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5 Fantastic New Fantasy Novels

What a great week it is to escape into an intriguing fantasy world. Get lost in magical realms and fall in love with these majestic characters that will make you want to  jump into the story. A fantasy world is the perfect one to escape to during these times and these novels will give your mind a welcome break from reality.


 1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

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House of Earth and Blood tells the story of Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar. Bryce used to have the perfect life, until her friends were murdered, and now even though the criminals are behind bars, similar crimes begin to happen again. Now, Bryce is doing everything she can to avenge the death of her friends. Hunt is a fallen angel with great strength, but enslaved by the archangels. In order to regain his freedom he has to help Bryce find the demon wrecking havoc. As the two work together they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone. They also find a passion within each other that could set them on fire – if they let it.


2. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold follows Tessa and Will’s two children, James and Lucie Herondale. James and Lucie have grown up during a peaceful time for shadowhunters in Edwardian London. They have heard countless tales of good conquering evil, but now things are about to change with the Carstairs and Blackthorns arrival in London. James wants to fall in love and believes his true love is Grace Blackthorn. Meanwhile, Cordelia Carstairs wants to become a hero, and on her journey she falls for James. On Cordelia’s road to become a hero, she and the rest of her friends find themselves on an adventure that will reveal dark powers, and the price of being a hero.

3. The Kingdom of Black by Marie Lu

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The Kingdom of Black tells the story of two siblings, Nanneral Mozart and Wolfgang. Nanneral is a gifted musician and she delights audiences with her music. Unfortunately, her father will only allow her to perform music until she reaches a marriageable age. It is the 18th century and she is a woman, and even though composing music is what she dreams of, it cannot happen. As the years go by, Wolfgang’s musical talent begins to shine brighter than Nanneral’s, until one day a man from a magical land comes to town and makes Nanneral an incredible offer. However, if Nanneral takes the deal, it could cost her everything.


4. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Imagine Me is the final book in the Shatter Me series. Ella now knows the truth about Juliette and what she was created for. Now, Ella struggles with the past and is unsure of what the future holds. Everything between Juliette and Ella, and right and wrong, is a blur. Even her destiny may not be in her control, with old enemies looming, and the day of reckoning with Reestablishment approaching. All things considered, Ella is unsure of what side she stands on.

5. The City We Became by N.K Jemisin

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The City We Became. is about New York City and her five ‘souls’. In the lore of the book, all cities have souls, and with souls come a dark side. Underneath the earth there is an evil stirring that threatens to destroy the city, and now the five souls within the city must band together to destroy it before it destroys them.

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Love it or Hate it Quiz: YA Tropes Edition

Let’s face it: Young Adult books are notorious for being trope-y. While some tropes are certainly overdone, everyone’s a sucker for at least one or two (or ten) of them.

The quiz is simple: we give you popular YA tropes, and you tell us if you love them or hate them. Based on your responses, we’ll give you a book rec! It’s that simple!

Disclaimer: Not all tropes you pick will necessarily be in the book we recommend, but you can be sure that at least one or two of them will be!

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10 Most Followed YA Authors Instagrams

There are are innumerable ways to judge an author’s success—the first way tends to be counting book sales. Instagram follows don’t measure the technical quality of writing, rather they measure less tangible, but still extremely important things: connection and community. These ten authors are the most successful (verified) YA authors of Instagram, and they’re successful because of you. Chances are, you’re better off because of them.


1. John Green (2.2 million)


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Everybody knows John Green, YouTube sensation and author of six bestsellers: Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines; Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; The Fault in Our Stars; and Turtles all the Way Down. His novels have spawned two film adaptations with serious all-star casts (box-office hit The Fault in Our Stars and the more recent Paper Towns). Also popular for his YouTube videos on the Vlogbrothers channel, Green frequently uses his status to raise money for charity and teach online history courses. Famously, critics believe Green has redefined YA literature, naming him one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. It’s no surprise that the so-called ‘Teen Whisperer‘ is the most popular YA author on Instagram. 


2. Rick Riordan (543k)


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Most famous for his Percy Jackson series (starting with The Lightning Thief), Rick Riordan is the bestselling author of over twenty books. Riordan conceptualized the series as he told bedtime stories to his son, and it was his son who inspired its eponymous protagonist’s ADHD and Dyslexia—traits that help to make Percy Jackson a relatable character for readers with learning disabilities. The series currently has two film adaptations. Translations of his work exist in forty-two languages, and they’ve sold well over 30 million copies in the U.S. alone. His Trials of Apollo series (start with The Hidden Oracle) is still ongoing. 


3. Cassandra Clare (491k)


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Cassandra Clare is the creator of the sprawling Shadowhunters universe where angelic warriors hunt demons to protect our world. On page, this entails a lot of leather-wearing misfits who uncover shocking secret after shocking secret as they do cool, edgy teenager things (like riding on the back of flying motorcycles or constantly making out). The universe contains three series: The Mortal Instruments (start with City of Bones); The Infernal Devices (start with Clockwork Angel), and The Dark Artifices (start with Lady Midnight). The universe will expand to include at least one other trilogy, and it already includes several spin-off novels featuring favorite characters. The Shadowhunters universe has been adapted multiple times, first as a film and second as wildly popular TV series. Perhaps most impressively, Clare has been a champion of LGBT+ representation in YA genre fiction, even in the genre’s earlier days. Since the universe’s creation in 2007, every single Shadowhunters book has featured queer protagonists across a wide spectrum of identities.


4. Hank Green (403k)


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Hank Green may be the only author on this list most famous for something besides his writing. In addition to his recent bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Green has had a devoted Internet following since 2007 as one half of the Vlogbrothers, his shared YouTube channel with brother John Green. Hank and John are the co-founders of VidCon, the world’s largest conference for online videos. Hank has also acted as a contributing producer for a number of popular podcasts and web shows like Sexplanations and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.


5. Sarah J. Maas (300k)


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Author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas experienced a career takeoff in 2008 when earlier drafts of the series became some of the most popular works on FictionPress.com. A Cinderella story with a dark twist, Maas’ series has been an international bestseller with publication in fifteen countries. Amazingly, these weren’t even the original drafts—Maas began writing the series’ first book, Throne of Glass, at the tender age of sixteen. Maas has also written a prequel series (start with The Assassin and the Pirate Lord) and the A Court of Thorn and Roses series (start with, you guessed it, A Court of Thorn and Roses). Her first adult fantasy series is forthcoming.


6. Jenny Han (225k)


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Earlier this summer, Netflix released the film adaptation of Jenny Han‘s novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before with a massively positive audience response, leading to a huge spike in Instagram follows. Its sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, won the Young Adult Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Han is also the author of a YA romance trilogy, starting with the novel The Summer I Turned PrettyAs if that wasn’t impressive enough, Han wrote her first book, middle school coming-of-age Shug, while she was still a college student.


7. James Dashner (211k)



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James Dashner is the hugely prolific author of nearly twenty novels, including the dystopian hit The Maze Runner, which earned a film adaptation. Dashner was dropped by Penguin Random House in 2018 following sexual harassment allegations.


8. Veronica Roth (206k)


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The definition of a prodigy and star, Veronica Roth sold film rights to her first novel, Divergent, months before the book saw print—and she sold the publishing rights before graduating college. Roth wrote the first draft of the novel during senior year winter break, and it sold well over a million copies within the next two years. Roth is also famous for her novels Insurgent and Allegiant, the second and third books of her dystopian series in which society operates with personality-based factions that define each person’s profession and goals. (And believe it or not, removing all kind and generous people from the government so that they can work on farms is not a great leadership strategy.) 


9. Colleen Hoover (202k)


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Breakout romance novelist Colleen Hoover had no intentions of ever mainstream-publishing her first novel, Slammed. Astoundingly, it made the New York Times bestseller list as a self-published work. Hoover published Hopeless just a year later—and it became the first self-published novel to ever break #1 on the chart. A five-time winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards, Hoover has written eleven bestsellers in only seven years. While several of Hoover’s works have been published with Atria Books, Hoover has shattered the limits of what self-publishing can accomplish.


10. Rainbow Rowell (136k)


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Rainbow Rowell is the author of three wildly popular YA novels: Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Carry On. Famously, Fangirl began as a NaNoWriMo project—yes, that means the first draft was written in thirty days! Rowell famously faced controversy for the exploration of domestic violence in Eleanor & Park, with one Minnesota school district canceling her appearance and banning her book during Banned Books Week. Sounds like somebody missed the point! Despite this, the novel went on to earn a Michael L. Printz Award Honor, one of the highest recognitions in YA literature (other honored books include Angie Thomas‘ acclaimed The Hate U Give). 



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Watch Sarah J. Maas Promote Her Amazing Catwoman YA Book in This Adorable Video!

She’s sassy, she’s bold and she’s beautiful. Catwoman, also known as Selina Kyle, made herself center staged in her new novel, authored by Sarah J. Maas. If you’re up for a fresh new perspective on the familiar anti-hero, then check out this new book on the shelves, from the author of the Throne of Glass series. 


Catwoman: Soulstealer is one of the third installments in the DC Icons franchise. It centers on Selina Kyle’s return to the slums of Gotham City where she teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to wreak havoc. Batman is on an important mission, putting Batwing in charge and it’s hard not to take advantage of the perfect timing. While Batman is away, this chaotic team of women will play.


Check out this cute interview with Sarah J. Maas, author of Catwoman: Soulstealer and dig your claws into this third installment!




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