Although I’m not new to reading, I am fairly new to the reading community. That’s why I gotta admit that since I was in high school, although reading was my favorite hobby, I took my studies way too seriously and only read a few books during the summers. The rest of the school year, I’d only focus on reading for my classes. It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I finally decided to dedicate my time to read more. Not because I HAD to, but because I wanted to. Hence, no more useless theory books!!! Woo-hoo!!! Anyways, due to my lack of fantasy books read, maybe my picks are a bit of a cliché. Still, these are my top fantasy books that I’ve loved the most:
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Of Poseidon is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a book I’ve recommended to my friends, and if someone ever tells me, “I’m into mermaid books,” I come running in with this book in hand! No joke. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. So the romance of this story is just #swoon. The plot twist is #yaaass!! And just the story of the Syrena is just beautiful. I truly love this book and am probably going to be rereading it soon—for the fourth time—cause I 100% love it.
The Mortal Instruments (The TRILOGY) by Cassandra Clare
Not the prequels NOR the sequels. JUST the trilogy. So when these books were all the rave, I honestly didn’t want to read them. My sister-in-law gave me City of Bones one day and said that I should read it. But I was like, nope. When I was younger, I didn’t like reading books just because everyone else was reading them. I hated being part of the mainstream. It’s not fun when people are trying to shove things down your throat. So it took a while for me to read these books. And then there was the fact that Clare kept writing more and more books in the series, and as I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts, I’m not a fan of big series. So after a good while, I gave in and asked my sister-in-law if the WHOLE series was really worth it. She said that at least the trilogy definitely was. And so I read them. I ate the three books in a week. And I agreed with her, the trilogy ends just right for me. The books have a great plot. I loved the characters, the world, the tension, the romance. I loved it all. Later on, I asked my friends about the sequels and I got so many mixed reviews from them that I decided that I would not ruin the trilogy that I love, cause these three books will always be some of my favorites in the YA fantasy department.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is another book that if someone asks me to recommend them a book, I’d recommend this one. This book is heartbreaking to the point where I had finished it and ten minutes later I was still crying. No joke. But it’s sooo good. You learn so so much from the monster. His stories and his lessons are what every young adult needs to hear. The monster wants one thing from Connor, and it’s the truth. The truth can carry so much pain, and only with the help of the monster can Connor finally face the truth, his fears, and the pain. No, I have not watched the movie yet. I fear it might ruin the book for me, so I’m still deciding whether or not I should watch it. My favorite quote of the book is this one:
“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”
Talk about truth, huh?
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
It had been a good while since I read a fantasy book that I loved. So when I read this one recently, I was blown away. I loved the idea behind the story, the plot, the mystery, the characters. I felt it was beautifully done and I am really excited to keep reading more about these worlds. ❤
Fables: The Wolf Among Us by Matthew Sturges
I’ve always loved fairytales. They’ve always been my thing. Many of my projects all throughout my college career involved fairytale analysis. So when I learned about this retelling, I was hooked. I played the video game for a bit and I loved it. Then I bought the graphic novels and I loved it even more. ( I even did a conference presentation on Bigby Wolf and everything. 😛 ) Honestly, it’s a brilliant retelling of fairytales and how they’d live among us today. It makes you laugh and keeps you on your toes as you try to uncover the past, present, and future of these Fables. If you’re ever interested in reading it, just know that It’s a different and interesting change to fairytales. 🙂
Until next time, my friends!
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