Young Adult Fantasy books never go out of style and every year there are more of these awesome stories than one can keep up with.
I went through 7 different sources to compile the ultimate list of the best young adult fantasy books of 2020. These books do not include general young adult fiction. That is a list of its own. All the books in the main list had more than one vote.
Here are the top 10 YA Fantasy books of 2020.
1. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Author – Roseanne A. Brown
Malik and his sisters are making their way to the kingdom of Zarin after fleeing their war torn home. When an evil spirit kidnaps Nadia, Malik must do anything to get her back – even murdering the princess. Karina needs to resurrect her mother but for that she needs a King. When Malik gets selected for the Solstice championship, they both know how to get what they want.
2. Cemetery Boys
Author – Aiden Thomas
Yadriel decides to summon a ghost with the help of his friend, Martiza. He wants to prove to his family that he is a true brujo/witch as well as his gender. And the ghost he summons is Julian. As the two work towards figuring out the story of Julian, the less Yadriel wants him to leave.
Author – Adrienne Young
Fable lost her mother to a storm and soon after her father abandoned her. But the sea runs deep in her blood. With the help of a trader named West she decides to go look for her father and claim her rightful place in his crew. But West is not what he appears to be and her father’s enemies are aplenty.
Author – Tracy Deonn
Bree witnesses a supernatural happening on the first day at campus and finds herself in the middle of a society called the Legendborn who hunt demons. One member tries to wipe off her memories of the night but it only awakens the magic within her and also the mysterious happenings around her mother’s death. Along with Nick, she decides to unravel the secrets and finds that a war is coming up.
Author – Jordan Ifueko
With every new king in the Kingdom of Aritsar, a new Council of 11 is chosen. There is nothing stronger than the bond which connects the 11 to the Crown Prince held together by the Ray. Tarisai is sent to become one of the 11 by her mother, The Lady but what she barely remembers after years im Aritsar was the deeper purpose The Lady had filled her with – to kill the crown prince.
Author – Romina Garber
As an undocumented American, Manu and her family has always been in hiding. They are on the run from criminals in Argentina connected to her father. When her grandmother is attacked and her mother arrested, Manu has to run alone and soon she finds a life even more dangerous – every 7th daughter a brujo and every 7th son a wolf. And Manu’s shining yellow eyes put her in the middle of this legend.
7. The Faithless Hawk
Author – Margaret Owen
Follow up to the hugely successful The Merciful Crow, the second book in the series puts Fie against the new Queen Rhusana. “As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.”
8. Where Dreams Descend
Author – Janella Angeles
Finding the next headliner of the Conquering Circus should not have been this hard. But as the acts become more and more dangerous, the people realize that the threat is bigger than all of them. Kallia, Jack and Demarco, the three main runners have a lot more to figure out before more people go missing.
9. These Violent Delights
Author – Chloe Gong
Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers have worked within their own borders in Shanghai. But when a deadly threat begins to spread the city, Juliette and Roma – the future heirs to the gangs – must decide to either work together or let their past and their family rivalry be the death of the whole town.
10. Aurora Burning
Author – Amina Kaufman/Jay Kristoff
“First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first. Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.”
- The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
- The Midnight Sun – Stephanie Meyer
- Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare
- Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
- Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust
- The Extraordinaries – T. J. Kline
- The Kingdom of Back – Marie Lu
- The Shadow Between Us – Tricia Levenseller
- Elatsoe – Darcie Little Badger