Top 5 under-rated YA book series

Top 5 under-rated YA book series

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order. May contain spoilers for the books)

 

  1. The cage series by Megan Shepherd

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads) (First book – The cage)

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

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I absolutely loved this series! It’s definitely recommended to the fans of the Lunar Chronicles! I felt that this book was really under-rated and there are not many fans (that I know of). This series definitely belongs on the list and I hope that many more people would read it! Packed with action, tricky puzzles that poke your brain and a romance to die for, the cage series.

 

  1. The Syrena legacy by Anna Banks

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads) (First book – Of Poseidon)

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

(Recommendation)

Another series that definitely belongs to this list is the Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks. Personally, I felt that this was the best mermaid trilogy written, but there are barely any fans (that I know of) for this series. I felt that this book should have more hype as the storyline was written beautifully and the romance was so OMG. A definite recommendation for fans of adventure, romance and mermaids.

 

  1. Fire & Flood Series by Victoria Scott

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads) (First book – Fire & Flood)

What would you do to save someone you love?

Time is slipping away. . . .

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Victoria Scott’s breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go.

(Recommendation)

Although many have complained that this book was too similar to the Hunger Games Series, I beg to differ. I felt that this series was way more interesting than the Hunger Games as it really plays well on the fantasy element of the story. This book belongs on this list as many people pull it off as a rip-off, but it’s perfectly unique in its own way despite what others say.

 

  1. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads) (First book – Poison princess)

She could save the world-or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future-and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Derveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

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I have never met another person who is as hyped up about this series as I am (not including my best friend who I coaxed into reading this series before she enjoyed it as well). This book definitely belonged to this list as the world building was fantastic, the characters are so unique and real. It’s a mixture of the Hunger Games and Tarot Cards, together in one epic battle to the death.

I heard that there’s a TV show that supposed to come out, so… Check out the book!

 

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads) (First book – Cinder)

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

(Recommendation)

Although this series has a fanbase that is large, I felt that this book definitely deserved more hype. Each character has a partner by the end of the series, but this is the best retelling series I’ve ever read in my life! I would definitely recommend this series to fans of kick-ass heroines, action and romance.

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Top 5 over-hyped series in my opinion

 (Disclaimer: These opinions are mine and the books specified are not ranked in any order.)

 

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

(Thoughts)

Although I know a lot of people love this series, I personally didn’t like it. I just think that after trying to read the Throne of Glass series, I couldn’t enjoy Sarah J. Maas’s books or writing style. But I loved the context and the beautiful covers of this book series and have heard a lot about the great romance and characters. I might give it another go in the future. Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend this book to fans of faerie species and beauty and the beast retellings!

 

  1. The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare

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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fiction

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

(Thoughts)

Okay, for The Mortal Instrument series, the only reason why it made the list was because I personally have problems enjoying books once I’ve watched the movie or TV show for the book. Although I hated the movie, the TV show is one of my favourites. Because I felt that the TV show already revealed so much about the series, I didn’t feel the need to read the books, or had a lot of difficulty getting through the books.

But I definitely loved the characters and the world building of this series, and would recommend it to those who want more depth and insight to the series. Maybe if I had read the books first before watching the TV show, I would have thoroughly enjoyed the series.

 

  1. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

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Genre: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

(Thoughts)

I loved the first book and the world setting for this series, but I couldn’t get past the 2nd and 3rd book and unsuccessfully did not finish this series. I think that the characters weren’t as appealing as I hoped and the story was kind of long winded. I would recommend this book to those who love adventure and dystopian novels.

 

  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

(Thoughts)

I actually really loved the world building for this book and am excited to read the Six of Crows duology but have yet to get my hands on it. Mainly why I disliked the series, was because The Darkling didn’t get his redemption arc. I felt that he deserved a redemption arc since his character was actually quite widely loved. By half the series, I was okay with Alina totally not ending up with anyone, but I really wanted the Darkling to have a redemption arc and not get killed off so suddenly.

But nonetheless, I would recommend this book to fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, as this book is action packed as well.

 

  1. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

(Thoughts)

I loved the concept of the books but am too keen on ghosts (I’m sorry I’m a scaredy-cat). I might give it chance again in the future since I really still liked the concept. Would recommend this to fans of paranormal and romance novels.

 

 

Have you read these series? What are your thoughts and opinions? Do you think I should read some of them again? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 7 YA Vampire YA novels that I would recommend

Top 7 YA Vampire YA novels that I would recommend

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  1. Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer

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My rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal (Vampires), Fiction, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

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Although there were a lot of mixed feelings and response about this book, I actually would really recommend it. I watched the entire Twilight series in the movie form even before I read this book, I was shocked that this book was so much better than the movies and probably doesn’t deserve the amount of hate its getting. So take an easy on this book, okay?

 

  1. Velvet (Velvet #1) by Temple West

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My rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: YA, Paranormal (Vampires), Fantasy, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

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Any vampire fangirl would pounce at the opportunity to get a vampire bodyguard (Me included!), but Caitlin is not too keen. The romance in this book is so swoon-worthy although the story is kind of similar to Twilight in more ways than one, but the characters are so relatable and adorable.

 

  1. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

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My rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA, Paranormal (Vampires), Fantasy, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire… fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil… until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist), and they’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King’s feast—as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she’s definitely dead if she lets down her family. What’s a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

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The protagonist for this novel by Sarah Beth Durst is a vampire who suddenly is able to withstand the sunlight. And now she has to live up to her family’s honor by bringing ‘dinner’ to The Vampire King’s feast. A lighthearted romance infused with a darker plot, what’s not to love?

 

  1. Ever other day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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My rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal (Vampires)

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to high school. She argues with her father.

She’s human.

But every other day… she’s not.

Though she’s not quite sure what she is on those days, Kali knows what she does – she hunts, traps, and kills demons, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures that threaten her world. On those days, she is practically indestructible.

But when Kali notices a mark on a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these unworldly beings. And she knows she only has twenty-four hours to save her.

There’s only one problem – it’s the wrong twenty-four hours.

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I can’t really remember if this book had romance, and from what I remember, not a lot of focus on vampires, but it was a pretty decent book. It’s more of a every day life type of book, just with a paranormal twist.

 

  1. Isle of Night (The Watchers #1) by Veronica Wolff

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My rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal (Vampires)

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead. When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she’s whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she’s determined to do so, because to fail doesn’t mean dishonor-it means death.

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I loved this series, but stopped when there was starting to have too many books and endless stories without a proper ending. But the concept of this series was really good. Only the strongest girls get to be chosen as Watchers, and will get paired up with a vampire to go on missions. The romance was intense and the world building was intense.

 

  1. Never bite a boy on the first date by Tamara Summers

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My rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal (Vampires), Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

I’ve got a few issues:
I’m a vampire now.
One of my classmates was found dead, with telltale fang marks.
I didn’t do it! (really!)
Nobody believes me, so … I’m going to have to find the real killer.
I’ve already got three suspects. (three very cute suspects.)

One more problem:
I am seriously falling for one of them … but what if he’s the killer?

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A lighthearted romance while the plot kept the mystery a secret till the end of the book. The plot twists, character development and storyline were all awesome.

 

  1. The vampire stalker by Allison van Diepen

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My rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal (Vampires)

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world–and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn’t exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

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This book was really cute, but not emotionally relatable to me, but the concept of this book was really interesting and fresh.

 

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

 

 

Top 10 YA romance books I would recommend

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(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order. May contain spoilers for the stories)

 

  1. The loneliness of distant beings (Ventura Saga #1) by Kate Ling

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Romane

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Even though she knows it’s impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It’s something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you’re floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. For a while he becomes the Sun for her; and she can’t help but stay in his orbit. Being with him flaunts every rule designed to keep their home in order, but to lose him would be like losing herself.

In the end they must decide what is most important: loyalty to the only home they’ve ever known, or to each other?

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This book’s story and character arc was great, a definite recommendation for one of my top 10 romance novels.

 

  1. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.

Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.

But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?

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This book is definitely one of my top 10 picks, the story is more on the dark side, but the romance focuses on the theme of ‘love conquers all’.

 

  1. The redemption of Ajax (The Mephisto Convenant #1) by Trinity Faegan/ Stephanie Feagan

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

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I absolutely loved this book and it can be read as a stand alone book since the other books focuses on different characters. The romance in this book was awesome, a definite pick for the top 10.

 

  1. The treachery of beautiful things by Ruth Frances Long

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: Ya, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

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This book is a recommendation for fans of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, the book has similar elements but with a different setting.

 

  1. Under different stars (Kricket #1) by Amy A. Bartol

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

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Set in a unique setting, this story’s romance will literally take you to another dimension. The story arc was progressive and great, a definite read for fans of sci-fi with romance. I still haven’t finished this series as my local library only had the first book 😦

 

  1. Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Urban fantasy, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

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Similar to the book Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, this novel is an epic coming of age romance book that is sure to leave you in a twist.

 

  1. Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

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In this novel by Lauren Oliver, she takes a unique twist to love, that in a dystopian set world, love is a disease and is banned. The best way to tell a love story is when there is forbidden love, who agrees?

 

  1. Angel Dares (Benedict – Savant #5) by Joss Stirling

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Angel is impulsive. Disguising her savant ability to control water doesn’t come easily to her. Then she meets the broodingly handsome Marcus at a music festival where they’re both performing, and finds herself all at sea. For when he sings, her soul answers with its own music. Like the tide, their mutual attraction cannot be held back, but Marcus’s mistrust of Angel’s gift is even stronger. How can they ever be together if Marcus is unable to accept who Angel is or what they could mean to each other? And with the net closing in on the Savant community it’s time for everyone to choose a side. A stunning new novel from the best-selling author of the Savants series: Finding Sky, Stealing Phoenix, Seeking Crystal and Misty Falls .

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Although this book is in a series, each book can be read on its own as it features different protagonists in each book. This book is slightly similar to The redemption of Ajax, but definitely less dark but more contemporary.

 

  1. Between the sea and sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren–the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn’t seen since childhood–a dashing young man named Alander, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alander band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

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As though a forbidden love isn’t romantic enough, this story tells a tale of a romance between a siren and someone from a winged race. This story will take you on an adventure that will leave you conflicted to choose between the sea and the sky.

 

  1. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

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Kiersten White takes a new spin on romance, with an Egyptian mythology that unites two unknowing lovers in the most chaotic of places.

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

 

Top 10 YA Dystopian Novels I would recommend

Top 10 YA Dystopian Novels I would recommend

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order. May contain spoilers for the stories)

 

  1. The name on your wrist by Helen Hiorns

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

The name on your wrist

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

It’s the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don’t need to; your parents tell you when you’re first learning how to say your name. It’s drummed into you whilst you’re taking your first stumbling steps. It’s your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don’t tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin’s world, your carpinomen – the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three – is everything. It’s your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they’re supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don’t love them? What if you fall for someone else – someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if – like Corin – the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

(Recommendation)

This book’s protagonist was relatable and her POV was really interesting, although I felt that the ending could have been better, the story teaches us that real decisions have to be made even if there great risks.

 

  1. Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Perfected

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows… and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving… and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

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The concept of this story was really interesting and the character arc was really good. I enjoyed this book, but have yet to read the 2nd book, but it’s a definite recommendation to fans of dystopian novels.

 

  1. Free to fall by Lauren Miller

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance

Free to fall

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness?

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results.

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school.

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

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The story in Free to fall was well developed, expect great plot twists in this dystopian novel. The story setting was explained and built well. Get ready to fall for this dystopian novel which seems perfect, but all the mysteries hidden between will shock you to the core.

 

  1. Gifted by H.A. Swain

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My rating: 3/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary

Gifted

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

In Orpheus Chanson’s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus’s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a “plebe”–a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother’s illness can’t keep her from making music–even if it is illegal.

Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping–and terrifying.

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The concept of this book was really interesting, in the future, the rich can buy talent. The symbolism of the dragonfly throughout the book was cool and apparent. The book plays well on the disparity between the popular music artists and the not famous ones.

 

  1. Black City by Elizabeth Richards

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Paranormal (Vampires), Fantasy, Romance

Black city

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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The characters in this book weren’t relatable, but I felt that the concept of this book was really interesting. A recommendation to lovers of vampire and dystopian novels.

 

  1. The body institute by Carol Riggs

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Are we our minds… or our bodies?

Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

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The plot development of this book was awesome, each obstacle the protagonist faces becomes worse. The characters are interesting and the story is a definite recommendation to fans of science fiction novels.

 

  1. Destiny’s Fire by Trisha Wolfe

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Dystopian

Destiny’s fire

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind-part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven. As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate…if she can trust him. Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

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This dystopian book has a steampunk twist mixed in with Egyptian mythology. A recommendation to those who enjoy steampunk, mythology and Science Fiction.

 

  1. The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian

The diabolic

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

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This book has a similar feel to The Lunar Chronicles series but with a even more deadly heroine. Doesn’t this book’s cover look absolutely beautiful?

 

  1. Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

Eve & Adam

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect… won’t he?

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The concept of this book is really interesting, along with the character arc of the characters were really good. The plot twist was good.

 

  1. Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy

Firstlife

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

(Recommendation)

The character arc and goal was completed at the end of this book. The story was nicely set up and thus, there was a good pay off. It sparked off the conflict for the next book and I went teary-eyed at the ending of this book. The romantic and comedic elements were really cute.

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 YA Cinderella retellings recommendations

Top 5 YA Cinderella Retellings recommendation

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  

  1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

(Recommendation)

Of course Cinder has to be first on the list because of my undying love for this series, but Marissa Meyer has a really interesting take on the retelling of Cinderella that is set in this futuristic world where a power hungry Queen wants to rule. Expect lots of plot twists, action and romance.

 

  1. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

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This book has a great story plot and was well written. The characters are relatable and compelling. This book puts a modern twist on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

 

  1. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

(Recommendation)

This book shares various similarities to Cinder, but they are different and this book was actually published first. This book retells the well-known fairy tale of Cinderella in a more steampunk style. (And can I mention how beautiful this cover is?)

 

  1. The selection (The selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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My rating: 3/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

(Recommendation)

Okay, I know this book is not really considered a Cinderella retelling, but doesn’t it sound and feel similar to it? A normal girl gets thrust into a world where everyone is vying for the attention of the Prince? It really is a fairy tale like romance and personally I did enjoy the series, if there weren’t so much drama involved.

 

  1. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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My rating: (To be read)

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction,Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

(Recommendation)

I haven’t read this book yet, but its in my stack already, since I finally found a copy at my local library. But nonetheless, I have a feeling this book will be great and will recommend this book to those who love contemporary novels.

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 recommendations for stand alone books

Top 5 recommendations for stand alone books:

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order.)

  1. Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Gorgeous

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Inner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.

(Recommendation)

Gorgeous teaches us about believing about our own beauty, both inside and out. Definitely a recommendation for those who love a great makeover story that will steal your heart away.

  1. My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My heart and other black holes

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

(Recommendation)

This book is exactly what it means when they say ‘love conquers all’. This book addresses heavy themes such as depression and suicide, and how a fated meeting will change everything. Recommended to those who feel as though they are alone when times are tough, check out this book, and know that you are never alone.

  1. Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Beautiful Decay

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Ellie Miller has always needed her space. Literally. With a touch that rots whatever she encounters, Ellie must keep people at a distance for their own good. Not that her classmates are itching to be best friends with the “freak” of the high school.

So when newcomer Nate MacPherson makes it his mission to get close to her, Ellie has her suspicions. But when he identifies her as a viviomancer who can work the forces of life and reveals himself to be a necromancer who can manipulate death, Ellie finds herself trusting Nate and the romance that is blossoming between them. Unfortunately for the two, family secrets can kill, and they will need more than their abilities to keep a zombie mom and a conglomerate of evil-doing supernaturals under control.

After spending her life pushing everyone away, Ellie’s realization of the full extent of her power and willingness to let people get close to her may be the only way to save the ones she loves.

(Recommendation)

A definite read for fans of shatter me, this story talks about a girl who literally destroys everything she touches, but a sudden romance changes everything. A beautiful story set in a decaying world with romance and everything in between.

  1. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

It ends with us

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

(Recommendation)

In this book, the author, Colleen Hoover tells this painful story based on her own experience with the topic. Is this the perfect romance or a heartbreaking nightmare? We hope domestic abuse ends and for any of those who are currently experiencing it or have experienced it, you are not alone, reach out, stay strong.

  1. The lovely reckless by Kami Garcia

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

The lovely reckless

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

(Recommendation)

A reckless story about forgiveness and love, are risks really worth it? A definite recommendation to anyone who loves a romantic contemporary story, it is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

 

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