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Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read YA Fantasy

As usual, another great Top Ten Tuesday topic (could I get enough t-words in that sentence or what?) AND I get to talk about YA Fantasy. Talk about a great day…

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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read YA Fantasy

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1 Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder— To help those sad, sad people who don’t read ya fantasy ease into the genre, I would recommend this book because it’s light on the some of the typical YA themes (like high school, instalove, angst).

2Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi— The fantasy side of things in this novel are not so weird that non-fantasy readers would be freaked out (I don’t think, anyway). Plus, there’s some amazing romance I think any non YA fantasy reader would enjoy.

3Incarceron by Catherine Fisher— Incarceron has such a unique storyline that I think whoever is reading it will be pulled into the book.

4Divergent by Veronica Roth— This book is making every list I make. Like ever. Cuz it’s just that awesome.

5The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- Actually, I think a lot of people started reading this series because it became ridiculously popular. It has become the “gateway book” to YA.

6The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross— We gotta represent ALL types of YA fantasy – especially the kind with amazing jewelry.

7Wither by Lauren DeStefano— I really loved the subject matter of this book, and I think it will appeal to non YA-types across the board.

8The Decoy Princess by Dawn Cook— This author is sorta unknown, but her books are amazing! The Decoy Princess has something to offer everyone!

9The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley— This is a classic. Everyone should read this one, fo sho.

10The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson— Gah, this book was so amazing! Another novel everyone should read at some point.

What YA fantasy books would you recommend to a non-ya-er?

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  • Agreed, and also, A Discovery of Witches would be on my list…I just read that book and could not put it down. 590 pages of sheer awesomeness. Cannot WAIT for the second book.

  • The Poison Study is currently waiting on my “Don’t have to read” shelf. Hopefully it’ll stop languishing there and I’ll actually be able to read it!

    You have some great dystopians on this list! I can’t wait for Insurgent!

  • Nea Barabea

    I loved the Hunger Games books!! 🙂 Great list! 🙂

  • Stephen P

    I’ve heard a LOT of good things about the Hunger Games, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it!

  • Ems

    Agreed on all counts! I’d add Die for Me by Amy Plum and Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz too. Those were amazing!

  • I’d also add Graceling to that list. It’s an awesome YA high fantasy.

  • Harry Potter, of course! Granted I started those books when I was 16, but they truly got me interested in this genre. I already mentioned this in another post, but Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is a new favorite, and the sequel Hallowed just released today! Going to dive in asap…

  • Bookishlilly

    Great list! I’ve read seven of these and really need to get to the other three!
    Truly Bookish

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  • I’ve not read many of these, but I do have some on the shelf here to get to some day as well. 🙂 Thank you for the amazing list!

  • BookObsession1313

    Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy is an absolute MUST READ!!!!!!!