Fantasy has carved its place in theworld of young adult books, and we have seen some incredible work by the authors in the past decade alone. With so many excellent stories on the bookshelves to check out, there’s a chance you might have missed some of the best fantasy books for young adults.
- Indecent Exposure by Viola Trivette
Meera has just joined Terrytown Law College, where she meets Aaron. Their passion for securing the highest rank in class sparks a rivalry between them since day one. Meera begins to avoid Aaron after they both share an awkward moment in an empty classroom in their first year. Although both of them are drawn to one another, they continue to refuse the chemistry they share. Thus, a game of back-and-forth ensues as Meera and Aaron force each other to concede.
- The Wrath of the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
‘The Wrath of the Dawn’ is a young adult fantasy book that will take you to the land of Khorasan, where each new day’s sun brings sorrow to a different family. As Khalid, the 18-year-old caliph of Khorasan, takes a new woman as his wife each night, only to have her killed at dawn. The ritual continues until the 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid, planning to survive the night and avenge the caliph for the women he’s killed, including Shahrzad’s best friend.
- The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
‘The Kingdom of Back’ is about an Austrian girl Nannerl, a real-life woman forgotten with time. The book tells the tale of how Nannerl’s career as a pianist will be over as soon as she attains the marriageable age unless she accepts the deal offered by a mysterious stranger – but his help will cost her everything.
- Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
‘Born Wicked’ is set in an alternate historical version of America. It is about the witch hunts of early colonial American history at the turn-of-the-20th-century in New England. The story emphasises the literal sisterhood and follows Cate, who experiences the bond of sisterhood with many girls and young women she comes across. Born Wicked uses magic to beautifully explore the bonds of sisterhood and all its ups and downs.
- Half Bad by Sally Green
‘Half Bad’ is the new young adult fantasy book that has the potential of becoming the next Hunger Games. It revolves around Nathan, a very different boy than his other witch and wizard companions, as he possesses both white and black witch powers. He is the bastard of the most dangerous witch in the world and has a power unlike any other in the world. The book introduces us to Nathan when he is imprisoned in a cage and hunted by everyone. From there, we follow Nathan as he tries to escape before his 17th birthday to find his father and receive three incredible gifts from him.
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
This book by Rachel Hartman is about a girl named Seraphina. She is half human and half dragon, with a dragon mother who can turn into a human and a human father who hates dragons. The story follows Seraphina as she is called upon to help investigate a royal family member’s murder together with a very insightful prince. The real challenge for Seraphina is to keep her ancestry hidden, or she might end up losing her own life.
- Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
In modern-day Seoul, 18-year-old Miyoung can pass as an ordinary girl, when in fact, she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed human fox. Miyoung encounters Jihoon one night in the forest and, while saving him, loses her fox bead, her gumiho soul, and with it, her immortality.
- A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell
This young adult fantasy book will make you experience old tales and futuristic societies, and everything in between. The book is a compilation of fantastic stories filled with love, betrayal, strength, and resistance. With these ten titles, we conclude our list. There are a plethora of young adult fantasy books available on the internet. If you’re an avid admirer of this genre, consider that there is a fantastical world out there for you to explore.