There are a lot of YA fiction in the world. We all know this. We embrace this. We love this. Of course we do, it means an endless amounts of worlds to explore, characters to fall in love with and pages that we read over and over again because we just can’t get enough.
However you flip that coin, and how can you possibly keep up with them all? It is a momentous task and I know that for me, there are an incredible amount of series that I just have not got round to reading yet, even though I’ve wanted to for an extended period of time.
So what are these series; well they usually fall into YA fantasy – because that is essentially my second home, my safe haven, my comfort zone. I can always find something appealing about most books of this genre and they are my all-time favourite.
Sometimes I delve into the realm of contemporary, but often I find it doesn’t have the escapism I enjoy in a fantasy.
So, let’s get down to it!
1. The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo
I am in love with Six of Crows, I am falling deeply into Crooked Kingdom. I need to read what came before. The original, the inspiration. I’ve heard incredibly mixed reviews but it hasn’t put me off all that much. I love the world that Leigh Bardugo has created and I genuinely cannot wait to explore more of it.
2. The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare
I was very mixed about The Mortal Instruments – there were certain aspects that I really didn’t get along with and at one point, nearly gave up the series completely until a friend convinced me that it got better. It did, after a big ole lull in the middle and I’m glad I finished. And everyone raved about this trilogy, so I have higher hopes!
3. The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater
This series was everywhere upon the release of the fourth and final book and it really piqued my interest! The premise is right up my street, and another friend of mine said the characters in it are A++. This really pushed me towards it, as I can struggle through any hauntingly bad plot as long as there is a character I love involved!
4. Shades of Magic – V. E. Schwab
These books are so revered around the book bloggersphere that I am itching to get my hands on them. They literally contain everything I love YA fantasy from what I’ve read, and I’ve read enough to whet my appetite so I don’t come across a dreaded spoiler. I. Cannot. Wait.
5. An Ember In The Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
With the sequel A Torch Against The Night having recently been released, this book has come to forefront of my attention again – having almost entirely positive reviews and of course, being a part of the YA fantasy world, this is another book and now series, that I keep meaning to get myself into, yet here I am, still not having even purchased it yet!
So! Those are my top 5 YA fantasy series that I’ve not yet started. Due to timing, money, just plain forgetfulness and consistent distraction. What’s on your list? Have you read any of the above? Let me know!