The Rec League: YA Fantasy for Harry Potter Fans

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookBitchery member, Elizabeth, has a special request and time is of the essence! She has a lovely idea to pass out bookmarks with reading recommendations, so let’s help her out:

I’ve gotten a lot of recommendations for great books from the Bitchery at large, so I now come seeking your help. I attend an annual Harry Potter convention called CONjuration every year (if you’re in the Atlanta area, it’s a seriously fun convention for all ages, but skewed a little more toward teens and younger children.)

This year I am going as Madam Pince (complete with Monster Book of Monsters) and will be handing out bookmarks with my Harry Potter Chibi patterns on the front and my shop info on the back. I also want to add a “You May Also Like” book recommendation on the back to encourage further fantasy reading (or reading in general). I know there are all the usual suspects (like Artemis Fowl and the Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments, etc) but these kids are voracious readers and have probably already run through all of those. I’d like to get some recommendations for newer book that they may not have heard of yet, that are light fantasy suitable for YA and all-ages readers (like the recently mentioned Heartstone by Elle Katherine White, which I got at RT and squeed all over.)

I know this is the best place to get recommendations from like-minded readers, so if you ladies can recommend some suitable titles, I would be profoundly grateful!

Sarah: The Robin McKinley books are a great place to start with a reader who is curious about full-on immersive worldbuilding, too.

Amanda: For fantasy, The Blue Sword ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Au | Amazon → ) and for something more romantic, Rose Daughter ( A | BN | K | iB | Amazon → ).

SarahThe Enchanted Chocolate Pot series is so charming it’s ridiculous.

Redheadedgirl: Books by Tamora Pierce and Diane Duane!

AmandaHowl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Amazon → ). She was a great storyteller.

Carrie: I’m afraid these are all older rather than newer!

For younger grades, the How to Train Your Dragon series ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Amazon → ).

Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce.

Young Wizards series by Diane Duane ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Amazon → ).

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede ( A | Amazon → )

Amanda: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins ( A | K | G | iB | Scribd | Amazon → )! It has that magical school element too.  And I think Carrie reviewed a book called Seriously Wicked ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Amazon → ) or at least something similar.

What suggestions do you have for Elizabeth? She made need some longer bookmarks!

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