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Sadly most teens today think that they don't like fantasy books. How quickly they forget how much they enjoyed the Harry Potter series when they were younger. Or perhaps they never read the books, just saw the movies. If that is the case, the #1 books on this list would be, er, all the Harry Potter books. All the rest of the book on the list are fantasy books that appeal to teens of all ages.
1. Sabriel by Garth Nix...I just finished this dark but intriguing book last week. It should be on everyone's TBR list.
2. His Dark Materials series (Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman--- all of the books in this series make up a masterpiece. If you saw the movie and didn't like it, read the books. They are wonderful, the movie isn't.
3. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore---I haven't read Bitterblue, the third book in the series, but I think that both Graceling and Fire (prequel) are simply amazing.
4. Chaos Walking series (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer, Monsters of Men) by Patrick Ness--- not sure if this series is actually more fantasy or more science fiction, but either way it is tremendously exciting, not to be missed. Do it quick. I've heard that there is a movie coming out, and you know what that means.
5. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle series) by Libba Bray---part historical fiction, part Victorian fiction, part magical realism, part mystery, part fantasy...you get the point.
6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis---my favorite!
7. Eragon and the sequels (Inheritance Cycle) by Chrisptoher Paolini--- these books take a commitment by the reader since they are all tomes. But once you enter the magical realm of Alagaesia you'll never want to leave. The movie was awful. Skip it.
8. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor---this book knocked my socks off.
9. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale---this whole series is magical. I tell kids that the title is the worst part and they shouldn't be biased against it.
10. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater---not really fantasy, more magical realism, but I LOVED this book so I'm adding it to the list!