Fantasy/Sci-Fi Books: Reading List for Teens

Updated on October 17, 2019
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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. Experience a journey back in time. Imagine what it's like to have magic powers or know martial arts. These science fiction novels, each unique in plot and style, tell a story from the perspective(s) of teenagers (ranging in age from 12 to 18). I recommended these books to teenagers and adults who enjoy adventure, action, romance and magic!

The Books in This List

  1. The Land of Stories series
  2. The Lunar Chronicles
  3. The Frost Blood trilogy
  4. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series
  5. The Zodiac series
  6. The Snow Like Ashes trilogy
  7. The Young Samurai series
  8. The House of Secrets trilogy
  9. Ready Player One

"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

This series follows the adventures of a girl named Alex Bailey and her twin, Conner Bailey, in a magical world. The twins are forced to go on a treasure hunt for the Wishing Spell, which is their key to getting home. However, the Evil Queen is also after the spell, and the twins find themselves in a race against time. The novels follow Alex and Conner from ages 12 to 16. The twins go through typical teenage struggles as they work their way to victory.

This is my favourite series of all time. It really engages the reader in a world that skillfully combines science and magic, and it teaches readers about classical fairy tales and their twists.

Books in the Series:

  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 From the Land of Stories Universe:

  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 stepdaughter, is known as the best mechanic around. However, her stepmother blames her for all the family's horrors and problems and sends her away to a place very few survive. In the following book, Cinder finds out her importance to Lunar and Earth and finds herself on a journey to overthrow the evil Lunar Queen, Levana.

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

The Lunar chronicles are filled with adventures, moments of self-discovery, and of course, romance. The series draws the reader into a dystopian, futuristic world where technological advancements are ahead of ours. It puts a new twist on classic fairy tales.

Books in the Series:

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


  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 (17) finds herself alone, isolated, and lost. Suddenly, she is rescued in exchange for a service. She ends up fighting against discrimination and rising to the top as she trains to become a fire blood master.

The reader follows Ruby as she opposes the suppression and discrimination that come with being a fire blood.

This is a great novel. It includes a mixture of adventure and romance.

Books in the Series:

  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 two legendary twins, one with a gold aura, and one with a silver aura. As they journey to explore their new powers, Sophie and Conner are torn apart by the two sides. One fights for Earth and humanity, and the other fights for Danu Talis and the Elders.

This novel is filled with adventure and action. The twins discover the reality of history, and the hidden truths about the world and the realms.

Books in the Series:

  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. Catastrophe strikes House Cancer, causing Rhoma to become the House's Guardian. In a struggle to help warn the other Houses of her discovery, she finds her voice suppressed; who would listen to a young novice?

This novel is set in a galaxy inspired by the Zodiac Constellations. 16-year-old Rhoma faces adventure, action and some otherworldly phenomena.

Books in the Series:

  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, age 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 includes some romance. Meira must confront the darkest truth of all; her destiny is not her own, and never was.

Books in the Series:

  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 begins to prepare him for the life of a samurai. Being an outsider, Jack faces many challenges to finding his way during training. He faces both physical and mental challenges.

These books let readers travel back in time to a world of adventure, action, samurai and ninjas!

Books in the Series:

  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. The Walker kids, Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor, are forced to journey through 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.

Books in the Series:

  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-billionaire Halliday passed away, leaving his inheritance to a skilled OASIS player with a keen insight into 1980s culture. As Wade (Parzival) journeys to find the prized 'egg,' he finds himself facing all sorts of challenges.

Join Parzival in the OASIS in this stand-alone novel, through challenges and victories!

Which of these books is 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

Which do you prefer: fantasy or science fiction?

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© 2018 Monique K-G


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