I have always been a fan of fantasy, especially when the fantasies come in the form of a series. I might be dating myself here, but I wanted to share a few of the series I loved as a young woman.
by J.K. Rowling
Obviously. I had to include one of the most famous fantasy series of all time.
This series changed my life. Seriously. I read the first Harry Potter book when I was in first grade. My mother was a librarian at one of the elementary schools in town and she noticed a lot of kids checking it out, so one day she came home with a copy of it and we started reading it together before bedtime. I’ll admit, I wasn’t completely intrigued until the inciting incident (You’re a wizard, Harry). My mom had to push me to get to that point. But once I did, I was hooked! I got to grow up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I can’t imagine better pals to have along for the ride! Long story short, the Harry Potter books gave me a love for reading, which in turn led to a love of writing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those books.
by Richelle Mead
This series is probably one of the only vampire series I would vouch for. I’m not much into vampires, though I certainly went through a phase when I was younger. This is one of the few series I read in that phase that stuck out. It’s about friendship, forbidden romance, and growing up, all wrapped into one series. Plus it’s got a kick-ass heroine!
by Neal Shusterman
Oh man, this series. Let me just say that it hits you. The subject matter is intense, and the ending of the first book is genuinely a surprise. Neil Shusterman has always been a master at creating dark young adult books, and, in my opinion, this is his best.
by Maggie Stiefvater
Until The Raven Boys came out, Shiver (the first book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series) was by far my favorite Maggie Stiefvater novel. I love Stiefvater’s writing. She has a unique voice and a true talent for creating young adult characters that stand out. Stiefvater’s beautiful writing in this series captured my attention on page one, and the story of Grace and Sam made me stay. If you like character-driven fantasy romance novels, I highly recommend this series.
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
I’ll admit, I read this series when I was probably twelve or thirteen years old, so my memory of the story isn’t as fresh as I’d like. However, I remember that it captured my young, romantic heart. The story begins during a time of war. To bring peace, the heroine, Danica, makes the impossible decision to marry the enemy (something many women have had to do in our own history). She soon discovers that her betrothed, Zane, and his people, aren’t so different from her own, and she begins to question her assumptions, and her fear of the people she’s been told were evil all her life.
by Stephen Cole
This was my first experience with “scarier” fantasy fiction as a young woman, and though I don’t think it’s the best werewolf fiction I’ve read, it certainly peaked my interest at the young, impressionable age of thirteen. What I remember being drawn in most by was the grotesque, violent descriptions, and (at the time, and at least to me) the unpredictability of the story. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this series horror, but give it a read if you like werewolves, and you’re looking for something a bit edgier.