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If you guys are anything like me right now, then you’re tired of being disappointed by overhyped books. Now I’m not promising you’ll love these books, but I did and you shouldn’t have those high expectations for them that usually come with and overhyped book. Just go into these books fresh, without reading any reviews, and see if you like them. Because that’s the best part about reading! Right?
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Why I love it: This was probably the first series that really pushed me into fantasy. I love the historical aspects of this book mixed with tons of magic. This book is about a girl named Gemma who ends up enrolled in a fancy boarding school with all kinds of magical mysteries to it. She meets new friends, a mysterious cute boy, and discovered a new world full of the most intense magic.
Why I love it: This was one of the first books I ever read in that genre where kids end up with cool powers and have to band together to fight the evil guy. It’s also my favourite in that sub-genre. Kaitlyn discovers she has an ability to draw the future and gets sent to the Zeke Institute to learn to control her powers. Her and her roomates get stuck in a psychic link that lets everyone hear what everyone else is thinking. They then have to figure out how to get out of this bond while trying to discover what is really going on at this institute.
True by Katherine Hannigan
Why I love it: This is a lovely middle grade novel all about friendships. It’s probably the most adorable book I’ve ever read. It focuses around Delly and Brud who both meet the new kid Ferris around the same time. They all end up meeting each other though and we watch how their friendships grows stronger. It’s especially cute because I think the author did a really good job with how younger kids would make friends.
Die for Me by Amy Plum
Why I love it: I love how this is a paranormal story but it’s not your typical vampire or werewolves. It’s also helps that it takes place in Paris. Kate’s parents die in a car crash and has to go live with her grandparents in Paris. She keeps running into this boy and eventually learns his secrets. I really love the sense of family in this book. Even though Kate has run off into the supernatural world, the author didn’t forget about her grandparents and sister at home.
Why I love it: So many people read Brandon Sanderson’s books but I never hear any talk of this one. The whole idea kind of reminded me of Harry Potter without being too similar. Joel goes to a private school full of magical people. Only he isn’t magical so he’s kind of an outcast. Their enemies are the chalkings, which are these wild two dimension chalk drawings that can do a lot of damage. He meets a new friend, Melody, and together they end up on the trail of something that is kidnapping students. These books also features a strong friendship that I’m really excited to see grow.
Why I love it: I love how dark this book is! Paired with Holly Black’s unique writing style and it makes for the perfect book. Hazel and her brother are both in love with the faerie prince asleep in a glass coffin in the woods. He’s been there as long as they can remember. Except one day he wakes up and the whole town gets a little crazy. This is the perfect fantasy standalone.
Why I love it: As you may know, I’m not a big contemporary lover. I really did enjoy this book though because it really does feel like summer. Tess gets talked into starting a job over the summer but ends up meeting The Onslow Boys. They’re a group of slightly order, more carefree guys and she gets sucked up into their world with them. It’s a great story about what it’s like being a teenager and having all those firsts.
Why I love it: I love anything to do with mythology but especially this one because we get sucked into the world of Japanese mythology. Katie ends up moving to Japan because her parents are both dead and that’s where her aunt lives. We get to see her trying to adapt to the completely new culture, which was my favourite part. I loved learning about Japan. She then meets bad boy Tomohiro and her world gets turned upside down after that. It’s a great book with tons of action.
Why I love it: I love this this isn’t exactly a fairy tale retelling, but more of a what happened afterwards. I loved that Aurora could think for herself and had a hard time trusting people after she was woken up 100 years later. It follows the fairy take pretty closely up until the moment she wakes up. After that all sorts of new characters get introduced and Aurora is manipulated multiples times because of her popularity. She hates how her kingdom ended up but is unsure of how to save it. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!