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Wintry Fantasy Reads for Teens

January 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM by Alejandria Galarza

As the temperature drops and the sun goes M.I.A., it’s the perfect time to grab a hot drink and curl up with a good book. If you’re anything like Teen Librarian Alejandria, you’re looking forward to diving into a wintry YA fantasy. The colder, the better!

Check out these wintry fantasy books: 

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Witch-in-training Tiffany Aching travels into the woods to watch the traditional dance of the gods and arrival of winter. As she joins in, she crashes into Wintersmith, who becomes fascinated by her and begins to court her in his wintry style. 


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Barhardourst 

Due to a tragic case of a glass heart(courtesy of her magician father), Mina has never truly known love. When she travels to the northern land of snow and meets the king, she decides she will marry him and perhaps finally understand love. But in the process, Mina becomes the stepmother to Princess Lynet, a peculiar young girl with her own tragic tale: she was born of magic, snow, and blood in the image of the former queen.


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The wolves that roam the woods behind Grace’s house have always fascinated her. Especially the yellow-eyed wolf. When Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy named Sam, she knows it--this is her wolf (or werewolf, to be exact)! Love blooms only to be cut short as the seasons turn to winter and the clock ticks on Sam’s time in human form.


Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

18-year old Liesl has big dreams, but ends up tending to her parents’ Bavarian inn while her brother and sister get the attention she longs for. When her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl travels to the Underground and rescues Kathe by agreeing to marry the Goblin King in her place. But the Underground isn’t what it first appears and Liesl faces tough decisions. 


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina has been orphaned by the Border Wars and raised by strangers along with her friend Mal. After the two are sent to war, Alina’s magical powers surface and she is cut off from her friend and sent to be trained as a Grisha in the court of the Darkling. After she learns of the Darkling’s evil plans for her, she must escape and find her way back to Mal before it’s too late. 


Bonus: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak

Okay, so this book is technically not in our Young Adult collection. BUT you can find it in the Adult Fiction collection and it will appeal to teen readers who love fairy tales. 

Miryem belongs to a family of moneylenders who have found themselves living on the brink of poverty--until Miryem takes control of the family business. Soon she gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold and gains the attention of the Staryk (a cruel fey creature from the winter realm), who demands she turn his silver to gold. If Miryem succeeds, she will become the Staryk’s queen. But if she fails, certain death awaits.