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Five Young Adult Fantasy Works with Adult Crossover Appeal

By Rae Carson (@raecarson)

All the books I’ve chosen are young adult fantasy that have crossover appeal to adults. I have a lot more book recommendations where these came from, so find me at Sirens and ask!

 

TheWrathandtheDawn 1. The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh
I expected to be underwhelmed by this. The fable of Scheherazade—about a woman charming her way out of horrific abuse—is not one I have ever loved. But Ahdieh’s interpretation surprised me at every turn.
 
TheWinnersCurse 2. The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski
The swoony female on this cover does not appeal to me in the slightest. Is she about to use that dagger on herself? Or cry out for smelling salts? Ugh. I shouldn’t have judged this book by its cover, though, because it’s smart, subtle, and detail-rich.
 
GraveMercy 3. Grave Mercy, Robin LaFevers
This book would definitely have been shelved in the adult category a decade ago. It’s about assassin nuns. Assassin. Nuns.
 
Serpentine 4. Serpentine, Cindy Pon
A critically acclaimed fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore.
 
Seraphina 5. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
After reading this complex and mature tale, you’ll never think of dragons in the way same again.

 

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