Pandora’s Wonderland: My Top Ten Favourite Fantasy Reads (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Hey everyone! Meredith from Pandora’s Books here. For those who don’t know, I’m doing a joint Blogoversary celebration with Kayla and Stacie from A Wonderland of Reading. The festivities started on May 26 (their one-year Blogoversary) and will end on June 24 (my one-year Blogoversary). We’ll be alternating days and providing fun guest posts from our fellow bloggers and author friends. You can visit A Wonderland of Reading to see the first post and learn more about the details and the grand prize giveaway!

So today, I have the AMAZING Maura from The Whimsical Mama here with an epically awesome guest post. Maura is so awesome, I can’t even. She’s fun and bookish and I love chatting with her! So, without further adieu, please welcome Maura!


I’m so excited to be a part of the Pandora’s Wonderland blogoversary celebration! I was even more excited to be a part when Meredith asked me to do a post about high fantasy! Fantasy is my jam. I would confidently say about 85% of what I read is fantasy. Tis true. My obsession started with Harry Potter and I haven’t looked back.

What’s so awesome about fantasy? Well, I’ll tell you. When I want to completely leave ordinary life behind, I can with fantasy. I can jump right into the world of Westeros (I confess I re-watch Game of Thrones more than I re-read the books!). I can also hop the Hogwarts Express and leave behind the Muggle world and go to Hogwarts. I am actually doing this now. I’m listening to the audiobooks with my kiddos. Punk’s library audiobook choice, I SWEAR. (How many toddlers do you know that pick out the Harry Potter movies AND audiobooks? Yeah, parenting win!) After our journey to Hogwarts, we’re going to step through the wardrobe into Narnia. I can’t wait to share these incredible worlds with my children. They already love being read to, and I hope that the love of reading continues through childhood, through adolescence, and through adulthood. I hope they never lose that passion!

My favourite thing in high fantasy is MAGIC. I am a glutton for magic.

A high fantasy book I’m super excited about that’s coming soon (OCTOBER!!!) is Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. When I saw the cover and description, I looked at my hubby and said I want that book for my birthday! He laughed. He’s a reader, but not a READER reader, so he just doesn’t understand my obsession with books. I was luck enough to score an advance copy from HarperTeen on Edelweiss (thank you, autoapproval!) and I’ve already read it, but I CANNOT wait for it to be out in the wild. I think it’s going to be a great new series in the high fantasy world. I think it could be the Game of Thrones of YA. Read it. Just do it. (: And just between you and me, it’s highly likely that I will be doing a giveaway for Snow Like Ashes on my blog closer to the release date. Just sayin’! You’ll want to keep an eye out for it!

Two of my current favourite realms are the Incarnate/Newsoul world by Jodi Meadows and the Defiance world by CJ Redwine. To me, they split the realm of dystopian and high fantasy and I LOVE IT. Dystopian because they’re both futuristic & post-apocalyptic. (Both in the US too!) High fantasy because – DRAGONS. Woot! I’m starting to fall in love with dragons. For real. Falling in love with them. If you know me at all, you know I love me some Jodi Meadows. I am not shy about my love for her or for her books. SO! To go along with my guest post, I am going to give away two e-novellas. First is Phoenix Overture (Sam’s story) by Jodi. Second is the upcoming e-novella Outcast by CJ. Winner gets first pick between the two! I really, REALLY love this fantasy/dystopian mix and hope it continues!

So this post was a little chaotic, but that’s how I roll. I’m also including my Top 10 Favourite Fantasy Reads. I could’ve gone into massive detail about why I love each of these books/series, but ain’t no body got time fo’ dat! (: Hope you’ve been enjoying the blogoversary celebration! Feel free to stop by my blog for more whimsical chaos! Thanks for having me, Meredith!

Top 10 Favourite (High & Low) Fantasy Reads

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Incarnate/Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Defiance trilogy by CJ Redwine
Chronicles of Faerie by OR Melling
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz


Along with Maura’s wonderful post, we have TWO epic prizes to give away! ONE winner will receive an e-novella of Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows and a SECOND winner will an receive e-novella of Outcast by CJ Redwine!! This giveaway is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE – First winner selected will get to pick which e-novella they want. Winner number two will get whichever e-novella is left.

This giveaway is US only, but fear not! We have INT giveaways going on in our Grand Prize Giveaway which you can enter here! We also have several International giveaways going on, which you can find listed here!

So, the rules:

-Giveaway is US Only

-First winner will have first pick, second winner will get whichever e-novella is left

-Winners have 48 hours to respond. If winners do not respond, new winners will be selected.

-You must be 13 or older to enter OR have your parents’ permission.

-I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

-I reserve the right to change any rules as I see fit for each individual giveaway

*The above giveaway rules were borrowed and modified from Jessica @ Just a Book Lover.

With that being said, I wish you luck! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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7 thoughts on “Pandora’s Wonderland: My Top Ten Favourite Fantasy Reads (Guest Post + Giveaway)

  1. Hey, Meredith! It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by : / Love the header!

    I’m familiar with a few on your faves list here, but the one I can wholeheartedly jump on board with is HARRY POTTEEEEEER!!! :D

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