1) The Young Elites by Marie Lu
What’s it about? Badass antihero Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, but has emerged from the sickness marked- a malfetto, exiled and hated throughout her land. But with her recovery, she discovers that although her sickness might have taken away her eye and her hair color, it has given her deadly powers of illusion.
Why should you read it? The word building is FANTASTIC. Marie Lu crafts breathtakingly unique worlds and characters with just a few sentences. What’s there not to love about it? An amazing setting. Scary characters. Totally awesome powers. The Young Elites is no doubt my all time favorite fantasy.
2) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
What’s it about? In a world that seems to be of a distant future, people are separated by the color of their blood- red and silver. Silver blooded citizens possess powers such as the ability to manipulate weather, metal, even fire. So when Mare Barrow accidentally discovers that she, too, possesses power despite her red blood, things begin to spiral pretty fast.
Why should you read it? The action in this book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Rebel forces, betrayals, power struggles- this book has it all. Victoria Aveyard has produced a work of art that is so original, there’s nothing to compare it to.
3) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
What’s it about? A rag tag group of misfits from the wrong side of the rails band together to attempt an impossible job: A heist at the most secure prison in Ketterdam.
Why should you read it? This book is cliffhanger after cliffhanger. As these kids attempt to pull off the deadly heist, they’re faced with a new unexpected obstacle at every turn. Six of Crows is one of the rare books that reads as fast-paced as a movie. Crooked Kingdom, the conclusion to the duology releases today, September 27th!
4) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
What’s it about? Blue Sargent is the daughter of a psychic, she herself born with the ability to heighten other psychics’ powers. She has been told her whole life that the if she kisses her true love, he would die. Pretty dire for a kid to hear. Soon after, she meets a group of four boys and becomes caught up in their quest to find an old Welsh king that will grant whoever wakes him one favor.
Why should you read it? I guess the reason this book didn’t feature any instalove was because Blue couldn’t really kiss anyone (Well, she could. But they would have to gamble their lives, which I’m sure none of the boys were up for). If you’re looking for a book with a fast paced plot, this is the one for you. Along with the plot, the characters are individually striking in such a profound way. I’ve never read a book that depicted characters’ personalities so fully; in a way that it feels as if I know them.
5) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
What’s it about? The most famous assassin of all the lands- Celaena Sardothien- competes undercover to become the King’s Champion- meaning, killer. Throughout the competitions, contestants are being killed and mysterious paranormal occurrences in the castle seem to be at fault.
Why should you read it? This series is the most intricate and complicated YA fantasy in the game. Action? Check. Magic? Check. Three dimensional characters? Check. Crafty, NOT cliche villains? Check. Interesting plot? CHECK. There’s not much I can explain about this particular series without giving much away, but trust me- this is a read that you must give a try! Book 5 out of 6 (Empire of Storms) has recently been released on September 5th.
I’d love to hear what you’re favorite fantasy reads- comment yours down below!
Until next time!