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This post is all about three of my favorite things! 😍 Supernatural Young Adult Fantasy books could be a weird combination, but it is golden. I’m excited to dive into this topic and share 16 of my favorites that fall into this category.


I’m Emily Campbell, a full-time mom of two young kids and a reader extraordinaire. I built this blog to be a resource for readers wanting to know what is in their books. I’ve been disappointed so many times after picking up the latest and greatest on a book list after jumping in and realizing that the amount of language, graphic violence, or inappropriate sexual content did not fit my media standards.

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Supernatural + Young Adult + Fantasy = Match Made in Heaven

These three things are the perfect recipe for a fantastic story. 😉 Sorry, Dad jokes are my second language! The world is obviously a bit crazy lately. So it makes perfect sense to escape this world we have no control over to go to a much crazier world in a story! When I’m reading a book, it seems easy to identify the problem and come up with a reasonable solution. I wish those problem-solving skills could easily be transferred over to real life. Real-life problems typically are more complex, or feel more complex, because we are closer to them.

I love any supernatural element in books. Whether it is a magical character, an object of power, or just a place that is more than natural. Plus, books written for readers who aren’t teens but also don’t feel like adults yet are my jam. They keep me young at heart and help me rewrite my past mistakes.

Ultimately, my favorite genre is fantasy because it can go in so many different directions!! Fantasy books can be as far out there as you want or as close to home with some weird stuff. Either type of book helps me chill and ignore my inner crazy while diving into something new.

Here are 16 Supernatural Fantasy books for Young Adults perfect for escaping into a new world. Plus, most of these books are the first in a series, so you can push away reality for a little longer.

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to be silenced. Earth has been invaded by an alien that takes over the mind of a human host while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, a trespassing “soul” in Melanie’s body, didn’t expect the former tenant to still be there and keep parts of her mind secret. Melanie shares her memories of Jared, a human still in hiding. Then Wanderer starts longing for a man she’s never met. Soon they become allies and search for the man they both love.

Melanie shares her memories of Jared, a human still in hiding. Wanderer starts longing for a man she’s never met. Soon they become allies and search for the man they both love.

Check out my review of The Host for more info. Grab your copy from Amazon or Booksio.

2. A Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Princess Lia runs away from a political match on her way to the altar. Lia tries to make a fresh start without knowing she has two people on her trail. One is a jilted prince bent on tracking down his would-be bride. The other is an assassin sent to kill the princess in “an accident”. Both start the dangerous game of courting her and trying to win her heart, but can she figure out their true identities before she dies?

Lia seems like a helpless princess, but she can take care of herself. This is the first book in a trio. I highly recommend getting all three before beginning. A Kiss of Deception is a fantasy book for teens and young adults. Grab the entire series from Amazon.

3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Lissa is a mortal vampire princess who can control earth magic. Her immortal enemy, the strigoi, wants to make her one of their own. Thankfully her best friend, Rose Hathway, is a half-vampire or Dhampir. Rose has dedicated her life to protecting Lissa from the bad vampires at all costs. After two years on the run, they were finally caught and forced to go back to school, but the enemy they were hiding from might be closer than they think. They navigate their dangerous world while ensuring their heads aren’t turned by forbidden love.

Vampire Academy is great for teens and young adults. Plus, they have such a cool world! The book is definitely better than the movie. Snag your copies at Amazon or Booksio.

4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Jacinda is destined for greatness, always watched, and longs for freedom. When she attempts to exercise a bit of freedom, she breaks the most important rule and almost dies. The only reason she doesn’t is a very handsome stranger saves her. A handsome stranger was sent to hunt her kind. Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons with a secret ability to shift into a human. However, if she stays a human too long, her dragon side will die, trapping her forever in the form of a human. 

Jacinda and her family are forced to flee into the human world and try to blend in. This new world, and set of rules, are hard to adapt to for freedom-loving Jacinda. The only good thing about the situation is Will. Beautiful and reclusive, Will brings her draki back to life. Even though she is attracted to him, Jacinda knows his dark secret: Will and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs, but with her draki slowly dying, she will do anything to keep hope alive. Even if it means cozying up to the enemy.

This fantasy book is fantastic for teens and young adults who have just moved or anyone who feels a little trapped. Snap your copy at Amazon or Booksio.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

It begins at the border of a mythical land Prythian where Fae and other dangerous magical beasts live. Feyre is out in the forest hunting in the middle of winter, trying to find food for her family. She ventures into the forest further than ever before and comes across a monstrous wolf. It could be a fae, but Feyre just thinks of how much she could sell the pelt for and how long that could feed her family. 

Within a few days, a larger-than-life lion-like beast comes to her home and demands she either die or live the rest of her life in Prythian for killing a fae. Just like that, Feyre is living in a beautiful fae-filled castle cursed by magic and one High Lord who can turn into a beast. She is thrown into a world of magic, danger, and the unexpected.

For more about this book, check out the full review: A Court of Thorns and Roses. This book is for adults because of some consent issues in this book and adult content in later books. Grab your copy on Amazon or Booksio.

6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop is a professor of history at Yale who happens to be a witch from a very long line of witches, but she wants nothing to do with magic. While researching her next paper at Oxford, she requests a very old manuscript with a hint of magic attached to it. But Diana sends it back to the depths of the library from fright. It turns out she is the only one who can access that book between the witches, vampires, and demons. Everyone wants to know what is in the mythical book, and soon her quiet library is swarming with supernatural creatures.

A Discovery of Witches is the first of three books about Diana and Matthew Clairmont. Their journey mixes contemporary places, historical London, and cutting-edge genetic research. This series is for adult readers due to the sexual content in each book. Snag your copies from Amazon or Booksio.

7. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Mercedes Thompson, Mercy to friends, is a Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her world is full of supernatural beings, plus she is one. She is a walker, a being that can shift into a coyote when she wants. Mercy’s former boss is a gremlin, and her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Oh, and she is fixing a bus for a vampire. Mercy lives a fairly normal life until her connections get her into serious trouble.

This is the first of thirteen books. Each book is packed with supernatural trouble and unique solutions to the many problems that find their way to Mercy. This series has some adult content in later books, but it is easy to skip over and doesn’t play a role in the storyline. Get your copy of the first book on Amazon or Booksio.

8. Marked, The House of Night by P. C. Cast

Zoey Redbird has to enter the House of Night after being marked as a vampire fledgling. When she shows up, she discovers that she was picked personally by the Vampyre Goddess Nyx, and she has an affinity for all five elements. Zoey has to look deep inside for the courage to embrace her new destiny and help her newfound friends do the same.

Marked is the first of a twelve-book series. These fantasy books have some adult themes and topics throughout the series. I recommend them for 15-17 or older. Get your copy on Amazon or Booksio.

9. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Kaylee doesn’t see dead people, but when someone near her is about to die, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally. Kaylee just wants to enjoy catching the attention of the hottest guy at school. Dating is pushed to the side when Nate seems to know more about her screaming than she does. With their classmates dropping dead around them, Kaylee is the only one who knows who will be next.

My Soul to Take is the first of a seven-book series. This fantasy book is great for lovers of the Mortal Instrument Series. There are a few steamy kisses but no adult scenes. Don’t forget to get your copy from Amazon or Booksio.

10. Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing

Vanessa is being followed. She doesn’t know who is following her or what they want, but she knows why. She can turn invisible. But Vanessa hasn’t figured out how to control it. Her worst fear is being discovered. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Catty, who is special too. She can go back in time and take Vanessa with her.

This is the first book of a thirteen-book series where teenage girls with fantastical powers team up to save the world from terrible darkness and make dumb mistakes about boys. Goddess of the Night is better for teens or readers who want a quick light read. There are some kisses but no adult scenes. Get your copy from Amazon today.

11. The Faerie Path by Allan Frewin Jones

Pulled from her world, Anita discovers that her real name is Tania and that she is the lost princess of Faerie. When she disappeared 500 years ago on the night before her wedding, Faerie was thrown into darkness and shadow with their hope for the future gone. But Lord Gabriel Drake Tania’s fiancée found her and returned her to the magical realm, sparking new life and joy in their people. Now torn between two worlds, Tania can’t forget her old world of the boy she left there. But the more she learns of her new old life, the more she discovers about her own disappearance.

The Faerie Path is the start of a six-book series. These fantasy books are great for teens, tweens, and young adults. I read these while in middle school and really enjoyed them. It was one of my first dives into the world of faeries, so maybe I’m just nostalgic. There is no adult content in this series. Snag your copy from Amazon or Booksio.

12. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Aislinn has three rules that have kept her safe. Don’t stare at invisible faeries, don’t speak to invisible faeries, and don’t ever attract their attention. Suddenly, her rules aren’t working anymore. A Faerie has discovered that she can see them, and now Keenan is stalking her and asking questions Aislinn doesn’t want to answer. Without trying, Aislinn has attracted the attention of the Sumer King, and he will do anything in his power to make her queen.

There is a discussion of sex, and it is implied that it happened off-screen. There are a few instances of sexual assault and attempted rape. It shows how much the fae are out of control and need to be reined in. This fantasy book is good for high schoolers and young adults. Wicked Lovely is the first book in a five-book series. Check out this book on Amazon or Booksio.

13. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

When Meghan was six, her father disappeared before her eyes. Since then her life has never been the same. Things start to change again when dark strangers start watching her, and her best friend becomes overly protective. Meghan has a secret destiny she never would have guessed – she is the daughter of a mythical faery king. Now she has to figure out how to save people she cares about by facing a mysterious evil. Oh, and try not to fall in love with a prince with a heart of ice.

This fantasy book is fantastic for teens. It was one of my favorites about the fae, and I ate up the entire series! There is no adult content, but there is kissing and mild vulgar humor. You won’t want to miss this book! Grab your copy from Amazon or Booksio.

14. Touched by Corrine Jackson

Remy O’Malley can heal with a touch, but every injury she cures becomes her own. Growing up in an abusive household, she heals countless broken bones, bruises, and burns. Then one night, her stepfather goes too far. Being shipped off to live with her estranged father gives her a fresh start. Asher Blackwell used to be a Protector of Healers, but he sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Killing a Healer can a Protector is the only way to regain his senses. Falling in love is against the rules for two enemy races. Because of Remy’s powers, Protectors will come for her, unless Asher kills her first.

Touched has such an interesting take on magic and healing. Plus, it is the first of a three-book series that is hard to put down. It is so interesting seeing how Remy develops through the series and the book as she comes into her own power.

There is kissing and making out. Sex is implied, but it happens off-screen. This is one of my favorite fantasy books, and I love how their love develops over the books. Plus, there is an interesting twist or two! Snag your copy from Amazon or Booksio.

15. Everless by Sarah Holland

Jules is our leading lady and turns seventeen as the story begins. She lives at the edge of a tiny village called Crofton with her father. Jules worries that her father is coming to the end of his time. She is determined to do anything to help. She hears a rumor about the Gerlings, one of the largest ruling families. They are hiring a bunch of servants for the Queen’s upcoming visit. 

Jules’ father has strong feelings about the Gerlings after they were banished from Everless. He argues that Jules won’t be safe there. Jules doesn’t listen and instead ends up in Everless serving her enemies. Going to Everless puts Jules in more danger than she realizes, and her decisions hold much more weight than she believes. The entire fate of time itself rests in her hands.

For more about Everless, check out my review. Also check out book 2, Evermore. You can find Everless on Amazon or Booksio.

16. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

After a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier, 18-year-old Celaena is brought before the Crown Prince and given a choice. She can either finish her life sentence in the mines or compete to become the new royal assassin.

Each opponent is sponsored by a different member of the King’s Council. Celaena is the only woman against mercenaries, thieves, and assassins. If she wins a series of tests, she will be granted a four-year contract as the Royal Assassin. After finishing her contract, she is free to go. Celaena enjoys her training sessions with the captain of the guard but finds life at court incredibly dull. Things become more interesting when the prince takes an interest in her, but she has more in common with the captain of the guard. 

Then competitors start showing up dead. Celaena must discover who is behind the deaths before she is the next one killed. Her discoveries will lead her to a much grander destiny than she could ever imagine.

For more about Throne of Glass, read my in-depth review. Get your copy on Amazon or Booksio.


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If you are still looking for more books, read this blog post about adventurous books. For all of my Hunger Games fans, you won’t want to miss this blog post. It has a list of 20 books you have to check out! If you aren’t a fan of the supernatural, this blog post is filled with a variety of fantasy books.

Let me know if one of your favorite books ended up on this list in the comments below, or drop the title of your go-to fantasy fave.

Happy Reading!

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