fantasy

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The Warrior Queen

Fans of young adult fantasy series featuring strong-willed, independent, and powerful heroines will want to pay particular attention to Emily R. King's Hundredth Queen series of which The Warrior Queen is the fourth and final installment. It's a series best read in chronological order, so make sure ...

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Sea Witch

I have fond memories of watching the Disney adaptation of The Little Mermaid as a child, and so I was over the moon when I saw that Sea Witch, Sarah Henning's retelling of this classic tale, was coming out at the end of July. It was billed as dark young adult fantasy with a bit of a love triangle, a ...

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Star Touched Stories

Star-Touched Stories takes us back to the world of the Night Bazaar and the heavenly courts, introducing us to new characters and revisiting old friends as we once more enter the enchanted realms of the Star-Touched series. Death and Night Grade: A                    Sensuality: N ...

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The Bird and the Blade

Megan Bannen's début novel The Bird and the Blade is a surprising mix of fantasy and historical fiction that takes place in a fantastical version of 13th century Mongolia. It also happens to be a retelling of Puccini’s opera Turandot. Fortunately, you don't have to be familiar with that in order ...

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Legendary

Stephanie Garber's début novel, Caraval, was one of the most highly-praised young adult fantasy novels of 2017. Its richly-imagined world and lush prose took the book world by storm, and fans were elated to learn the author was planning a sequel. I didn't fall in love with Caraval the way so many o ...

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What Should Be Wild

Julia Fine enchants with a towering, powerful tale of womanhood, frustration, coming of age and deep love, in What Should Be Wild. We begin with birth emerging from death; Maisie Cothay, delivered breathing from the body of her dead and literally rotting mother, is afflicted with a terrible and m ...

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The Poppy War

The world is being inundated with young adult fantasy series, and while I've loved quite a few of those I've read over the past couple of years, I can definitely understand why some people are growing weary of them. R.F. Kuang's The Poppy War is a little different in that it appears to be a standalo ...

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Markswoman

There’s definitely been a surplus of kick-ass young women in YA fiction recently, and it’s a pretty great thing to see. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Kyra, this newest addition, will go down equal to the likes of Katniss, Hermione, and Tris. Markswoman, the first in a new series by Rati Mehrotra ...

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The November Girl

There are tons of young adult romances out there featuring vampires, werewolves, and dark Fae creatures, and while I love those, I've recently found myself in the mood for something a little different. Enter The November Girl, a book with a unique premise, diverse principals, and a ton of weighty is ...

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The Reluctant Queen

Earlier this year, I fell head over heels in love with The Queen of Blood, book one in Sarah Beth Durst's Queens of Renthia series. When I first heard about it, I figured it would be like the many young adult fantasies out there in which a young woman with extraordinary power saves the world from a ...