The best teen adventure novels for an escape

Kallie Ross Author Of Descent
By Kallie Ross

Who am I?

I am all about writing unique adventures with heart. I’ve been to seven different countries, and plan to continue to grow the list. My passion for writing has become an adventure in itself. I desire to create unique young adult stories that incorporate legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. In addition to loving my life as a writer, I adore being a wife, mother, friend, and teacher. I began my creative journey with books, a blog, podcast, and lots of caffeine. I’m blessed my own adventure, my life, is filled with so many wonderful people and words!

I wrote...


By Kallie Ross,

Book cover of Descent

What is my book about?

Seventeen-year-old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.

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By Lisa T. Bergren,

Book cover of Waterfall

Why this book?

Waterfall takes a 21st-century girl, Gabriella, and mysteriously places her in medieval Italy. Gabi’s journey is unexpected and exciting! While the title might be misleading, you won’t be disappointed when you’re introduced to this teenage girl who’s grown up with archeologist parents learning how to wield a sword. Finding herself in the fourteenth century, Gabi literally lands in the middle of a battle, she meets a knight-prince, and her summer has only begun.

Tiger's Curse

By Colleen Houck,

Book cover of Tiger's Curse

Why this book?

This is a story about a teenage girl, Kelsey, whose life is turned upside-down when she discovers she’s the only one who can free an Indian prince from his curse. The story takes place in our modern-day world, but Kelsey is sent on fascinating quests to piece together a prophesy and break the curse. Kelsey seems to be an average young woman, but her bravery and determination help her on the path to freeing Ren, the mysterious white tiger.

The Inheritance Games

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes,

Book cover of The Inheritance Games

Why this book?

The Inheritance Games has recently become a favorite novel of mine. While Avery, an unassuming teenage heiress, isn’t dropped in another time or consumed by a foreign culture, she is chosen by a stranger to inherit a fortune. There’s a stipulation from the moment the will is read, and Avery is cast into a labyrinth filled with quirky characters, misleading puzzles, and a possible murderer. I had a hard time putting this book down!

The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern,

Book cover of The Night Circus

Why this book?

This is a beautiful novel that will challenge the limits of your imagination. The concept of a secret circus performing at night is unique, and when you add the whimsical characters the act of reading becomes dream-like. I also love the relationships in this story, especially because Celia and Marco are dealing with such high stakes. You won’t want this story to end!

The Iron King

By Julie Kagawa,

Book cover of The Iron King

Why this book?

The Iron King is about a girl named Meghan. She lives in our modern-day world, but feels like something is ‘off’. When her brother goes missing it propels her into a world she thought was mythical during the middle of a deadly war. Meghan is determined to find her brother, but finds a handsome faery prince instead. This story is an adventure starting on page one and continues through The Iron Fey series.

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