Sometimes we need an escape from reality, and these young adult fantasy books are our ticket to worlds beyond even our own (very active) imaginations. Read on for 7 must-read young adult fantasy books that will whisk you away from your everyday life and bring you stories full of adventure, romance, and–perhaps most importantly of all–magic.
7 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Have to Read:
1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
It’s been five years since the war that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses. Too bad a forbidden romance might get in the way of her revenge.
2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
3. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—must hide who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, and all of her training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the mysterious Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
4. Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom. Can she live long enough to reap the benefits of this risk?
5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince.
6. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.
But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged into a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all……
7. Night World by L.J. Smith
The pain was something Poppy couldn’t ignore. The diagnosis was death. There was no hope—until James appeared in the darkened hospital room.
James, her best friend and secret love, the most handsome boy in El Camino High. But this was a James she didn’t know, menacing yet irresistible as he offered Poppy the gift of eternal life.
Only he could open the door to the Night World, and spirit her into its lonely, secret universe.