Hello all! It’s time for Top [Random Number] Tuesday! I simply don’t have enough books on my shelf or capacity in my brain for Top Ten Tuesday. Alliterations confuse me!
ALSO: Shoutout to my little sister whose birthday it is on this fine day!
As you may (or may not) know, I barely read any books from the time I moved to Germany till about a year ago. TALK ABOUT A SLUMP. That’s like 4 years people. FOUR YEARS. I didn’t actually OWN any books. BUT I DO NOW. So my Top Ten Tuesdays will be random numbers because TEN IS A LOT AND I DON’T HAVE TEN OF ANYTHING.*
So moving on, I shall now share with you five fabulous fantasy books that have schools in them! And I have left out Harry Potter because if you don’t know what that awesomeness is by now, I can’t help you.
*Except for fingers and toes, for which I am grateful!
WHY DOES NO ONE KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK. I read this as an ARC a while back (you can check out my incoherent review here) AND IT WAS SO GOOD I WANTED TO REREAD IT IMMEDIATELY. It has all the music (in FACT, it takes place at a music school, which was once an opera house IN FRANCE) and mysterious PHANTOM FIGURES. This is because it is a Phantom of the Opera inspired retelling and HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THAT.
It has the Phantom vibe, the feel and UGH IT IS SO GORGEOUS WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT YET. Also, there is obviously magic because I am allergic to books without magic. The end was quite a surprise which is good but I’m still not sure how to feel about it!! And also that is another reason you need to read it – so we can chat about it!
2. The Raven Boys
Ah, The Raven Boys. Now, this quartet has a school in it, but the school isn’t the main focus. BUT Blue’s boy’s are all from the same school, so I say it counts?!*
Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah are all precious in their own ways. Noah is so sweet and endearing and you simply can’t NOT love him. Then there is Gansey. Shoutout to all you overachievers with big goals! I wish I had some of your motivation! Adam, who is relatable on SO MANY LEVELS UGH WHY. If you know me, you know I save the best for last. My precious sassy Ronan!! He is snarky and clever and also relateable but on a whole different level??? Why is he so perfect? PLUS. He has a pet raven called Chainsaw. Can’t get much better than that.
Ah. And then there is Blue. Pint sized sass in a cup! Also she has a very special family who are pure perfection!
*Which, obviously, it does. Because what I say goes.
3. Shadow and Bone
Ah, what can I say about the Grisha Trilogy that I haven’t already babbled on about??? I put off reading these books for so long because I was scared of the hype.* Not to mention I was afraid they couldn’t be nearly as good as Six of Crows??? Because they were written before?????**
You can’t help but feel for every one of the characters in these books, even the side characters and, much like Maggie Stiefvater, Bardugo has a way of making magic so deeply a part of the world that it would seem absurd without it!
Suffice it to say, YOU NEED THESE BOOKS IN YOUR LIFE. And also. DON’T READ SIX OF CROWS BEFORE THESE BECAUSE THERE ARE REFERENCES YOU WILL NOT GET.***
*I KNOW. Shame on me.
**Subtle reminder that no one should ever listen to my logic. Except for always.
***Now. Right now is when my logic is logical.
While it has been over two months since I read this book, and I therefore can remember exactly two words of it, I STILL KNOW IT GAVE ME THE FEELS.
Plus, there is a shadow cat!* His name is Mister Kindly and he basically invented sass and is constantly dropping sassy remarks on his owner Mia. So, naturally, I adore him.
On top of that, there is a school for assassins, which is delightfully cutthroat and there is PLENTY of blood and stabbiness and stabbing.**
Oh, and did I mention characters with wonderfully troubled childhoods? Troubled childhoods #FORTHEWIN. There is much tragedy and betrayals and TEARS WERE SHED PEOPLE. TEARS. Read this book.***
*Do not confuse with real cat
**If you are a vulture like me, this is a REQUIREMENT for any book
***OR, you could be sensible and wait until Godsgrave is out to reduce your suffering. But not-suffering is overrated!
I actually mischievously don’t have a photo of Splintered???? WHAT IS THIS BLASPHEMY. SHAME ON ME. Moving on.
Splintered is an AMAZING retelling of Alice in Wonderland, split up into three books, the last one is more of a Through the Looking Glass retelling. In other words: #awesome.
Alyssa is actually the original Alice’s descendant, and she has to go to Wonderland to take care of some Very Risky Business. In the process she meets many outlandishly wonderful people, including but not limited to Morpheus, the blue caterpillar, who is actual life. Jeb is great too. But Morpheus. He is cunning and sneaky and deliciously dark. WHO ELSE DID YOU THINK I WOULD FALL FOR. There is also the evil Red Queen, who we learn to actually feel bad for?? Somehow????
But I diverge! There is a high school in this! Because Alyssa is in high school (of course) and Jeb is in her high school and also a lot of the disastrous happenings happen to happen* at school!
*ALL THE HAPPENS
What are some of your favorite bookish schools? Or books that take place in schools?? Or perhaps just books that mention a school once or twice?!?