Fiction

List Updated January 2023

Bestselling Teen & Young Adult Dance Fiction in 2023


A Dance of Dragons: Series Starter Bundle

A Dance of Dragons: Series Starter Bundle
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
  • MTV Books

Fairy Dance, Vol. 3 (Sword Art Online)

Fairy Dance, Vol. 3 (Sword Art Online)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023
  • Yen on

Sword Art Online 4: Fairy Dance - light novel

Sword Art Online 4: Fairy Dance - light novel
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
  • Yen on

A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams)

A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023

A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023
  • Speak

Dance of Thieves

Dance of Thieves
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
  • Mariner Books

Crash

Crash
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
  • HarperCollins Publishers

Bunheads

Bunheads
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023

Book Review: Guardian of the Dead

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healy is a young adult novel that does a fantastic job of taking ancient stories and weaving them back together into something new.

Guardian of the Dead begins with Ellie, the new girl at school that just does not feel like she fits in. She has developed a close friendship with golden boy from the school, Kevin. She is drawn into helping the production of Midsummer's Night Dream and starts to build some connections because of him. Reka is a frightening woman that suddenly appears to take on the role of Tatiana in the play when the original cast member jumps ship. Then there is her crush, Mark, who keeps having some strange conversations with her, but she forgets about them. In the background there are a string of strange, brutal murders, which are tied to together by the trophy the killer takes, the eyes. There is a mystical battle being fought, and as Ellie's eyes are opened she is drawn into the fray.

The framework of Guardian of the Dead lies in the ancient Maori lore with a sprinkling of Greek and Shakespearean mythology thrown in. The Maori lore is new to many readers, and is simply fascinating. I love anything that both educates and entertains me, and I think that Guardian of the Dead set the groundwork that will bring me, and hopefully others, to further study the tales that were introduced to me in this book. The stories were so interwoven with real life that it reminded me of the Inkspell series, where the words and beliefs of those telling the tale have a profound effect on the world around them.

I highly recommend this book to young adults, and adults. There is action, some violence, and a little romance. I found Guardian of the Dead to be fast paced and completely enthralling. The characters where realistic, and had some of the reactions that I would like to think I would have as well. It is refreshing to see new aspects of the supernatural used well in young adult literature. It was a great change of pace from all the vampire and shifter fiction available. I cannot wait to see what Karen Healey offers to readers next.

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