TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing what Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read.  And they are….

(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Review)

1. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Amazon * Goodreads

I laughed, I cried and I even clapped out loud and I’m not a clapper while reading, or so I thought. I loved this book! I couldn’t believe how much this series just kept getting better and better as you progress through the books!

2. Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
Amazon * Goodreads

If you enjoy YA Fantasies that are filled with banter, mystery, romance, political intrigue and darkness, then you definitely have to give this book a try!  Zara was sarcastic, witty, spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to challenge others.  And Prince Lucien was such a complex man who easily stole my heart.  I loved them both so much!

(Jen’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

3. The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins
Amazon * Goodreads

The Great Hunt was absolutely enchanting! I became addicted to the story-line, infatuated with the characters, and I was reminded yet again why I love Wendy Higgins’ books.  Deceit, lies, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I fell madly in love with this duology.

4. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Amazon * Goodreads

Do I REALLY need to say why this book belongs in the heart of every YA fantasy lover? DO I? I’ll sum it up: Kaz. Heist. Journey. Loss love discovery and adventure. Need I say more?

(Chelsea’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

5. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Amazon * Goodreads

I just really think this book has the most wonderful adventure, the most adorable, slow-burn romance, and a story so beautifully and intricately woven you can’t help but fall in love as you soar through four books at break-neck speed. And Han. Always Han.

6. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Amazon * Goodreads

This one is by far one of my favorite series EVER…but it takes a minute for you to truly grasp how epic this series is-each book grips you more and more and you fall harder and deeper (that’s what she said! Lol) in love with each of the characters (okay Magnus and Cleo for life) until you don’t know how to breathe without them. Again-Magnus is the reason to read this series. Get past that first love ‘interest’ and you will just DIE. That is all.

(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice & Chelsea’s Review)

7. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Amazon * Goodreads

One of my favorite series ever and a fantastic YA fantasy series. Adventure, romance, uprisings, strong female characters, swoon-worthy male lead, friendship and twists all over the four-book series. But the one at the end of book one is one of the best.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
Amazon * Goodreads

Also fantastic side characters, amazing world building and plenty of action and romance to go around.

(Cassie’s Choice & Chelsea’s Review)

(Arielle’s Choice)

9. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Amazon * Goodreads

I was recently forced to read this thanks to Chelsea and I’m so glad she did, because I feel hook, line and sinker for this series. As with my other favorites, it’s got an amazing world, strong male and female characters, romance and action.

10. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
Amazon * Goodreads

This woman is my FAVORITE author of all time and is the reason why I am so obsessed with YA Fantasy in the first place.  If you haven’t read any of her books, I suggest starting in the very beginning with this series as her characters are reoccurring throughout each new series based in Tortall.

(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

11. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Amazon * Goodreads

Marie Rutkoski’s writing is some of the best that I have ever seen.  This series is full of great world building, crazy intrigue, and of course a romance that will have you screaming for more. HIGHLY recommend.

12. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Amazon * Goodreads

Once again, I’m going with another series with writing that transcends so many other books in the YA genre.  I quickly fell in love with Karou’s quirky personality and the mysterious Akiva.  Once you start digging into their past you won’t be able to stop until the very last page.


So these are the Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read. Have you read any of these or do you have them on your tbr?  If not, then what’s a book you think every YA Fantasy lover should read?

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  1. Leslie

    Great list!! I love so many of these books. A Darker Shade of Magic made mine! I just read that one last week!

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    • Jen

      I still need to read A Darker Shade of Magic ! I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much!

  2. Kim

    Wonderful choices ladies! The only one I haven’t gotten to yet is Bring Me Their Hearts, but it’s on the top of my TBR.☺️

    • Jen

      I think, fingers crossed, that you’ll really enjoy that book Kim! I can’t wait to read your review of it! 🙂

  3. Greg

    Ooh Bring Me their Hearts- I’m kinda excited about that one! It just sounds fun. The Great Hunt looks awesome, and I’ve wanted to read Falling Kingdoms for a long time. I should make those a priority this summer- I love reading fantasy in the summer time!

    Great list!
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    • Jen

      I’ve wanted to read Falling Kingdoms for a long time too! Here’s hoping we both love when we pick up that series! And YES to fantasy in the summertime!!

  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    YES! To the Shades of Magic books. I love those.
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    • Jen

      I still need to read them ack! Here’s hoping I love them as much as you!

  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    SO many great books on this list. I’m actually reading Bring Me Their Hearts right now, and I’m loving it!
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    • Jen

      YAY!!! I can’t wait to read your review of that book! I absolutely loved Bring Me Their Hearts and added her other trilogy to my TBR and I’m excited to devour those books!

  6. Lauren @ Always Me

    I love Six of Crows and I’m currently working my way through the sequel. 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

    • Jen

      Another book on my TBR! I hope you end up loving the sequel just as much!

  7. Raven

    This is a great list! I loved Iron King, Bring Me Their Hearts, Six Of Crows, Red Queen, Great Hunt, and An Ember In The Ashes. I haven’t read ADSOM, and The Winner’s Trilogy yet but they’re on my binge read list.
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    • Arielle

      Ohhhh I think you’ll love The Winner’s Trilogy. SO ADDICTINGGGG

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