I was tagged by Saima @StoriesWithSaima!! Her post is wonderful, and you should definitely check it out. This was originally created by Ash @ InkWordsandAsh!! I’m incredibly excited to do this, because 1. all the lovely tropes!! Yay!! And 2. there are little stories that can go with so many of these, so that’s always wonderful! ❤️
“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…”
My entire opinion of this the first time I read it was that it was all over the place. I kind of hated it, and Will was the absolute worst to me. But!! The ending (as I’ve mentioned) kept me reading this series, and after I decided to reread this, I didn’t hate it?? I kind of started to really enjoy it?? I think knowing what I did after finishing the series made me understand the characters more. Because of that, I started to really enjoy the book. As a standalone however, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it.
“An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress—and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins—sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.”
For all the ranting I’ve done about how much I loved this book, the beginning was fairly slow. I get that it was important for world building, but as someone with a low attention span and an affinity for fast paced stories, I almost quit after a few chapters. Luckily, my sister was able to talk me into continuing it. After the initial “wow this is boring” the pace and the story started to pick up, and from then on I kind of fell in love with it.
“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”
Ok so I know that I haven’t technically read this, per se. But!! In my defense!! I’ve been told I’ll love them (and that counts in my heart) and no other duologies come to mind when I think about ones that I’ve truly loved.
“The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.
King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.
Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.
As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.”
I’m completely obsessed with this book. When my friend recommended this to me, and I saw the cover, I was already kind of obsessed. It’s so pretty?? I had to read it immediately, and I ended up loving it. Now, I’m
impatiently waiting for Defend The Dawn because I need more of this universe and these lovely characters.
“The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow … maybe she’s already fallen for him.“
Okay you can see the academic rivals to lovers in the cover. And I’m obsessed with that trope. Entirely because of this, I needed this in my life immediately and it did not disappoint. It was everything I wanted from it ❤️❤️ and I’m incredibly happy about that.
I can’t decide. I liked Iron Widow, Legendborn, and House of Yesterday a lot for August, but I also loved Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, and essentially… everything else I read?? The indecisiveness strikes again.
“The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.”
I loved this so much. I’ll most definitely be ranting about this in a later post (once I get my act together and catch up on everything I need to) so I’m not going to say too much about it now. That being said, it was perfection and the characterization was so?? Flawless?? I’m obsessed.
I actually ended up reading this after a friend of mine mentioned in passing that she’d heard it was good. I read it, decided Jude was absolutely amazing, then binge read the whole series. Only after going through all of this did I finally google it, and figure out that it was a thing?? It was lovely (because more people to rant with) and it honestly makes sense that I didn’t know since I was so inactive on book related communities at that point in time. It was one of the first YA’s I’d read, and got me out of the reading slump I’d been in!
My sister actually bought this for me! She and I watched the show together (well I watched it by myself first, then rewatched it with her) and it’s been my comfort show for ages. I love the show, I’ve heard the manga is amazing, and the fact that it was a gift from my sister makes it incredibly special and important to me.
“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.“
We’re reading this right now in school, and so far it’s my favorite required reading book. It’s written in a collection of poems, and the writing is actually wonderful?? So far it’s pretty good, and I’m looking forward to finishing it!!
I’m leaving this tag open!! Anyone who feels like participating can do so! Looking forward to seeing your answers! ❤️
Have you read any of these? Thoughts? Let’s chat in the comments!