Top 5 Urban Fantasy and Epic Fantasy Books

Hello everyone! It’s time for the final post for the Entangled Teen Event, Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy which is to name your top 5 Urban Fantasy or Epic Fantasy books. I really can’t pick favorites with genres especially with these two since I randomly switch back and forth between both of them. So please enjoy my picks (in no particular order) for the Top 5 Urban Fantasy and Epic Fantasy Books.

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GoodReads defines Urban Fantasy as a “subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings–as opposed to ‘traditional’ fantasy set in imaginary locations.”

Top 5 Urban Fantasy

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The Raven Cycle – One of the most unique YA novels out there! The concept of fortune tellers, ghosts and other paranormal features made this series such a delight to read. But the final piece of puzzle had to be the characters who were all amazing to read about and you can not help but grow attached to them over time.

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Angelfall – I absolutely love the incorporation of the fallen angels into the post- apocalyptic genre. It was so unique and thrilling I just could not stop reading!

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Harry Potter – Although the world of Harry Potter is an independent world of its own, there is still some crossover between the real world and the wizarding world which is why I added this into the Urban Fantasy category. I think its safe to say that this series is beyond phenomenal from its characters to the plot lines and the world building!  This series was practically my childhood.

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Percy Jackson – I only started reading Percy Jackson after a fellow blogger recommended it to me and I absolutely loved it! It was amazing to see the imaginative incorporation of mythological creatures into the real world

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Hush Hush series – Another fallen angels series which I quite frankly enjoyed! I loved how the author maintained the mysterious aura throughout the series with the usage of paranormal beings/occurrences

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According to GoodReads, Epic Fantasy is defined as ” set in invented or parallel worlds and takes some elements from High Fantasy but in a bigger and more epic way (e.g. the stakes are greater; the land/world is in peril; the conflict shakes all who dwell in the world of the story).”

Top 5 Epic Fantasy

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes – A brilliant and electrifying debut set in a brutal world inspired by the Roman Empire. It is so fast paced and the stakes are so high in this novel that you end up on the edge of your seat at certain moments! A great thrilling read!

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Six of Crows – Set in the Grishaverse, this book follows a group of thieves and spies from the slums of Ketterdam who try to pull off an incredible and almost impossible heist. Six of Crows is set in a world inspired by Russia during the Tsar’s rule but it also incorporates a magical system of the Grishas. This book was amazing and the characters are so well developed as much as the world itself, it was such an enjoyable read!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Now I know this is slightly more New Adult but I wanted to add this onto the list since I believed it fit well within the Epic Fantasy genre. Believe it or not, this is my first Sarah J Mass book and despite the slow start, I ended up enjoying this book at the end. This is set in a complete fantasy universe despite switching from the human and fae worlds and Sarah does a fabulous job in developing her world to make it seem so believable and from what I am hearing, the second book only gets better and I can not wait to pick that one up!

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Falling Kingdoms – Described as the Young Adult version of the Game of Thrones, the world of Falling Kingdoms is merciless, intricate but also magical. We even dive into the political tensions between the various kingdoms, assassins, and other magical beings as well.

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Throne of Glass – Of course we have the ever so popular Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas who is the Queen of writing Epic Fantasy since she has such amazing world building and character development skills!

What are your favorite Urban Fantasy and Epic Fantasy books?

~Ash~

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Angelfall Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Susan EE

Publisher: Skyscape

Pages: 283

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Young Adult (a few violent scenes)

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! I had a feeling I was going to like this book from all the positive reviews but I never thought I would love it this much!! This is definitely one of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever read!! Despite being a quick read, you never feel that the world is underdeveloped or out of place. I think Susan did a great job in providing us the correct amount of detail to immerse the readers into the story without having to make us feel that we are in an impractical world.

Summary:

In summary, Angelfall starts off approximately six weeks after the apocalypse where angels have descended onto the Earth and demolished the entire world. Humans are now fighting to survive from the gangs which terrorize the streets during the day and the supernatural strike fear into their hearts during the night. Penryn and her family, including her mother and her wheelchair bound little sister, and trying to live through this world just like any other survivor. One night when they are trying to find a safe shelter, she witnesses a huge struggle between a group of angels. These warrior angels end up badly injuring their victim, an angel named Raffe, and they go as far as to even tearing off his wings. Moreover, they also fly away with Paige and Penryn is willing to do whatever it takes to get her sister back, including making a deal with the enemy angel.

Characters:

  1. Penryn – Brave, Determined, Stubborn; Penryn is definitely one of those characters who you grow to admire throughout the course of the novel. From the start, she takes full ownership of taking care of her family and is especially protective and caring towards her little sister, Paige. She has a great balance of being brave but also being warmhearted. Although she can be a bit stubborn at times, I feel that in the end she always tries to do what she thinks is right and I admire her for that.
  2. Raffe – Sarcastic, Bold, Fighter; As soon as Raffe was introduced in this book, I knew that he was going to be an interesting character with a lot of history which we will soon uncover. I think this mystery behind him is what makes his character so alluring. I will say that there were times when I was laughing out loud because of his witty and sarcastic comments: “My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name soldier boy?” LOL I CANT jlawlaugh
  3. Mrs. Young – Schizophrenic, Paranoid, Multi-facetted; Penryn’s mother is an interesting character due to her condition and you cannot place her as a villain or a victim. I feel that at times she does things which are shocking but some other times, you see her human characteristics take over and see her capabilities as a mother.
  4. Paige – Naive, Wheelchair bound; OMG she is a sweetheart ❤

In conclusion, this book truly surprised me 🙂  I think Susan did a great job in taking a different route for the YA dystopian/apocalyptic genre by incorporating the concept of fallen angels. She also created a ominous, dangerous, and mysterious world which is sure to send shivers through your spine while reading certain scenes. It is quite dark but she also does a great job in delivering witty banter and sassy dialogues between the characters for some comic relief. The story is immediately gripping from the first chapter and you can quickly sense the danger of the world that Penryn is in. This is another reason why it is so captivating and such an addicting read. Nearly all the chapters end with a cliffhanger and you have no choice but to continue reading! THE CLIMAX AND PLOT TWISTS WERE JUST INSANE! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

Have any of you read the Angelfall series? Let me know in the comments!! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading!

~Ash