Top 3 YA Fantasy to escape from reality.
I mentioned in my last post that relaxing and reading helped me to chill the frick out. Well I’m going to start to give you my awesome list of amazing YA fantasy books and authors that I regularly read.
This post started out being my Top 5 books, but as I kept looking at my overloaded bookshelf I kept adding more and more titles. I’ve somehow managed to cut my list down, I’ve even added a subcategory. It’s now my Top 3 books to escape from reality and into fantasy.
So lets get lost from reality and step into fantasy together.
Let’s get lost – YA fantasy
The past few weeks, I’ve been devouring books with a passion. It’s taken me a while to get back into reading. But now, I’m back here in this world of literary madness. I’m soaking up the pages and swimming in the ink. I’m lost to this world, and I love it.
It’s been hard to cut down to my favourite books, especially when I read a wide range of fiction genres. So for this post I thought I give you my Top 3 YA fantasy novel series.
I mainly read YA fantasy these days, I’ve never been a big adult fiction kind of gal. Never being much of a reader when I was younger, I obviously read Harry Potter and obviously loved it, but nothing else flicked that switch. Nothing made me want to escape into books, that was until I discovered YA fantasy.
My local library at the time only had standard YA fiction, nothing that avidly made me want to finish the books I picked up.
But back when I was a sullen silent teenager, on holiday with my family in Swindon
(I know, a thrilling place to have a holiday.) My sisters and I were allowed to pick one book each to have as a holiday treat. I ended up plodding to the Young Adult fiction section in Waterstones and started flicking through possible books. Not being much of a reader at the time I didn’t really know what I was looking for. Then I found Tithe.
Tithe by Holly Black
They say never to judge a book by it’s cover, but that’s especially hard when you’re a kid, more specifically a kid who struggles to read. Drawn in by the hauntingly dark but beautiful front cover of Tithe. I wasn’t disappointed when I started reading it. It was the perfect book that spiralled me into dark YA fantasy.
Tithe follows Kaye, a 16 year old nomad who tours across the country with her mother’s rock band. After an incident at one of the concerts, Kaye moves back to live with her grandmother in New Jersey. Whilst walking home, Kaye stumbles upon a white-haired man bleeding to death in a wood and saves his life. From that moment nothing in her life is ever the same. Soon, she is plunged into an inhuman world of conflict, betrayal and truth.
As a teenager I related to Kaye, a fellow young grunge freak, who was never fully felt accepted by others. I lived vicariously through her, I drank with her, smoked with her and fell for Roiben with her. I wanted nothing more than to be an anti-hero and save the knight. Holly Black writes without apologies and submerges you into a dark and harsh world- surrounded by fey.
Having first been published in 2002, the story doesn’t quite hit the same now as it once did, but it’s still got pride of place on my bookshelf. I recommend starting the series with Tithe, but if not, definitely don’t miss out on Valiant by Holly Black.
Black Magicians Trilogy
After the tombs that were the later books of Harry Potter, the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan is probably the biggest series books I’ve read. From the original 3 in the series, it has since been expanded. Both with sequels and prequels creating a mass of stories and characters to follow.
The original three books, ‘The Magicians’ Guild‘, ‘The Novice‘ and ‘The High Lord‘ are probably my favourite in the series. Following Sonea, a young girl from the slums as magic is thrust into her life and the hunt for her begins. Canavan writes strong characters, compelling plots and emotionally gripping story lines to achieve a series filled with magic, adventure and secrets. Alongside Sonea’s tale, the books are filled with excellent sub-stories, following different characters viewpoints throughout the books. Beware of the final chapters in ‘The Highlord’ though, it’s a devastating end that I will continue to weep over.
If you like the sound of The Black Magician Trilogy, you’l love Trudi Canavan’s other series: The Age of the Five. A small step away from YA fantasy into adult fantasy. I read it every year, they are one of the only books that I’ve read so much the pages are dog-eared.
As a mini-celebration to finally getting back to reading, I made some literary bookworm stickers! Now available in my shop.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
My newest addition to my ever-growing collection of books and has quickly become my all time favourite. This book truly dragged me out of my stress filled funk. I don’t think I’ve ever wished to be a part of a fantasy world as much as I want to be in this one. The series has to be the main staple for any YA fantasy lover.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas follows Feyre, a 19-year-old who feeds her impoverish family by hunting. When Feyre kills a wolf, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land, she soon discovers that her captor is not a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries. Propelled into the faerie courts, Feyre must battle curses, beasts, betrayal, war and death to become accepted into her new life above the wall.
I have sprinted my way through this series, I couldn’t get enough of the characters, the world and the story lines. I read the series over a few days, I honestly couldn’t put them down. Finishing each book in the series, left me feeling empty and hungry for more.
Faeries, death, romance and sexual tension all teaming in the series, with plenty of deep character development and complex storylines. Sarah J Maas even tackles subjects most shy away from including mental health and PTSD, creating well thought out characters with intricate backgrounds and relationships to one another.
The second book in the series ‘A Court of Mist and Fury ‘ is my favourite. Set a few months after the end of Book One, it develops Feyre’s relationship with Tamlin, Rhysand and herself. Book Two shows you Feyre’s inner turmoil after the trials in Amarantha’s court, and shows her struggle with her affections for Tamlin.
A Conclusion and A Court of Frost and Starlight
Even with my obsession of reading, I’ve never actually pre-ordered a book before, that was until I read this series. I love these books so much. When I saw there was a fourth out this year, I immediately Preordered it. I’ve been so excited for weeks after realising the release date was May 1st this year.
I actually received my copy last week… and I finished it in the same day. I love it.
Now I have a YA fantasy void to fill in my life, what’s your favourite books?
What do you read to escape from the hum-drum of reality?
I’d love to know, leave a comment in the section below.
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