There are just too many fantastic series out there to narrow down to one post! I’ts only in the last year that I have joined onto the YA bandwagon and I didn’t realise what I was missing out on!
Shade’s of magic series: V E Schwab
The series focuses on Kell an Antari, a magician with a rare ability to travel between parallel London’s; Red, Grey, White and at one time Black. Whilst travelling in Grey London Kell runs into Lila Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. After robbing him and then saving his life, Lila convinces Kell to spirit her away to Red London. Unbeknown to both of them this small act would change both of their lives as they have to work together to save the world and prevent Black London from opening up!
I love this series! V E Schwab brings you into a world so vibrantly written and with such a sense of adventure that you desperately want Red London to exist. This book has one of my all time favourite quotes:
“I’m not going to die, not till i’ve seen it.”
Her smile widened
This to me just sums Lila up perfectly, suddenly being thrust into a world so vibrant and magical and finally realising there is more to life and she wont stop until shes seen it all!
This series is an easy 5/5 for me. Any one wanting a series that fills you with such a sense of adventure you feel you were there these are the books for you.
Rebel of the Sands trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton
Amani Al’Hiza is a talented Gunslinger with perfect aim, but she cant shoot her way out of dustwalk, a town where she’s likely to end up wed or dead! Until she meets Jin and sees the foreigner as the perfect escape route. But she didnt envisage escaping on a mythical horse and that this stranger would change her life forever.
This book is a Western mixed in with Middle Eastern Folklore which Alwyn does effortlessly. This series is filled with whirlwind romance, epic battles and is full of magic! Amani and Jin are the main characters who have an incredible amount of chemistry between them you can practically feel the charge in the air! This is a series I have read multiple times and never lost my enjoyment.
Another 5/5 series for me I would pick up anything else Alwyn wrote without hesitation after reading this series and I defy anyone else to not feel the same!
The Fourline Trilogy by Pam Brondos
This is a series I heard very little buzz about, however, I picked up the first book for 99p from Amazon and was hooked from the get go. College student Natalie Barnes agrees to take a job at the costume shop where, Estos, her slightly strange classmate works. After stumbling through the mysterious door behind the shop her whole world changes. Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.
The story is so richly written with fantastic word building that you almost want Fourline to exist so you can visit it yourself. Nat and Soris have the kind of will they wont they romance that I live for and I love that they didn’t try to do the stereotypical YA trope of a love triangle. Be warned though if you, like me, are slightly squeamish when it comes to certain 8 legged creatures, the antagonist of the series is a race of giant spider like creatures “shiver”.
This series is a solid 4/5 for me, I felt that at some times the plot lacked consistency, however, this an easy series to read and would still highly recommend.