There's nothing better that staring a new book series, especially when it's cold out. Here are a few of my favourite book series that I think everyone should try this winter season.Standalone books can be great but I'm only including series this time. An asterisk (*) will be beside my top three favourites. I tried to include mostly young adult series so this article could apply to most ages but ACOTAR is new adult (18-30) and might not be suitable for younger reader. I would suggest being at least 16 but I mean...it's your life. Do whatever you want. I'm not here to stop you.

A Court of Thorns and Roses*

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“Pity those who don't feel anything at all.” - Sarah J Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Books: Trilogy

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses [416 pages] (2015)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury [626 pages] (2016)
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin [699 pages] (2017)

Synopsis: Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price... Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever. (Goodreads)
Favourite: A Court of Mist and Fury
Least Favourite: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Notes: There is also a novella called A Court of Frost and Starlight that takes place after the third book in the trilogy. There will be three more books, the first in 2020, and another novella. All set before and after the events of the ACOTAR trilogy.

Carve The Mark

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“Soft hearts make the universe worth living in.” - Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark

Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
Books: Duology

  • Carve The Mark [480 pages] (2017)
  • The Fates Divide [443 pages] (2018)

Synopsis: Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. Then Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another? (Goodreads)
Favourite: Carve The Mark
Least Favourite: The Fates Divide
Notes: N/A

Darkest Powers, The

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“I'd been staring at the search term for at least five minutes. One word. Necromancer.” - Kelley Armstrong, The Summoning

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Books: Trilogy

  • The Summoning [390 pages] (2008)
  • The Awakening [360 pages] (2009)
  • The Reckoning [391 pages] (2010)

Synopsis: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House... before its skeletons come back to haunt me. (Goodreads)
Favourite: The Reckoning
Least Favourite: The Summoning
Notes: The author has another series called Darkness Rising which is set in the same universe.

Dark Visions

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“You were right. Change is good-or at least necessary." - L. J. Smith, The Passion

Author: L. J. Smith
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Books: Trilogy

  • The Strange Power (1994)
  • The Possessed (1995)
  • The Passion (1995)

Synopsis: Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: she's psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can study with other psychic teens and have a fresh start. As Kaitlyn learns to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, she starts to discover the intensity of her power - and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is a healer - kind and gentle, he's surrounded by good energy, while Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious - a telepath concealing his true nature. Together, Rob and Gabriel's opposing forces start to threaten the group's stability, and when an experiment traps the five teens in a psychic link - a link that threatens their sanity and their lives - Kaitlyn must decide who to trust and who to love... (Goodreads)
Favourite: The Passion
Least Favourite: The Possessed
Notes: N/A

Infernal Devices, The

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“No one can say that death found in me a willing comrade, or that I went easily.” - Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi/Steampunk
Books: Trilogy

  • Clockwork Angel [448 pages] (2010)
  • Clockwork Prince [502 pages] (2011)
  • Clockwork Princess [568 pages] (2013)

Synopsis: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them... (Goodreads)
Favourite: Clockwork Princess
Least Favourite: Clockwork Angel
Notes: TID is a prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments hexology but TMI doesn't need to be read first.

Mara Dyer

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“Do not find peace. Find passion.” - Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Books: Trilogy

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [458 pages] (2011)
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer [545 pages] (2012)
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer [470 pages] (2013)

Synopsis: Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.
Favourite: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Least Favourite: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Notes: N/A

Modern Tale of Faerie

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“If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.” - Holly Black, Tithe

Author: Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Books: Trilogy

  • Tithe [332 pages] (2002)
  • Valiant [314 pages] (2002)
  • Ironside [323 pages] (2007)

Synopsis: In Tithe, sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms—a struggle that could very well mean her death. In Valiant, the companion to Tithe, seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system. But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. When one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature, Val finds herself torn between her affection for an honourable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming. In Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing—her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie. Unable to see Roiben until she has fulfilled his quest, Kaye finds herself in the center of the battle of wits and weapons being waged over his throne. (Goodreads)
Favourite: Ironside
Least Favourite: Valiant
Notes: N/A

Night World

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“Are you going to try to kill me now? Or is the engagement just off?” - L. J. Smith, Huntress

Author: L. J. Smith
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance
Books: Ennealogy

  • Secret Vampire [242 pages] (1996)
  • Daughters of Darkness [238 pages] (1996)
  • Spellbinder [238 pages] (1996)
  • Dark Angel [240 pages] (1996)
  • The Chosen [211 pages] (1997)
  • Soulmate [240 pages] (1997)
  • Huntress [226 pages] (1997)
  • Black Dawn [227 pages] (1997)
  • Witchlight [227 pages] (1998)

Synopsis: Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World. (Goodreads)
Favourite: Dark Angel, Huntress, and Witchlight
Least Favourite: Secret Vampire, Soulmate and Black Dawn
Notes: Each book follows different people but they all lead up to the same story in the end. Also, there is supposed to be a tenth and final book (Strange Fate) to finish the plot but the author has been promising to publish it for a decade (literally).

Red Queen*

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“If you know someone's fear, you know them.” - Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi/Dystopia, Romance
Books: Tetralogy

  • Red Queen [388 pages] (2015)
  • Glass Sword [444 pages] (2016)
  • King's Cage [528 pages] (2017)
  • War Storm [662 pages] (2018)

Synopsis: This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. (Goodreads)
Favourite: King's Cage
Least Favourite: Red Queen
Notes: There are also two novellas (Cruel Crown and Queen Song) that are set before the main series' events.

Renegades*

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“One cannot be brave who has no fear.” - Marissa Meyer, Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
Books: Duology

  • Renegades [552 pages] (2017)
  • Archenemies [560 pages] (2018)

Synopsis: The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. (Goodreads)
Favourite: Archenemies
Least Favourite: Renegades
Notes: N/A

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