Twice upon a Time...
As the colder months approach, you'll want plenty of good books to keep you busy indoors. Why not dive into a new series? And, while you're at it, why not try some fantasy to escape the doldrums of the dark reality of winter? Below, find the books that kick off seven great young adult fantasy series. Some series are complete while others are still in the works, so take your pick and, like a drifting snowflake, get carried away by these immersive stories of the fantastic.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara has a secret that she’s not even sure of herself. All she knows for sure is it seems that everyone around her dies (and often rather gruesomely). When she meets enigmatic Noah, she slowly learns their complementary natures. But if his nature is what she believes it to be, it has dire implications about her own. Follow up on Mara and Noah’s story with The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three sisters. Three queens. The triplets of Fennbirn are destined for either something great or something dreadful. Two must die, one will reign. As the three sisters come of age in different provinces, they prepare for a fight to the death. With courts behind them and a history of murderous siblings, it’s only a matter of time before one comes out on top. Read the sequel, One Dark Throne.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
With a father who is all but useless and two sisters who are about the same, Feyre takes it upon herself to provide for her family. Hunting in the woods, she shoots down a wolf -- but all is not what it seems. She soon discovers the wolf is actually a faerie and her murder of it contracts her to the cursed faerie Tamlin. This retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” continues with A Court of Mist and Fury.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Seeking a legendary surviving member of the royal family, Finnikin has little hope. His people were destroyed in an attack on Lumatere years ago and only whispers have suggested there may be salvation. With a mysterious young woman named Evangeline, Finnikin strikes off in search of the survivor, following Evangeline’s prophetic dreams along the way. Find out what happens next with Froi of the Exiles.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Without a mother to guide them, Cate and her sisters are left to defend their magic and themselves from a community who would rather see them dead. When their father enlists a new governess, Cate must determine whether or not she’s trustworthy and just what her motives are. On top of this, she navigates a love triangle and the usual woes of teenagehood. Discover the further stories of the Cahill sisters in the sequel, Star Cursed.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue doesn’t know much, except that the receiver of her first kiss is doomed to death. When she accompanies her mother on a clairvoyant errand, Blue encounters Gansey, one of the local Aglionby school boys. Also known as the Raven Boys, these students are no one to mix with -- but Gansey and his friends have a mission of their own that might be too alluring to resist. Check out The Dream Thieves after.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase doesn’t know it, but she’s royalty. And not just any royalty, but faery royalty. When her best friend starts acting more like a bodyguard than a best friend and Meghan feels like she’s being watched at every turn, it’s only a matter of time before her world comes crashing down around her and she must use all she’s got to bring peace to a world she’s never known. Read The Iron Daughter next.