6 YA Fantasy Series to Binge-Read When You Don't Want to Leave Your Bed
You know those days when you just want to stay indoors, curl up in a ball, and indulge in your TBR list? Well, what better way to escape reality than to hide under your covers and devour these stunning (and complete!) young adult fantasy series? It’s no easy feat keeping up with YA series these days, and it’s often difficult to find the time, even for a standalone. But with non-stop action, lush worldbuilding, and characters who inspire Tumblr fandoms, these six YA fantasy series are a treat for any reader!
The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Kestrel is the general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. She has two choices: fulfill her father’s wishes and join the military, or get married. But Kestrel has other plans. When she stumbles across a young slave up for auction, she follows her instinct and buys him—with unexpected consequences. She can’t deny the growing attraction she feels toward Arin, who harbors a secret that may very well destroy her world. Deadly games, forbidden love, and gut-wrenching twists and turns abound. This fantasy series is definitely worth a binge-read.
The These Vicious Masks trilogy by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
It’s England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. When her sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her. She’s accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent, but they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her. And he’s claiming that both sisters have special healing abilities. Evelyn is convinced Braddock is mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and her sister is in more danger than she could ever imagine. This one’s for readers who love a good Victorian-era adventure (and X-Men!).
The Grisha trilogy Leigh Bardugo
The once-great nation of Ravka has been torn and divided by the Shadow Fold, a section of near impenetrable darkness that crawls with monsters. Now, the fate of the nation rests on the shoulders of one lonely refugee: Alina Starkov. When her regiment is attacked on the fold and her best friend is brutally murdered, Alina reveals a magical power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. She’s whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious and charming Darkling. Alina’s whole life will change—and she’ll have to confront the secrets of the Grisha, as well as the secrets of her heart. Set in a rich world inspired by Russia, this series is perfect for those who also enjoy historical fiction.
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Meet Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin in a corrupted magicless kingdom with a tyrannical ruler. When she’s summoned to the castle, she’s determined to win her freedom by defeating twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a deadly competition. If she wins, she’ll be released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. If she loses, she’ll be a prisoner, forever. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the guard will protect her. And something evil lurks in the halls of the castle. Can Celaena fight for not only her freedom, but also her survival? With a total of seven books—the seventh just published in October 2018—this series is breathtakingly emotional, with a whole lot of epic goodness and action. The characters are genuine, the world is brilliantly crafted, and plot twists will absolutely ruin you. What more can you ask for?
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
You’ve probably heard of The Mortal Instruments—which was adapted into both a movie and TV show—but have you considered reading one of Cassandra’s other series? The Infernal Devices is her second set in the Shadowhunter world, set in the magical underworld of Victorian London. Tessa Gray has finally found safety with the Shadowhunters at the Institute. But the mysterious and evil Magister isn’t giving up, and he’s determined to find Tessa to use her powers for a darker purpose. With the help of handsome, self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem, Tess discovers that the Magister’s war on Shadowhunters is deeply personal. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to the slums of London where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she ever imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and one of their own has betrayed them. This series has all the markings of a tragic love story, with a little steampunk thrown in.
The Traveler duology by L.E. DeLano
Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. Jessa soon learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, and in every reality, Finn is determined that this time, he’ll stop it. This Jessa will live. A fantastical duology about choices and alternate selves, these books will have you questioning your reality and how far you’d go to protect the people you love.
Your turn, Swooners! Got any recommendations for YA fantasy series to binge-read? We could all use an excuse to stay home in bed and read, TBH.