10 YA Fantasy Must Read Books

10 YA Fantasy Books to Read Now

Reviews for my ten favorite (mostly YA) fantasy reads and why you should read them.

cinderCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

1. The Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles is always high on my list because this is the series that got me reading again after a decade of “off” time. Each book in the series is some form of fairy tale retelling with a steampunk twist. Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), Winter (Snow White) and Fairest (The Evil Queen) all tie brilliantly into one another. Not to mention the bonus book, Stars Above.

acotarA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

I just recently picked up this series and fell madly in love with all that is Feyre (fay-ruh). There are four books in this series by Sarah J. Maas and I can’t believe I waited so long to pick them up. The stories follow Feyre and her journey with the Faerie realm…without giving away too much, ACOTAR has a beautifully built world and strong lead characters. My only warning is there are some sex scenes that makes this not quite a YA series.

smokeandboneDaughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is another series I was a bit late to. There are three books and a novella and while I haven’t yet finished the latter two, the first and second books were phenomenal. A powerful series dedicated to Karou, a human working for monsters and their never ending battle with Angels.

caravalCaraval (Caraval, #1)

4. Caraval

Caraval currently has two books in the series, with the final book coming out next year. This is a dark and twisty tale of two sisters caught up in a game of wits and survival with game master, Legand. You can read about book two (Legendary) here.

offireandstarsOf Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

5. Of Fire and Stars

I often shout from the rooftops on ever social media platform how amazing Of Fire and Stars is. I wish I’d had a book like this one while I was still in school. A fantasy story with a strong, lesbian, female lead should be enough to entice you to grab this book. There is another book, InkMistress that comes before and a sequel to the first (of ice and shadows) coming out in March of next year.

truthwitchTruthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

6. Witchlands

Currently there are three books to this series, with a fourth being released in a February 2019. TruthWitch is the first book in the series that follows two girls with very different magical powers in a world where magic could be the very thing that gets them killed. Safiya is a truth witch and can always tell whether someone is lying or being truthful and Iseult is a thread witch who can see the ties that bind others together. While both girls race to survive being hunted, you’ll be swept away in a story full of magic, family ties and revenge.


The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

7. The Raven Cycle

The Raven Cycle has four books to the series and follows Blue who lives with her family of clairvoyants and has been told she would cause her true love to die if she were to kiss him. Despite the warnings she finds herself drawn to Gansey who is on his own quest with his three best friends. A powerful story of friendship and magic, this series is sure to leave you breathless.


Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury, #1)

8. Grace and Fury

Grace and Fury is a powerful story full of strong female lead characters. I love this book because it shows what women can accomplish when they band together in a world where women have no rights. Too close to home, Grace and Fury is sure to spark some emotions deep within the reader. You can read my full review by clicking the link above.


The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)

9. Smoke Thieves

I wasn’t sure at first what to take of The Smoke Thieves however this is a story that brings people together in a captivating story about four nations divided in conflict. This is the ultimate story of war, unrequited love, and the journey to self discovery. You can find my full review here.


Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

10. Fury Born

Furyborn is a beautifully crafted story of two women fighting for the ones they love in two very different times. Rielle must prove to her people that she is the Sun Queen And has complete control over her powers, even if that’s not entirely true. Over a thousand years later Eliana joins the rebels to save her mother and other women and children who have disappeared without a trace. As the story delves further into these two stories, the connection between the two women grows stronger. Full review here



Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)

Shadow of the Fox

Shadow of the Fox is an impeccable story featuring Japanese folk lore and a tale unlike any other. Full review here.


Sea Witch

Sea Witch

There has been a lot of controversy over this book but I love, love, love the tale that comes before the one we all know as The Little Mermaid. This is a fun and heart wrenching story that I will probably read again and again. Check this out.


Lena May

15 thoughts on “10 YA Fantasy Must Read Books

  1. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops says:

    So many amazing books/series here! I really want to read the Lunar Chronicles, I have heard so many good things and I keep wondering how I have not read it yet! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Shadow of the Fox it sounds incredible.

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    • Lena May says:

      Shadow of a Fox took me a bit to get into but I’m glad I stuck with it. I hope they take suggestions from the ARC readers and include a pronunciation guide in the final copies.


  2. Sammie says:

    Oh, look, I’ve read exactly none of these. xD *promptly adds everything to my TBR list* They all sound wonderful! I’m actually supposed to be reading Furyborn next month (because I’m hopelessly behind), and I’ve heard such wonderful things that I’m so excited to get to it!

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