Something you should know about me is I’m an avid fantasy reader. So, I’ve got a long list of recommendations for you! Don’t worry—I won’t talk about all of them. 😉
- Harry Potter – Okay, I know this one is really obvious, but I just had to include it on this list. And, if you haven’t read this series yet (there must be some of you out there), you definitely should.
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – This series isn’t as well-known across the country and around the world as the Harry Potter series, but it’s still pretty popular around America and other English-speaking countries. The Mortal Instruments series is about Shadowhunters, a group of half humans and half angels, who hunt demons. Only Shadowhunters, Downworlders (you’ll find out what they are if you read the series), and other humans or creatures who have the Sight can see the Shadowhunter institutions and demons. I really enjoyed reading this series—I would absolutely recommend picking the books up! Also, if you want to read more books by Cassandra Clare, you could pick up The Infernal Devices trilogy or The Dark Artifices series. These books are set in the world of Shadowhunters as well, and are just as good, if not better.
- The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – This book is a bit similar to The Mortal Instruments series, but that does not do anything to diminish the wonderfulness of it. It’s similar in the way that there are people who are like Shadowhunters, but they have different abilities and still have their own distinct qualities. Also, it’s set in the 1800s during the Regency Period. This is one of my top books of the year.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – This is an adult fantasy novel, set in a universe where there are four different Londons: Grey London, our London, Red London, the London filled with magic, White London, the London starving for magic, and Black London, the London that was destroyed. The main character, Kell, has the unique ability to travel between the Londons. The story is told through his point of view, along with the second main character, Delilah Bard, who lives in Grey London. The story is incredibly complex, and extremely fascinating.
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab – This story focuses on Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper, which is someone who makes sure Histories don’t escape from the Returns. A History is basically the human version of a book, where the “shell” of a person that contains their entire life is “shelved” in the Archive. The Returns is where the escaped Histories are sent after they have escaped to the Narrows, which is the area located in between the Archive and the Returns. I know, sounds extremely complicated, but if you read the book—you definitely should, by the way—you’ll get it quite easily. The story is entirely original, as I’ve never heard of a book similar to it. So, you should go read it!
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – I don’t know where to start with this book. It’s amazing. The writing style is absolutely gorgeous, and the story is intricate and very fascinating. I would 100% recommend this book.
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell is usually a contemporary author, so this is her first fantasy book. Though it’s a bit hard to get used to a contemporary author writing fantasy, the storyline is still intriguing. Also, one of the important characters is gay, so the book is quite diverse. 🙂
- Truthwitch by Sarah Dennard – It has witches, friendship, girl-power, and just a speck of romance. What else can I say?
Okay, as of now, these are the books I’m recommending. I know, I know—I don’t even have ten things on my list. I blame it on my laziness. But, there won’t always be just eight books on this list. I’ll definitely be adding more as I continue reading more fantasy books, and when I finally manage to pull myself together and work out a posting schedule.