My Top 4 YA Urban Fantasy Novels

I love urban fantasy. It is defined as a book set in the real world (eg. not a fictional fantasy land) but with fantastical or supernatural elements weaved in. It’s the type of world I love writing in, and covet books who do a plum job of urban fantasy.

Once again, I bizarrely struggle to make lists of five, and so I have decided to only list four.


  1. Among Others by Jo Walton


This book not only features a character with a disability, and fairies, but also reads like a love letter to science fiction. It’s like all of my favourite things in one. A very unique read.

2. Adaptation series by Malinda Lo


Queer characters! Aliens! Government conspiracies! What more could you ask for in a YA novel? Malinda Lo is on of my favourite YA authors for how unique and flexible her range is.

3. The Diviners series by Libba Bray


This spooky supernatural series set in the 1920’s  is perfection. The first book in this series actually reminded me a little of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what with the religious-themed murders. If you love historical novels with an edge, you’ll love Libba Bray’s series.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan


This book series is very mainstream, unlike the other books on this list. It still holds a place in my teacher heart because it is very easy to read for teenagers with reading difficulties, while still being engaging for the teenage age group. Having a main character with dyslexia and ADHD is pretty rad, too.

What amazing urban fantasy books have I missed? Write below in the comments!

~ Emma

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