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Fantasy / Sci-Fi Books Reading List for Teens

Updated on June 5, 2018
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I'm just a girl who loves to read, and thinks some books deserve more time under the spotlight.

Fall into a Mythical world with fairies, or where people have special abilities, or travel back in time and experience the journey through the martial arts. Here is a list of science fiction novels, each unique in plot and style, mainly from the perspective(s) of teenagers, ranging from 12 to 18. I recommended these books to teenagers who enjoy adventure, action, romance and magic!

"My most educated analysis with all means of science and technology in mind is that it's Magic."

— from The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

An adventure of a girl named Alex Bailey, and her twin, Conner Bailey, as they wind up in a magical world and are forced onto a treasure hunt for the Wishing Spell - the key to get home. However, the Evil Queen is also after the spell, and the twins find themselves in a race against time.

As the reader journeys through the novels, Alex and Conner age from 12 to 16, also going through typical teenage struggles as they work their way to their victory.

This is my all time favourite series, that really engages the reader in a combination of Science and Magic, as we learn more about classical fairy-tales, and their twists. (Fantasy)

Book Names:

  1. The Wishing Spell
  2. The Enchantress Returns
  3. A Grimm Warning
  4. Beyond the Kingdoms
  5. An Authors Odyssey
  6. Worlds Collide

Stand alone Books:

  1. Queen Red Riding Hood's guide to Royalty
  2. The Mother Goose Diaries
  3. The Curvy Tree

"Even in the Future the story begins with Once Upon a Time"

— from The Lunar Chronicle: Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, a half cyborg step-daughter is know as the best mechanic, however as her step-mother blames her for all the horrors and problems the family has, she is sent away to a place very few survive. In the following book, Cinder finds out her importance to Lunar and Earth, and finds herself in a journey to overthrow the evil Lunar Queen, Levana.

The reader experiences some of the troubles and pressures of a girl entering young womanhood, as Cinder finds herself working and acting with limited parental guidance, at the age of 18.

The Lunar chronicles are filled with lots of adventures, self discovery, and (of course) romance. It draws the reader into a distopean, futuristic world were technological advancements are better, with a new twist on classical fairy-tales. (Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Book Names:

  1. Cinder
  2. Scarlet
  3. Cress
  4. Winter

Extra Stories, both occurring before Cinder

  1. Fairest
  2. Stars Above

"Frost and Fire were once Friends"

— from the Frost Blood Saga: Frost Blood

Frost Blood by Elly Blake

In a world of frost bloods, Ruby finds herself alone, isolated and lost - until she is rescued in exchange for a service. She finds herself going against discrimination, and rising to the top, as she trains to become a fire blood master.

The reader is taken through the struggles Ruby, a 17 year old, as she opposes suppression and discrimination that comes with being a fire blood.

This is a great novel, which once again, includes a mixture of adventure and romance. (Fantasy)

Book Names

  1. Frost Blood
  2. Fire Blood
  3. Night Blood

"Why do you wonder?" Josh asked. "Why is it even important?"

"Because someone has to remember," Gilgamesh snapped, suddenly irritated. "It is only when no one remembers, that you are truly lost. That is the true death"

— from The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Sorceress

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael and Ronald W. Scott

Sophie and Conner find themselves in the middle of a new magical world, where different sides are in pursuit of the legendary twins - one with a gold aura, and the other with a silver. As they journey to explore their new powers, Sophie and Conner are torn apart by the sides - one fighting for earth and humanity, and the other for Danu Talis and the Elders.

This novel is filled with adventure and action as the two twins discover the reality of history, and the hidden truths about the world and the realms. (Fantasy)

Book Names:

  1. The Alchemist
  2. The Magician
  3. The Sorceress
  4. The Necromancer
  5. The Warlock
  6. The Enchantress

"There's an old saying about the Cardinal Houses that asserts we are not only masters of our own elements, but we also posses an invincibility to another.

Fire can't be shaken.

The ground can't be blown away.

Air can't be drowned.

And water can't be burned."

— from Zodiac: Wandering Stars

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Rhoma is thrown into the spotlight when her prediction comes to life, and catastrophe strikes House Cancer, causing her to become the House's Guardian. In a struggle to help warn the other Houses of her discovery, she finds her voice suppressed - as who would listen to a young novice?

This novel is set in a galaxy inspired by the Zodiac Constellations, as 16 year old Rhoma faces adventure, action and some otherworldly phenomenon. (Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Book Names:

  1. Zodiac
  2. Wandering Stars
  3. Black Moon
  4. Thirteen Rising

"The most powerful Magic of all is Choice."

— from the Snow like Ashes Trilogy: Ice like Fire

Snow like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

In a land of 8 kingdoms, four are defined by seasons. When Winter falls to Spring, the winterians are enslaved, with the exception of a few refugees who managed to escape. Meira, aged 16, has always been keen to fight for her kind and to restore order, but as she journeys closer to her dream, she is thrust into a dangerous world of dark politics, and dark magic.

This novel is filled with action, adventure and has some romance throughout its pages, as Meira is confronted with the darkest truth of all; her destiny is not her own, and never was. (Fantasy)

Book Names:

  1. Snow like Ashes
  2. Ice like Fire
  3. Frost like Night

"Learn Today so that you may Live Tomorrow."

— from The Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

The Young Samurai by Chris Bradford

When a British ship is attacked by a group of deadly ninja pirates, Jack is rescued by a famous samurai; who in turn begins to prepare him for a life of a samurai. Being an outsider, Jack faces many challenges to find his way during his training, and faces many physical and mental challenges.

Travel back in time to a world of adventure, action, samurai and ninjas! (Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Books Names:

  1. The Way of the Warrior
  2. The Way of the Sword
  3. The Way of the Dragon
  4. The Ring of Earth
  5. The Ring of Water
  6. The Ring of Fire
  7. The Ring of Air
  8. The Ring of Sky

"Just one look at it told him it was magical, more magical than anything he had seen in his life. It wasn't its shape or its size; it was something he couldn't put into words. POWER was the closest word."

— from the House of Secrets

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus, V. C. Andrews and Ned Vizzini

When the Walkers purchase a new house, the Kristoff House, a new world is discovered, as the Walker kids, Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor, are forced to journey across the deadly imagination of Kristoff's novels. The Wind Witch asks only one thing from them in exchange for the lives they had before, a book of dark secrets, the Book of Doom and Desires.

Join the Walker kids in their epic adventure as they journey to find their way home, and save their parents. (Fantasy)

Book names:

  1. House of Secrets
  2. Battle of the Beasts
  3. Clash of the Worlds

"Going outside is highly Overrated."

— form Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

When Wade was young, Multi-billionare Halliday passed away, leaving his inheritence to only a skilled OASIS player with a keen insight in the 80's culture. As Wade (Parzival) journies to find the prized 'egg,' he finds himself against all sorts of chalanges.

Join Parzival in the OASIS in this stand-alone novel, through challanges and victories! (Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Which of these Books are your Favorite?

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The More you Read,

The More places you Go.

The More places you Go,

The More you Know.

- Dr. Seus

Your Opinion

What do you prefer? Fantasy or Science Fiction?

Let me know if you think a book should be on this list!

© 2018 Monique K-G

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