If you are a follower of this blog, you will be well aware of my love for Fantasy novels, especially in the YA genre. But if you just visiting my blog for the first time, WELCOME, and yes I do have a deep love for YA Fantasy, and history fiction, and romance but I assure you there is a little bit of everything for everyone here. However, this particular post is all about YA fantasy series that I need to finish, and there are quite a few out there, but I am only focusing on the series I have started and I want to finish them. There are plenty of YA fantasy series out there, some I will read, and some I will never pick up, which is the beauty of having preferences. YA fantasy just brings so much love to my bookworm heart with action, sometimes magic, always drama, teenage angst, love triangles, betrayal and so much more. Plus I have a deeper appreciation for fantasy authors because they have to make up new worlds in their heads, new languages, and new countries with new policies, and as a reader I cannot help but appreciate the time and energy that fantasy authors put into their work and their story. It’s truly magical, which is why I keep being sucked back into their genre. So a forewarning to all new YA fantasy readers, once you’re in, you’re in for life. So without anymore dilly dallying, here we go (in no particular order):
1) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlett, Cress, Winter)
Adapting from Fairy Tales, the Lunar Chronicles follows the story of Cinder who is a cyborg as she tries to maneuver life along the side of some other familiar character while falling in love with a handsome prince, and trying not to be killed by an evil queen. Sound familiar? I assure you that this is not your average bedtime story book. This series is the most addicting out of all of them, but that is just my humble option. I binge read through the first three books of this series, and stopped 1/4 of the way through Winter. Why would I do that to myself? Because I was unwilling to let these characters go, and when I was finished then I was finished.It’s very silly, I know, but it’s true. I am sitting on my floor surrounded by books as I write this post, and Winter is staring at me. I will finish you my beauty, soon. I love Meyer’s work, and will be life long fan of anything she writes.
2) Court of Rose and Thorn Series by Sarah J Maas (A Court of Rose & Thorn, A Court of Mist & Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin)
Taken as an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, these books will leave you at the edge of your seat. Romance, war, magical powers, betrayal, and so much more make these stories ones that I consume very easily. These stories have everything that make a great fantasy novel and Sarah is not new to the fantasy world, I love her work. I couldn’t binge read these books since they took so long for each of them to come out individually. Luckily, A Court of Wings and Ruin just come out and I AM SO EXCITED!!! It’s in my summer TBR.
3) A Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and Empire of Storms)
It’s Sarah J Maas, the queen of YA Fantasy, do I need I say more? The Throne of Glass series follows a girl Celaena, a trained assassin, captured by the crown and forced to compete to become the King’s Champion. The series follows her struggles to be loyal to the king but be true to herself. I read Throne of Glass what seems like ages ago and loved it! But I couldn’t convince myself to buy the other quite yet since I had so many other books to read. Luckily, a friend bought me the rest of the series, along with the new Empire of Storms because he apparently got tired of me talking about it. Now that I have the rest of the series in my hot little hands, I will be consuming myself with this series and I am going to need to re-read Throne of Glass to refresh my memory, I am not mad.
4) Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, Glass Sword, and King’s Cage)
This series takes place in a world were you are classified by the color of your blood; red or silver. However for Mare, life is not that easy for her. Red’s are considered commoners, and silvers are the wealthy with magical powers, but Mare is not your average red because she has powers of her own. The series is about Mare and how she struggles with who she is and trying to decide to follow her head or her heart in a world divided by blood. I loved the Red Queen and had the opportunity to meet Victoria at a YA convention (she is lovely, by the way), but it was just a matter of waiting and not purchasing them due to too any other books. I finally caved and bought Glass Sword, and King’s Cage was sent to me for review (YAY). I have the full set so now time to get reading!
5) Six of Crows Series by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, and Crooked Kingdom
This series is my current obsession! I am half way through Six of Crows and I am addicted, and will be purchasing Crooked Kingdom after I finished the first book. Six of Crows is a tale of a ragtag team of thieves and crooks hired to complete the world’s hardest heist, while breaking into the Ice Court, which has never been done before. They will be brought to the edge of themselves, and may lose their lives in the process. I love Leigh’s story telling, her character development, and her imagination with coming up with the Geisha world. I am loving every minute I spend in this novel!
It looks like I have my work cut out for me this summer, and I guess I will be reading a bunch of fantasy, which I am not that upset about. What other series would you guys recommend? Which series out of the five did you like or dislike the most? Let me know in the comments below! Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend, and getting ready for summer!