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Free Young Adult Books | An Insider’s Guide

If you’re looking for free young adult books for your ereader or tablet, welcome! As an author, I know it’s hard to find quality reads among the sea of titles out there, but don’t worry because I’ll give you some excellent author-recommended choices below.

So, in this short guide:

1) I’ll give you an insider’s perspective on some top-notch authors writing in the YA genre…

2) I’ll tell you about the books that they have free…


3) I’ll give you the links to each book’s description and a link to download them on Amazon if you have a Kindle.

Not what you’re looking for? Let me give you a free ebook copy of Warchild: Pawn, a young adult novel perfect for fans of The Hunger Games. No obligations. No signups. Just yours to read, free. Get access to it now.

You can spend hours digging through the Amazon jungle looking for free young adult books, or, you can let me point you in the right direction.

Sound good?

Here goes! (Note that clicking the cover of each book will take you to a more detailed description of the storyline.)

Free Young Adult Books by:

1. Robert J. Crane

Robert J Crane - AloneHe’s seriously one of the hardest working indie authors that I know. How he continually cranks out books at the speed he does is unbelievable.

With multiple novels in multiple series going on, you’ll never be at a loss for something to read.

He’s been writing for years now and has consistently developed his craft to the point where I see his readers literally begging for more on social media.

I would suggest starting with Alone, the first book in The Girl in the Box series. Last time I checked, there were at least ten novels in that series, so you’ll have plenty to read!

Second in line:

2. Elle Casey

Like Robert, she cranks out books with amazing speed.

And don’t let anyone tell you that speed does not equal quality. If there’s any proof to the contrary, it would be Elle.Free Young Adult Books

She’s dabbled in a few different genres from young adult to new adult romance, but I’m familiar with the series that really took off for her a couple of years ago.

I would recommend starting with The Changelings. It’s the first free young adult book in her War of the Fae collection that’s a highly rated blend of fantasy and reality.

With nearly 300 five-star reviews on Amazon, you can’t go wrong!

The third on the list is another author that cranks out plenty to read and she gives away a TON of free books.

3. SM Reine

I don’t quite know if she classifies her work as “young adult” but I’m going to list her here anyway because…

Young Adult Books Kindle1) You can read the first three novels in her Descent series for free in one single package.

2) She has so many books out that, like Robert and Elle, you’ll be tied up with her stories for months.

Or, less, depending on how fast you read.

My guess is, you’ll fly through them all and then beg her for more on social media like the rest of her fans.

With the Descent Series that she’s currently offering for free, you get three novels, over five hundred pages, all in one single collection.

That’s nuts, huh?

You’ll get Death’s Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union, all of which are sort of a paranormal-urban-fantasy-witch-thing combo.

Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer in book form.

Okie doke. Who’s next?

4. Bella Forrest

The first three authors I’ve listed…

I’ve known them for years, having watched their careers  bloom, flower, and grow exponentially since we all hung out together on an online forum for independent authors.

Bella, however, seems to have come from nowhere…

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But she’s absolutely tearing up the charts with an amazing vampire series.

So, I’ll hope you’ll let me cheat a little bit here.

None of her young adult books are permanently free like Robert, SM, and Elle’s.


The first book in her series, A Shade of Vampire, is only $0.99, and that’s close enough to free that you can dig the change out of your couch.

Technically, you can have it for free if you’re an Amazon Prime member or if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

(I highly recommend signing up for Prime. We use it religiously. With the free two-day shipping, I never have to leave the house!)

Back to the books, dude. Get with it.

You can see on the Amazon page that Bella has sold over a million copies of the entire series.

Seriously. A million.

The first book, A Shade of Vampire, has over 4,000 reviews on Amazon, and approximately 3,500 of them are four and five-star reviews.

Tell me if that ain’t incredible, huh?

Teens. Vampires. Romance.

I think that says it all.

And now on to the fifth one, finally:

You probably knew this was coming, didn’t you?

5. Me

Yep, I’m offering this to you again, because I’m that certain you’ll like this book. Your trusty author is throwing his hat in the ring. (NOTE: This title is available for free with your Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited subscription, or you can click the link above, in that yellow box, to get it completely free.)

I’ve been writing fiction for over twenty years.

I’m a USA Today bestseller.

My novel Sara’s Game reached #2 in the entire Amazon Kindle store.

I’ve sold and given away hundreds of thousands of copies, and still, the Warchild series is one of my favorite things that I’ve written.young adult kindle books

The funny thing is, I always wanted to be an author, but I never expected it to happen.

It’s tough making it in this field. Really tough.

Maybe I got lucky, maybe my books actually are good, maybe the writing gods intervened and parted the oceans for me…

Whatever the case, I’ve been fortunate enough to do this for a living for a couple of years now, and I love giving books away.

Before I was able to make a career out of this, all I wanted was for people to read my work.

I would gladly hand out copy after copy, just to let people see what I’d written.

So, why should it be any different now?

I’ve written across multiple genres, from mystery, to sci-fi, to middle-grade, to literary, yet one of my favorite things is my dystopian young adult series.

So, what’s it about?

The Warchild books chronicle the journey of Caroline, a young army scout in post-apocalyptic America, who is caught in the middle of an impending civil war between a divided state of Virginia.

It’s dark, gritty, rainy, and dirty in Caroline’s world, and her people need a leader and a hero.

Who better than a fourteen-year-old girl?

I’ve had readers compare it to The Hunger Games even though it’s a very different book, but I’ll let you be the judge.

The series stretches across three novels in Caroline’s story, and you can read the first one, Warchild: Pawn, for free with your Prime or KU subscription.

Hey, so, before I close here, let me just offer you this:

There are plenty of other articles on this site that talk about free reads. If you’re looking for some other ebooks in a variety of genres check out the link below…

There’s some good stuff there that should leave you with plenty to read.

I’ve yammered enough, so there you have it! Five free young adult books (or almost free, at least) to get you started on what promises to be a looooong reading adventure.


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