TAYLOR RECOMMENDS: FANTASY

Hey guys! So today I’m doing some fantasy recommendations! Alright, let’s get going!

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1. Graceling, Kristin Cashore
This book was so cool! It’s set in a world where people have graces, or special talents and the main character has the grace of killing. The book then follows Katsa as she goes through this fantasy world.

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

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2. Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch
To be honest, I’m not sure how to describe this book, but I will tell you that I ADORED it. The characters were great, the storyline was fast paced, and the ending leaves you dying for the sequel. (October is to far away.)

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

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.

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3. Kiss of Deception, Mary E. Pearson
My favorite part of this book would probably have to be the way it was written. It is written in dual perspectives, following a prince, assassin, and a princess. The princess is betrothed to the prince, but on their wedding day, she runs away. She then runs into the prince and the assassin later on in the story, where the reader then has to attempt to piece together which one is the one who wants to murder her, and which one just wants to get to know her. I absolutely loved this book! The characters were greats, the writing was perfection, and I’m so excited for Heart of Betrayal!

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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4. Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
This book just came out this month, and it was so so wonderful! The storyline is really interesting, and the characters are great. Victoria does a great job adding in plot twists that keep the reader on their toes and I’m so excited for more!

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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5. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha world is one of the best developed worlds I have ever read. It’s very well done, and I just love characters. The Darkling was a really complex character, and the main character was so interesting. This trilogy is definitely one to pick up if you like stories that keep you on your toes!

That’s all I have for you today! See you tomorrow, love ya!
Taylor

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Author: taylor

i really love ice cream, coffee + tea, and really good books. self proclaimed bibliophile who loves everything to do with reading, here's a little peek into my bookish adventures. ((favorite genres: young adult, new adult, fantasy, and basically anything with a touch of romance))

3 thoughts on “TAYLOR RECOMMENDS: FANTASY”

  1. Graceling is the only one of these not on my physical shelf, but it’s on my mental TBR… unfortunately, so are the others (I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them). It’s nice to see some endorsement though!

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