This past week has been tough, to say the least. If you, like me, need to take a break from the endless cycle of tragic news — one just long enough to reinvigorate you for the marches, protesting, and volunteering ahead — pick up one of these young adult fantasy novels. Featuring fierce heroines, unbelievable adventure, and plenty of magic, they are the exact kind of story readers can get lost in, if only for a little while.
Fantasies are the perfect read for anyone who is looking for a healthy dose of escapism. The only problem is, the average adult fantasy novel is well over 400 pages, and that coupled with the genre's hallmark world building make reading them a time-consuming activity. That is what makes young adult fantasy novels so wonderful: often times, they are shorter than adult books, but no less exciting, entertaining, or engaging.
If you want to spend your weekend reading fantasy, but don't have the time to commit to a lengthy novel, try one of these phenomenal YA books, all under 400 pages, instead. Featuring fantastical worlds, supernatural beasts, magical characters, and epic battles between good and evil, these 5 titles are the perfect way to escape reality. At least, for a little while.