Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is 10 Books Every X Reader Should Read, so since I’m such a YA Fantasy lover I figured I would do that genre. It was hard trying to actually pick books for this though because I guess I don’t have that many to recommend in the first place. Something I’m going to have to remedy….I wish I could read faster dangit!

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10.) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

What I am really recommending here is the series as a whole but we do have to start with the first one so…..

This is a great series, I absolutely loved it when I was younger. “Inkheart” is about a young girl who adores books but when she reads from them the characters come out into our world. It is just a wonderful story that gets BETTER as it continues, honestly I loved the second book the best but you do have to…ya know read the first one first.

Why You Should Read It: The world building is fantastic in this series, especially as it goes. But the best way to sum up why you should read it is that it’s simply magical. Magic is such a big player in “Inkheart” that it just has to be read by fantasy lovers.

9.) The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

While this is definitely more of a romance book than a fantasy book I still can’t help but recommend it since it is such a great book. It does hold some fantasy elements such as the setting, world building, and hints of magic. Really though it’s just all around awesome.

Why You Should Read It: As I said the setting really does it, it’s fantasy because this isn’t historical fiction and it’s based on a fairy tale (One Thousand and One Nights). It’s a wonderful, magical world Ahdieh immerses us into and trust me when I say immersed. Plus the hints of magic, small though they are, really add to the fantasy element of this book.

You can read my full review here.

8.) Uprooted by Naomi Novik


This is a great fairytale-esque fantasy novel, plus it’s a standalone!A standalone novel in fantasy is pretty rare, especially one that wraps up everything nicely in one go. This was such a fun experience I feel like I should re-read it again, that and the fact that my early review is embarrassing since I was so inexperienced with reviews.

Why You Should Read It: This has great world-building, interesting mythology, and a neat magic system. There’s something to be said for a cool magic system though, in “Uprooted” magic doesn’t make you all powerful and has it’s limitations. For instance, you can use it all up and then it’s gone. This combo makes for a great fantasy book, in my opinion.

You can read my full review here.

7.) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

This book was a huge surprise for me, I did not think I would like it as much as I did. I mean….there’s a love triangle. I hat love triangles! However, this still managed to be a fantastic book.

Why You Should Read It: Great, great, great world-building! Raasch creates an entire continent, complete with different kingdoms, rulers, and the best of the best when it comes to fantasy: politics. Not the boring kind of course, but the kind that a great fantasy book thrives on. Not to mention there is an interesting magic system, very unique and once again has some limitations such as what gender you are.

You can read my full review here.

6.) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I don’t think I could even make a list like this without including the Percy Jackson series! It’s the perfect blend of Greek mythology into the modern world. Yes it’s more of a middle grade book, but it is perfectly addicting for young adults and adults alike. It’s like saying Harry Potter is just for kids, blasphemy!

Why You Should Read It: What is more fantastical than mythology? You get magic, magical items, gods, and quests. That is all 100% fantasy! As I said this book perfectly blends all of those things into our modern world making for a super fun and magical read.

5.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Now I wasn’t exactly a HUGE fan of “Shadow & Bone” mostly because I thought it was a bit fantasy-lite and I was a little leery of reading another one of her books especially since this book is CRAZY over-hyped. Well “Six of Crows” is definitely not a disappointment.

Why You Should Read It: Great world-building and very character driven with multiple POVs, if there’s one thing that’s common in fantasy it’s multiple POVs. This is set in the same world as Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy but it is quite different since she spends a lot more time fleshing out the setting in this book.

You can see my full review here.

4.) The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)

I haven’t gotten to writing my review for this but it is an exceptional book. I loved it, I honestly didn’t have any big complaints at all. There are some twists and it isn’t exactly light and fluffy either, it gets pretty dark and Sarah Fine puts the MC through some tough situations.

Why You Should Read This: The world that was created and the mythology were AMAZING. The culture and legends were so unique and creative and not to mention the Queen(s) are the most powerful (girl power!) Another thing was the magic system, once again we have one where the magic isn’t all powerful, it has limits and no one’s magic is the same.

3.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

I was extremely surprised by my love for this series so far and while I will say that I do LOVE the sequel much more that I did like this one as well. If I could recommend the sequel first I definitely would, buuuuut I can’t. This is a bit lite on the fantasy but if you push through you will be rewarded in the end, I promise!

Why You Should Read It: While the world building itself isn’t explained that much in this first installment of the trilogy it does have some great politics. You know, the kind we all love to read about in fantasy books. There is no magic however, making this book mostly about the romance and politics.

2.) Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)

Words cannot express the genius that is this book, PERFECT fantasy for YA. I highly recommend it for fans of Game of Thrones, since it’s so extremely similar. This is definitely YA though and not quite as graphic as ASOIAF or Game of Thrones.

Why You Should Read It: Twists, turns, betrayals, politics, magic, world building! You name it and “Half a King” has it! It is simply amazing and a definite read for any lover of YA fantasy, or fantasy period.

You can see my full review here.

1.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

How can I NOT add this? It’s perfect for all ages so it definitely can go on a list for YA Fantasy. Not only is it a classic but it’s a fin piece of literature. It’s the best example of what a fantasy book should be.

Why You Should Read It: It’s Tolkien! It’s Middle Earth! That’s really all the reason you should need. Tolkien created the best fictional world imaginable, complete with it’s own languages and everything. Utter perfection.

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Are there any books on here that you have read? Any YA Fantasy books you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your TTT as well!

The Sassy



20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read

  1. Read Diverse Books April 12, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    The Hobbit is the perfect choice for #1. It was one of the very first books that I truly loved and that made me fall in love with stories.

    I’ll be reading The Wrath and the Dawn soon. Can’t wait!

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    • thesassygeek April 12, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you, I think so as well. Honestly The Hobbit is one of my most loved stories of all time so I had to put it as #1 and I hope you enjoy The Wrath & The Dawn it really is an amazing book! 🙂

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  2. Carrianne April 12, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Lots of great choices on this list! I’ve been meaning to read TWATD, Six of Crows, and Snow Like Ashes for a while. Now that I feel more like a free bird with my reading choices, I might actually get around to them. I also want to read Half a King, Uprooted, and The Imposter Queen. They sound right up my alley! (The Hobbit is and always will be on my list.)

    I went in another direction with TTT this week. I couldn’t think of anything for this theme. :\ My TTT.

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    • thesassygeek April 12, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you found some books to add to your TBR, I enjoyed every single one so if you read them I hope you do as well! Half a King is definitely one of my most recommended though. (I’ll also check out your TTT as well!) 🙂


  3. dreamingthroughliterature April 12, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? The series can be kind of slow-going at times, but the world building is lovely.

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    • thesassygeek April 12, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      No I haven’t yet. It’s been on my TBR foreveeeeer, I bought it on my Nook so long ago that I’m at the point where I don’t want to read on my Nook anymore but I also don’t want to re-purchase the book. I definitely need to read it sometime soon though since I did like Laini’s other book Lips Touch:Three Times. 🙂

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  4. Hey Ashers! April 12, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    “This was such a fun experience I feel like I should re-read it again, that and the fact that my early review is embarrassing since I was so inexperienced with reviews.”

    I’m right there with you, both on the Must Reread Uprooted thing and the My Old Reviews Are A Nightmare What Was I Doing thing. Hope you enjoy Uprooted just as much, if not more, the second time around!

    I haven’t read most of the books on your list, but I really should. This is a great post! =)

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    • thesassygeek April 12, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you and I’m glad you agree with all of that, seriously it’s good to know I’m not the only one to think my early reviews are just awful, haha. If you read any of these books I hope you like them, I highly recommend them all after all! 🙂

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) April 12, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Oh these are some brilliant fantasy books, some of my favourites as well. I love The Wrath and the Dawn, Six of Crows and The Winner’s Curse; they are honestly some of my favourite fantasy series. I have a lot of the rest on my to-read list as well, it’s just a matter of getting around to them 😀
    Great picks for this week, and a great topic as well.

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    • thesassygeek April 13, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you and I’m glad you liked some of my picks, honestly I wish I had a bigger pool to select from since I seem to have read very few YA fantasies that I liked. 🙂

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  6. Caitlin Stern April 12, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I agree that good stand-alone fantasy can be difficult to find. Uprooted is a nice example, though. 🙂 My TTT

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    • thesassygeek April 13, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you and I think “Uprooted” is one of the only standalone fantasies I have read. I’ll head on over and check your list out! 🙂


  7. Zezee April 12, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    I’ve had Inkheart on my TBR for so long now! Snow Like Ashes was a fun read and I’d like to try Half a King.

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    • thesassygeek April 13, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Half a King is definitely one of the books I’d recommend the most, it’s just so good! 🙂


  8. ravenandbeez April 13, 2016 / 7:04 am

    I think you would enjoy the final empire (if you haven’t already read it) because the concept of power is similar to the magic in uprooted.

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    • thesassygeek April 13, 2016 / 3:09 pm

      No I haven’t gotten to The Final Empire yet, but I REALLY want to read it soon. I’ve heard similar things, that the magic system is awesooooome. Thanks for recommending it to me though, makes me want to get my hands on it all the faster! 🙂

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