2 YA Fantasy Series I Recently Swooned Over

We are avid readers here on The Calico Life, and in between my many romance novels that I tend to spend my evenings reading (the perfect escape after a long day at work!), I tend to reach towards fiction or young adult novels. One of my favorite YA genres is fantasy! Whether magic, angels, Greek mythology, dragons or dystopian, I can enjoy almost anything–as long as the writing is good! 🙂

Here are two recent YA fantasy series that we have LOVED. And don’t worry–NO SPOILERS! Let us know if you have a favorite book or series that we should check out!

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas 

Court of Throne and Roses Series

Our friend, Jacki, recommended that both Hannah and I pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses. I attended BookCon in New York earlier this June and was able to pick up a stamped copy before they closed the show floor. The story revolves around a girl who is brought between a conflict between the human and faerie world, going into the politics of the faerie world, and of course her personal relationships along the way. 🙂

One of the things that Hannah and I both loved about this books was the character development. None of the characters are perfect–they all make mistakes and are beautifully flawed. There are surprises in how the story develops and each book adds something new to the universe that is a bit unexpected, going beyond the typical tropes. Best of all, Sarah J. Maas is unafraid to treat the readers as adults and get a little passionate (which as an adult and romance lover, I appreciate).

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab


Hannah ended up picking up the first novel in this series while were in Scotland, and while we were on the plane home I had a chance to start it. Of course, I finished the book by the next morning, and the full series within 48 hours.

A Darker Shade of Magic tells the story of rare and powerful magician, Kell, who can travel between the different worlds, or specifically, four different Londons; Red, Kell’s home world where magic is common; White, a world where inhabitants are desperately trying to hold onto whatever magic is left in the world; Grey, the London we would recognize with no magic; and Black, the London where magic became too strong and destroyed everything.

What I love about this series is how well the universe is developed. The storyline is complicated and political. Handling all the royals and magic, it sparks imagination–which is why I loved this series!



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