Book Recommendations: Summer Reads

Happy June everyone! Can you believe May is already gone? I’m super excited that summer is officially here so I figured it would be fun to do some summer bookish recommendations to welcome the new season properly! These are all books I’ve read or am planning to read myself this summer and I really hope you’ll find them interesting as well!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

22456224Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

What book more fitting to read in summer than one that is all about the son of Poseidon? I have to admit I’ve only read the first two books in the series but I think it’s finally time for me to continue with it! I absolutely love Rick Riordan’s writing and Percy’s sarcastic humor makes these book super fun to read during any season but especially during summer! I’m planning on binge reading these in July, after my exams are over, and I can’t wait!

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Book Recommendations: Seven underhyped books I think everyone should read!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you’ll all have a great week! I’m so sorry for not being active lately. My college exams are coming up, which means I’m super busy studying. They end June 21st so I probably won’t be that active next month either, but I’ll try to post at least once or twice every week, I promise! And I’m also working on a few reviews so hopefully I’ll be able to post those next month, too.

So for today, I decided to do another recommendations post since it’s been a while since my last one. There are some books that I have read and loved that I’ve noticed don’t get much hype on Instagram and other social media or are not too popular with readers. I really wanted to share these books with you, so here they are!

18812362Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.
 
Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.
 
As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.

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I absolutely loved this book and in my opinion it deserves much more recognition than the one it’s getting so far. It might have nothing to do with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series but it is equally amazing and I have no idea why it isn’t more popular. It was flawlessly written and it had everything I’m looking for in a good read. A charming, witty, unconventional hero, a badass heroine, plenty of action and strong elements of the mystery-thriller genre. And it was also set in an amazing world in the future. I’m honestly not making this book justice with what I’m writing in this blog post because it was seriously brilliant! And if you’re looking for a clever, fast paced, semi-dystopian and semi-mystety read this is definitely the book to pick up!

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Book Recommendations: If you like this… You’ll like this!

Hey guys! I decided it’s time for another recommendations post! But this time I’ll do things a bit differently. Instead of just writing down a list of books I recommend to you, I’ve picked some of my favorite reads and I’ll be using them to suggest books similar to them that I think you might like. So, I’ll be like: If you liked this… then you’ll like this. I tried to choose books from different genres to keep things insterested. Let’s start, shall we?

Note: Clicking on the images will take you to the books on Goodreads!

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Starting off with my favorite genre and one of my favorite books in this genre. You all know how much love I have for Sarah J. Maas’s world and characters. So, I was surprisingly delighted to discover a book that I liked almost as much as Throne of Glass. Well, almost. Nothing compares to Throne of Glass in my opinion. And I said surprisingly because I never expected to like Snow Like Ashes as much as I did, because I knew I was going to compare it to the awesomness that is Throne of Glass and was afraid I would be majorly disappointed. Luckily I wasn’t! This wasn’t a five star book for me but it came pretty close. It had everything I’m looking for in a good fantasy read: action, scheming, magic and a badass female character. Much like Throne of Glass, actually. The books also had a similar setting. Both Meira and Celaena are fighting against a cruel king to reclaim a lost kingdom and they’re both very strong and determined characters. And Snow Like Ashes also featured a plot twist which was much like the one in Crown of Midnight but the world building and plot was completely different and even though Snow Like Ashes wasn’t as brilliant as Throne of Glass, it was still pretty amazing in its own uniqe way! So, if you enjoy epic fantasy reads with captivating plots, badass characters and magic, this is definitely a book you should pick up!

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Book Recommendations: High Fantasy

I realized that I’ve never done a themed recommendation post before and what better way to start than with my favorite genre? High fantasy. High fantasy (also known as epic fantasy) is a subgenre or fantasy, that is usually defined by its setting in an imaginary world rather than the real one. Note that high fantasy is not the same as dystopian fantasy (although the two can merge) and it’s usually set in a world that is a stack in a previous era. Some typical characteristics of high fantasy include fantastical elements such as elves, fairies, dwarves, ogres, goblins, giants, dragons, demons, magic or sorcery, wizards or magicians, some type of monarchy, constructed languages, quests, coming-of-age themes and multiple point of views, and it’s protagonists can be typically called epic heroes.

What I most love about high fantasy books is that each one gives readers the opportunity to enter a world completely different from their own. Speaking as a fantasy writer myself, the world building has always been one of my favorite parts of writing a story and I can deeply appreciate the beauty of a complexly crafted fictional world. High fantasy has risen in popularity quite a lot recently but the earliest – and most famous – example of the genre I can think of is probably Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien is undoubtedly the master of high fantasy and his Middle Earth is an exquisite example of how far imagination can go and one that all fantasy writers and readers should admire. Another popular high fantasy series that quickly comes to mind is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. And while none of the books I’m going to mention here are as complex as the above two examples, they’re all fine represations of the high fantasy subgenre, which I totally loved.

To make things easier I’m gonna split the books into three different categories. So let’s get started!

My favorites in high fantasy

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Throne of Glass

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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My thoughts: Throne of Glass is one of my absolute favorite fantasy series, if not the favorite. What else is left to say about this one? I enjoyed the first book a lot but it was the next three books in the series that made me fall in love with Sarah’s world and writing. Queen of Shadows was absolute brilliance and I seriously can’t wait for the fifth book in the series, the title for which was recently revealed and is Empire of Storms! Such an awesome title, isn’t? If you haven’t read these books yet, what are you waiting for? Go pick them up now!

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Top 3 Book Recommendations of Autumn

17399160Author: Sara Raasch

Rating on Goodreads: 4.03/5

My rating: 4.25/5

Summary: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

My thoughts: This was a book that really took me by surprise. To be honest I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did and I was a bit worried to read it at first but it turns out my concern was all for nothing! I loved Meira and Mather and the plot was satisfying and fast paced. And that plot twist at the end really caught me by suprise! I was a bit skeptical about Meira since the beginning of the book but I never saw that coming! It did remind me a bit of Throne of Glass and I also had a slight problem with the names in this but other than that is was an incredible read! And I can’t wait to get my hands on Ice Like Fire!

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Top 3 Book Recommendations of Summer

11235712Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating on Goodreads: 4.13/5

My rating: 5/5

Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My thoughts: Stars! Cinder was one brilliant book! I loved everything about it. The storyline, the characters and above all that fairy tale twist! I was impressed at how Marissa took a classical fairy tale and turned it into an amazing story like this and I literally couldn’t put the book down. I think Cinder is one of those books the word unputdownable should be invented for. I can’t wait to read Scarlet and Cress and let’s not forget Winter is coming out soon, as well!

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Top 3 Book Recommendations of Spring 2015

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Author: Jennifer Niven

Rating on Goodreads: 4.21/5

My rating: 5/5

Summary: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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