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Top 8 πŸ“š Historical Ficiton & Non-Fiction πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 29

Today is the last Top 8 I will be posting in 2020 and I’m talking about both Adult & YA Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction books! Let’s jump in.

1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea is a YA Historical Fiction that follows 4 POV, a pregnant Polish girl, a Lithuanian Nurse, a Prussian solider who are fleeing the advancing Red Army onto the Wilhelm Gustloff as well as a Nazi Peon who is working on the Gustloff. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea on January 30th 1945 is the single most tragic maritime disaster resulting in 9,000 people dying, of which 5000 were children.
Salt to the Sea is an absolutely beautifully written story. It is the most heartbreaking and impactful story I have read making it my all time favourite Historical Fiction. I highly recommend and the audiobook is also amazingly done and features a cast of 4 narrators, one for each POV.

2. A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond

A Tale of Two Murders is the first book in an Adult Historical Mystery series following a young Charles Dickens as he works as a journalist.
I love when basically any genre is combined with mystery, so they one was amazing! I also loved that it featured an interpretation of a well known person as the MC. This one was really well written, gripping & completely unpredictable. I really need to continue this trilogy!

3. The Montague Siblings by Mackenzi Lee

The Montague Siblings is a YA Historical Diverse Fantasy series. It was originally a duology but now there is a third book coming out, so I am super keen for that to release in 2021! Book 1 in the series follows Monty, who is a ‘gentleman’ that has no interest in going away to a fancy boarding school & then return to take over the family estate and also has a huge crush on his best friend Percy. Book 2 follows Monty’s sister, Felicity, who is trying to avoid an unwanted marriage and go to medical school instead. However only men can be trusted with the secrets of science. Book 3 will follow Percy and I’m so keen.
This trilogy so far is super fun, full of adventures and things going wrong. Book 1 features alchemy & book 2 has pirates and I’m keen to see what craziness will be thrown into book 3! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun diverse historical fiction.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Of course this one made it to this list. The Book Thief is a YA Historical Fiction that is narrated by death. This one shows each of the times death comes close to our main character, Liesel. This is beautifully and also very interesting written. The story is heartbreaking and emotional and I just love this book so much!

5. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

They Called Us Enemy is my most recent read on this list as I read it earlier in December. This one is a Historical Non-Fiction Graphic Novel which follows George telling his childhood experiences of being in American Concentration Camps during WWII. Even though George was American born, his parents were Japanese and he of Japanese descent. In 1942 President Roosevelt ordered that anyone of Japanese descent be rounded up & put in ‘relocation centres’.
This graphic novel has gorgeous illustrations but it is also beautifully written. It is a very impactful story and also a unique one to me as I have never read a WWII book based around what a Japanese person dealt with, or what it was like in America during WWII. Highly recommend!

6. Sherwood by Megan Spooner

Sherwood is a YA Historical Fantasy Retelling of Robin Hood. Sherwood follows Maid Marian as she finds out that Robin of Locksley is dead leaving the town without a protector. The sheriff’s right hand intends to take his place as both Lord of Locksley & Marians fiancΓ©. Marian finds herself stepping into Robin shoes and becoming the symbol of Robin Hood the mysterious protector of Locksley.
This is such an interesting concept & it was very well written. I loved Marian as a character and this world and time period was so vivid! Definitely worth the read.

7. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Fawkes is a YA Historical Fantasy that I also mentioned in a previous top 8 post! Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague & Igniters believe that Keepers caused the plague. Our main character Thomas has caught the plague and his eye has turned to stone & it will soon spread. His Keeper father tries to recruit him for a mission that will hopefully end the plague and save him. However, doing so will destroy the family of the girl he loves.
This one is such an interesting concept. A plague that slowly turns people to stone. This world is very well developed and atmospheric. I loved the characters and I also enjoyed the discussion of racism in this one as it was both historical accurate as well as being questioned. Highly recommend.

9. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

I’ve also talked about MAUS in a previous Top 8 recommendations post but it is definitely worth the love! Another Historical book set in WWII but this one is not just based on a true person. It is the true story in graphic novel form. MAUS follows Art Spiegelman as his grandfather and him discusses what his grandfather, Vladek, and his wife endured during WWII as a Jewish family.
This is harrowing, heartbreaking and just amazingly done. I also loved that Art used different animals to represent the different groups in the graphic novel. I Highly recommend reading this one but just know that it is a hard book to read.

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Top 8 πŸ“š Books with Interesting Formats πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 22

Welcome to another top 8! Today’s post isn’t about specific genres/age ranges but instead I am talking about unusual formats. These are books that aren’t just a standard novel. They have other interesting features within like letters, pictures & more! These things make for a really interesting reading experience. So, let’s jump in!

1. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Firstly, I am mainly only recommending the original trilogy as latest 2 novels that are out in the new part of the series are good but not as good as the original trilogy. It would have made things a lot easier if the author made the new ones a companion series rather than a direct continuation. But oh well.
So if you don’t know the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books feature unique images throughout. Similar to those on the covers. These images are old & creepy & are legit (not photoshopped). Most are optical illusions or miss prints of some kind but all of them are very hard to explain exactly how they came to be. Ransom Riggs collected these images mostly from other peoples collections. You can check out THIS article on HuffPost by Ransom Riggs himself if you would like some more info! These creepy images are what inspired Ransom Riggs writing. Which I think is very interesting and makes for a unique reading experience. Also the story is really unique and interesting, so that’s also a bonus.

2. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Yall knew this series would be on this list! The format of The Illuminae Files is just so unique. It is a full on dossier of files and includes everything from drawings, emails, interviews, maps & more. It is amazingly done & I love every moment of it. I especially love the audiobook as it is full cast narration and it’s basically a full on production of its own. I feel like you need to both read & listen to this one if you enjoy it as the experiences are completely different even though it’s the same story.

3. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

The Themis Files is an adult Sci-Fi that is written entirely in interviews/conversations. This on its own is an interesting read but it also has a hint of mystery because the majority of the time you have no idea who the interviewer/person the characters are talking to is. You spend the whole first book trying to figure it out. Which adds to the weirdness of the book! These books are intense but absolutely amazing! I cried multiple times just in the first book. It hooks you in very quickly and you can’t help rooting for these characters. Just amazingly written & also the audiobook is amazingly done too. Another one with full cast narration.

4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This one is a bit lower on the interesting format level as it’s only things scattered throughout but this one features little info pages I guess you could call them. These info pages can be about certain characters or species or places in this world. Which I find fascinating. It’s like when you are reading and come to a place you aren’t familiar with & you think ‘I’m going to go research that’ but realise you can’t because it’s fictional. Well this book gives you that! I think it’s a really awesome addition and just gives you a little more info/background on this world.

5. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss

Firstly, this series is amazing but also I love the format of this one. Not only is this a standard novel but it also has conversations between that characters throughout. This book is written as if a certain character is writing the story after the events happen. So these conversations are as if the other characters are reading along while she writes and occasionally throwing their two cents in. I loved it! It gave you more insight into who these characters are & their personalities.

6. MAUS by Art Speigelmann

This one isn’t necessarily a format per se, it’s more the art style chosen. This one is a non-fiction set during WWII & the author decided to represent each of the different groups/races by different animals. Which I loved! It made it unique but it also made it very easy to figure out who everyone was. I’ve read 1 other war based graphic novel and I did at times have trouble figuring out whether the people in the image were ‘bad guys’ or not. This made it a lot easier to follow & more reader friendly.

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

You could argue that this isn’t necessarily a format thing exactly as this is simply how screen plays are written. Which totally understand, but how many screen plays in the YA genre are actually published books you can read?? So I think it’s interesting. I loved that I am able to picture the movies perfectly when reading the screen play & can even hear the actors saying certain lines. I just think it makes for a fun reading experience & I really enjoy it.

8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I am yet to read book 2 in order to recommend it so we are just talking about Dear Martin but I assume this format continues into Dear Justyce. In Dear Martin at the start of (i think only some) chapters the MC is writing a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Hence the name of the book. I found this fascinating as it allows you to dive into the main characters thoughts & frame of mind as he is spilling this to Martin Luther King Jr. on paper. Added such an interesting aspect.

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Top 8 πŸ“š Adult Books πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 19

I don’t read adult too too often so I wanted to feature adult books on their own. These are books that I think are good for a YA reader! Let’s jump in.

1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Also known as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is an adult mystery & is about Evelyn Hardcastle being killed at her families gala party. We follow Aiden Bishop who relives the day of Evelyn’s death over and over but he is always too late to save her. He thinks the only way to save her and escape is to solve the crime but he has no idea who to trust.
This book is AMAZING! It is such an interesting and unique concept. I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed and it was edge of your seat thrilling at times. This is such an awesome book and I really need to give it a reread!

2. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

The Themis Files is a Sci-Fi that follows Rosie who, as a young girl, fell into a hole and woke up sitting on a giant metal hand buried in the earth. Seventeen years later it is still and unsolved mystery & Rosie is hired, as a physicist, to uncover the secrets.
Another really unique concept. I also love the format in which this one is written. It is written as interviews between the characters who are researching it & this mysterious stranger. It’s both a mystery about the hand and also a mystery as to who this man is. It’s absolutely fascinating and I was invested in this after the first chapter! I even cried a couple times in this series. It is beautifully written!

3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a Historical Fiction set in April 1942 and follows Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, who is taken to a concentration camp. We follow him whilst in the camp and as he is put to work tattooing the ID numbers on thousands of prisoners who entered the camps.
This is such a beautiful story and it’s also based on the real experiences of Lale Sokolov who tattooed thousands of prisoners. I loved immersing myself in this story. It was both heartbreaking and powerful. It truly shows how much we can go through and still survive and love and live. It’ absolutely amazing.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

The Wayfarers series is a sci-fi series & is actually companion novels. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet follows Rosemary Harper who joins the crew of the Wayfarer to escape her past and experience new corners of the the galaxy. She did not, however, predict the oddball crew she would be living with. As she gets to know the crew & starts to feel like a family isn’t the worst thing she could find out here, the crew is given the offer of a lifetime. Tunnelling wormholes through space. Risking her life wasn’t exactly part of Rosemary’s plan though.
This series is just so wholesome to read. It is FILLED with diverse characters of all different species. This world is so well developed including so many new & unique species that get mentioned along the way! I love that these are companion novels but characters from other ones can sometimes pop up. I am so keen for the 4th book which is coming in 2021! This is just so amazingly written and I really need to give them a reread before book 4 comes out!

5. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

The Wicked + The Divine is a fantasy Graphic Novel series where every 19 years 12 gods are incarnate as humans. After 2 years they will all be dead.
This series is actually 9 Volumes that are currently out & I’ve read 7 of them. Firstly the artwork in these are stunning & super colourful! I love getting to know these characters & see all the chaos that goes down. These ones are pretty vulgar/violent at times, so just be warned of that. Highly recommend.

6. The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls is an Adult Thriller and the synopsis for this is SUPER vague, & I don’t want to spoil anything, so here is the synopsis.

YOU’LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

Goodreads Synopsis for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls was very thrilling & gripping! I was on the edge of my seat & I loved the mystery of it. Highly recommend.

7. Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

I don’t think I really need to describe the Hercule Poirot series! We follow Hercule Poirot, an eccentric Belgian detective as he solves murders. There is 45 books in the Hercule Poirot series & I’ve read 40 of them!
Absolutely amazing and mysterious! There is very rarely a time that I guess who did it before the reveal and I just love Hercule Poirot as a character!

8. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

Another Historical book set in WWII but this one is not just based on a true person. It is the true story in graphic novel form. MAUS follows Art Spiegelman as he describes what his grandfather, Vladek, and his wife endured during WWII as a Jewish family.
This is harrowing, heartbreaking and just amazingly done. I also loved that Art used different animals to represent the different groups in the graphic novel. I Highly recommend reading this one but just know that it is a hard book to read.

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Top 8 πŸ“š YA Fantasy Series πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 15

Time for the next Top 8 post! Today I am talking about YA Fantasy Series and all of these are series I’ve either completed or am up to date with all the books currently released. Let’s jump on in!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Let’s get the obvious one out of the road first. I adore this series and I nothing is going to change that. Even if the author is a twat.

2. The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni

Another one that might be pretty obvious if you have been around a little while. I love love love The Medoran Chronicles, the world, the friend group, the magic system, all of it! Amazingly written, action packed and set in a portal fantasy world with dragons and featuring the chosen one trope but done amazingly!
The Medoran Chronicles follows Alex who goes through a door at her new school & finds herself in the middle of a forest. She soon discovers that she is in a completely different world & the only person with the ability to send her back is missing. In the meantime she enrols in Akarnae Academy, a boarding school for people with special abilities. Something sinister is approaching however and Alex might be the only one that can save the Medorans.

3. Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire

There is only 1 book book, as far as we know, yet to release for this series but I have read all 5 of the current releases! Every Heart a Doorway is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children which is a safe place for children that have returned from magical realms (portal fantasies) to live & hopefully find their way back to the world in which they belong. However, tragedy strikes & it’s up to our main character, Nancy, & her schoolmates to reveal what’s happening.
I love how unique and interesting each of the fantasy worlds we discover are! I love learning about the characters and discovering new worlds. These books are super short but pack a lot of info & you are never left underwhelmed or without info because of the length! Highly recommend.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (original trilogy)

While the new additions are good I personally preferred this as a trilogy and that’s why I’m only including the original trilogy in this list!
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children follows Jacob who journey’s to a mysterious island that his late grandfather supposedly grew up on in an orphanage. He discovers the orphanage abandoned and everyone gone. However, it might not be quite as it seems and the peculiar children his grandfather knew might just be alive, somehow.
I loved this series so much! It was such a unique and interesting world. The concept was fascinated & I loved discovering everyone about this world & magic system.

5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season is incredible! This one is a dystopian style fantasy where we follow Paige, a dreamwalker, who is employed by Jaxon Hall of the Seven Dials apart of the criminal underworld of Scion London. Paige’s job is to find information by breaking into their mind using her ability. Until one day when she is attacked & kidnapped. She wakes up in Oxford a secret city controlled by a powerful otherworldly race.
The Bone Season is absolutely amazing and I’m so glad we are finally getting book 4! It’s been soo long waiting for it. Incredibly written, unique, action packed & gripping. Highly recommend!

6. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss

This series is incredible!! The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter follows Mary who is left with little money after her parents deaths. She decides to investigate Edward Hyde, a former friend of her father & a murderer, because there is a reward being offered for information leading to his capture. In the process Mary discovers Hydes daughter who had been abandoned to be raised by nuns. With the help of Sherlock & Watson as well as 3 unique women who were all created because of terrifying experiments she continues her search. They discover a secret society of immoral scientists and it’s up to them to put a stop to it.
This is such a unique concept. In a way it’s a bit of a retelling as a lot of the characters mentioned are based on fictional characters from books/stories such as Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Rappaccini’s Daughter, Strange Case & more. I loved this mash up and I loved that it had a strong focus on badass females taking back their lives! Definitely recommend and this one is not talked about enough!

7. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is an amazing portal fantasy Beauty and the Beast retelling. We follow Harper who attempts to save a stranger on the street and ends up being dragged into a magical kingdom, Emberfall. We also follow Rhen, a prince, who is cursed to relive the Autumn of the year he was 18 over and over until someone falls in love with him & the curse breaks. However that’s not the only problem. Powerful forces are trying to destroy Emberfall.
I love retellings and this one was done so well. A subtle retelling in a unique & interesting world. This one also has amazing disability rep which is rare in fantasy books! This one is definitely worth the read & book 3 isn’t too far away.

8. The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

This is another very unique story. The Bone Charmer follows Saskia, who’s mother is a seer who does reading for the townsfolk & performs kennings which determines what apprenticeship each teen goes into. During Saskia’s kenning she is chosen as a bone charmer (like her mother) & given a match-making reading which pairs her with Bran. Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths yet still chose the one that she knew Saskia didn’t want. The argument results in a fracture in one of the bones used for the reading. This leads to Sakia’s future being split & her living out two of her possible paths. However, only one path can survive and her life is in danger in both paths.
I love the concept of bone magic & I loved how well the alternate paths was written! You see Saskia grow in two seperate ways depending on her experiences and it was written so well that you could easily tell the difference between the two versions. It was amazing!

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Top 8 πŸ“š YA Contemporary Recommendations πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 12

It’s another Top 8! Today we are talking about YA Contemporary books I loved. This will include both standalones & series but I will only include series that I have read at least 2 books in the series. Let’s jump in!

1. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

This is one of may favourite graphic novels! It’s just such a fun & cute read and I love it. I know I’m not usually a romance fan but when I feel like reading something cute & romansy I go to Alice Oseman books, which is why there is 3 on this list!

2. Once Upon a Con by Ashley Poston

The Once Upon a Con series is made up of 3 nerdy but contemporary retellings of common fairytales, Cinderella, The Prince and the Pauper & Beauty and the Beast. I’ve only read the first two but I’m really keen to get to book 3! These are fun & nerdy reads! I love contemporaries that have just that little bit more & this one definitely has that with the ExcelsiCon aspect. Definitely recommend!

3. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

This is another contemporary that has just that bit more! In this one our main characters is the drummer in a rock band and she is trying to balance life & the band. This one is super diverse with most of the characters being diverse in some way or another. I did also like that this one dealt with some harder topics like parental manipulation, substance abuse & homophobia/transphobia. Overall a really good read!

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is technically part of a series now but Concrete Rose is a prequel, so I’m still including this one as it can be read alone without any confusion. I also don’t think I need to talk about The Hate U Give too much. It is amazing and so damn important! Highly highly recommend!

5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Another Alice Oseman book! This one is definitely less romance and more just dealing with life. This characters are all amazingly diverse and there is so much discussion on their sexuality & their thoughts & feelings. It’s just amazing. There is all representation for depression which is done very well. Overall this is an amazing story with awesome quotes and an amazing message.

6. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now is one of those books that simply aren’t talked about enough! This one follows a POC and deals with mental health as well as family issues. There is so much that happens in this one and it’s an emotional rollercoaster. I was crying & laughing throughout. It was just amazingly written and more people need to read & hype this book!

7. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

This one follows multi POV, one of which is the lead of a boy band & the other a girl who is a huge fan. This one also deals with mental health as well as just facing reality. This one also features LGBT characters, which at this point I’m pretty sure all Alice Oseman’s books do. Which is amazing! It should be the norm! I love the band aspect of this one and it just a really good read!

8. I Am Change by Suzy Zail

This book is on the complete other end of contemporary to all the rest in this list and I think it’s extremely important! I Am Change was written based on the stories of 30 Ugandan girls who shared them with the author. It shows the daily & normal life that girls in Uganda have to face. This is not an easy book to read and it deals with some very difficult topics from rape & domestic violence to child brides & genital mutilation. It is not easy but it is extremely important as it shows just how powerful and inspiring a young woman can be!

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Top 8 πŸ“š YA Sci-Fi Recommendations πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 8

It’s time for another top 8! Today we are chatting about YA Sci-Fi books. I’ve kept this list to either standalones or series that I’ve read at least 2 books or more of. So, let’s jump in!

1. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This is a trilogy but I have read all the books that are currently out & loved them! Aurora Rising follows a squad of graduating cadets lead by Tyler. The Squad he ends up with isn’t exactly what he wanted but none of that matters after they find Aurora who had been trapped in Cyro-Sleep for two centuries.
Aurora Rising is action packed, funny, thrilling & just drags you in and won’t let go! Aurora Burning also ended on a HUGE cliffhanger so I am very impatiently awaiting the release of book 3.

2. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil is a Dystopian Sci-Fi that follows Catorina. One day a solider arrives at Catorina’s home with news of her fathers death. Her father, Lachlan, was the world’s leading geneticist and the only hope to finding a cure for a deadly virus that was spreading! Catorina discovers a secret, her father created a vaccine but only she can find it and decrypt it.
This Mortal Coil is insanely action packed and unpredictable. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time and I loved every second of it!

3. The llluminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae Follows the events of Kerenza, an illegal mining colony when a rival company tries to wipe everyone out. Kady & Ezera, who broke up that morning, are forced to escape with an enemy warship on their tail.
I love The Illuminae Files so much! I’ve read the multiple times and they are just amazing every time. I love that this series is dossier of documents which is just such an unusual format to read but works perfectly for this book! The characters are amazing, the plot is insane and it’s just a wild ride reading this one.

4. Contagion by Erin Bowman

Now, I’m only actually putting book 1 in the series on this recommendations list. Book 2, Immunity, just did no live up to Contagion at all in my opinion, so I can’t really say I recommend both as I would be lying. I recommend just reading contagion. It doesn’t need a sequel in my opinion.
So, Contagion follows a small crew that is dispatched on after an SOS call is received from a work detail on a distant planet. When the crew arrives they find an abandoned site & a heap of dead bodies. They start investigating and discover that some mysteries are best left unsolved.
This book is amazing! This is a Sci-Fi Horror/Thriller and it is definitely thrilling ! I was on the edge of my seat, looking over my shoulder and just straight up creeped out while reading this! It’s action packed and completely unpredictable. If you are on the hunt for a Thriller in a Sci-Fi setting, this is definitely the one!

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This one only just made it to this list as I only finished Ready Player Two a couple days ago. Ready Player One of course was amazing but I couldn’t put it on this list without reading book 2, as per my own rules haha.
In Ready Player One the real world isn’t fabulous so everyone lives inside a virtual reality world called the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS died and left behind a game where the players are on the hunt for Halliday’s Egg. Wade, our main character, finds the first clue and suddenly he is a target. Now he is on the hunt for the next clue!
I loved Ready Player One and to be honest I was very nervous about Ready Player Two but I didn’t have to worry as it was also amazing! I highly recommend checking out the audiobook for this one as well as the narrator is amazing and does such a good job. This one is full of pop culture references and while it can be slower as there is a lot of info discussed it was still really interesting and I loved every minute!

6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds is another Dystopian Sci-Fi book. This one follows Ruby and when she is day years old she wakes up one morning and something has changed about her parents. They lock her in the garage and call the police where she is then taken to Thurmond a government rehabilitation centre. She may have escaped the deadly disease that is killing children all over america but instead she ended up with deadly abilities that she can’t control. Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life and journeys off to find a apparent safe haven for children like her.
This world is amazing and so interesting as well as brutal and unique! I loved the characters, the friend group that’s developed is just amazing and I love them all so much. This one is also action packed and unpredictable and I just loved every second!
I have not yet read The Darkest Legacy which released well after the initial trilogy. I do want to but I’m also nervous reading books that release years later.

7. The Nyxia Triad by Scott Reingten

I’ve only read the first two books in the Nyxia Triad so far but I’m hoping to get to book 3 soon! In Nyxia we follow Emmett who decides to join a mission with Babel Corporation off earth because he is hoping he will return with enough money to take care of his family forever. After boarding he discovers that the 10 recruits then have to compete in order to be chosen to go down to the planet Eden and mine a substance called Nyxia. However, Babel might not be all they seem.
This one is action packed and completely unpredictable. I had no idea what was going to happen next and I was on the edge of my seat. I love the mystery in this one, trying to figure out what Babel is up to. The world is also very unique and I I was invested in Emmett and some of the other characters so much. Definitely worth picking up and the audiobook is also really good.

8. Armada by Ernest Cline

In Armada we follow Zack who is a gamer and book & movie lover. He is just living a normal life until he spots an alien ship that looks exactly the same as the ships in the game Armada. All of a sudden gamers across the world are recruited to save the world from these Alien Ships but the situation is starting to feel even more familiar to Zack.
Armada gives off strong Pixels (the movie with Adam Sandler in it) vibes. I loved that movie & I loved Armada. This one is fun, action packed and such an interesting concept. I loved the idea and even though I didn’t personally understand all the gaming references it was still super interesting! This would be an awesome one for gamers who are interested in getting into reading as well!

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Top 8! πŸ“š YA Fantasy Standalone Recommendations πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 5

Here is post 2 in my Top 8 series! Today I will be recommending 8 YA Fantasy Standalone books. Let’s jump in!

1. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov follows Nastya who is on a mission to smuggle an ancient spell in order to help her family. However, the leader of the Bolshevik Army is hunting her. She ends up having to team up with a Bolshevik solider in order to survive.
Romanov is a really interesting retelling with a fair amount of accuracy with a hint of magic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and it was very atmospheric and full of action.

2. Sherwood by Megan Spooner

Sherwood is a gender flipped Robin Hood retelling. In this one however we find out that Robin is dead and Maid Marion disguises herself as Robin to help her people & herself.
This one was full of action and mystery. It was also very atmospheric & unpredictable. I loved Marion as a character as she was strong & determined but also realistic.

3. Ever Curse by Corey Ann Hadyu

This is one I read and loved fairly recently. Ever Cursed follows Jane one of the 5 cursed princesses of Ever who each have one essential thing taken form them on their thirteenth birthday. Their mother the queen is also frozen in time in unbreakable glass. Jane sets out to find the witch who placed the curse and fix things. We also follow Reagan who is the witch that placed the curse and who isn’t quite the villain she would seem.
Ever Cursed was a unique fairytale type story. I loved Reagan who was not all she seemed. I also enjoyed that it was told in multi POV and we got to know both Jane (and the princesses stories) as well as Reagan’s POV. There is sexual assault featured as well as eating disorders so be careful going into this one.

4. Indigo Owl by Charlie Archbold

Indigo Owl is actually labelled as a Dystopian but it doesn’t have fantasy elements which is why it’s on this list. Indigo Owl follows Scarlet who is heading off to control her psychic Solitaire talents at Arcadia Institute. When she is on the steps of the institute her father reveals a secret about her past. She is determined to find out what actually happened to her mother when she disappeared and teams up with some class mates and ends up discovering a planet-wide conspiracy.
This was another one I read fairly recently & loved! It was action packed but also had tonnes of character building & world development. This story is very unique and also a bit thought provoking which I enjoyed.

5. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

This is another very unique book! Daughter of the Burning City follows Sorina who is the only illusion work of the Gomorrah Festival, a giant travelling circus. Sorina has the ability to create any illusion and she as a child created a family for herself. She has always believed that her illusions are not truly real and can’t be hurt, until one of them is murdered.
Daughter of the Burning City is both Fantasy & Msytery which is my favourite combo. The abilities and this world in general is just so interesting and quirky. This one also features both Lesbian & Demisexual rep! Which at the time of this release I didn’t know of a single other book that had Demisexual rep. So that was awesome!

6. Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

Mooncakes is the only Graphic Novel on this list and it’s definitely one of my favourites. Mooncakes follows Nova who is a witch and she hears talk of a white wolf spotted in a local woods and decides to investigate. She ends up finding her childhood crush & werewolf Tam battling a horse demon. Tam is being hunted by dark forces that are determined to steal her wolf magic.
Mooncakes is so much fun and I love both Tam & Nova. This one is also diverse as we have a F/F romance brewing between Tam & Nova as well as Nova’s lesbian witch bookshop owing grandmas & Nova herself being hearing impaired and wearing an aid. Nova’s grandmas are definitely stars of the show. I love Nova & Tam but can we have a book about the grandma’s please?!

7. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Fawkes is yet another unique story. Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague & Igniters believe that Keepers caused the plague. Our main character Thomas has caught the plague and his eye has turned to stone & it will soon spread. His Keeper father tries to recruit him for a mission that will hopefully end the plague and save him. However, doing so will destroy the family of the girl he loves.
This one is such an interesting concept. A plague that slowly turns people to stone. This world is very well developed and atmospheric. I loved the characters and I also enjoyed the discussion of racism in this one as it was both historical accurate as well as being questioned. Highly recommend.

8. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Lastly we have Sorcery of Thorns in which we follow Elisabeth who is a foundling in one of the Great Libraries where magical Grimoires are kept chained & protected. An act of sabotage results in one of the most dangerous Grimoires escaping and transforming into a grotesque monster of ink and leather. Elisabeth tries to stop it but ends up being suspected of releasing it and sent to the capital to face justice. There she meets Nathaniel a sorcerer who is supposed to be evil but things might not be quite like she has been told.
I loved the grimoires aspect. I loved the action. I loved the characters. And I loved the world. This one was a heap of fun to read and I can’t wait to see what Margaret Rogerson comes out with next.

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Top 8! πŸ“š YA Mystery/Thriller Recommendations! πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 1

I have decided to do a series on my channel with recommendations from different genre’s and I’m calling it Top 8 (apparently Top 10 is too main stream πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ). So here is the first post in this series!

1. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

You can find my Spoiler Free Review HERE!
The Inheritance Games was completely unpredictable & very mysterious! The characters were very well written and everything including the characters had so much depth! It was also very atmospheric & I had so much fun reading this one! Highly recommend.
This one is book 1 in a new series but I feel like it could easily be read as a standalone as well.

2. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss!

This series is extremely unique, very action packed and features an amazing group of badass female characters. I adore this series and it’s characters so much. It is definitely not talked about enough though, so I had to feature it in this list! If you are looking for an interesting mysterious series that also has fantasy elements and awesome female characters, then this is the book for you!

3. Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby is an amazing YA Mystery with Fantasy elements which is my favourite combo! I love Jackaby as a character and I also loved following Abigail’s POV in this one!
You can find my review for Jackaby HERE!

4. Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

This is an amazing YA Thriller which starts off in a very unique way. I loved how gripping this one was and I can’t wait to read more by this author!

5. Misfit City by Kirsten Smith, Kurt Lustgarten & Naomi Franquiz

Misfit City is a super fun mystery graphic novel series with 2 volumes. This has an awesome setting, badass diverse characters and an eerie vibe. I highly recommend checking out Misfit City!
You can find my review for Misfit City: Vol 1 HERE!

6. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Oh my god! This was incredible! I had no idea what to expect with this one. I hadn’t heard anything about it and picked it up on a whim as the cover looked intriguing and I saw that it was a mystery/thriller which I was on the hunt for at the time. I was blown away and the reveal was so unpredictable I had to put the book down & think about it before continuing.

7. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Is this my favourite on this list? Hell yeah! I absolutely adore the Truly Devious series. The writing is incredible. The characters are unique, interested & diverse. The story is unpredictable and sometimes shocking! I just love it! I’ve reread it multiple times & will definitely be doing another reread soon in preparation for book 4!
I don’t actually have a review for Truly Devious but you can find my other reviews below
The Vanishing Stair
The Hand on the Wall

8. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

While I did prefer One of Us is Lying compared to One of Us is Next I do highly recommend reading them both! One of Us is Lying was mysterious & suspenseful. I had trouble putting it down and the mystery element was very engaging. I highly recommend!
Find my reviews below
One of Us is Lying
One of Us is Next

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