Book dragons horde books and what would make a better gift than to give them an entire completed series? We do love our matching covers, lol. So today I thought I would give you a completed book series gift guide! On my blog I read and review primarily young adult fiction so those are primarily going to be my recommendations, although I have added a space for middle grade as well.
So in this post I have created three different levels of readers for you to choose from: Beginner Bookworm (someone just starting out on their reading journey), Advanced Book Dragon (someone who has read the most popular series and is looking for some lesser known ones) and Expert Book Slayer (someone who has quite the library and is looking for niche/relatively unknown series).
FOR THE BEGINNER BOOKWORM
1: MG– Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series- Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
I personally love this series a lot and it makes a great gift for middle grade readers and above. It has everything: Greek mythology set in the modern day, action, adventure, family, friendship and more. Great for both boys and girls this series is likely to get even the most reluctant reader addicted. The best part? There are more books in this world, so there will be plenty more for them to read!
2: Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
With the Fantastic Beasts movies releasing in theatres, it is a great time to get kids to read the series that started it all. Kids and adults alike have fallen in love with the magical world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter. This series will always have sentimental value for me because I grew up alongside Harry and his friends on the magical, epic adventure. There is a whole new generation of readers who haven’t read Harry Potter, so why not make it family time and read it together?
3: Throne of Glass Series- Sarah J. Maas
(Disclaimer: for a more mature audience)
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
The Throne of Glass series is my third favourite series of all time and just completed this year. It has magic, Fae, kickass female characters, an epic journey, romance and more. You will become personally invested in these characters, their wellbeing and I will tell you now to prepare yourself for some heartbreak. I will say that you have to give this series some time to get going. It wasn’t until the third book that the story started to get good and overarching story start to appear. I do want to give a disclaimer that the first book starts off with character death and the later books are suited more for an 18+ audience. Just something to keep in mind if you are buying for someone else.
FOR THE ADVANCED BOOK DRAGON
1: MG– Chronicles of Narnia Series- C.S. Lewis
NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
This series is an older one that I’m sure most kids nowadays haven’t heard of or only watched the movies. This is another series from my childhood that stoked my love of magic. I’m sure many people who are my age, when they were children checked their closets and wardrobes to see if they were going on their own Narnia adventure. Now I don’t love every book in this series, I’m not a fan of The Horse and His Boy as well as The Silver Chair. But overall I think this is a magical series that kids at any age could enjoy.
2: Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
Do you want a different take on the traditional fairytales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White? Then this is the series for you! A reimagined version of the original tales but with science fiction elements, this is a much beloved book series. I love how each individual tale ties together into the overarching story and seeing beloved characters reimagined in this new light. For kids who want something a bit different from the main stream series, you should definitely check this one out!
3: Red Queen Series- Victoria Aveyard
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.
This is an extremely popular series and one I have yet to finish to be honest. I loved the idea of magic being attached to your blood type and that you are classified based on whether you have silver blood or red blood. This series reminded me of The Hunger Games but with a more science fiction focus. This is a high octane series that has so many twists and turns you will never see them coming. You definitely have to check it out!
FOR THE EXPERT BOOK SLAYER
1: MG– Summer of Magic Quartet- Andrea Spalding
In The White Horse Talisman, Chantel, Adam, Holly and Owen must help Equus, the great white horse, find his mate and foal and regain his magical talisman. But as the horse rises, so does the dragon. The age-old battle between good and evil threatens the bond between Chantel and Adam and endangers the quest. This is fantasy as its best, a story that raises hairs on the back of the neck and sends satisfying chills up and down the spine, a story that, while clearly drawn from the rich world of make believe, feels truer than true.
This is a series I discovered when I was a bit older but I fell in love with it all the same. I only managed to read the first two books in the series because I had to wait for the others to be released. In that time they kind of fell off my radar until about a year ago. They can be a bit hard to find because they aren’t well known. But this is a series that I am determined to finish because I absolutely adored it. It reminded me quite a bit of the Chronicles of Narnia. Two children are on summer vacation with their cousins in England and go on this magical adventure to save the universe. You should totally pick this series up!
2: The Hundredth Queen Series- Emily R. King
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.
Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
Again, this is another not very well known series. With a forbidden romance, a lush atmosphere, and unique magic system this series is completely amazing should be picked up. I can almost guarantee most readers haven’t read this series and you’ll be amazing for finding something they haven’t read yet! Death, magic and romance, what could go wrong?
3: The Immortals Quartet- Tamora Pierce
Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.
I feel like this series is quite well known amongst older readers, but the younger generation have never heard of them. This is my all time favourite series and has been ever since I read it when I was a child. I wanted to become Daine, I wanted to be able to talk to animals and be a badass with a bow. Another great thing is if the person you are buying this for loves the series there are other companion series that are set in the same world. A traditional medieval fantasy with badass female characters! Go get it now!!!
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