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Top 10 YA Fantasy Books

Posted by Hayley on July 29, 2017

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Being a normal human can be overrated. Young adult fantasy offers irresistible escapism, letting readers step into the shoes of demigods, demons, witches, and assassins. Sure, these heroes possess supernatural abilities and supernatural luck, but they're also intensely relatable as they grapple with growing up and falling in love (and saving the world).

As we searched for the best YA fantasy on Goodreads, we stuck to books with at least a 4.0 average rating. This meant that popular titles with big film adaptations like Twilight, Eragon, and The Golden Compass missed the cut. While The Boy Who Lived made it in, surprising no one, the list is dominated by powerful girls with no time for evil royals or rampaging monsters.

Take a look at our top 10 YA fantasy books and let us know how many you've read in the comments!


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

You could've been…a wizard!

The muggle struggle is real for young Harry until he's swept away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.



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The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

You could've been…the child of a Greek god!

Percy, son of Poseidon, realizes he must travel to the Underworld to stop a war between the gods.



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City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare

You could've been…a demon hunter!

After witnessing a terrifyingly bizarre murder, Clary enters a new world of vampires, werewolves, and demons.



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The Selection
by Kiera Cass

You could've been…a princess contestant!

One girl gets the chance to compete for a prince's affection in this fairy tale with a light dystopian twist.




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Hush, Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

You could've been…a fallen angel!

Nora doesn't have time for romance, let alone a romance with an angel, but handsome Patch turns her "normal" world upside down.



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Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead

You could've been…vampire royalty!

Where do vampires learn about their powers? St. Vladimir's Academy, an exclusive school for the creatures of the night and their guardians.



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Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard

You could've been…a commoner with god-like superpowers!

In a realm divided by blood, one red-blooded girl discovers she possesses the same unnatural abilities as the silver-blooded elite.



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Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas

You could've been…an assassin!

Celaena Sardothien, a famed assassin, competes to become the king's champion in a contest that quickly turns deadly.



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Graceling
by Kristin Cashore

You could've been…the king's thug!

Born with the ability to kill a man with her bare hands, Katsa finds herself the unwilling pawn of her uncle, the king.



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Daughter of Smoke & Bone
by Laini Taylor

You could've been…a demon in love!

A young art student with a mysterious past gets caught up in a brutal otherworldly war between angels and demons.




What's your favorite YA fantasy? Share it with us in the comments.

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Comments (showing 1-50 of 237) (237 new)


message 1: by Denise (new)

Denise 9/10! Haven't read Graceling yet.


message 2: by Janet (new)

Janet Denise wrote: "9/10! Haven't read Graceling yet."Nice! I've read 6/10.


message 3: by Marina (new)

Marina 7/10. Close enough. :)


message 4: by Haley (new)

Haley Wofford I love City of Bones. Cassandra Clare's other books are also worth reading.


message 5: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Oswald It should have been The Raven Boys instead of The Selection


message 6: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle Also should have been Six of Crows series instead of Red Queen, in my opinion


message 7: by Diana (new)

Diana I am 6/10


message 8: by Julia (new)

Julia I'm quite pride to say I read them all xD


message 9: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan Denise wrote: "9/10! Haven't read Graceling yet."

I think Graceling is amazing! :)


message 10: by Raven (new)

Raven I am pretty sure that there is not a single bit of fantasy in Selection.
It is a dystopia, not a fantasy novel.


message 11: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana 3/10 :)). Well, the rest of them are in my TBR list anyway!


message 12: by AlwaysV (new)

AlwaysV I'm so blown away by Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor. Super amazing! And I don't read any YA . . . 😀


message 13: by Atlas (new)

Atlas Read 8/10, but thought The Selection, Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Red Queen are all mediocre books at best :/


message 14: by Suzi Evelyn (new)

Suzi Evelyn I've read four and the rest are on my tbr list. But why in the world is The Selection on this list?


message 15: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 7/10 !! must be a YA geek ^ ^


message 16: by Izzy Book Queen (new)

Izzy Book Queen I didn't think the Selection was fantasy but nonetheless its my favorite book/series <3


message 17: by Izzy Book Queen (new)

Izzy Book Queen Suzevelyn wrote: "I've read four and the rest are on my tbr list. But why in the world is The Selection on this list?"

Ikr!!!


message 18: by Izzy Book Queen (new)

Izzy Book Queen Raven wrote: "I am pretty sure that there is not a single bit of fantasy in Selection.
It is a dystopia, not a fantasy novel."


agreed.


message 19: by Annette (new)

Annette Only 6/10 😭 I have no interest reading the rest I haven't read yet.


message 20: by Lauren Elise (new)

Lauren Elise Read 7/ 10 :)


message 21: by Melina Celeste (new)

Melina Celeste 10/10 :D


message 22: by Zohal (new)

Zohal I've read 7 of the 10 :D


message 23: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Haha, i've read 1


message 24: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear I've only read Harry Potter. Surprised books by Tamora Pierce didn't make the cut. Girl powered fantasy series in a medieval type setting. Alanna: The First Adventure has above a 4.0 rating. Tamora Pierce won't sell the movie rights unless she has control of the story. That gives her books an extra plus from me.


message 25: by Denn (new)

Denn Brown 8/10 read and the other two on the TBR shelf


message 26: by Chris (new)

Chris Agree about Tamora Pierce - one of my favorites!!


message 27: by Nina (new)

Nina SIX OF CROWS


message 28: by BOOKLION_01 (new)

BOOKLION_01 3/10 :p


message 29: by Dawn (new)

Dawn 8/10


message 30: by June (new)

June  Jerin Denise wrote: "9/10! Haven't read Graceling yet."
Same! (:


message 31: by Bea (new)

Bea Oak 5/10 im just have interest in vampire academy series :)
and i have pretty sure that "the selection" doesnt have fantasy...


message 32: by Sharry (new)

Sharry Read 5 of these! And have at least 1 one of these on my shelf..


message 33: by SFF (last edited Jul 29, 2017 09:44PM) (new)

SFF Lover The first Harry Potter book is not YA! It's children or middle grade! You make yourself look stupid. Also Percy Jackson is middle grade!


message 34: by Ezgi (new)

Ezgi Tülü 7/10


message 35: by Enzo (new)

Enzo 8/10 the win at least in YA (which in my point of view is simply Fantasy) goes to Fantasy.


message 36: by Ilona (last edited Jul 30, 2017 03:17AM) (new)

Ilona 10/10 and I gave 5 of them 1 star.


Soumya ~CrazyAngelicVamp~ 7/10 :) Only Red Queen, Hush, Hush & Graceling left!


message 38: by Amber (new)

Amber 6/10


message 39: by Someone (new)

Someone 7/10


message 40: by ~✨Catherine✨~ (last edited Jul 30, 2017 06:09AM) (new)

~✨Catherine✨~ 10 out of 10 XD
All 5 or 4 stars except for The Selection (ugh)
Love Throne of Glass and Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and The Mortal Instruments and (ok all of them except the Selection)
Red Queen and Hush hush were ok I guess....


message 41: by Em (new)

Em 10/10... Read them all.. :D


message 42: by Tazitazitazi (new)

Tazitazitazi I've read only 2 series: Vampire Academy and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but liked them very much. I should try more Ya fantasy.


message 43: by Book_Lover (new)

Book_Lover I've only read the selection and I LOVED it!

I don't care in which category it belongs to...
Oh and I really want to read throne of glass


message 44: by Louise (new)

Louise 8/10, i havent read daughter of smoke and bone and the selection.. :)


message 45: by Swan (new)

Swan An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


message 46: by Swan (new)

Swan I've read all these books :)


message 47: by Amber (new)

Amber my favorite YA fantasy is Pennyroyal Academy. It's one of my favorite YA fantasies I have read and the harry potter series is good too. I read those in middle school and high school.


message 48: by Jessa (new)

Jessa 8/10..still deciding if I will read Hush, Hush and Vampire Academy


message 49: by AStein07 (new)

AStein07 Suzevelyn wrote: "I've read four and the rest are on my tbr list. But why in the world is The Selection on this list?"

Yeah, really. It's dystopian!


message 50: by AStein07 (new)

AStein07 70 percent! But the rest don't sound that great. Honestly I only really liked HP from this list.


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