Sissy: Because I am surrounded by males at my house, I have been made aware of the most popular books and authors for teen boys. My boys like fantasy with humor and they assure me that I would like these books as well because some of them have small bits of romance, some have princesses, some have magic, etc. The draw for them is the fantasy action, adventure, world building, clever dialogue, fighting, explosions, etc., and not the love and princesses. Kind of like when I try to get them to watch a Hallmark movie with me and their eyes roll so far back in their heads they can see their bums. Disclosure: I have not read any of these books, but am drawing from the recommendations of my men folks. I did read The Sword of Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks when I was much younger, and absolutely loved it. Then came motherhood and brain defection and I forgot to read more from Terry Brooks. I have read different books by Brandon Sanderson and James Patterson. Other than that, I have no teen boy book street cred. I do, however, trust my males and my sister (with their teen boy book picks, that is).
Bubby: So I went to ComicCon this summer with my teen boy and girl and had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Terry Brooks face to face and in person. I was so overcome and starstruck I could hardly utter a complete sentence, but he signed all my books and I went home feeling ecstatic. I also got to meet Brandon Sanderson a few years ago. Pretty much the same thing happened.
Sissy: Yeah, well I met Indira Gandhi once.
Bubby: Really? All that does is show how old you are.
Sissy: I was a fetus.
Bubby: You were not. Anyway, I’ve either read all these books or have read other books in the series. I’m halfway through The Sword of Summer and my kids keep stealing it and preventing me from finishing it. The point here is that you can trust me when I say your boy will love these books.
1.The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon must accompany a Druid emissary to find its source—and ensure the formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. Gentle traveling minstrel Reyn Frosch possesses the uncanny gift, and curse, of the wishsong. And now his coveted abilities have captured the malevolent interest of none other than Arcannen—whose quest for power is exceeded only by his thirst for vengeance.
2. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.
Shadows of Self is book number two in the spinoff series of the Mistborn books (book number one is The Alloy of Law).
3. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
This is the first book in a new series by author Rick Riordan featuring Norse gods and mythology.
4. Daniel X: Lights Out by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
In this sixth and last installment of the Daniel X series, the alien-hunting hero is finally ready to take on the biggest threat in the galaxy: The Prayer–the same beast that brutally murdered his parents long ago. But even with his incredible ability to create almost anything, Daniel will have to push his powers beyond the brink in order to bring down a monster that has the powers of a god. This epic showdown of good versus evil is a thrilling finale to this #1 New York Times bestselling series.
5. Rangers Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan by John A. Flanagan
When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.
The Tournament At Gorlan is the first book in a new prequel series called Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years.
And there you have it–in our opinion, 2015’s best offerings for teen boys. May they read a lot and grow huge brains!
Click HERE to buy Book 1 of The Defenders of Shannara series, The High Druid’s Blade, by Terry Brooks
Click HERE to buy Book 2 of The Defenders of Shannara series, The Darkling Child, by Terry Brooks
Click HERE to buy Book 1 of the Mistborn spinoff, The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Click HERE to buy Book 2 of the Mistborn spinoff, Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Click HERE to buy Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Click HERE to buy Daniel X: Lights Out by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Click HERE to buy Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan by John A. Flanagan