25 Must-Read YA Fantasy Books to Read This Summer

Get ready to pad your summer reading list with these 25 must-read YA fantasy books that beg to be read late into the night! Trust me, these are the books that you don’t want to miss!

Pad your summer reading list with these X must-read YA fantasy books that beg to be read late into the night! Check them out!

I have been on a huge YA fantasy kick lately. It started right after Christmas when I read the first two books in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I finished those in record time and then burned through all the books in her Throne of Glass series. Since I had a while to go before the next book in either series came out, I had to feed my fantasy hunger with other authors. Check out X that are on my must-read list!

25 Must-Read YA Fantasy Books

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Head to the YA Fantasy section of any bookstore (real or online) and you’ll probably be overwhelmed by all the choices. I know I am! It’s pretty much the “it” genre of the moment. I’ve included a mix of old and new books from both indie and big-name publishers. After all, variety is the spice of life…and reading!

I Do Believe in Faeries

These aren’t your average Tinkerbell faeries, my friends!

1- A Court of Wings and Fury

Let’s start with the obvious choice, shall we? If you’ve read the first two books in this series, then obviously Maas’ brand-spanking-new 3rd book is a must-read. If you didn’t read the first two, what are you waiting for? Check out A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury! Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

More fab books featuring wickedly cool faeries:

2- Foul is Fair by Jeffrey Cook

3-The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

4- The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire (not technically YA, but my goodness, these books rock!). Start with Rosemary and Rue.

5-Forgotten Ones Series by Laura Howard (FYI, first book is free on Kindle)

Magical Worlds in Turmoil

If rich world-building and epic wars are your thing, you’ll love these picks!

6- Ever the Hunted

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery only feels at ease in the woods, armed with her dagger and boy. By day, she tracks criminals with her dad. That is, until he’s murdered. Now, Britta has to embark on a dangerous quest in a world of kingdoms at war, crazy monarchs and dark magic to find out who really killed him. Along the way, Britta learns that she’s more powerful than she’s ever known.

7- Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

8- Gilded Cage by Vic James

9-Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

10- Frostblood by Elly Blake


Of Witches & Magic

From urban fantasy witches living among us to epic tales of magic in alternate worlds, these YA fantasy books will satisfy your cravings for a little more magic in your own life!

11-The Hawkweed Prophecy

This one has everything: an ancient prophecy, magical powers, love and betrayal! At the heart of all of that, though, is the tale of two friends from very different worlds, trying to hold onto their bond when everything is falling apart around them.

12- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

13 Tainted Elements  by Alycia Linwood

14- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

15- A Shadow Bright and Burning by by Jessica Cluess


Of Queens and Kings

While some of these books can technically fit in other categories, they all have one major thing in common: really rotten kings and queens!

16-The Queen’s Poisoner

The first book in The Kingfountain Series (and there are a bunch more out, so you won’t have to wait to find out what happens next). What happens when you gamble against a king and lose? Well, as the Duke of Kiskaddon, the price is a lot higher than money. He’s forced to hand over his son, Owen, who has to prove his loyalty to the king…or die trying!

17-The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

18-The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

19-The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

20-Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShane


Gods Behaving Badly

I am a HUGE fan of books based on mythology. Whether an author stays true to the story or puts a new spin on an old myth, I’m hooked from the start!


Omega by Lizzy Ford is probably one of the most original “gods behaving badly” books I’ve read in ages. It takes place in a post-modern world (not quite dystopian futuristic, but not exactly the world we live in today) ruled by territorial Greek gods. Alessandra spent most of her life hidden away, protected by a gruff guardian and a barrier that she’s told never to cross. When she turns 18, though, she finds out that she’s actually the Oracle of Delphi. If you know your mythology, you also know that things never end well for oracles!

22-Magnus Chacse and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan (while it’s technically a middle grade book, if you love a bit of humor mixed into your mythology, you’ll love this one!)

23-Chaos of Stars by the ever-amazing Kiersten White

24- Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

25- Half-Blood by  Jennifer L. Armentrout

Of course, there are like a zillion more books in the YA fantasy genre, but these should definitely get you through your summer! I didn’t even cover mermaids and dragons yet (don’t worry, we’ll get to those by the end of the summer).

What’s on your YA fantasy summer reading list? Share below!















6 thoughts on “25 Must-Read YA Fantasy Books to Read This Summer

  1. I loved the descriptions where you gave an idea of what the book is about to spark interest but didn’t give any excitement away. I am always drawn to the cover art on YA fantasy books, there is so much creativity behind it.

  2. Now, I don’t read (fantasy) much, but I’ve been told it’s good to read outside your usual genre every once in a while. I might be trying these.Thanks for sharing!

  3. I need to read Frostblood! The Kingfountain series is also one of of my favorites. This is a great list!

  4. I have to say I’m not normally into fantasy books that much. However looking down this list I may have to try a couple out see if they capture me.

  5. That’s an interesting list of books! I am actually not into fantasy as much, but I love the covers~!

  6. These seem like some great recommendations. I know my daughter would love Frost Blood and Half Blood. Now, for myself I am not much of a YA reader, however The Hawkweed Prophecy looks intriqueing. Thanks for sharing.

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