Time for the next Top 8 post! Today I am talking about YA Fantasy Series and all of these are series I’ve either completed or am up to date with all the books currently released. Let’s jump on in!
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Let’s get the obvious one out of the road first. I adore this series and I nothing is going to change that. Even if the author is a twat.
2. The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni
Another one that might be pretty obvious if you have been around a little while. I love love love The Medoran Chronicles, the world, the friend group, the magic system, all of it! Amazingly written, action packed and set in a portal fantasy world with dragons and featuring the chosen one trope but done amazingly!
The Medoran Chronicles follows Alex who goes through a door at her new school & finds herself in the middle of a forest. She soon discovers that she is in a completely different world & the only person with the ability to send her back is missing. In the meantime she enrols in Akarnae Academy, a boarding school for people with special abilities. Something sinister is approaching however and Alex might be the only one that can save the Medorans.
3. Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire
There is only 1 book book, as far as we know, yet to release for this series but I have read all 5 of the current releases! Every Heart a Doorway is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children which is a safe place for children that have returned from magical realms (portal fantasies) to live & hopefully find their way back to the world in which they belong. However, tragedy strikes & it’s up to our main character, Nancy, & her schoolmates to reveal what’s happening.
I love how unique and interesting each of the fantasy worlds we discover are! I love learning about the characters and discovering new worlds. These books are super short but pack a lot of info & you are never left underwhelmed or without info because of the length! Highly recommend.
4. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (original trilogy)
While the new additions are good I personally preferred this as a trilogy and that’s why I’m only including the original trilogy in this list!
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children follows Jacob who journey’s to a mysterious island that his late grandfather supposedly grew up on in an orphanage. He discovers the orphanage abandoned and everyone gone. However, it might not be quite as it seems and the peculiar children his grandfather knew might just be alive, somehow.
I loved this series so much! It was such a unique and interesting world. The concept was fascinated & I loved discovering everyone about this world & magic system.
5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season is incredible! This one is a dystopian style fantasy where we follow Paige, a dreamwalker, who is employed by Jaxon Hall of the Seven Dials apart of the criminal underworld of Scion London. Paige’s job is to find information by breaking into their mind using her ability. Until one day when she is attacked & kidnapped. She wakes up in Oxford a secret city controlled by a powerful otherworldly race.
The Bone Season is absolutely amazing and I’m so glad we are finally getting book 4! It’s been soo long waiting for it. Incredibly written, unique, action packed & gripping. Highly recommend!
6. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss
This series is incredible!! The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter follows Mary who is left with little money after her parents deaths. She decides to investigate Edward Hyde, a former friend of her father & a murderer, because there is a reward being offered for information leading to his capture. In the process Mary discovers Hydes daughter who had been abandoned to be raised by nuns. With the help of Sherlock & Watson as well as 3 unique women who were all created because of terrifying experiments she continues her search. They discover a secret society of immoral scientists and it’s up to them to put a stop to it.
This is such a unique concept. In a way it’s a bit of a retelling as a lot of the characters mentioned are based on fictional characters from books/stories such as Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Rappaccini’s Daughter, Strange Case & more. I loved this mash up and I loved that it had a strong focus on badass females taking back their lives! Definitely recommend and this one is not talked about enough!
7. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse so Dark and Lonely is an amazing portal fantasy Beauty and the Beast retelling. We follow Harper who attempts to save a stranger on the street and ends up being dragged into a magical kingdom, Emberfall. We also follow Rhen, a prince, who is cursed to relive the Autumn of the year he was 18 over and over until someone falls in love with him & the curse breaks. However that’s not the only problem. Powerful forces are trying to destroy Emberfall.
I love retellings and this one was done so well. A subtle retelling in a unique & interesting world. This one also has amazing disability rep which is rare in fantasy books! This one is definitely worth the read & book 3 isn’t too far away.
8. The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields
This is another very unique story. The Bone Charmer follows Saskia, who’s mother is a seer who does reading for the townsfolk & performs kennings which determines what apprenticeship each teen goes into. During Saskia’s kenning she is chosen as a bone charmer (like her mother) & given a match-making reading which pairs her with Bran. Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths yet still chose the one that she knew Saskia didn’t want. The argument results in a fracture in one of the bones used for the reading. This leads to Sakia’s future being split & her living out two of her possible paths. However, only one path can survive and her life is in danger in both paths.
I love the concept of bone magic & I loved how well the alternate paths was written! You see Saskia grow in two seperate ways depending on her experiences and it was written so well that you could easily tell the difference between the two versions. It was amazing!
What YA Fantasy series do you recommend the most?
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4 thoughts on “Top 8 📚 YA Fantasy Series 🎄 Blogmas Day 15”
I really need to continue with The Bone Season and read The Strange Case of the Alchemsit Daughter!
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I love The Bone Season and I’m now both excited and scared for The Mask Falling, especially now that proof copies are being sent out.
I also need to re-read The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. I tried listening to it on audiobook a few years ago and struggled following the story, but the concept is one that I should absolutely love so I want to try reading the physical copy instead.
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The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter is definitely worth it! My mum listened to the audiobook but actually listened to each of those twice in a row because she said she kept missing things or not following the first time. I think physical/eBook is the the best way to go for that one!
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