Saturday, July 22, 2017

Three Fave #LoveOzYA Fantasy Series

Today I'm participating in the #LoveOzYABloggers fortnightly meme. This fortnight's topic is: Fantasy ~ OoOohhh. (See meme details and how you can participate at the end of the post)

I've picked three of my fave Aussie YA fantasy series, all very diverse! 

  • A fantasy/contemporary series by the brilliantly creative and original Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Urban/paranormal fantasy that's unputdownable with classic Aussie characters and loads of mystery, intrigue and sexual tension
  • And the gorgeous historical-Ireland-vibe fantasy series by fantasy legend, Juliet Marillier. 
Jaclyn Moriarty's Colours of Madeleine series is my fave series of all time and it's wildly whimsical, hilarious and completely unexpected. (I've reviewed the whole series on inkcrush: A Corner of White, Cracks in the Kingdom and A Tangle of Gold).

Paula Weston has created a believable, action-packed and addictive world with characters who I truly fell in love with. I am not a huge fan of urban fantasy, but the Aussie vibe in this series really made the Rephaim world a place I wanted to spend my fictional time. Waiting for each installment was agony and finishing each new release was a bittersweet rush.  (I've reviewed the whole series on inkcrush: Shadows, Haze, Shimmer and Burn).

Juliet Marillier has written so many gorgeous fantasy novels and retellings. My fave of hers is the Sevenwaters series and my two fave books in it are #1 Daughter of the Forest and #2 Son of the Shadows. Both were initially a slower pace than I was used to (especially as I am not a huge fantasy reader), but they lured me in, and it was 100% worth taking my time with because by then I was just so in love with everything about the world. Just thinking about them now has me hankering for a reread...

Have you read any of these series?
What is your fave Aussie YA fantasy novel/series?

Bonus: Kingdom of Cello Map ~ lovelovelove

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  1. Yes, I've read the Jaclyn Moriarty trilogy, which I thought a delight, though I have yet to get any interest from our students, alas! I participated in the blog tour for the final book. And I'm a huge fan of Juliet Marillier, who does amazing fairy tale inspired fantasy. Have you read her Beauty And The Beast novel, Heart's Blood, which is set in mediaeval Ireland? Brilliant! Again, I participated in a blog tour for the third of the Blackthorn And Grim trilogy, which is set in the same universe as the Sevenwaters series. I do recommend Blackthorn And Grim. The characters are wonderful! I would love to have someone like Grim in my life!
    But those aren't exactly YA and my absolute favourites are Michael Pryor's steampunk series "The Laws Of Magic." There are six of them, set in an alternative universe in the Edwardian era and they're exciting and hilarious all at once.

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  2. I love all of these series! I haven't finished the Colors of Madeleine trilogy which is a gross oversight on my part but it's definitely on my TBR! Wonderful post, dear!!

  3. What beautiful books. <3 Nomes, I am still HORRIBLE with fantasy. But I do want to read the Colours of Madeleine series!!! And the others, but especially CoM! And I need to read more Jaclyn Moriarty in general, haha.

  4. I didn't realize Juliet Marillier was Australian! That's cool :) Also, I feel bad but I didn't love the first in the Colors of Madeleine series. *hides* Maybe it picks up in book two? I found the first book kinda slow, and I also didn't connect with the characters in the way that I have with her contemporary books. I'm sad about that, because I was hoping for a new series of hers to love! :(


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