Young adult urban fantasy is a genre that has been growing in popularity in recent years. With its captivating storylines, rich world building, and relatable characters, it is easy to see why. Over the next few months I’ll be covering some of my favorite YA books. If you haven’t read them yet, check them out!

“Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo
Set in a dark, magical world filled with creatures of all shapes and sizes, “Shadow and Bone” is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. The main character, Alina Starkov, discovers she has the power to summon light, making her a valuable asset to the Darkling, a mysterious and powerful figure. As Alina navigates her newfound powers and the dangerous world of the Grisha, she begins to uncover secrets that could change everything. With its intricate world building, captivating storyline, and strong characters, “Shadow and Bone” is a must-read for any young adult urban fantasy fan.

“The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss
“The Name of the Wind” is the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series and follows the story of Kvothe, a young man who becomes a legendary wizard. As Kvothe recounts his life story, we learn about his journey from a young musician to a powerful wizard, as well as the events that shaped his destiny. With its rich world building and complex characters, “The Name of the Wind” is a classic in the young adult urban fantasy genre. One of my all time favorites!

“The Bone Witch” by Rin Chupeco
In “The Bone Witch,” we follow the journey of Tea, a young witch who has the power to raise the dead. As she learns to control her powers and navigate the world of the Asha, Tea discovers that she is the key to unlocking a terrible curse that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. With its unique world building, rich mythology, and captivating characters, “The Bone Witch” is a must-read for any young adult urban fantasy fan.

“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
In the world of “Red Queen,” society is divided into two groups: the Red Bloods, who are commoners, and the Silver Bloods, who have supernatural powers. The main character, Mare Barrow, discovers that she has powers of her own and finds herself caught in the middle of a dangerous political game. With its rich world building, fast-paced action, and relatable characters, “Red Queen” is a thrilling young adult urban fantasy read.

“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black
In “The Cruel Prince,” we follow the story of Jude, a human who finds herself living in a world of faeries and quickly realizes that she must navigate their dangerous and treacherous politics in order to survive. With its intricate world building, captivating characters, and dark and thrilling storyline, “The Cruel Prince” is a must-read for any young adult urban fantasy fan.

These are just a few of the best young adult urban fantasy books available in February 2023. Whether you’re a fan of dark and brooding worlds, fast-paced action, or complex characters, there’s something for everyone in this genre. So, grab a copy of one of these books and get ready to be transported to a magical world full of adventure and excitement!