Last week I compiled a list of 5 underrated young-adult books and since I had so much fun writing that post I said ‘Why not make another book recommendations post?’. And how there really isn’t a valid answer to that question, here am I. However, I’ll be spicing things up a little bit and instead of following the usual pattern of simply putting together a list of books I think you should read, I’ll do the If you like this book, then you’ll probably like this book tag. For those who are not familiar with this type of tag, the title pretty much explains it. What I’ll be doing is I’ll take a random book and then associate it with another based on similar tropes, characters or just the general vibe of the book. So…let’s get started!
Both these books are young adult fantasy with the love story as the focus, although there is much more to the plot than that. What really made me pair them together were the female lead characters, who show us that there is more to strength than physical force. Both Kestrel and Lia are strong in their on way, smart, independent. They are the embodiment of female power that ya seems to be lacking so much.
Another thing that is a common element of these works is the politics. They deal with enemy kingdoms, political intrigue and at some point arranged marriages. You never know what to expect from this books with all the plot twists and betrayal and I can’t recommend them enough.
I mentioned in a previous post that the Mara Dyer Trilogy is the series that got me into reading, so of course that I’ll save it a spot on this list. Although a more recent read, The Summoning also had an interesting impact on my life as a reader. Last year, I was in an awful reading slump that lasted for about three months. It was this book that got me out of it and because of this I can’t help but associate these two stories together. They both ignited in me the desire to read, which is why I think they’re great for people who are just now getting into reading, for reading slumps or for people who wish to get into paranormal and don’t know where to start.
I love the central idea of these books. In The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, we have Mara, who one moment has a normal life and then she suddenly wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there. The line between dream and reality is very thin and the atmosphere is very creepy, so keep that in mind if you’re not comfortable with this type of things. While it may be a tiny bit confusing at first, one thing is sure: there are some kind of superpowers involved. Which brings me to my point. Superpowers. This is probably the most obvious common aspect of these books. Chloe is going through a similar experience to Mara’s. Her life was nothing out of the ordinary until the day she started seeing ghosts. And the ghosts started seeing her.
There is a diverse cast of characters in the books, characters with abilities just as unique as the protagonists’. You can’t help but love the relationship dynamics between them and don’t even get me started on the love interests. The romance is swoon worthy and both Mara and Noah and Chloe and Derek are two of my favorite book OTPs.
If you loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I’m sure you’ll love The Summoning.
Anna and the French Kiss is one of the first books that made me love contemporary. It was just so sweet and funny and real. It is the same with Summer of Sloane. Both Anna and Sloane have very compelling voices and I promise that by the time you finish reading, you will have laughed out loud several times. What is more, the setting is wonderful. Anna goes to a boarding school in Paris and Sloane leaves for the summer to Hawaii to stay with her mother. If you’re bored with the ordinary American setting and want to try something new, these are the books for you.
Obsidian and Alienated are all about aliens. Extremely hot, bad-ass aliens may I add. I’ve been pretty vocal about my love for the hate-to-love relationships trope, so you shouldn’t be very surprised when I say that both these books have it. The action in Obsidian kicks off when Katy moves to West Virginia with her mother. She doesn’t expect much from the small town she now calls home, but she is in for a surprise. Her next door neighbors are aliens hiding in plain sight from enemies who want to steal their abilities and when Daemon accidentally marks her, she doesn’t have any choice and has to stick to his and his sister side for a little while. Or so she thought.
In Alienated, although quite similar to Armentrout’s novel, the story goes a little different. Aliens are no longer a secret. They are very real and they have made contact with Earth, initiating a student exchange program between humans and L’eihrs. Cara is excited to host Aelyx, one of the first L’eihr exchange students, but she soon realizes he’s not what she expected.
These books are perfect for a reading slump since they are so fast-paced. I read both of them in one sitting and loved them to pieces, but in a guilty pleasure kind of way. Don’t get me wrong, they’re highly enjoyable, just don’t go in expecting a brilliant work of art. I recommend these to anyone, whether you’re into SF or not because they’re very easy to get into and very entertaining.
I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings and so when I saw these books I couldn’t help but be intrigued. I delved right into the stories and loved them from the first pages. Agnieszka and Nyx start out as similar characters with similar problems. They are both taken by a powerful man in their communities, a warlock called the Dragon in Uprooted and the ruler of the kingdom in Cruel Beauty. They are believed to be monsters, but soon our protagonists find out that not everything is painted in black and white in a world like theirs, full of secrets, curses and dark magic. The world building is absolutely stunning and the many plot twists made these books impossible to put down. If you still haven’t picked them up, I strongly suggest that you do. I promise you won’t regret it.
This is it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed it and if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.