The draw of a new and fantastical world has always called to my inner child. Getting to read about magic and new worlds just drew me in. The dilemma would always come when I would run out of new books to read. If you are looking for some excellent fantasy with even more fantastical authors below are my top five favorite young adult fantasy books from bestselling authors.
By Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs allows you to peer into a world of what ifs. Written off as mentally unstable after the death of his grandfather, Jacob strives to find more about his grandfather’s past and mysterious death and stumbles into a world of peculiarities and a world frozen in time along the way. This book is excellent for those struggling through a loss that want an escape from reality or anyone who loves when a novel has real world themes and a touch of magic. This books outlines the harshness of war and beautifully details loss while also creating an amazing bond between characters through their shared tragedies. Goddess Test
By Aimee Carter
If you love seeing interesting twists on myths this is the book for you. When Kate’s mother dies she moves back home. Little does she know what awaits her there, a world of magic and imprisonment. She meets Henry, a dark young man claiming he can save her mother and says he is Hades. Kate must face 7 tests, if she passes she may be able to save her mother. But danger awaits her in this new realm and her mother’s live may not be the only one in danger.
By Michael Scott
This story by Michael Scott has excellent character development and an abundance of magic. This book is great for those that love adventure and magic with a hint of science thrown in. They blend the lines between good and evil well, showing that the heroes can fall and become villains or make choices we might consider evil. It’s great for those who like anti-heros and strong female characters.
By Richelle Mead
Dive into the dangerous world of Vampires with Vampire Academy. Lissa is a vampire princess, a mortal vampire with a gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. Rose Hathaway is Lissa’s best friend, and a powerful half-breed vampire called a dhampir. Her job, to protect the princess from the Strigoi, fierce and immortal vampires who seek to make Lissa one of them. The pair are captured and taken to Vampire Academy under and told that it’s for their own safety. However, they quickly realize that there is, even more, danger lurking in the walls of the Academy than in the outside world. This book is excellent for those that want a bit of romance mixed into their fantasy novel. It’s sprinkled with a forbidden romance and peppered with adventure, excitement, and danger.
By Kristin Cashore
Last, but certainly not least welcome to Kristen Cashore’s world of Gracelings, a world where people have inhuman talents akin to magic. Katsa, the niece of the king, should be able to live a life of royalty but instead is shunned because of her Grace, the Grace of killing. Working as a hired killer and thug for the throne, she eventually meets Prince Po and unexpectedly befriends him. Together they face a corrupt king from another region and learn a secret about Katsa’s Grace. This is an excellent book for anyone looking for excellent character development as all the characters have excellent backstories and a more medieval-like theme. It does have some light hints of romance throughout as well.