Hi There! In an effort to be more regular with my posting, I’ll be linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesdays (and YES. It’s seven because I do what I want!) – because let’s face it, I MISSED YOU ALL DURING MY ABRUPT AND LENGTHY AND ALSO UNANNOUNCED HIATUS back in April/May/June! And I also just kind of slid back in and pretended nothing happened*
IN ANY CASE. I am back and you won’t be rid of me that easily! In case my blog name hasn’t given myself away already: I LOVE FANTASY. So here are my top seven fantasy recommendations from books I read THIS YEAR!**
*Did something happen???? I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about. Someone’s throwing things…
**There may also be books from the end of last year. DON’T JUDGE.
Yes, yes. I am the QUEEN of caps!
NOW. What is so great about Nevernight, you ask? WELL. EVERYTHING. THAT IS ALL.
JUST KIDDING. I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that*
Nevernight is delightfully dark and stabby and has PLENTY of blood-filled pools. OH. And there is magic! Awesome shadow magic that is shadowy and mysterious and GAH THE SHADOWS GIVE BIRTH TO A SHADOW NOT-CAT NAMED MISTER KINDLY. And he is The Sass. Like. There is no character sassier than him and his wonderful sassy commentary. I NEED MORE HIM. Not to mention Mia, the main squeeze in this book is the baddest! But also the best! She is tough, and strong, but not one of those female characters who is emotionless because females can’t be strong when they have emotions**
AAAAAND. There are schemes and betrayals and more magic! Not to mention PRETTY COVERS.*** I personally love the US AND the UK editions!!! But I am slightly upset that my copy of Nevernight does NOT have black sprayed pages because I didn’t know there were sprayed copies out there???? RUDE?????? Well, at least I was able to preorder a SIGNED COPY OF GODSGRAVE WITH BLUE SPRAYED EDGES. THAT’S RIGHT. EAT THAT****
*That is probably a lie. I am ruthless like that and leave people hanging all the time. Ask George. He is still hanging wherever I left him.
**Seriously though, WHY IS THAT A THING BARTHOLEMEW
***We all knew that one was coming. WHAT CAN I SAY I AM SUPERFICIAL
****YES. YES IT IS GOING TO BUG ME THAT MY COPIES DON’T MATCH BUT SIGNEDDDDDDD
2. A Conjuring of Light
NOW. Obviously if you haven’t read the first two, maybe don’t read this one yet. ALSO. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?? Goeth forth and doeth so, I decree it thusly!* Okay besides all the sass and badassery that goes on in this book PLUS the magic, there are also Pirates and evil magic and epic battles and SO MUCH REDEMPTION IT HURTS.
Like. I love the villains. And the antiheroes. And the sort of villains. Just in general I am a fan of grey morals???** There is lots of that in these books so ALL THE WIN!
Also we learn a certain White Londonder’s background story and I am all the tears. WHY IS SCHWAB SUCH A WIZARD. OH. And don’t forget travelling between worlds. In all the books. And did I already mention magic? The only thing that could ever make these books better would be dragons to wreak havoc and destroy things. But alas. We only have Pure Awesomeness.
*Since I am The Queen, I get to decree ALL THE THINGS
**Not really sure what that says about me but WHO CARES
3. Strange The Dreamer
What can I even say about the amazingness that is this fabulous book. I had never read anything by Laini Taylor before that but LWHERIÖWUGGUEUFISJIEI_AFEGRUHIAQJFIO (excuse me while I pound the keyboard for lack of being able to express my feelings in actual words). Not only is this book THE most gorgeousest book that I have EVER seen (all the blue and the gold and the blue sprayed pages WUT), the world building, the dreaming, the sheer impossibleness of Lazlo’s imagination is just…..GAH.
Also, Lazlo himslef is just SO DAMN RELATABLE. He is just an average Jo. Like me.* Like you. He reads while he walks, he has a crooked nose, he is gangly and awkward and socially unfit. WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LIKE. And on top of all that, he has the most vividest imagination of them all and basically we are soul mates thank you! There is magic and adventure and SO MUCH TRAGEDY. Definitely worth having my heart crunched between the pages. Definitely. It’s like I have been waiting for this book my whole life!!
*Oh wait, QUEENS AREN’T AVERAGE. Ahem.
4. Harry Potter
Like. HOW OFTEN DO WE SEE HARRY POTTER ON A BLOG??? I know for a FACT that there are still Stubborn Bunnies out there who haven’t read these. SHAME ON YOU. Just kidding, of course but you are really missing out on something fabulous! I started rereading the series for the FIRST TIME since they came out this year and lkl………………………………ksjdlfsk.dfjs.df……….sdkjfskdjf.ssssssssssssk…… Who would have known it would be just as magical the second time around??????? WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME????? Basically there are a freaking PLETHORA of magical creatures like dragons, unicorns, dementors, merpeople, house elves, nifflers, hippogriffs, boggarts, goblins, giants, trolls……THE LIST GOES ON MY FRIENDS. Plus, magic wands, brooms, spells, and awesomely epic school for witches and wizards and MUGGLES which is a great name for non-magic users! Not to mention evil villains and also Professor Umbridge who might actually be worse than Voldemort. Just sayin’. Basically what I am saying is GO READ THESE AND ALSO REREAD THEM.
5. Shadow and Bone
YES. I FINALLY READ THE GRISHA TRILOGY THIS YEAR. I can’t believe it took me so long, to be honest BUT IT WAS AWESOME. There were, of course, Grisha, who are basically people born with powers to manipulate different kinds of matter like, materials, flesh, water, wind, light and so on and it is EPIC. Also the Russian ambiance is WINNING. Not to mention the sassy and Quite Evil Darkling whom I love???? AND a dashing, daring Very Complicated but Easy To Love prince??? I am a sucker for books with royalty AND magic AND badassery. These books have all of them. Also, there are tragedies and sweet justices and UGH WHY DID I NOT READ THESE SOONER.
Okay, I am the first to admit that Caraval isn’t your average fantasy. BUT I LOVED IT. It was exactly what I was expecting it to be and more and for that, I applaud it.* It is dark and mysterious and the carnival-esque-ness is enchanting! It’s all about a Circus that is a game that the invited guests get to play, but it’s a mean game that makes you think it’s real and eventually you can’t figure out what’s real or not and it’s all delightfully confusing and EXCUSE ME WHILE I GUSH.** I love the ruthlessness and also the sisterly love*** Not to mention the currency at Caraval??? SERIOUSLY TALK ABOUT GENIUS. Every time I thought it couldn’t get any more bizarre or awesome, IT DID. There are betrayals and secret conspiracies and undercover plans and magic and —————– I may have just had a heart attack. GO READ THIS.
*Seriously, this book deserves all the applause!
**All the gushing for this book. Imagine me with heart eyes
***Which I don’t at all relate to because I only have four sisters of my own. PSHAW. SISTERLY LOVE.
How do I even begin with Heartless??? I loved it and yet I hated it. SO MANY MIXED FEELINGS. Like, the first part of the book was very slow and a bit tedious but I lived for the sass and the little jokes thrown in there and also Jest is probably my soulmate. I literally loved him from the first moment I saw him. Or read him. WHATEVER. And the idea of telling the Red Queen’s backstory is just so ingenious that I can’t NOT give this book props for it! It was good! It kept me interested till the end! There were pumpkin patches, and silly kings, and snobby characters and a sassy cheshire cat and a mad hatter with secrets and ALL THE DESSERTS.
And sooooo many poeple LOVED it. But I found the more I thought about it, the more certain aspects of it bugged me to no end. Like. Why did Jest even love Cath???? WHAT REASONS DID HE HAVE. Obviously Cath loved him, because what was there not to love.
But the end felt abrupt and a little rushed and I have other qualms but I don’t want to put anything spoilery in here so GO READDDDD.
Have you read any of these? Which one was your favorite??? Were there any that you didn’t like or don’t even feel interested in reading????