Fantastic Book Settings & Where To Find Them: Part 1

Top Ten Tuesday(3)

I know that the post title is a really cheesy pun but I love it and for some reason I thought it fit well for the theme I’m doing! Let me know what you think, I just wanted to spice it up a bit instead of just titling it “Favorite Book Settings” which is kind of boring.

Anywho! These are just a couple of my favorite book settings that I enjoyed reading about and also thought were unique and not a run of the mill type of setting.

**** P.S. NONE of these are fantasy books or settings, I may save that for another post but these are all contemporary, historical fiction, or realistic sci-fi settings! ****

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Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

I’m sure there are plenty of other books set in Scotland but there don’t seem to be a ton in YA. I loved how Lunetta described a lot of the buildings, architecture, and scenery in Scotland when the character arrives and explores. It was just so much fun and I have always wanted to visit Scotland so that probably helped me love it more! The added witchery also made the book more interesting, if you’re looking for a decent YA book set in Scotland and has some witchy happenings I’d check this out! Trigger warning for self harm though.

(You can read my full review here.)

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Why are there never any YA books set in Wales? Why aren’t there any YA books set in the United Kingdom that aren’t just in England? This book takes place in an older time period (it’s never specified) and is set in Wales with a Romani main character. This is an #OwnVoices book so the culture represented is accurate and was very fun to learn about especially with the witchcraft and revenge story mixed in. This story is a bit gory and there is an off-page rape scene so it really isn’t for the faint of heart but if you can handle horror then I recommend checking this one out!

(You can read my full review here.)

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book actually has multiple settings which was super fun, I haven’t read any other “Tour of Europe” style books and especially not in historical fiction. We start in England a bit then move onto France, Spain, and Italy! We don’t get to see much “scenery” when the characters are in these pages which was a little disappointing but as I said it was still a lot of fun. My favorite part was definitely Venice, Italy though.

(You can read my full review here.)

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This is a very unique setting seeing as how it all takes place during a convention, Supacon (basically Comic Con)! I personally am a huge geek about everything in pop culture so I thought the setting was so entertaining and I could geek out about it all! Also the characters are highly diverse and the anxiety rep is spot on, I recommend reading it.

(You can read my full review here.)

Want by Cindy Pon

While I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to I really loved the setting of a futuristic Taipei, Taiwan. This is definitely a setting you don’t see very often and I really enjoyed it! We didn’t get too much description or cultural aspects though which was a bit of a bummer.

(You can read my full review here.)

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Dreams, that’s a pretty unique setting am I right? This book takes place in the different nightmares of each dreamer’s mind, so of course it’s terrifying on top of being really neat. I haven’t read anything close to this but let me know if there are any other books with dream settings!

(You can read my full review here.)

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mars! I don’t think a setting gets much more unique than that outside of fantasy….well and other science fiction but this is science fiction that’s a little more realistic. So. Pretty cool! I personally thought it was very exciting reading about someone being trapped on Mars and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

(You can read my full review here.)

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do you think any of these settings are unique or interesting?

Have you read other books with these settings?

What are some of your favorite book settings?

The Sassy


21 thoughts on “Fantastic Book Settings & Where To Find Them: Part 1

  1. coffeelovingbookoholic November 9, 2017 / 3:24 am

    great post! 🙂 i love this!
    i only read “the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue” and “the martian”. loved “the martian” – obviously! 😀 wasn’t the biggest fan of TGGTVAV, but i agree with you. both settings are amazing! 🙂

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      • coffeelovingbookoholic November 13, 2017 / 3:17 am

        yes, definitely! felicity was my favorite character so i’ll definitely will be reading her story! 🙂

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  2. Elizabeth November 9, 2017 / 6:56 am

    These all sound like great settings. I kept trying to think of why a dream or nightmare setting sounded so familiar but I could only think of a computer game I played once called Next Life, where people wake up on an island and don’t know how they got there. Each night a lighthouse chimes and they fall asleep and have horrible nightmares that you have to play through. Now I’m on a mission to find books like this lol. Also I can’t wait to read The Martian!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 12, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you!
      That game, Next Life, pretty much sounds exactly how “Dreamfall” played out, I can read it but I probably wound’t last playing through nightmares! You’ll have to let me know if you find more books with the dream/nightmare setting because I love it it’s super unique!
      Also hope you enjoy reading “The Martian” it was great! 🙂

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  3. ashley November 9, 2017 / 11:42 am

    First of all, I love the title. I haven’t read any of these, but one of the books that I read recently had a interesting setting.

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  4. Ioana @dragonwaffles November 10, 2017 / 1:42 am

    That title is the most amazing of things really 😂! And I would love to have more YA books set in the UK but not in England!! I adore Scotland so that might be a reason why. These are all such amazing recommendations I’ll be sure to check them out!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 12, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you so much! I was hoping someone would notice the title, I thought it was perfect and hilarious!
      Glad I’m not the only one who thinks we need more books set in the UK! I mean I love England but I want to see more in Scotland or Ireland! Hope you find some new books to add! 🙂

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  5. Jessica November 10, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I love the title so much. It made me laugh out loud when I saw it XD
    Never read any of these books (it goes as far as to show how much I really need to start reading again) but all of their settings sound intriguing. Love this post! 😀

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 12, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Yaaasss glad you loved it! I thought the title was hilarious and I couldn’t help it so I’m glad you liked it!
      Hope you can get back into reading again, maybe find some new books to add as well! Thanks Jessica! 🙂

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  6. Zezee November 10, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Lol, well I liked the title. It made me smile and click to see what the post is about.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 12, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much I’m glad you liked it! I thought it was too funny not to do once it was stuck in my head! 🙂


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