Happy holidays, readers! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your bookish, YA-obsessed loved one, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best Tor Teen books to gift to every reader in your life this holiday season!
For the friend in your life who “not-so-secretly” has a thing for Goliath from Disney’s Gargoyles
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Now and again, we all get a crush on a fictional character, but there are some people who definitely get infatuated with an unconventional choice. For instance, if you have a friend in your life who thinks gargoyles are hot, they need to be introduced ASAP to Gargy from Bethany C. Morrow’s debut fantasy, A Song Below Water—a mysterious gargoyle guardian guaranteed to be dubbed their new book bae.
For the person who wishes the Marvel Cinematic Universe was gayer
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
If your friend wishes that Steve Rodgers and Bucky Barnes got together in the Captain America movies (Stucky 4 eva) or is dying for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include more queer characters, like Hulkling and Wiccan or Miss America, may we suggest The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune? It’s everything you love about the MCU, but so, so much gayer.
For those who understand there’s nothing hotter than a hot alien
Are you and your friends always mutually complaining about the slim pickings of your local dating pool? Escape to a world of angsty, hot, and dateable alien people with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Origin Series.
For someone who loves the magic of a good deal
We all have that friend who will do anything for a bargain. Well, there’s no better deal than getting all three books in the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series—all in one gorgeous boxed set.
For the friend who listens to everyone talk about their problems
You probably owe a holiday gift to your friend who listens to you talk about your problems all the time. They’ll definitely connect with Xochitl from Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro, a book about a cuentista who releases the confessions of her village back to their goddess Solis, and goes on a journey across the desert to find herself.
For the podcast junkie
Who’s the go-to person in your life you hit up when you’re in need of a new podcast recommendation? We’ve got the perfect YA series to gift them with this holiday season. The Infinite Noise and A Neon Darkness are two standalone fantasies set in the world of creator Lauren Shippen’s hit podcast, The Bright Sessions. Centering on teens struggling to come to terms with their superpowers, this series will be an immersive read for fans of audio dramas such as Rabbits and Welcome to Night Vale.
For those who loved the princess fight sequence from Shrek 3
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
Does your friend like fantasy? Specifically, vengeful princesses with regally elegant swordplay and a love vow to keep as she works toward the destruction of her enemies? Yes? Holiday gift, done.
For people who think they can see ghosts
Eventide by Sarah Goodman
Do you know someone who has had one of those moments from The Shining—they think they can see dead people? If they’ve had a Shining moment (or just really like binging shows like Ghost Hunters or Ghost Adventures), then look no further than Eventide by Sarah Goodman! Ghosts are cool and so is this book.
For the person who loves to write holiday cards
This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
If your friend appreciates the lost art of letter writing, they will no doubt fall for This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda, a powerful story about two pen pals who share letters across the Atlantic, offering each other hope during a time of war and uncertainty.
For your ride or die
Are you and your best friend as close as sisters? Or is your bestie actually your sister? If either are the case, then Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson would be a perfect pick! Zuhra and Inara have an unbreakable bond—just like you and your ride or die.