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~

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Lightning Thief Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: March 1st 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books

Pages: 377

Rating: 5/5

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I think it is safe to say that you should never judge a book by its movie. Although I love Logan Lerman . . . I mean look at that face:

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I have to say that the movie did not do this book justice. There was just so much missing from the story line as well as the actual characters themselves. Coming back to the actual book, I will say that I enjoyed reading this and I will most definitely be continuing on with the series. Thank you to Annabeth @ annabethchasesite for recommending this to me 🙂

Summary:

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old kid who is struggling to focus in boarding school with his ADHD and Dyslexia. Things seem to get more complicated when he realizes he is a demigod and that the Gods of Mount Olympus and mythological creatures may no longer be only words in his textbook and that they are very much REAL. To make things worse, he soon finds out that he may have angered one of them: Zeus. The God’s master lightening bolt had been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Together with his friends from his new home at Camp Half Blood, they have ten days to return Zeus’s stolen property to prevent a war between the Gods on Mount Olympus.

Characters:

Percy Jackson – OMG if I had read this series before being consumed by Harry Potter, I am pretty sure my 10 year old self would have developed a serious crush on this kid! Percy is just so snarky, I love it! I was laughing out loud nearly every moment he couldn’t keep his mouth shut and just had to say something sassy. Brilliant!

“You want to gargle with toilet water again, Clarisse? Close your mouth.”

OHH SNAP!!!

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Annabeth – I think she maybe one of my favorite female characters of all time. She did remind me a bit of Hermione but I feel that Annabeth has a good balance between actual physical strength and wisdom. She is the daughter of Athena after all 🙂

Grover – In comparison to the film portrayal, I appreciated that we got to see more of Grover’s character and his back story. I also loved the focus Rick Riordan placed on the friendship between him and Percy.

My thoughts: 

I was honestly very surprised by this book! I was debating about starting this since it was a middle grade fiction but it turned out to be quite refreshing to read. I loved the incorporation of Greek mythology into the novel since it added such a unique premise to the book. I was surprised about the amount of knowledge you gain regarding the Greek Gods while reading as well.

The pacing of the book was very well done. It also had the perfect dose of action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. Since this was a middle grade novel, the writing was not too intricate but it was well balanced in terms of description so you could picture the world around you and understand the plot. For this reason, I would recommend this book to both adults and young readers!

Memorable Quotes:

Gabe: . . “Maybe if the kid apologizes for interrupting my poker game.”

Percy: Maybe if I kick you in your soft spot . . and make you sing soprano for a week.

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“I’d made water shoot out of the bathroom fixtures. I didn’t understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing.”

OMG PERCY! I CAN’T WITH THIS KID! 

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Have any of you read the Percy Jackson series?

Come fan girl with me!

~Ash~