Top 10 Fantasy Books for Teens
Reviewed and compiled by Rebecka G.
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Summary: Out of curiosity, Coraline discovers what secrets the locked closet in her home holds. Discovering a world where her parents are more engaged with her, readers follow Caroline on an adventure to find out the dark secrets this “better” world hides from its visitors. When Coraline’s real parents are kidnapped it’s up to her to find them. Is the other mother involved?
#9. The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Summary: In the post apocalyptic nation of Panem, Katniss Everdeen has volunteered to be in the annual Hunger Games in place of her sister. A boy and a girl from each district are chosen to be in the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death. Read as the main character fights for her life to get to the end of the horrifying Hunger Games.
#8. The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Post-apocalyptic fiction
Summary: Thomas finds himself left on the cold floor of an elevator without a memory. Finding himself in a mysterious world, enclosed by a cement wall. The one way to get out is through the maze. The maze is a complicated enigma which includes deadly obstacles that people have died trying to get past. One day a girl comes through the elevator with a note saying that this will be the last one. Supplies stop being given to them, including food. Will Thomas and his friends find a way to get out of the Maze? Join them on a mission to find hope and the most precious thing a person has — their identity.
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Katsa, a gifted and feared Graceling, has the overwhelming power to kill thing without intent. While she is on a mission for her uncle she bumps into a man who has characteristics of a Graceling. Katsa pays no mind to this man but has no idea what lies ahead. This man will change Katsa’s life in ways that she didn’t know were possible. Read as you go threw a enticing story of love and action.
#6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Summary: What if you were to find a house filled with what people would describe as freaks or anomalies? You wouldn’t believe it would you. Not if you asked Jacob Portman. He goes on an adventure to the place that his grandfather has told stories about. Those stories slowly unravel as truths when Jacob is kidnapped by a girl who can summon fire.
He is taken to a place where amazing people like a girl who has an extra mouth, or a boy who is invisible live. Jacob is part of a bigger story involving the death of his grandfather and countless others. All starting with the mysterious creatures that keep attacking these amazing kids. Follow Jacob on an investigation for truth and answers to problems unsolved for years.
#5. Keeper Of the Lost Cities
Author: Shannon Messenger
Summary: Sophie Foster has the ability to hear other people’s thought. She lives a normal life, although she is much smarter than most of the people in her class. One day while on a school trip she is confronted by a boy with blonde hair. What she doesn’t know is that that boy will change her life. After finding out a secret kept from her her entire life she is swept away from her family and is taken to a elven country. Join Sophie as she sets a path on trying to find out who she really is. Sophie’s adventure in scattered out in a series of six books. Keepers Of the Lost cities, being the first book, is followed by Exile the second book. I recommend reading all the books. It is an amazing tale for someone who likes reading a more advanced fantasy story.
#4. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Demonology Fiction
Summary: Clary Fray is a ordinary and mundane girl. One day while at the Pandemonium, her favorite club, Clary overhears an argument involving a boy and his “foam” sword. The boy with blue hair gets in and Clary follows him into a closet along with a girl and two men. When the boy gets stabbed in the stomach she gets her friend to go get guards. When the guards get there it seems that they are gone to them but to Clary they are clearly right in front of them. After that encounter a group called Shadowhunters, along with demons, are very interested in the girl with the Sight. All Clary wants to know is why.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Catherine is favored by the king in Wonderland. Yet she has other interests like opening her own bakery. When the night that the king is supposed to propose to her she meets a mysterious man named Jest. In fear of upsetting her parents she gets a secret courtship with Jest. While Catherine wants to choose her own destiny, but she is in for a wild ride. In the magical land filled with magic and monsters, Catherine is in for a big adventure full of love and risks.
#2 Doll Bones
Author: Holly Black
Summary: Poppy, Zach, and Alice have been friends for a very long time. They have played a game in a world with pirates and mermaids. Their land is ruled by a china doll queen. She is encased in a glass cabinet and curses anyone who displeases her. When Zach quits the game unexpectedly and Poopy says that she has been having dreams of the a dead girl trapped in the Queen’s china body they must get together to find the grave of the deceased girl and cure them of being hunted. When the quest to lay the ghost to rest becomes an all out adventure, the friends question her motive.
#1 Trickster’s Choice
Author: Tamora Pierce
Summary: Being the daughter of a famous knight and a spy even though she is brave and courageous Aly’s interests lie in spying. The only thing stopping her is her dad who does not want his daughter taking up the dangerous life of a spy. When Aly is captured and sold into slavery by pirates she has to find the best ways to get back to her family. With the talents of a top spy she finds her way into a rich family’s murderous happenings and helps find out who killed a superior of the family. Will she find out who keeps killing these men and will she even find her way back to her family. *This book is only recommended for mature, young adult readers. There are many adult themes in this book.*
Book Review: The Forgetting #1 by Sharon Cameron
By: Rebecka G.
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron is a book about a young girl named Nadia. She lives in a walled-in society called Canaan. Everyone in Canaan knows that “What is not written is forgotten. What is written is who you are.” Every 12 years, the Forgetting takes place. The Forgetting is a horrid time where the people forget who they are. But what if someone never forgot? Nadia, the only person who hasn’t forgotten, goes on an adventure with the Glassblower’s son, Gray.
Can they figure out the secrets tucked away in the white walls of Canaan before Gray forgets? This tantalizing story of love and deception is great for teens who like a unique spin on your classic sci-fi story.
Title: The Forgetting #1
Author: Sharon Cameron
Genre: Science Fiction
Ideal age level: 14 and up