Anyone know of any teen fantasy books?

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Anyone know of any teen fantasy books?

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Editat: gen. 3, 2010, 11:11am

I have a hard time finding new books that I like. I like fantasy, humor, and a bit of Si-Fi. I do not like romance, but if it is a amount small enough to ignore then I am fine. I am also looking for more middle school age books. Here are some of my favorites:

Artemis Fowl and the rest of the books in the series
Maximum Ride
Science Fair
The Amulet of Samarkand and the rest in the trilogy
Skullduggery Pleasant

If you know of any books I might like I would really appreciate you posting them here.


I do not like romance means Twilight is out.

març 2, 2009, 7:28pm

I'd recommend the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which starts with The Lightning Thief.
You might also try the Attolia series, starting with The Thief.
If I think of more, I will post them here.

març 2, 2009, 9:36pm

Skellig by David Almond
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (and the rest of the series)
Heir Apparant by Vivian Vande Velde
Dust by Arthur Slade
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

The Xanth novels by Piers Anthony, starting with A Spell for Chameleon, are also a lot of fun and were appropriate for middle school on up.

març 2, 2009, 9:45pm

I recommend A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. One of the first works of sf/f I ever read.

març 2, 2009, 11:06pm

One series I would recommend is John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, beginning with The Ruins of Gorlan. This is an excellent fantasy/adventure series with some historical leanings to it. The fifth book was released in the US this past November, and the sixth book should be coming out this August.

I also recommend Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy, consisting of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen.

James Dashner's The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters is a wonderful middle-grade fantasy.

I second the recommendations for the Percy Jackson novels, The Magic Thief, Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia series, and The Dark is Rising.

If you are interested in Arthurian legend, you might want to look into books by T.A. Barron, particularly The Lost Years of Merlin. I've really enjoyed everything of his that I've read.

març 3, 2009, 9:13am

Another Arthurian series you might look in to is The Squire's Tales by Gerald Morris -- lots of humor in those.

Another fantasy series you might also look at is the Keepers of the Kingdom series by Garth Nix, starting with Mister Monday.

març 3, 2009, 12:14pm

Mary Stewart also has a Merlin series. The first one is The Crystal Cave.

Editat: març 6, 2009, 1:19pm

Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (and the rest of the Chrestomanci series)
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (and the sequels)
Actually, all and any of Diana Wynne Jones' books. She writes some sci-fi, too.

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Midnighters (series) by Scott Westerfeld

març 3, 2009, 5:03pm

Graceling by Kristin Cashore; the Harry Potter books.

març 3, 2009, 10:52pm

Another series I loved was the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. The first book in the series is The Book of Three. They're fantasy, with great characters.

març 4, 2009, 7:41pm

I am not really interested in Athurian legend

març 4, 2009, 7:46pm

I can't believe nobody has mentioned Tamora Pierce! Her Song of the Lioness Quartet (starting with Alanna: The First Adventure is particularly good. The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor is pretty good, too.

març 4, 2009, 7:48pm

I have read one of Tamora Pierce's books. Ilooked at the rest but they sounded like they had a lot of romance. Do they?

març 4, 2009, 7:54pm

#13: pwaites, they do have romance in them, but I wouldn't say the romance is the focus of the stories. She also has other series like The Circle of Magic which don't have romance at all, I believe, although I didn't think they were as good as The Song of the Lioness and Immortals Quartets.

març 4, 2009, 8:16pm

13/14: the Circle of Magic books are pretty young, I think, so not much romance in those. I also did not like them as much as the Lioness/Immortals books. Pierce also wrote Trickster's Queen and its companion.

març 5, 2009, 2:39am

I highly recommend Terry Pratchett - The wee free men, A hat full of sky, and Wintersmith are all excellent. You may also wish to look at The alchemyst by Michael Scott.
Some of the funniest books I've read are by Jack Gantos, starting with Joey Pigza swallowed the key. Andrew Clements is also great - try Frindle, or The Landry News.

març 5, 2009, 3:37am

The golden compass by Philips Pullman and the next two books.

març 5, 2009, 6:19pm

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians

març 5, 2009, 7:44pm


A very good series is Isobel Carmody's Obernewtyn series with the first book being Obernewtyn.


març 5, 2009, 9:37pm

I have read some of Terry Pratchett's books. They are really good! I loved The Alchemyst! I have read the second in the series and cannot wait for the third. Frindle and the Landry News where also good. I didn't like the Golden Compass. It was to boring! My sister really wants to read Alcatraz vs Evil Librarians and I will look into it. There are a lot of books here and I will put some of them on my list to read.

Editat: març 6, 2009, 10:27am

Am a huge fan of the Artemis Fowl and The Amulet of Samarkand series, and am really enjoying the Fablehaven series which I recently got into as well so my recommendations are based on those since I've not read the other three you mentioned.

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
~ Please don't be put off by the fact that I put fairytales. This series is a lot of fun and gets better with each one. The author's taken popular fairytale characters and placed them into a town which they can't escape from. The Sisters Grimm are two sisters who are descendants of the Brothers Grimm and they, along with their eccentric grandmother, are detectives, solving mysteries to do with these fairytale characters. Each book introduces a few new characters and it's fun figuring out who's who. My fave character of all is Puck who's hilarious and will have you laughing out loud the way the djinn in The Amulet of Samarkand, and the centaur and dwarf in Artemis Fowl probably do. I love the same kind of humor and Puck has me in stitches. The first book is good, but the second is better and the third is even better. With each one, Puck gets even funnier. Am on the fifth right now and another character in it (who I won't mention so I don't ruin the surprise) is hilarious as well.

The Divide by Elizabeth Kay
The Alchemist's Cat by Robin Jarvis – series, but this is the only book with human characters
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell
Ingo by Helen Dunmore
Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr – about twins (boy and girl) who find out their djinns. Loved the first one, but in the second book, the author pointed out the obvious four times which doubts reader intelligence so I've yet to pick up the third. The first one was really good though.

If you enjoy The Alchemist's Cat, book one of Deptford Histories – and this is confusing – the second in the series is not the second in Deptford Histories as you might imagine. It's the first in the Deptford Mice series, which is The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis. It goes book one in each series, then book two in each series, then book three in each series, starting with Deptford Histories books each time. See what I mean about confusing? I highly recommend that you DON'T read The Oaken Throne though, which is book two of Deptford Histories (which is how I found out I'd read it in the wrong order – coz I read that second). The ending was the worst I'd ever read (absolutely pointless) and bothered me for weeks. I can't recommend The Alchemist's Cat highly enough though. It's brilliant!

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale – so good I'm eagerly awaiting book 10, the final book in the series. It mentions Arthurian in the first description on LT, but that's only in relation to the name Pendragon. It has nothing to do with Arthurian legends other than that. It's non-stop action that will have you eagerly turning the pages and is told in the first person so you feel like you're in the story yourself.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, which is called Temeraire in the U.K. – the author is a member of Library Thing as well

OTHER – highly recommended
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – this book is huge, but two thirds of it are pictures so you only read the other third. The idea for it is so original. Have you ever seen a Charlie Chaplin movie or a similar black and white movie with no sound? Imagine that. The camera rolls and words appear on the screen (which you read on pages with words). It then flits to pictures, which tell part of the story as well so you're alternating between the two. This was the only way to portray a movie prior to the invention of sound and it's portrayed extraordinarily well in The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Such an incredible idea. It was my fave children's book last year, not just because of the original concept, but also because the story in itself is so original. It tells the tale of a boy who lives in a train station behind its walls. His parents have been killed so he's living there with his uncle. His uncle's job is to wind the clocks throughout the station, which he winds from behind the walls. One day the uncle goes missing and the boy takes over his job. His pastime, however, relates to an invention, a very clever one that I won't reveal as it will spoil it. The author/illustrator also illustrated Frindle and Landry News by the way.
The Capture by Kathryn Lasky – my fave book series for children that I read last year. I thought it would be a cutesy story about animals, and it is in the very beginning, but quickly became a story about strength of character and perseverance as two owls try to escape the clutches of an evil society that reminded me somewhat of World War II.

-- MY TAGS --
If you click on, it will take you to my tags. If you look up mythical, you'll see I have tags for lots of mythical creatures, such as "mythical – fairies" and "mythical – werewolves" so if you read a good book about a particular type and are looking for more, you may find some you like there.

Hope you enjoy many of these. If you're looking for other types, you might see them among my tags. :)

març 6, 2009, 5:47pm

21) I loved the Sisters Grimm! I have read all of them. I think the next one comes out in May. I liked the whole Divide trilogy except the last book. I just do not like ending. I also like all the Pendragon books. I am on the third. I hated the Hobbit! It was the way it was written. It seemed to flowery. Eragon was excellent! I have read all the books in the series so far and I really liked the chapters in Brisinger, which were told from Saphira's point of view. I have not read his Majesty's Dragon, but it is on my list of books to read. I have read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I have also read the Capture. A lot of people I knew liked it so I thought I would try it out. Thanks for all the recommendations! I cannot wait to read some of these!

22) Inkheart was OK. I liked Dragon Rider better. I read the first books in the Dark is Rising series but got borad and stopped reading the series.

Editat: març 6, 2009, 8:03pm

The Sisters Grimm, Pendragon and Eragon series are some of my favorite books so you have excellent taste. ;) Haven't read the third books yet in the Divide and Eragon series, but hope to soon so will have to see how I feel about the endings.

Have some more for you. Many of these are on my must reads list so I can't vouch for them personally, but they sound like books you'd enjoy.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti – really good so far

Larklight by Philip Reeve – sci-fi
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon – sci-fi
Spiggot's Quest by Garry Douglas Kilworth - fantasy
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix - suspense
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – detectives; gifted children
Peak by Roland Smith - adventure
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel - bats
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith - humor
Spud by John van de Ruit - humor
Love Among the Walnuts or How I Saved My Family From Being Poisoned by Jean Ferris - humor
Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz - humor
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney - humor

The Secret of Castle Cant by K.P. Bath – funny in parts and a fun read
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter – good series about cats

març 8, 2009, 10:52am

Among the Hidden was really good! So was the Mysterious Benedict Society. If you like it there is also a sequel. Love Among the Walnuts was funny. If you enjoy it there is also Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris.

Editat: maig 10, 2009, 5:47pm

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray is fantastic. It's a fantasy trilogy but it is not si-fi. It does have a little bit of romance but that is not the main focus of the book. Anyway, the book takes place in the late 1800s at a girls boarding school in England. The main character is a 16 year old girl. It involves mythical creatures and is basically a story of good vs. evil. It can be incredibly funny at times. It can get very sarcastic. There were times when I burst out laughing while reading it. Anywho, it's a great story.

març 9, 2009, 7:25am

We have a lot of books in common then. Started the Mysterious Benedict Society, but had to return it the library (darn it) so need to reorder that one. What I read was really gripping.

Once Upon a Marigold is on my must reads list as well. Did you know there's a sequel? It's called Twice Upon a Marigold. It's in paperback now so your library should have it.

Jean Ferris has written quite a lot of books. My fave site for looking up books by author is coz you can see the whole bunch then. Library Thing is good for that too only it depends on who's added them on here. Anyhoo, all of Jean Ferris' are here if you'd like to check them out:

Finished The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti this weekend and give it five stars. It's amazing. Although it's written for adults, it's told in a child's perspective so is good for all ages really though it's quite sinister in parts. Those parts are short though. The description is best at this link: Just scroll down to the "About This Book" section. It's got tons of wonderful reviews there as well and shows the book awards that the author's won. It's my fave book this year. It's different to the types you mentioned, but I thought you might like to check it out since it's that good.

As you love The Sisters Grimm series, perhaps you'd like to check out my Fairytales With a Twist tag: Have a tag for Fairytales Retold as well if you're interested.

By the way, are you a boy or girl? It would help with recommendations.

març 9, 2009, 9:42am

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere and Stardust are all good, as is Good Omens, which he wrote with Terry Pratchett.

març 10, 2009, 4:06pm

Dealing with Dragons from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. It turns into a romance after that book, bt the first one is amazing!

març 10, 2009, 7:52pm

The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane are fabulous, and there are eight of them so far, so if you get into them, there's a lot to keep you occupied.

març 11, 2009, 10:49am

Anything by Terry Pratchett is good. I started reading his books when I was in high school and still love them!

abr. 13, 2009, 8:56am

I strongly suggest you check out The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. The first book is called The Ruins of Gorlan and you really need to read book one before you read the others. Book one is probably one of my favourite books of all time and I read a LOT of YA books! I think the series is absolutely fantastic, and I haven't recommended it to anyone who didn't like it. You do need to be a decent reader to enjoy it however, so I usually don't recommend it to younger boys.

abr. 13, 2009, 3:13pm

I am not a teen, but I have loved most of the books you've mentioned, so I feel qualified to respond. You've gotten a lot of good suggestions from previous posters, by the way. I would add:

The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney (which I found much more enjoyable than the similarly titled Ranger's Apprentice series...

The Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye

The Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer

The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer (about a girl pirate - more historical fiction than fantasy, maybe).

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

The Chronicles of Chaos series by John C. Wright

abr. 17, 2009, 1:12am

I have to add Abarat by Clive Barker, a fantastic series about a girl who goes to a different world full of weird and wonderful creatures and is pursued by an evil man. It's the first of four intended books - books one and two are out, three is supposed to be coming out soon!

abr. 17, 2009, 1:48am

There are an awful lot already listed, quite a number of which I'm familiar with, but one that I notice hasn't come up yet is Ysabeau Wilce's Flora Segunda series. I guess you might say there's some romance, but it's not really a "romance" series in any way, and it's quite off-beat with a bit of humor. It's fantasy, not sci-fi.

One caution. The first volume was decent enough but really wasn't anything to write home about. In fact, I was a bit put off by its off-beat slang and the rather unusual "alternate history" use of Aztecs. You'll have to read the first volume (Flora Segunda), though, to get the background you'll need for the second volume (Flora's Dare). Don't be put off by the first volume. Read it, be patient, and then go on to Flora's Dare, which is absolutely out of this world and ties together some of the threads that started in Flora Segunda.

abr. 17, 2009, 2:14pm

Try The Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley, it was really good as well as The singer of all songs by Kate Constable

abr. 17, 2009, 6:09pm

Here are some fantasy books I would recommend....

I would also recommend the Sisters Grimm series - I just got the 7th book yesterday and can't wait to read it!

Also recommend the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series - the final book will be out in May.

Kingdom Keepers both 1 and 2 by Ridley Pearson are excellent.

The 3 Peter and the Starcatchers books by Dave Barry are great as well.

Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon Series are wonderful.

Thanks to everyone else by the way for some great recommendations!

abr. 18, 2009, 7:45am

Well, my brother reads almost the same books as you do, so I could recommend some of his favourites:

- Evil Genius and Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks

- Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman

- Children of the Lamp by P. B. Kerr

- The Demonata by Darren Shan

- Cirque de Freak by Darren Shan

- Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan

Hope you'll like some of them and have a great fun reading them ^^

abr. 18, 2009, 3:45pm

My daughter says try Trudi Canavan, Marianne Curley (fantasy with some romance, but male readers have enjoyed it too), Kenneth Oppel and Karen Miller. And of course, Lord of the Rings.... I like Percy Jackson too.

abr. 18, 2009, 6:20pm

Pierce's The Trickster's Choice is excellent. It has a lot of action and suspense; there is also a sequel to the book, The Trickster's Queen.

abr. 18, 2009, 6:22pm

I highly recommend The Gideon Trilogy with Gideon the cutpurse as the first book and The Time Thief as the second. I truly enjoyed these first two books and can't wait for the third in the series.

abr. 18, 2009, 6:23pm

Have a look for the books by British author Alan Garner.

abr. 18, 2009, 6:27pm

Some more suggestions: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. It's the first of three books. We can't keep these books on the shelves at our library. Also, The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede; it's a brand new book out that is supposed to be a mixture of Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie. Another series you may enjoy is The Vampirates by Justin Sompers. The first book in the series is Demons of the Ocean. This is another series that won't stay on the shelves.

abr. 20, 2009, 10:33am

I am almost at the end of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and it's excellent, I will get through the next in a matter of days but the third book isn't out until sometime over the summer.

abr. 20, 2009, 11:20pm

I just read The Ruby Key and really enjoyed it -- not too much romance, and an interesting fantasy world. It sounds like something you might be interested in.

abr. 21, 2009, 2:59am

The third book City of Glass is already out and in bookstores. I am currently reading the second one and can't wait to read the third

abr. 21, 2009, 4:58am

A wee boast from the other side of the world - City of glass was released in NZ March 24th - bought it, read it the same day. Yahoo for books being released on the same day everywhere, as we get it first!

abr. 21, 2009, 6:19am

the UK edition isn't out until July, just check amazon - what a pain, may have to bribe a lovely american relative to post me a copy NOW!

abr. 21, 2009, 7:22pm

I would suggest the Sabriel series from Garth Nix. His Keys to the Kingdom series is also a good one for young adults.

maig 1, 2009, 7:22pm

I would also suggest anything about Tamora Pierce. Most of them don't have too much romance, although there is some. Also I think that you might like the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. The four books in the series are more Sci-Fi-ish. Also The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale was really good. I hope you enjoy any books that you read.

maig 2, 2009, 10:49am

For those who are interested, the Science Fiction Fans group is putting together a list of the best YA science fiction, and could use some help here:

maig 3, 2009, 3:27pm

> 51 Hooray! I was just thinking today that I should cross-post and get some YA folk to help us out!

Editat: maig 7, 2009, 6:45pm

I second A Wrinkle In Time, The Dark is Rising series which actually starts with Over Sea, Under Stone, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ingo. I LOVE Howl's Moving Castle. It is so well written and it is one of the few books I have re-read again and again. The others being The dark is rising series, Warriors Saga, Twilight, and Harry Potter.
You could also try Eragon, Wicked Lovely, The Prydain Chronicles or The Golden Compass

maig 7, 2009, 8:55pm

Is The Dark Is Rising series really good?
I purchased all of the books in that series and plan
on reading them as soon as I'm done reading Evernight
and the Blue Bloods series.

maig 8, 2009, 4:46pm

Yes! They are SUCH good books!

maig 8, 2009, 10:48pm

Well then I'm starting Over Sea, Under Stone today :)

maig 9, 2009, 11:58am

Enjoy it! :D

maig 9, 2009, 1:23pm

Have to say that the second book in the series, the eponymous The Dark Is Rising, is one of my "perfect" stories. Those are the ones, and they are few in number, when I just sigh with regret and repletion when I turn the last page and think, "Now THAT is a story!"

maig 9, 2009, 2:06pm

ibetonalice- Have you read any of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett? They are amazing. I started reading them a couple of years ago when I was 16.

maig 9, 2009, 2:18pm

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Editat: maig 9, 2009, 2:19pm

> 58 I know exactly what you mean. I feel the same way about The Golden Compass but really nothing else.

maig 9, 2009, 2:23pm

> 59

Oh yes - the Discworld books are so funny, even if you aren't British and miss some of the satire. My favourite is Soul Music where Death resigns and someone else has to do his job. Ha ha.

maig 11, 2009, 2:38pm

Agree re The Dark is Rising. What a good book!

Another good one by Susan Cooper, a standalone that isn't part of this series, is King of Shadows, a time travel book involving a present day production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and one in Shakespeare's time, with the main character Nat working closely with Shakespeare.

maig 11, 2009, 6:28pm

Eon: The Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
Graceling by Cashore

maig 12, 2009, 6:31pm

I know absolutely nothing about The Dark Is Rising, except that it's an awesome track by Mercury Rev on their All Is Dream album.

jul. 20, 2009, 1:44pm

Book Summary:
Fourteen year-old Menaha Ohlend has never quite felt as if she fit in. She spends most of her time alone trying to ignore the strange noises and voices she often hears inside her head. After winning a sponsored essay contest, Menaha can hardly believe her luck as the grand prize is a trip to Camp Squamish, a place she has dreamt of going her entire life. Yet, Camp Squamish will have to wait, for Menaha will soon enter a world beyond her wildest imagination. The van waiting in the parking lot will not be taking her to summer camp, but will instead be the first step on a journey to Terraem, eight light years away, where she was not only born, but where her father, someone she has not seen for years, has been living all her life. With the help of her new Terraemi friends Sananda and Soter, will soon learn to grow and understand her natural gifts, both as a young Terraemi put onto Earth for a specific purpose, and as a normal teenage girl growing up in North America.

jul. 20, 2009, 4:17pm

if you like fantasy then you should check out:

Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski

Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski

Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

Parties and Potions bySarah Mlynowski

Editat: jul. 20, 2009, 4:59pm

Just recently published, you might want to try Ellen Jensen Abbott 's Watersmeet. Although sometimes the characters' motivations change awfully quickly, and although the ending is a little bit contrived, it's takes an interesting look at issues of racism in a fantasy setting.

My possibly Number One book of 2008 was Philip Reeve's Here Lies Arthur, which I see shows up in the touchstone listing to the right, but I don't find it actually mentioned in a post. It's a very interesting take on the Arthurian legend, told from the perspective of a young girl whose village has been burned and whose family has been murdered by a bandit gang, and there are also some interesting transgender twists involved. I'll say no more to avoid SPOILER.

jul. 23, 2009, 12:23pm

The singer of all songs by Kate Constable along with the waterless sea and the tenth power

jul. 26, 2009, 7:40pm

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jul. 26, 2009, 7:42pm

The Redwall series is amazing and you don't have to read them in any certain order.

jul. 27, 2009, 1:22am

Just finished reading Libyrinth by Pearl North and I'd highly recommend it. (That's the correct spelling, BTW. It's a word play on "library" and "labyrinth.")

jul. 27, 2009, 5:22pm

S'ha suprimit aquest usuari en ser considerat brossa.

Editat: ag. 5, 2009, 10:37am

I found Redwall kind of boring.

I loved the Ruby Key!

ag. 5, 2009, 1:11pm

pwaites, Redwall is definetly not the best of the series, but they get really good if you give them a chance. I didn't really like Redwall either, but some of them like Martin The Warrior, Loamhedge, and The Outcast of Redwall are really worth the read.

ag. 5, 2009, 1:38pm

Everyone knows about Orson Scott Card's Ender series but another of his series is in the fantasy genre with alternate history thrown in. The Alvin Maker series, starting with Seventh Son (1987) was reviewed very well and is worth searching for.

ag. 5, 2009, 5:48pm

Re: Redwall

I suggest you give the series another chance, but start with a different book. Redwall, Mossflower, and Mattimeo were the first three Redwall novels Brian Jacques wrote, and the writing and pacing are rather rough. He was, stylistically speaking, a young author at that point, and it shows in the writing. His style starts settling in Mariel of Redwall, and by the time he wrote Martin the Warrior things were pretty polished.

So I'm seconding Calwise's suggestion of Martin the Warrior as a good starting point. Mariel of Redwall is quite good as well, and her story is continued in The Bellmaker (one of the few points in the series where paying attention to chronology is rather important).

oct. 31, 2009, 2:49pm

there is a series by Madeline L'Engle called a wrinkle in time.
the books in the series are:
-A Wrinkle in Time
-A Wind in the Door
-A Swiftly Tilting Planet
-Many Waters
-An Acceptable Time
i LOVE those books!!
they are so good!
hope u can get ur hands on them!

nov. 4, 2009, 9:19am

I just finished a more obscure book called The Crystal Throne by Kathryn Sullivan which fits your description. It was pretty enjoyable.

nov. 4, 2009, 6:26pm

Have you tried the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage? That one is lots of fun!

nov. 13, 2009, 8:46am

How about this?

The Green Bronze Mirror By Lynne Ellison

Karen is playing on the beach when she finds an ancient mirror buried in the sand. She looks into it, and is transported back in time to the Roman empire. Finding herself a slave, she faces many hair-raising adventures in her struggle to return to her own time.

nov. 13, 2009, 2:05pm

try the Warlocks of Talverdin series by K.V. Johansen. Bk 1 is Nightwalker.

Editat: nov. 13, 2009, 2:43pm

A Great and Terrible Beauty is my favorite!
City of Bones - Clare
Uglies - Pretties - Specials - Extras - Westerfeld
Poison Study - Magic Study- Fire Study - Snyder
Storm Glass - Sea Glass - Snyder

Also think about Inkheart

nov. 13, 2009, 2:42pm

My favorite Orson Scott Card series is The Homecoming Series.
I love his futuristic SCI-Fi - Folk on the Fringe

nov. 19, 2009, 9:27am

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
Try The Green Bronze MIrror by Lynne Ellison

Karen is playing on the beach when she finds an ancient mirror buried in the sand. She looks into it, and is transported back in time to the Roman empire. Finding herself a slave, she faces many hair-raising adventures in her struggle to return to her own time.

nov. 19, 2009, 10:01am

ya twilight series is really good

nov. 19, 2009, 5:15pm

cullen21, did you read the description of the books I like? Did you see where I said 'I do not like romance'? It is largely referring to twilight.

des. 11, 2009, 4:55pm

Even though there is a love triangle in "The Mortal Instruments" series, you could probably stand it, because the main character, Jace, is a terribly fun bad ass, with an unsentimental heart, but a heart non the less. So yeah, just check out "The Mortal Instruments" xxoo

des. 16, 2009, 9:29am

I agree with 30. The 9th book is coming out in 2010. I started reading Diane Duane books in high school, continued through college, and am still reading them as an adult. They follow 2 teenagers (after book 3, there are 3 main characters) as they perform magic in the hope of fighting of the Lone One and slowing down entropy. I HIGHLY recommend this author/series!

des. 16, 2009, 9:59pm

I have read all of her books to. :) I didn't know when the new book was coming out though. Thanks for telling me.

des. 17, 2009, 3:53pm

Anne McCaffrey's dragon books are wonderful. They are about a world in which dragons and their riders fight against dangerous threads that fall from a nearby star. The series for middle schoolers is called the Harper Hall Trilogy, and the first one is Dragonsong. They are particularly enjoyable if you are also into music. McCaffrey has many more titles that would be good for older teens and adults.

des. 19, 2009, 9:25am

I tried them. I couldn't get past the first chapter.

Editat: gen. 3, 2010, 2:38am

I am Currently reading Daughters of the Sea( Hannah) by Kathryn Lasky and it's really good so far

A great and terrible beauty(series)- Libba Bray this one is so good I loved it it's so cool it's kind of more of a romance to but not to much untill the second book

I'm also reading a book called Wicked(Witch and Curse)by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie it's pretty good

Inkheat(series) by Cornelia Funke was pretty good

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer it was good series but it's all romance so yeah

Peter and the Starcatchers

gen. 5, 2010, 7:16pm

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. There is a little romance but not much at all. I think it a bit of
si-fi/paranormal. Loved the books! Can't wait for more

gen. 5, 2010, 7:44pm

I just read Blackbringer by Laini Taylor, and I loved it. It sounds like the sort of thing you might be interested in.

gen. 6, 2010, 5:45pm

Here are a few really good ones:
Mars Diaries/Robot Wars by Sigmund Brouwer
Echoes from The Edge by Bryan Davis
Dragons In Our Midst by Bryan Davis
The Sword, The Ring, and the Parchment
Pathfinder Chronicles by Thomas Locke
Chuck Black has some, but they're not the best
Birthright Project by Kathryn Mackel
Magnus/Wings of Dawn/Winds of Light series by Signmund Brouwer
The Door Within Chronicles by Wayne Thomas Batson

gen. 6, 2010, 5:55pm

Try The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness; not much humour, but the story is sci-fi (unusual in teen fiction) and social experiment; the writing is far better than average in teen writing, and the author's use of font, as well as the concept, is fantastic. Brilliant book, and characters that will stay with you forever!

març 6, 2011, 12:42pm

I love those books! I only have Spells and Sleeping Bags :( I am rereading it! Best books ever! I LOVE THEM!!!! :)

jul. 27, 2011, 4:56pm

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
I recommend Anna Kippling Series Book One-The Key.....Would appreciate your feedback on it. You can get it in ebook format at Barnes and Nobles for only .99 cents! Or if you would like to purchase it in paper back you can find it at for only 9.99

here is a link to both:


jul. 27, 2011, 5:42pm

#99> Note that diddleydoodle has just today joined LibraryThing and that is a self-publishing company. This is obviously self-promotion.

jul. 30, 2011, 9:31pm

The Two Princesses of Bamarre is a fantasy YA novel by Gail Carson Levine. It's the only one I've read where the romance is minor. I also recommend The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen. (Disregard the title, it's only one book.)

Editat: jul. 30, 2011, 9:41pm

Fire by Kristen Cashore
Reckless by Cornelia Funke

ag. 3, 2011, 6:09pm

What about:

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Wildlife by Karsten Knight
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (it's a 3 book series) by Carrie Ryan

ag. 17, 2011, 8:20am

These are from a while ago, and may not be as easy to get outside Australia, but Gillian Rubenstein's Galax-Arena and its sequel Terra-Farma are very solid young adult fantasy. On a side note, Gillian Rubenstein is now better known for her Tales of the Otori series published under the name Lian Hearn. This saga set in medieval Japan is more challenging but also worth a read.

ag. 21, 2011, 4:14pm

The Prophecy of the Stones might be enjoyable, but there is some romance. I'm not sure how much you consider too much :P It's not like a main feature or anything... at least, if I'm remembering correctly.

ag. 21, 2011, 8:31pm


nov. 2, 2011, 6:36pm

If you like humor and fantasy try Boarg of The Lake, an historical fantasy set (with splendid inaccuracy) in Ancient Ireland in the time of the Druids. It's on Amazon (and Kindle) and CreateSpace.

nov. 2, 2011, 7:53pm

#107 -- Just so you know, if you are the author, it's polite to disclose that fact . . . and self-promotion is against the Terms of Use here at LibraryThing, except in specific groups. Perhaps you are not, but new users who post glowing recommendations for obscure books tend to come under suspicion in the minds of many long-time LibraryThing members.

des. 20, 2011, 2:47pm

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
I might be late to the discussion but to add to the great suggestion. You should checkout Drops from the Kingdom Great story set in the midieval era. Another one is The Painted Man or Warded Man

Editat: des. 20, 2011, 9:15pm

>109 lite31200:, please read the message above yours.

feb. 11, 2013, 12:47pm

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
I love YA epic fantasy. Their is a new YA series coming out call Sons of Caasi (Kuh-zeye). Their is a preview of the first book "Battle for Time" on Amazon. It looks like it will be a classic. I read some info on it and it looks GREAT! here is the site

feb. 24, 2013, 6:36pm

*Trying to think of books without romance*

Sorry dead end

but with romance (just a little):
Beautiful Creatures

juny 23, 2013, 9:30am

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
I'd like to invite everyone to check out my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled "I Kissed a Ghost" Here is the link to the KINDLE edition once there you'll find the link for the paperback version.

oct. 5, 2015, 4:21pm

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
I would recommend Light & Dark: The Black Bonded, it just came out, but I would suggest reading the first book, Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight. I'm pretty sure it just became free as an ebook.

juny 20, 2016, 11:32pm

Ender's Game is a great one, especially for boys. An amazing amount of story arcs and really cool ideas explored. Much better and much more complex than the movie, which was actually OK for the time allowed.

Editat: jul. 11, 2016, 10:46am

Ok most of my recs are echoes of earlier posts, but it might serves as a good summary...

Harry Potter by J R Rowlings- maybe this is too obvious? Very light romance subplot and a lot of plot twists.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordon - I did love this series, with all its new interpretations of Greek mythology and the focus on adventure of a young pair. However, I don't think the sequel series (Heroes of Olympus) is quite as good, but the first series already gives a very complete closure so that you could do without the second one.

Inheritance Cycle (starts with Eragon) Christopher Paolini - One of the most flamed YA books across all online forum, up there with Twilight, but honestly as far as YA goes it's pretty good, if you like Tolkien setting but prefer focus on individual heroim/coming-of-age that is. Beware of the unsatisfying conclusion (last book) though.

The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix - It was mentioned a couple of times in this thread. This is an world-exploring adventure book where the protagonist is constantly exposed to danger. Also, all new fantasical elements in this book are references to things straight out of the bible, mythology, and other fiction stories, etc. Don't listen to other people recommending Sabrael :D this is Nix's best work

Demonata series and Cirque du Freak series, both by Darren Shan - The former is about demons while the latter is about vampires (almost no romance). Both have a sort of metaphysical bent on them, a trait I thought was pretty cool.

Matt Cruse trilogy by Kenneth Oppal - A steampunk adventure series with the protagonist and a heroine/love interest. He has other series but not as good (on another thought this is not quite fantasy...but sort of an alternate steampunk world)

Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Shroud - A world where there are magicians who can summon Djinn/demon to do magic. Protagonist is an anti-hero. Has quite a unique magic system and heart-warming themes.

Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson - The newest finished series by Brandon Sanderson. As usual, there is an unique magic system and plot is solid with plenty of surprise factors. Personally, I feel like the first book is the best of the bunch, but the ending is decent.

Redwall by Brian Jacques - This is a series about characters entirely consisting of animals (rabbits, badgers, mouse, squirrels etc.) that behave like humans, living in a sort of equivalent of medieval world. The books are episodic with different characters in different times (some with light romance in it), so it's fine to read out of order. A warning though that the book is actually pretty thick, and the language is quite sophisticated. Three of the best books (and you really don't need to start the earlier books if you don't want to) are #10 The Long Patrol, #14 Taggerung, and #17 Rakkety Tam.

Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr - This series is definitely not for OP, but I'll put it here anyways for users with other preferences. This is a fantasy about faes, and like most novel of its kind, about romance between boys and girls. I thought what this series did well is to create angst between different couples without having any real love triangles involved. So it's kind of a feels-good angsty teenager fae romance book.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher - If you are into sci-fi fantasy where the male protagonist starts from the lowest of the low to survive in a harsh environment, but aims high, this is the duology for you.

Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima - Episodic stories with each focused on a youngster from one of the magical guild. This series is decent. I would recommend against her other Sevenrealm series, even though it seems to be one of the most critically acclaimed YA fantasy series anywhere on forums.

Warriors by Erin Hunter - While the series is aimed at elementary school kids, the contents can definitely be read by YA or adults. The series is about cats, and their clan wars. The first 6-book series is easily the best, and focuses on one cat protagonist, telling a self-contained story.

ag. 21, 2016, 2:57am

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
Tale of Leggue Brounswik by Chris King! It's a story of young Leggue who see's his village become overpowered by evil and does what he can to stop it, including being trained by dragons. you can find it on

gen. 5, 2017, 4:41pm

'The Darkest Part of the Forest' is a great fantasy book. Its not high fantasy but its sort of a light fantasy to cheer you up a bit.

gen. 5, 2017, 4:46pm

I would recommend Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - but for heaven's sake don't watch the TV series it was written for! If you've read the book you'll realise how horribly miscast it was.

gen. 9, 2017, 8:33pm

Hey ya'll,

This thread is back from when I was fourteen. I'm now 20 and in college, and my tastes have changed somewhat. While I hope that someone else might find this thread useful, don't bother with recommendations to me specifically. Still, I appreciate the thought.

Happy reading everyone!

gen. 10, 2017, 3:41pm

>120 pwaites:
Not wishing to insult you pwaites, I have absolutely no idea who you are! I think most of us regard this as a general recommendations topic, not specific to one user.

gen. 10, 2017, 6:33pm

121> That's a relief! I've been worrying that I should be replying to these recommendations but having no idea what to say.

gen. 12, 2017, 7:41pm

>122 pwaites: Yes, I think the thread has taken on a life of its own now!

maig 23, 2017, 7:18am

The Beyonders and five kingdom series by Brandon mull (Same author as Fablehaven) Are greeat

Editat: maig 28, 2017, 12:54am

I'm not quite a teenager yet, but I like to read teen literature. I love the fantasy genre. From my perspective, these would be the books I would highly recommend :
- Haroun and The Sea of Stories- by Salman Rushdie
- The Harry Potter and Percy Jackson Series (but I'm sure many people have already recommended these)
- A Wrinkle in Time- by Madeleine L'engle (this is Sci-Fi)
- Savvy and Scumble- by Ingrid Law

If you want to know a bit more about these books before reading them, I have reviewed these all on my blog before. I'll post it on my dashboard, so you can easily access it.