The Cruel Prince by Holly Black — Just Okay Or Worth the Hype? |Book Review

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a book that has a ton of hype surrounding it. I’m a sucker for hyped books, so I had to know what everyone was talking about. Plus, I had read and enjoyed Holly Black’s other book, White Catso I hoped that I would enjoy it. My feelings on this book ended up being mixed, and to be honest, I’m not quite sure I get the hype surrounding it.

Let’s start off with the good stuff, and a good chunk of the good stuff revolves around our protagonist, Jude. She is a little rough around the edges, as she is a human that grew up in Faerie. She dreams of becoming a knight for the High Court of Faerie, and deals with a ton of internal conflict thanks to her upbringing. The passages where she feels conflicted on Madoc, her “father” figure, were interesting and engaging. My favorite part of the book hands down was her adventure plot. I loved the scenes where she gets wrapped up in Faerie politics. I wish we got more scenes of her sneaking around.

Much of the plot revolves around her school life. Some of it was interesting, and relevant to the plot, but it just made the middle drag. The plot picks up at the end when Jude’s adventure plot line comes back into play. Even though I saw the ending coming, I was so invested in last third of the story and could not put it down.

Other things I liked included Jude’s family dynamic and also Prince Cardan’s story arc. I’m very interested to see how he grows as the story progresses. It looks promising. Fingers crossed it goes in an interesting direction.

Aside from Jude and Prince Cardan (and maybe Madoc and Vivi), I thought the other characters could have been more fleshed out. Taryn especially needed more character development. Some of the choices that she makes, I just didn’t understand at all. I sort of feel like the conflict between Jude and Taryn was used for drama’s sake and nothing more. It came off super melodramatic, in like a bad way.

Also, I HATED LOCKE! SO MUCH! Yes, that needed to be in all caps. I can’t go into why exactly, cause SPOILERS. If you’ve read the book, you probably understand. Just know that his whole deal pissed me off so much.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Cruel Prince. It was a fun read, but not one that blew me away. The hype surrounding the book confuses me a bit. I get that there is an addictive quality to the book and faeries are super trendy right now, but it wasn’t OH MY GOD, AMAZING! It was just okay. This is not a story that is going to stick with me. With that being said, I will be continuing on with the series. It has serious potential to be one of those series that just gets better with each new book.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

What did you think of The Cruel Prince? Did you think it was worth the hype? Let me know what you thought of the book in the comment section down below. 

P.S. I seriously hate Locke so much. I hope he dies in The Wicked King. Also, is it weird that I put the synopsis in the bottom? Do people care whether it’s included or not? Let me know!


Synopsis: Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

Top 5 Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018!

We’ve reached July, which means that half of 2018 is already gone! So far this year I have read 22 books. While I am currently behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 books, I still feel like I’ve read a good amount. I thought it would be fun to go through those 22 books and pick out five of my favorite reads so far. I love reading/watching these kinds of posts from other bloggers and Booktubers. It’s always so interesting to see what people are loving this year.

So here’s what I have been loving in 2018. These books are in no particular order, because I decided to save myself the pain of having to put them in order.


Nevermoor

1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor #1)

We’re going to start off with this book, which is the only book I’ve given 5/5 Stars so far this year. I’m really stingy with my 5 star ratings, but I loved everything about this book. The characters, the story, the world, the pacing, so basically everything. Honestly, the best word to describe this book is fun, because it was so much fun!

I don’t read a ton of middle grade. It is not a genre that I gravitate towards, but this book makes me want to try some more books from that genre. The second book in the series is coming out in September, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

 

The Diviners

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray (The Diviners #1)

Everyone in the book community always talks about how The Diviners is such a underrated series, so of course the hipster in me had to pick it up. There’s nothing that I love more than underrated books.

I’m just kidding, mostly. What also drew me to this book is the fact that it is a supernatural murder mystery that takes place in 1920s Manhattan. There is something about period supernatural/urban fantasy books that I love, and the 1920s is a time period that I’m fascinated by. This is where most people will blame The Great Gatsby for that, but I’m going to blame Thoroughly Modern Millie (the musical). There’s just something about speakeasies, flappers, and jazz that is fun. Also, I love books that are set in New York, mainly because I love New York (city, in case you need that clarification. The New Yorker in me refuses to call New York NYC).

The Diviners definitely does an excellent job capturing the atmosphere of New York in the 1920s. I loved all the lingo that was used in the description and the descriptions in general, something I don’t think I’ve ever said before. On top of the atmosphere, I loved the diverse cast. I did not realize that this book had an ensemble cast going in, but I loved it, and really appreciated the fact that we got to see this story through different lenses. The only thing that didn’t wow me was the ending, but I thought this was a great series starter, and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. I did a full length review for this book, so if you want to hear more of my thoughts be sure and check that out!

 

Nice Try Jane Sinner

3. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Boy did this book surprise the crap out of me. Saying that, I picked it up thinking I would enjoy it. I’m constantly looking for more books that take place in college, as I am writing a contemporary that takes place in college, which is why I picked it up. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down! I was immediately hooked for a lot of reasons, the main one being Jane.

Jane, our main character, is just awesome. This book follows her personal journey. She was kicked out of high school due to a personal crisis, and her parents push her to attend a high school completion program at their local community college. Jane agrees, but only if she can move out. To tackle her housing problem, she signs up for House of Orange, which is a student run reality show (think Big Brother). Jane has such great wit that comes off in her narration. I laughed out loud multiple times, which is something that doesn’t happen often. I’m honestly more likely to cry than laugh when reading a book. Comedy is something that I don’t think many authors nail well, but Oelke did!

I loved the way that the book talked about serious topics such as depression and religion. It felt very genuine. I think the comedy also aided in talking about these topics in an approachable way. Nothing felt too preachy, and I found the conversation interesting.

This book was honestly so good. The only thing I have mixed feelings on is the writing style. It is told in a journal/screenplay style that takes some getting used to. Once you do get used to the writing style, it is such a fun ride. I’m still sad that this is a standalone, because I just want another book with Jane.

 

Truly Devious

4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious #1)

This book was the one that made me realize that I really love Maureen Johnson’s writing. Like she’s reached “One of My Favorite Authors” status, because wow. Just wow. There was so much good stuff in this book.

First, we have to talk about the duel timelines, because the way that this story is written is easily my favorite thing about it. Truly Devious takes place at Ellingham Academy, a famous private school for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. When the school first opened, the founder’s wife and child were kidnapped. They were never found and the case remains…UNSOLVED! Fast forward to present day, where Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy. She is obsessed with True Crime and is determined to solve this famous cold case. However, the past starts coming back when Truly Devious seems to have returned. DUN DUN DUN! The story flips back and forth between both timelines, and it’s crafted so well. Both mysteries had me hooked, and I cannot wait to see how they further connect and intertwine.

I could not put this book down once I started it. The pacing was excellent, I loved the characters, especially our main character Stevie, and I just need to know what happens next! Curse you Maureen Johnson and your awful cliffhangers!

 

Lady Midnight

5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)

This is my most recent read, and I absolutely loved it. Hence why it’s on this list. I really enjoy the Shadowhunters world, but some books I love more than others. I was a little nervous going in, but as soon as I started it, I could not stop reading it.

My favorite thing about the book is the characters. The Blackthorn children and Emma are precious, and I love them so much. Christina is also great! I love that Emma has like a close female friend that she can talk to about stuff. If I had to name a favorite character, it might be Mark, because he’s equal parts interesting and hilarious. Seriously, some of the things he says are just so funny.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was how Clare explores the messed up shit in the Shadowhunter society. It’s hard to go into detail without spoiling the book, or the end of the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. The lines of what’s right and wrong are blurred and I’m a sucker for that stuff.

For a 600+ page book, it did not feel like one, and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. I’m reading her books in publication order, so next up for me is Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I’m hoping to get caught up in time for the release of Queen of Air and Darkness.


It was surprisingly a lot easier to put this list together than I had originally thought when I first started writing this post. I think I have read many books in the okay to good range, but only a few have really blown me away.

I think/hope the second half of the year will be better, if only because some of my most anticipated releases are coming out. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake and Muse of Nightmares being at the top of my list.

What have been the best books you’ve read so far in 2018? Do we share any favorites? Let me know down in the comment section below. Also let me know if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned!

P.S. I’m reading War Storm by Victoria Ave right now and I’m surprised at how much I’m loving it. That’s another post for another day.

Book Review/Discussion|One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Ever since I read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, I’ve been desperately waiting for this sequel to come out. I got my hands on it as soon as I could, and I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it!

It’s really hard to talk about this book without majorly spoiling the first. Trust me when I say that you do not want to be spoiled for the first book. If you have not read it, please click out of this review and come back when you have at least read the first installment. I have a brief, spoiler-free review up on GoodReads for One Dark Throne, so you can check that out here if you’re still curious.

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July Wrap-Up

I was not expecting July to be as busy as it was. Every weekend I had something going on and I felt like I was running all over the place. I mean don’t get me wrong these were fun things. I went away two weekends, had two shows, and saw a concert. I just didn’t have a whole lot of time to do much else.

While my writing severely suffered from this, my reading wasn’t so bad. I ended up finishing 4 books, and one of them was a massive 725 pages! Sometimes big books can slow me down, but not this month.

Books

1. The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) — I picked this book up because everyone talks about how great Rick Riordan’s writing is and I wanted to see what he’s all about. His writing is very funny, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. I personally enjoyed all of the early 2000 jokes. The characters were also great, along with the world. I found the plot to be extremely repetitive though. I thought some of the problems our heroes faced were unnecessary, and it felt like they were on a constant string of bad luck. That being said, I enjoyed it enough to want to continue on with the series. I even bought the next 3 books at my local bookstore for super cheap. This book was not mind-blowing in anyway, just fun. (Rating: 3.5/5 Stars)

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #1) — This book has been on my TBR since I heard that it featured a matriarchal society. I have never read a book like that before, plus it was fantasy which is what I’ve been devouring lately. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but HOLY CRAP! This was incredible. This book featured multiple POVs with an intricate and complex plot. The twists in this book were insane and I did not see some of them coming. There was also an ensemble cast which I was all about. It was just so good you guys, it’s been like a couple of weeks since I read it and I’m still not over it. I’m really glad I read it so close to the release of the second book, because I need it now. I would recommend checking this one out if you’re someone who likes morally grey characters, a cool plot, and fantasy elements. (Rating: 4.5/5 Stars)

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #1) — This was the Book of the Month for my Book Club. It was my pick, and I couldn’t help but pick this one. I feel like everyone in the book community has read it, and now I’m one of those people. I can see why everyone loves Schwab’s writing style, because it’s so good! I personally loved the way that this book is structured. The chapters are broken up into sub-chapters which was cool and made it a quicker read. The premise was as cool as promised by the description. My favorite part of the book was exploring all of the different Londons (and Rye). It only left me wanting more and I have so many questions that need answered. That being said, I am not as obsessed with it as a lot of people seem to be. It was good, but I was sort of expecting it to be better. I will be continuing on with the series though. I need more. (Rating: 4/5 Stars)

4. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #6) — It’s official, I’ve completed The Mortal Instruments series! I’ve been through some ups and downs while reading this series, but I’m happy to report that the conclusion was amazing and made it all worth it. I really loved this book, and it’s probably my favorite book in The Mortal Instruments series. It just gave me all of the feels, both good and bad. I thought the pacing was good and I loved reading all of the different storylines. I really liked how Clare introduced the main characters for The Dark Artifices series in this book, and made them a big part of the plot. It not only helped the pacing, but got me excited for Lady Midnight. There is not much I can really say without spoiling something. Let’s just say that I laughed, I cried, I was brought to the edge of my seat in suspense, and that there may have been some shouting. It was excellent. (Rating: 5/5 Stars)

Camp NaNoWriMo July Edition

This month I also participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and my god it was such a fail. I think I wrote like 2,000 words total this month. I did not officially total up my final word count, because I was just so embarrassed. My busy schedule and writing slump got the best of me. July just wasn’t the month for writing.

I’m trying not to beat myself up too much over it, because that will only set my writing back even more. All that I can do from this point is just to start writing again. I’m so close to my reevaluating point and I just need to get there as soon as possible. If it takes me another month or two, so be it. If you want to read more about some of my failures, click here.


Those are all of the things I’ve accomplished (or not in the case of Camp) this month. I also should mention that I’ve officially introduced a new feature on my blog called Adaptation Spotlight. Basically, I’ll be highlighting some interesting pieces of news regarding book-to-film and book-to-tv adaptations. If you’re into that sort of thing, check it out.

Even though I think I could have been more productive overall, I did whole lot and July was a good month. It’s looking like August could wind up being just as busy as July. We’ll see what happens though.

What books did you read this month? Did you read any of these? Was this month a good reading month for you or a sucky one? Let’s chat down in the comment section below.

The Top Ten Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017

It’s crazy to me that we’re already half way through the year. On the one hand I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot, and on the other where has the time gone! Since it’s about halfway through the year, it only makes sense that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about the best books you’ve read so far in 2017.

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Check out their site and read everyone else’s posts on this week’s topic.

I’ve read a total of 22 books so far this year. It’s actually been a pretty good year for me reading wise. Not only am I reading more, but most of books I’ve read have been good. However, there are definitely some that I’ve liked more than others.

Usually my Top Ten Lists are in no particular order. I’d thought I’d switch it up and talk about them in the order that I read them. Thanks to GoodReads I know that order. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!


1. Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff23395680

This was my first favorite of the year and for good reason. It was such an intense read which I think is impressive considering this was told in a different way than most novels. It is told using interview transcripts, emails, journal entries, etc. The documents were all done in a cool graphic way which was awesome. All of the twists and turns were really fun, and a few of them I did not see coming. This book is the first in The Illuminae Files series, and I’m really interested to see where it will go next. I’m hoping to pick up Gemina at some point this year.

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

daughter-of-smoke-and-bone

I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Actually, I did not know what to expect really. I had heard a lot of great things about Taylor’s writing from BookTube and thought I would try it out. I’m so glad I did because I absolutely loved it! I loved the characters and thought the world was really interesting and mysterious. Also the structure of the book was cool and took me places I was not expecting. This is another series that I really need to continue on with sooner rather than later.

 

 

3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

the unexpected everything

I’m a sucker for a good contemporary (which is funny because most of this list is fantasy), so I had to pick up this book. I loved it so so much! My favorite thing probably being the fact that it focused so much around our main character’s friend group. Female friendship was such a big theme and I loved seeing it explored. I have not read a ton of contemporaries where the friend group was as developed or explored as it was in this book. I also loved the father-daughter relationship that we get in this book and I just related so much to Andie, our MC. Matson has become a new favorite author of mine after reading this and I’m currently making my way through the rest of her books.

4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelStation Eleven

This was another unexpected favorite for me. It was a book I read for book club and everyone in my book club really loved it. It is a post apocalyptic novel that follows a bunch of characters whose stories overlap. Mandel does an excellent job developing both the characters and the world. This is a story that is deep, interesting, funny, adventurous, and also a little terrifying. I say terrifying, because the world she creates feels so real that I could actually see something like this happen. It’s definitely a book that has stuck with me and one that I will go back to.

 

5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stievater

The dream thieves

This is the second book in the very popular Raven Cycle series. I read the first book, The Raven Boys, at the very end of last year. I liked it, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did. I wanted to continue on because I wanted to see where the story lead. I’m so glad I did, because this book was great! I fell in love with Ronan Lynch, who is my new favorite main character (I say main because Blue’s mom, Maura, and her friends will be my favorites forever). I liked that this book took me down a path I was not expecting and also enjoyed seeing Stievater expand the world that she created. Her books definitely are slow to build, but by the end you’re on the edge of your seat. Overall, I loved the direction that this book took and am excited to see where it goes next.

 

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The hate u give

This book is everywhere, as it should be. It is a story that is shouting to be told and I’m so happy that it has been getting the buzz and response it deserves. It follows Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl who witnesses her childhood best friend get shot by a police officer. It is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and does an excellent job at depicting our society and the systematic racism that exists in it. As a white reader it really opened my eyes to some of the privileges I have that I don’t even think about.

Other than the social importance of this book, I loved Starr’s voice as a character. It was so clear and distinct. I feel like I really knew her, especially by the end of the book. The character development in this book was outstanding. Not only is Starr’s character great, but members of her family and friends get great development and their own story arc. This is something that I think is really hard to accomplish in a first person narrative, but Thomas does it smoothly. I want more authors write characters like she does and show their story. I cannot wait to see what she publishes next and think that everyone needs to read this book.

7. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella

This book had me by simply being a contemporary retelling of the Cinderella story mixed with fandom and nerds. I had such high hopes for it and was not let down! It was beyond cute and I really enjoyed the duel perspective. It made you fall in love with both of our main characters, Elle and Darien, even more. While I thought the end could have been stronger, I had such a blast reading this book. Hence why it made this list of favorites.

 

8. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

a court of mist and fury

Alright, so I’m a year late to this epic sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. After all of the hype that this book has been getting, I was not fully convinced that it would live up to it. Especially since I didn’t exactly love the first book. This book came through though. It was epic, in so many ways. I loved all of the new characters Maas introduced, and they may have been my favorite part of the new book. Feyre’s character got so much development and I loved watching her grow into a badass. Then there’s Rhysand, who I’m convinced is impossible to hate. Seriously, you will fall in love with him no matter how hard you try to resist. The ending, which wrecked me. This book was just so god dang good. It was definitely worth getting through the first book for!

 

9. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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I’m really a sucker for hyped up series in the book community. What can I say? I just want to see what everyone is talking about. I saw that my library had a copy of this much loved graphic novel series, and decided to pick up the first volume. It was so good! I didn’t realize how much a graphic novel could suck me in until this one. I loved all of the art and our characters. I even bought this because I loved it so much. Slight warning, it is very graphic in terms of violence and sex, so just know that going it. However, if you can handle that sort of thing, it’s excellent and you should pick it up.

 

10. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The final empire

This is my most recent read and most recently added favorite. To be honest, this might my favorite book that I read all year. This is the first book in the Mistborn Trilogy. My friend Jimmy and cousin Kate both recommended the book to me. I knew I had to read it, because it involved a heist and I love me a good heist. I can’t even put into words how amazing this was. Everything from the characters, to the world, to the magic system, to the plot was excellent. I don’t really have anything negative to say. It was that good. I’ve also been recommending it to absolutely everyone, because I love it so much. I will be posting a review where you can hear more about my  in-depth thoughts.


Those are the ten best books that I’ve read so far in 2017. I must say that I’ve read a ton of excellent books so far. I almost feel bad for the books to come, as these have set some pretty high standards for the rest of the year. I’ve also just realized, that I’ve started a good chunk of series this year and really need to actually continue on with some of them.

All things considered, 2017 has proved to be a great reading so far and I can only hope that it gets better.

What are your favorite books that you’ve read this year? Do we share any of the same? Let me know down in the comment section below and we can chat about all of our book feels. 

Top Ten Series I Actually Need to Start but Haven’t!

Hey guys! Sorry for being a little MIA this past week. I had a run of extremely bad luck and then suddenly found myself super busy with Father’s Day and all. It’s been rough, but things have finally started to turn around. I’m back and will hopefully be posting more frequently.

Anyway today is Tuesday, so what better way to celebrate me being back than a Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is presented by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is “Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t.”

I find that I’m really good at starting series, but awful at finishing them. That being said, the list of series that I want to read is never ending so it was not very challenging putting together this list. Here is what I came up with!


1. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan — Everyone talks about this series. Seriously, it’s all over the book community and I feel extremely left out! The first book is even sitting on my shelf giving me judgmental looks for not reading it. I’ve heard such good things about this middle grade series. Also Riordan’s writing is supposed to be very comedic which is right up my ally. I actually need to read this and see what all of the hype is about.

2. The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab — This is another series that has taken the book community by storm. Again, I feel left out for not having read at least the first book. The premise sounds super cool too! I love the idea of parallel universes and don’t think I’ve ever read anything that explores this concept. Needless to say that this to is high up on my TBR.

3. Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin — I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this series. Some people love it. Others hate it. Then there are those who think the books got worse as they progressed. However, I’m a sucker for the memory loss trope and like how creepy the book sounds. Also, this series is getting a spin off series so I might as well hop on the bandwagon now, before there are like 6 books.

4. Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalo — Okay, so I’ve come to realize that I love historical fiction that takes place in London. I am also fascinated by the whole Jack the Ripper case. I’ve actually read two other books, Marking Time and The Name of the Star, and watched two TV shows that deal with this famous case. Also I’m a sucker for mystery and the whole “forbidden secret life” trope. The second book in this series is coming out in September and it sounds just as good.

5. Shadowshaper Series by Daniel José Older — I recently went to BookCon and received an ARC of the second book in this series, Shadowhouse Fall. I really enjoy urban fantasies and don’t read enough of them. This one sounds both interesting and unique. I love when these art forms are played with in books. I’m interested to see how it gets used in this series as they use paintings and music to connect with spirits.

6. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi — This is another popular YA series that I for some reason have yet to read. There are so many of those on this list. This series seems like one of those books that you binge read because they’re crack that you can’t get enough of. I like book crack so I should probably read this.

7. Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown — I love the science fiction genre and don’t read enough of it. Many of my favorite BookTubers have raved about this series and it has been on my radar for a while. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to it yet, but I just haven’t. I finally have a copy of the book, so hopefully that pushes me to finally read it.

8. Themis Files Series by Sylvain Neuvel — This series just sounds so unique and interesting. I really enjoy books that are different and what is more different than a story surrounding this mysterious hand that appeared out of nowhere? The story is told through interviews, journal entries, transcripts, etc. Illuminae was told in a similar way and I liked reading a book structured like that. It just sounds cool, okay?

9. The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima — I have recently gotten into fantasy/YA fantasy and Regan from Peruse Project always raves about this series on her channel. She talks about it so much and it only makes me want to read the series more. What can I say, I’m a sucker for hype and have been looking to read more YA fantasy. It just seems like a good fit for me.

10. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken — Speaking of hyped series, this is a series that I completed missed when it came out in 2012. Now there is a movie being made and I’m so behind. I’ve heard such good things about Bracken’s writing and really just want to see what all of the hype is about.


Those are the series that I haven’t read, but actually need to start soon. I’m not sure when I will actually get to these series as I have started a bunch of new series already this year. As I said before, I’m not great at finishing series so I’m trying to work on that. Although, it is only June which means I have plenty of room on my TBR for good new series.

Have you read any of these series? Which one should I start with? I’m leaning towards Percy Jackson or Shades of Magic, but I’m not sure. Are there any other series you think I need to read? Let me know down in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Top Ten Fantasy Novels That I’ve Recently Added to My TBR

Fantasy is a genre that I’ve recently gotten into, so I figured it would be a great genre to pick for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Big thanks to The Broke and the Bookish who came up with such a cool topic for this week. Also, I’ve been adding fantasy books like crazy to my TBR thanks to the book community. They just sound so good and I can’t wait to dive into them. Here are the ones that I’ve recently added to my TBR.


1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maasa court of wings and ruin

This is the third book in the ACOTAR series. It is the most recent fantasy novel that I have added to my TBR. I just finished A Court of Mist and Fury and holy hell, I loved it. I can’t wait to dive into the next one. I’m so glad that I read that book around the time of this release so I wouldn’t have to wait for it to come out. If you have not checked out this series, where have you been?

 

 


2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Lord of Shadows

This is the second book in The Dark Artifices series and the most recent release in the Shadow Hunters Chronicles. I literally know nothing about this book other than it’s Cassandra Clare’s most recent release (which is why I added it to my TBR). I do plan on reading it as soon as I finish the previous books. Currently, I’m on City of Heavenly Fire. I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Dark Artifices series and I cannot wait to actually get to it. Part of the reason I’m reading The Mortal Instruments series is so I can get to these books.

 


3. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwellthe last magician

I stumbled upon this book through the blogging community. I cannot remember who blogged about it (if it was you, definitely let me know in the comments), but as soon as I learned what this book was about I knew I had to read it. It takes place in modern day New York where magic is basically extinct. There are people who still have it, Mageus, but if they enter Manhatten they immediately become trapped by the Brink, which is a dark energy barrier. We follow this girl, Esta, who is a thief that can manipulate time and has been raised to steal magical artifacts. She goes on this final mission where she travels back in time to steal this ancient book. I think that that it contains a bunch of secrets that I believe will help free the Mageus. Please check out the full synopsis on GoodReads as it does a much better job at explaining things than me.

You guys know my love for heists, so as soon as I saw that our main character was a thief I was most definitely interested. Time travel is another thing that I love to read about in books, so I’m just super excited. The fact that it takes place in New York is an added bonus. Also that cover though. Unfortunately, I will have to wait to read it as it comes out July 18th.


4. Shadowshaper by Daniel José OlderShadowshaper.jpg

This book is the first book in an urban fantasy that takes place in New York. There is this supernatural order called Shadowshapers who can connect with spirits through paintings, music, and stories. It sounds like a really cool world and I love the fact that it is a diverse book. I’ve heard nothing but great things and am excited to see what it’s about. As you can see, I have a soft spot for stories that take place in New York.

I also met the author this weekend at BookCon and received an ARC of the sequel. Even more reason to start this series.


5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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This is the first book in Laini Taylor’s new series. It is a recent release that a lot of people on BookTube have been talking about. I don’t know too much about it, but that’s okay. I’ve heard it’s best going in not knowing anything. However I do know that it does deal with dreams (hence the title) and that made me want to read the book. I am fascinated by dreams and love when the subject is explored. Also, I really loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and have been interested in reading more by this author. Adding this to my TBR was like a no brainer.

 


6. The Queen of the Tearling  by Erika Johansenqueen of the tearling.jpg

This is the first book in a series by the same name (I think). This is another fantasy series that I hear a lot of people talk about in the book community. It seems to be pretty good overall, though it does seem to have some mixed reviews. I guess some people were lead to believe that it was a mix between The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, and were let down because of that.

From the little I know, there is political intrigue and a really cool female protagonist. I’ve just heard a lot of people talk about it and want to see what it’s all about. Especially since I’ve gotten into the fantasy genre.


7. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This is another fantasy series I’ve heard nothing but good things about. It is the first book in The Nevernight Chronicle, with the sequel set to release later this year. What interested me, aside from the fact that it has been getting a lot of buzz, is that it is about assassins. Assassins are right up there with spies and thieves for me. Our main character Mia basically goes to assassin school to become deadly so that she can get revenge on the people who destroyed her family. It just sounds awesome and I need to read it. Also, I absolutely love the cover.

 

 


8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I love that the world in this book is a matriarch. That’s probably the main reason I added this book to my TBR. You don’t get to see a matriarchal society very often and I love the idea. Plus the concept of three sisters fighting for one crown sounds really interesting. I like books that are dark and this definitely sounds like one of them.

 

 

 


9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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This one got on my radar because I heard that there was a strong theme of female friendship in it. I don’t really know too much about this one either aside from the fact that one of our main characters is a Truthwitch. A Truthwitch has the ability to be able to discern the truth from lies, which sounds like a pretty awesome ability if you ask me. It is also the first book in a series that a lot of people in the book community talk about. The world sounds different and cool, so I’m in.

 

 


10. Flame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehFlame in the mist.jpg

Renee Ahdieh is an author I’ve been meaning to get into. So many people talk about The Wrath and the Dawn duology and how great it is. Those books are also on my TBR, but we’re talking recent adds to my TBR today. This is Ahdieh’s new book that just came out.

From my understanding this book was marketed as a Mulan retelling, but actually isn’t. The only similarity it shares is the fact that both lead characters impersonate men. There may be more similarities, I have not read the book so obviously I have no idea. However, the story is most definitely different from Mulan.  Mariko, our heroine, impersonates a peasant boy to infiltrate the Black Clan who attacked her convoy. It seems like a revenge fantasy turned love story? I’m not entirely sure, but I really like the trope of a woman pretending to be a man (She’s the Man anyone?). Also Mariko is basically a female samurai, which sounds awesome. I really just want to see what this book is about.


There are so many other fantasy novels that I’ve recently added to my TBR, but these are the most recent ones that I have yet to really talk about on my blog. I definitely wanted to showcase some other books today and not talk about the ones I usually talk about. Hopefully I can read at least half of these, if not all, before the end of 2017.

Aside from ACOWAR (which I already have plans to read with my friend Bella) and Lord of Shadows (which I can’t read until I finish the other books), which book on this list do you think I should read first? Are any of these books also on your TBR? Let’s chat about it in the comment section. If you have any other cool fantasy book recommendations that you think I should read, definitely let me know down below.