I tend to be one of those readers who likes to jump straight into recommending books without thinking why. What is it about this book that makes me love it so much? So, I decided to put it into words why I love these books and why I would recommend them (and also read them again, and again, and again). Enjoy!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas follows teenage assassin Celaena Sardothien. After spending a year trapped in the slave-mines of Endovier, she’s given a fresh start – as the prince’s Champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
If you know anything about me, then you’ll know that Throne of Glass is one of my all time favourite books ever. I love the series. I loved it so much I flew down to meet SJM when she toured Australia and I had the chance to have my photo with her!
This series has made me cry, laugh, smile, angry, and that’s why I can recommend it to you guys today. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but the way SJM weaves details and clues into her books is astounding! There were so many points throughout the series as I reread it where I went ‘oh my fucking god why didn’t I see that before!’ I applaud her for her, and wish to one day be able to do the same thing.
Also, SJM is so relatable. Hearing her talk about writing and her process and what she went through while working on Throne of Glass reassured me so much because I could relate to her. Also, the fact that she wrote her own smutty fan-fic for the series won her bonus points.
I would recommend this bad-boy to anyone interested in magic, dark magic, and Fae. With this series, you don't know what to expect. If you like being kept on your toes while reading, then read this!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black follows Jude, a human trapped in the world of Faerie. As she tries to manoeuvre the politics of the court and keep her true feelings about her father—who also murdered her real parents—at bay, she’s also targeted by a prince of Faerie himself in a ruthless game of Faerie.
The first time I tried reading a Holly Black book, I couldn’t get into it. I basically DNF’d the book and thought ‘I probably won’t read another one of her books again’. Well, que the MASSIVE book hangover I had after Kingdom of Ash by SJM. I couldn’t get out of it. I needed something related to fae, and that’s when I picked up The Cruel Prince.
Featuring the more traditional fae, this book had everything I never thought I needed. I was so sceptical about jumping into this book, but once I was in, I couldn’t escape. It’s so dark and twisted, I didn’t know what to expect. Really. I knew there were people who didn’t like the books for obvious reasons, but man I couldn’t help but fall in love.
There was something so refreshing about reading this book, especially with Jude as a main character, with Cardan by her side, it made for an epic read. I also read the first two books in like three days? Talk about another book hangover. I am so excited for the finale!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes twisted relationships, magic, evil Faeries and non-traditional romance. If you’re open to understanding the different dynamics of the world Holly Black has created, then this is the book for you!
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead follows half-vampire half-human Rose Hathaway as she kicks ass, takes names, and protects her best friend—a vampire princess—against an unseen threat and her own mind, all the while trying to banish those traitorous feelings she had for her mentor, Dimitri.
This book. Ruins me. Every time. Why? Because it’s the book that got me into reading. This book came into my life totally by accident, and thanks to my mum constantly telling me to read something, my life changed forever. I’ll always be thankful for this book. It gave me so much. Because of Vampire Academy, my world basically opened up to so many new possibilities. I started writing because of this book.
Rose was my first taste at a kick-ass heroine who didn’t take shit from anybody. I think that’s why I loved Throne of Glass so much. Celaena reminded me of Rose. Both of these ladies knew how to kick ass and are powerful in their own ways, which I found really important growing up. I also found how Richelle Mead handled mental illness (which is actually rather big throughout the series) really well done (personally, others might think otherwise).
Also, for those who watched the movie and gave a pass on the book because of it, think again! The movie definitely made light of most of the book. While it stayed true to many elements that made the book fun, it did forget how dark the story was.
If you’re a fan of vampires, academy’s, powerful ladies, heartthrobs (Adrian Ivashkov anybody?) and more, this series is one for you. It’s been completed for a couple of years now, so there are six books for you to dive into, along with a six-book spinoff, and the move! (read the book first though, please).
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare prequel’s her best-selling Mortal Instruments series by going back in time to Victorian London. The trilogy focuses on Tessa Gray as she’s thrown into the dark underbelly of London in search of her brother. Demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and Shadowhunters are real, and she’s been caught in the middle of it.
If someone were to ask me what book I reread the most, I’d say this book. I honestly don’t know what it is about this series. I love Tessa, our main character, and I love Will and Jem (love interests—yes, there’s a love triangle, but I swear it’s done tastefully!). I love the story line. I think it’s so interesting. I certainly prefer it over all the other books set in this world.
Every time I read these books, I cry, I laugh, and I think a little part of my soul is sucked out because I love these books so much. The way Cassandra Clare wraps up this trilogy is just amazing. I know exactly what’s going to happen, and yet I cry every time.
Once you finish this trilogy, definitely take the time to read Ghosts of the Shadow Market, which is a novella bind up and includes some of these awesome characters!
Fan of Victorian London? Broody boys? Beautiful boys? Read this book! That’s not what’s all to it, of course, but I mean, those are selling points for me. This trilogy definitely introduces the world of Shadowhunter’s in such a different way to The Mortal Instruments, and since it stands on its own from the main series, it’s definitely one to dive into if you aren’t sure about the others.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater tells the tale of ancient kings, psychics, raven boys, and Blue Sargent, who knows her kiss will kill her true love.
I wasn’t sure about which book I would put as my last recommendation, but I will admit, The Raven Boys is a good book. It’s kind of weird, a lot strange, but overall, it makes for a very different kind of read. It doesn’t fall into typical YA novels, which is what I really liked about it. I have some mixed feelings about the sequel, but as a whole I found the series enjoyable.
I got my first taste of Maggie Stiefvater with her book Shiver, which is another weird, non-traditional YA book that I vaguely remember enjoying. I’ve read The Raven Boys twice, mainly because I waited so I could binge read the series. Which was a good choice. It definitely put me in the mood for similar books (which I failed to find), and also helped me formulate ideas for one of my own books, which deals with psychics and spirits and all matters of ghosty things.
I would recommend this book to those who don’t mind delving into the weird, who like nonconventional YA series. The wide cast of characters—who are all different and interesting in their own ways—make for a really fun adventure!
There we have it guys! Five books I'd recommend, my quick thoughts, and who should read them! Share your own recommendations in the comments, or strike up a discussion about these books! I'd love to hear your thoughts.