Books I Will Definitely Fangirl With You About (A.K.A Read These Books!): Part 1

Top Ten Tuesday

So this is kind of a book recommendation post of all of my favorite books and the post title is my way of trying to convince you to read them, by promising to be here to fangirl with you! Or if you have read them TALK TO ME ABOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE AMAZING! Anyways……if you do decide to go read some of these books I will be here waiting for you…to fangirl over them together.

Also as you can see in the title, this is just part one since I had more books to discuss than I felt I could fit into one post. So if you enjoy this please let me know if you’d like to see part two!

Each title will be linked to my full review!

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The Wicked + The Divine Series by Kieron Gillen

The plot revolves around the fact that gods/goddesses are reincarnated every ninety years and for two years they get to live it up as pop idols until they die.

This is probably my favorite graphic novel series, I love everything about them! The art is super colorful, vibrant, and gorgeous and the story is super intriguing with all of the different mythology that’s shown with the gods/goddesses. Plus the characters are full of personality and you either love them or love to hate them and the plot twists are fantastic.

I could gush forever about this series, honestly.


Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is the book for all of us “adults” who are still waiting to tumble down that rabbit hole or open our wardrobes to Narnia. It’s about a group home for children that have been kicked out of their magical worlds and in this one a series of gruesome murders occur and the kids must work together to solve them.

The world building is so unique and creative and the characters are very diverse (featuring an aromantic main character and a transgender character for example). I really can’t recommend this series enough, it’s just all around perfection!


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is like a YA Fantasy version of the Red Rising trilogy, that’s honestly the best way I can think of to describe it. The plot and world are all that brutal, as are the plot twists.

A girl poses as a slave in order to infiltrate a military academy for rebels in order to rescue her brother and a boy who is a soldier attending the academy and only wants to be free of all of it. The world is ancient Rome inspired, there’s plenty of action, the characters are well developed and complex, and the pacing is very fast!


Alice by Christina Henry

(a.k.a all of Christina Henry’s retellings) This one is a little harder to recommend since it does have some very disturbing content such as torture and rape but overall I still think the story is very much worth the read. The way the author weaved elements of “Alice in Wonderland” with her own unique story and world was flawless and the characters were fantastic.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Probably my all time favorite series now because it has everything I love in a book: fast pacing, action, shockers and plot twists, lovable characters, and originality. It’s sort of a hybrid of fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian genres too and is about Darrow who was a slave and must now infiltrate the inner workings of his oppressors in order to work to over throw them. I really love a good underdog story too….


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic, made to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter from harm and when she is summoned to the galactic court as a hostage Nemesis takes her place.

I could gush and gush about this book it’s super fast paced, full of stabby action, and plot twists with galactic politics. Plus it’s got one of my all time favorite romances in it too….which says something because I really don’t like romance in my books!


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Okay, so I quite literally JUST found out that this is going to be a series and I’m dead. My ghost is currently typing up this post. This book is so ridiculously underrated and a sequel is what I’ve been pining for for two years!

I digress though. This is about a girl who discovers she has incredibly rare magical abilities and basically ends up having to save the kingdom. There’s ALSO four different retellings interwoven throughout the story: Jane Austen’s Emma, Hua Mulan, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. It’s so incredibly creative and I adored the characters.

This book needs more love, it’s so under-hyped!


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Can I praise the glorious Jay Kristoff anymore on this blog? Yes. The answer is yes.

It’s been described as Hogwarts for assassins, which is fairly accurate. It centers around Mia Corvere who seeks revenge against the powers who destroyed her family, and ends up joining the Red Church group of assassins.

This story is beautifully written, full of badasses, plenty of action and stabby-stab-stab, fast pacing, and there’s a talking shadow cat. What more do you need to know?

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Have you read any of these books? *let’s fangirl if you have*

Do you have any of them on your TBR?

Are there any that you just decided to add?

What are some books you always fangirl over?

Let me know in the comments!

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31 thoughts on “Books I Will Definitely Fangirl With You About (A.K.A Read These Books!): Part 1

  1. ashley March 22, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I loved Every Heart A Doorway. I won’t read anything by Jay Kristoff after the way he behaved when people of color called out Nevernight for harmful representation.

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  2. Jessie Silakowski March 22, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I loved The Diabolic!! I didn’t have very high hopes for it because I normally don’t get into book like this but the politics really drew me in.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek March 28, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Yes the politics were probably my favorite part of the book, I thought Kincaid did a wonderful job with all the twists! So glad you enjoyed it too! πŸ™‚

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  3. cdfolse March 22, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    OMG!! This list looks amazing. I will have to had some to my TBR list.

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      • MetalPhantasmReads March 30, 2018 / 10:55 am

        Right? The wait has been hard. But not too much longer until our hearts might get stomped on lol

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek March 28, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Glad you loved Ember too! That’s just an all around amazing book I was surprised it lived up to the hype! I have to say that if you enjoyed Ember you’ll probably enjoy both of those as well, they’re all pretty brutal but also full of twists and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat! Really hope you enjoy them when you get the chance! πŸ™‚

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  4. Belle March 22, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    The Diabolic is so great and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Also, Kingdom of Ash and Briars sounds so epicβ€” I’m definitely picking it up!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek March 28, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      I was a little leery of The Empress (Diabolic #2) since originally it was only supposed to be a standalone but it didn’t disappoint. Really hope you enjoy it when you get the chance as well!
      Also I am SO happy to hear you added Kingdom of Ash and Briars!!! That’s honestly such an underrated book and it needs more love! πŸ™‚

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      • Belle March 29, 2018 / 4:18 am

        Yeah, I was actually surprised when I discovered that there was a second book! One of the reasons I picked up The Diabolic in the first place was BECAUSE it was supposed to be a standalone haha but I’m still excited for The Empress 😁.

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  5. onespeculiar March 23, 2018 / 7:36 am

    AEITA, RR are such a great series! even though i only read the first book in the rr trilogy! still the plot in these books, the brutality, the twists are so great!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek March 28, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      Yes! I think the brutality of the worlds in both of those books were part of what kept me reading since I never knew what was going to happen next! And I can’t recommend Golden Son enough it’s even better than Red Rising but I’ll warn you: it’s best to have Morning Star on hand! πŸ™‚

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      • onespeculiar April 1, 2018 / 5:01 am

        God i’m so scared to read golden son now! (good scared) thanks for the warning!

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  6. Step Into A Book World March 23, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Omg Ember in the Ashes!! I just finished the second book and need A Reaper At the Gates now!! Elias is everything I want and need! I need to read Nevernight soon!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek March 28, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed both Ember and Torch! I still need to read Torch but I think I’ll wait closer to June that way I have Reaper on hand haha! Hope you enjoy it when it’s released!
      I also really hope you enjoy Nevernight, it’s amazing and also full of great twists like Ember! πŸ™‚

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  7. amortalreader1 March 23, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I’m sorry…. I haven’t read any of these which means you need to kick me into gear so we can fangirl together!

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  8. veeshee March 26, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Ahhh Every Heart A Doorway and Nevernight!!!!!!!! Down for some fangirling!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek April 11, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      YESSSS!!!! Those books are seriously amazing, I also think I can fangirl about everything Jay Kristoff writes because his books are always mind blowing! So glad you loved both of those as well!! πŸ™‚

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      • veeshee April 13, 2018 / 8:58 am

        I haven’t read anything other than this series by Jay Kristoff, are there any other works of his you would recommend that are just as good as this book series?

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      • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek May 1, 2018 / 12:15 pm

        I definitely recommend “Stormdancer” it’s just as good as “Nevernight” in my opinion and there’s a talking (telepathically) thunder tiger, so it’s pretty great! I also recommend “Illuminae” if you haven’t read that one, he co-wrote it but you can tell there’s some of his action-packed style there! πŸ™‚

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