Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is our Top Ten Hidden Gems in ______ Genre. I'm feeling like Fantasy, so here are ten YA fantasy novels that I think deserve more attention.
1) Victoria Schwab's Monsters of Verity. This strange YA fantasy duology takes place in a world where violent acts breed monsters. It follows two teens with powerful parents who rule a divided town overrun by these monsters. It's an unassuming story, more character than plot driven, but absolutely beautiful. Victoria Schwab is definitely an author to keep your eye on when it comes to fantasy. Her Archived trilogy is another great YA fantasy that deserves more attention.
2) Jodi Meadows's Newsoul Trilogy. This lush and gorgeous YA fantasy takes place in a world where every person has been reincarnated into new bodies multiple times over--except for the main character, who is new. It has a strong romantic aspect and dragons and phoenixes, and I highly recommend that you read it. It deserves so much love!
3) The Siren by Kiera Cass. Kiera Cass's dystopian The Selection Trilogy is very well-known, but this standalone YA fantasy about a killer mermaid who wants a way out of her situation gets a lot less attention. However, The Siren is really a lovely book, full of quiet emotion, and the main character is a total sweetheart.
4) Rachel Caine's The Great Library. I'm really enjoying this YA dystopian alt-history series about a world where the Library at Alexandria was never destroyed, and instead became the central power of society. In this world, the dissemination of information is strictly controlled, which causes a whole lot of problems. This story has a lot of alchemy, even more bookishness, and plenty of excitement!
5) Sharon Shinn's Elemental Blessings. I've only read the first book of this adult-YA crossover fantasy series, but I liked it a lot. It tells the story of a young woman chosen as the king's fifth bride who escapes, only to discover a lineage and a power much deeper than she ever suspected. The worldbuilding in this story is great, and I look forward to reading the next book.
6) Carol Goodman's Blythewood Trilogy. This YA historical fantasy follows a girl who attends a mysterious boarding school where she learn the dark and magical truth about her world, herself, and the boy who saved her life when she was caught in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
7) Alethea Kontis's Woodcutter Sisters. When complete, this YA fairytale retelling will re-purpose many old tales in order to tell the story of five different girls in one family, all named after days of the week. These books are whimsical and incredibly clever, and you should definitely give them a read.
8) Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland. I'm really surprised that this fresh and engaging YA Greek mythology retelling isn't talked about more! It follows a harpy who wants a normal human life, but is forced to go on the run after she uses unexpected dark powers to save herself from death.
9) City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster. This Asian-inspired YA fantasy tells the story of an orphan being raised as an apprentice whose mysterious ability to speak with cats becomes all the more important when girls in her city begin dying. It's unique, intense, and a lot of fun.
10) Julia Golding's Dragonfly & Glass Swallow Duology. This YA fantasy duology tells the romances of two different generations, starting with a prince and princess in an unwanted arranged marriage who are forced to come to terms with each other after they're kidnapped. These books are sweet and funny.
What YA fantasy books do you think deserve more attention? Let me know, and I will be back again on Wednesday!
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