Fantasy Faves


Vidia O'Bryant, Editor-In-Chief

Coming from my high-class-literature obsessed-fantasy lover opinion, I am here to tell you that these fantasy books are absolutely worth your time!

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
Starting off with an unfinished trilogy I recently read, the Once Upon a Broken Heart series. These books follow a prophesied story of a girl realizing just how far she’ll go to find her true love. For me, the best part of this book was trying to connect the mysteries and unanswered questions alongside the main character, Evangeline. The tension between the two “love interests” is honestly to die for! If you’ve read The Cruel Prince or These Hollow Vows, you will love these books! All three of these series include action packed plots, with morally gray MCs, and female characters who learn the extent of their true power. I recommend this series to those who enjoy YA Fantasy that has hints of adult-like plots. The third book isn’t being released until November, so you have time to read it before the newest book comes out!

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
This duology will leave you wanting more. Not because the plot is underdeveloped, but because the character development will have you pleading to stay tucked inside their story. When Brie, the main character, is forced to charm a fae prince in order to save her sister, she realizes she may not hate the fae as much as she thinks. However, in the first book, as the plot heats up and the second love interest is introduced, Brie is forced to play both sides of the field. This plot closely resembles that of A Court of Thorns And Roses, encompassing the beauty of watching the main character struggle between choosing who she wants, while carrying the weight of solving a multitude of problems. Without spoiling too much, I’ll say that this duology has many plot twists you won’t see coming and is so entrancing that it’s hard to put down!

The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Like most fantasy novels you’ll read, this trilogy includes a two-love-interest plot where the first love interest has a deep disdain for the second love interest. The best part of this love triangle? She can only kiss one of the love interests without killing them. My favorite device in fantasy novels is when the author writes in romance as a subplot, but makes it soul shattering. This is exactly what Armentrout does. My love for this series, however, isn’t because of the romance. The relationships between the characters are just a plus. The main lure is the plot that follows Layla through her journey of self discovery and realization of what her existence truly means in a universe of demons and wardens. This series includes many aspects of YA, and while I don’t necessarily enjoy YA fantasy, the morally gray character, Ross, makes it extremely enjoyable!