These are my favorite of favorites. The books I recommend to anyone and everyone who likes YA, or fairy tales, or just awesome books. Let me know if you’ve read any of them 🙂
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.
Really the whole Lumetere Chronicles, but Finnikin is my favorite among them. Melina Marchetta is Australian so these might not be easy to find at your library or local bookstore but they’re TOTALLY worth the effort.
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis.
Sweet, fun, wonderful (yes all the adjectives) fairy tale mashup. Is it Cinderella? Is it the Princess and the Frog? Or is it simply delightful? The answer is yes, it’s all of the above.
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen.
Best Robin Hood retelling I’ve ever read (and yes, I’ve read the Outlaws of Sherwood, this is better). Scarlet is the first in a trilogy which I’m so grateful for. Quick story: when I first read Scarlet it was a standalone and I wanted more so badly. Then a couple of years later the second and third books got published and I was ecstatic to get exactly what I wanted.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
I assume everyone has already read most if not all of the Grishaverse. If you haven’t, why not? (The book is better than the tv show, which may not be surprising since that’s usually the case.) Start with Shadow and Bone (though Ruin and Rising is actually my favorite).
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas.
The opening is brilliant. Then when I got into the story I thought it was reminiscent of a low budget Harry Potter. Just being honest, but don’t let that make you think badly of it. It’s actually a good story with fun characters and also the first in a trilogy so when you get to the end it doesn’t have to be over.
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