Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recs for People Who Love Fast-Pacing

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

I have missed doing Top Ten Tuesday memes! Finally they’re back though and today’s theme is “Book Recommendations For:______” so basically fill in the blank any way we want! I wanted to be a little more creative with these recommendations because I’ve done quite a few before and came up with “Fast Pacing” because who doesn’t love a book that just keeps going and going at fast speed? So here are a few books I could not put down whatsoever!

I will also link up my full reviews for each book if you’d like to know a little more about them! These are also in no particular order.

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10.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This is a YA fantasy thats world building is ancient Rome inspired and right from the get go this book is super intense, action-packed, and of course fast paced. The story grows more and more complex as it goes on and it’s just one twist after the other, it will definitely have you on the edge of your seat!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


9.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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If I had to pitch to you why you should read “Red Rising” I would simply describe it as “The Hunger Games on steroids” because essentially that’s what it is. It’s a sci-fi/dystopian where a color coded caste system is in place and a low Color must infiltrate an academy for a rebel cause and also to exact his own revenge. So much action and so many twists!

You can read my full review of “Red Rising” here.


8.) A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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This is about a young man’s Grand Tour of the Continent in the early 1700’s and ends up getting his friend, who he is in love with, and his sister in to a great deal of trouble. This is full of one problem after the other for the characters and his hilarious and fast paced all at once! I think what really makes this so quick and easy to read is Mackenzi Lee’s fantastic writing.

You can read my full review of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” here.


7.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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Nemesis is a Diabolic, an engineered body guard, who ends up disguising herself as her charge in order to protect her at the galactic court. While the first few chapters of this story aren’t very exciting it sets the stage for a very action packed, twisty plot!

You can read my full review of “The Diabolic” here.


6.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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If I was going to pick one of the fastest paced books I’ve ever read it’d probably be “Illuminae”! Not only is this book very uniquely formatted with many drawings, diagrams, fonts, and layouts it’s also 600 pages and just gets your adrenaline pumping! It’s kind of hard to understand how a 600 page book would be fast paced but if you read it you will understand! There’s nothing but constant action and plot twists! And it’s all in space!

You can read my full review of “Illuminae” here.


5.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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This is also a pretty hefty sized YA fantasy book that took no time at all to fly through! It’s about a group of characters pulling off a heist so you can imagine how thrilling and full of action it is with many plot twists along the way. Worth all of the hype, I promise you!

You can read my full review of “Six of Crows” here.


4.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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This is about two men who gained super human powers by having near death experiences and are both bent on ending the other person. This is such a unique book full of wonderfully twisted characters, it’s highly addictive and each chapter ends with its own mini cliffhanger! The suspense and need to know what happens next will definitely have you flying through this book.

You can read my full review of “Vicious” here.


3.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

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This is a horror and thriller mixed together about a girl who was chosen along with others to excavate a large underground palace in France, however, nothing really goes according to plan and there’s something evil lurking in the depths. Super fast-paced with many twists and turns there is very little time wasted at the beginning of the book and we are almost immediately dropped into the good stuff right away!

You can read my full review of “A Drop of Night” here.


2.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

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Another super hyped series here all about a girl who is destined to kill her true love with a kiss and a boy’s search for an ancient, magical Welsh King. Sorry but that’s just how I sum up the story here, there’s so much more to it I know! However, I thought that the thirst for answers to things happening in the story made this book fly by and feel super fast-paced!

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.


1.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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A super fast paced mystery/thriller about a girl and her friend who wrongly accused someone for murder and now must catch the real killer before it’s too late. This story is completely unpredictable with so many jaw-dropping revelations, you won’t see the ending coming!

You can read my full review for “The Darkest Corners” here.

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

What are some of your favorite fast paced books?

What books did you recommend for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Better!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

I’m not much of a series reader I’m usually the kind of person that can start a ton of series and then not actually ever finish them. So this list was a little harder for me especially since I feel a lot of series really get worse the farther they go on for me, however, here are a few I felt got better!

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5.) Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

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I read this series such a long time ago but when I read the first book I honestly didn’t think much of it, it was okay. However, I decided to continue on and read “Pretties” and “Specials” as well and in my opinion both of those books were a lot better than “Uglies”. I never did read “Extras” but I don’t really feel like I need to either since it isn’t from Tally’s POV.

Would I still think this if I re-read these books now? Maybe but from what I remember when I was younger I thought the books got way better as they went!


4.) Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

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Once again this was a series that I read when I was younger and thought it was amazing! Of course my opinion might change if I read them again now but I like to live in my nostalgia…..

The first couple of books in this series are kind of so, so there really isn’t anything too crazy special about them but as they go they get a lot more action, plot twists, and more interesting back stories!


3.) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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This might be cheating since I haven’t actually finished the series! BUT I have read the first two books and I definitely loved “The Dream Thieves” even more than I loved “The Raven Boys” so I’m just kind of assuming the series will only continue to get better as well!

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.


2.) The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

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Once again I haven’t fully completed this series but I’ve read the first two books just not the last! I was really leery with the first book since I wasn’t sure it was going to be good or not and I was actually really pleasantly surprised by it! So of course I devoured the second book which was EVEN BETTER than the first one! So I think it’s safe to say this is one of those series you should stick with after the first book.

You can read my full review of “The Winner’s Curse” here.


1.) The Inkworld Trilogy

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This is my most prime example of a series that gets WAAAAAY better as it goes, the jump in awesomeness from “Inkheart” to “Inkspell” is huge! While I did really like the first book I still wasn’t super impressed with it but since I already had the second book I pushed on anyways and I am so glad I did! “Inkspell” is ten times the fun with way more characters, magic, and world building! Then there’s “Inkdeath”……I didn’t know it could get any better than “Inkspell” but it did, there are so many plot twists and so much emotional turmoil! The ending was perfect though.

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What are some series you think got better?

Do you agree or disagree with any of these series? Have you read any of them?

Are you big on finishing series or, like me, start them more than finish them?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Childhood Books & Series

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

Of course I want to desperately throw in Harry Potter and Percy Jackson but everyone needs to think outside the box a little bit and it was harder than I thought it would be! Mostly I’m sticking with Middle Grade here so let’s get ready for some nostalgia!

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5.) Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene

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This is probably one of the #1 series I was obsessed with when I was a kid, absolutely obsessed! It pretty much all started when I was in the third grade and my mom bought me one of the Nancy Drew computer games, of course I couldn’t get enough of it and read the books soon after. I feel Nancy Drew is one of those timeless classics that kids can read no matter how old the books get…….I’m feeling nostalgic now and want to go read/play Nancy Drew…….


4.) The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

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Okay so I’d honestly like to know how many of you didn’t read this series as a kid? Because it was super popular and I feel like everyone did! It’s fantastic and I feel like if I even re-read them now I’d still love them. How can you go wrong with a magic time and space traveling tree house (it’s all very Doctor Who isn’t it)? I actually had a hefty collection of these before handing them over to my younger cousins and now I’m slightly regretting that……


3.) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

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This might be cheating a little bit since it’s one of those classic, popular books/series just like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson but since it wasn’t specifically stated in the topic for today I decided I’d use it! Who doesn’t love The Chronicles of Narnia? My mom had all of the books from when she was a kid and I’ve only read the first book (I know it’s blasphemy) and when I did I honestly had so many emotions! It usually takes a lot to make me cry while reading a book and I balled my eyes out with this one…..my parents had to make sure I was okay……


2.) Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice #1) by Joseph Delaney

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I think a lot of people might consider this YA but to me with the main character and the style of writing it feels a lot more like Middle Grade. I didn’t start reading these books until I was a little older but I think I can still consider it “my childhood”….kind of…..

Anyways it’s pretty creepy and full of monsters and the world building is actually really fantastic.


1.) The Inkworld Trilogy

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I think it’s safe to say this series was one of my #1 obsessions as a child alongside Nancy Drew since it was one of the first times I was exposed to high fantasy. Man, this series was addictive and actually full of some pretty dark stuff which makes me think I’d really enjoy re-reading it now as well. There are just so many wonderful, complex characters and the world building is seriously A+!

Although I will say I really didn’t enjoy Inkheart as much as the other two so if you didn’t enjoy Inkheart I highly suggest continuing on anyways since they get so much better!

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Did you read any of these books when you were younger? Or later?

What are some of your favorite childhood books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017 So Far!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is the best books we have read in 2017 so far with any kind of twist you’d like! You could do the best fantasy books or the best 2017 releases, whatever you want. I just decided to go with the best books I’ve read this year, I’m plain like that!

These aren’t going to be in any particular order, #1 isn’t my absolute favorite of the year or anything. They’re all just the best books I’ve read so far! I will also provide review links if I have them!

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10.) Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

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No surprise here! I absolutely loved Henry’s other duology “The Chronicles of Alice” and so a horror retelling of Peter Pan (my favorite fairy tale) was right up my alley. This story was so wonderfully creative I couldn’t believe how Henry took a world and characters that we are all familiar with and twist them the way she did!

I did receive an ARC of this and my review will be up this week here!


9.) The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen

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Probably one of my new favorite graphic novels of all time I’m planning on binging the rest of the volumes and doing a series review! The art is so vibrantly colorful and stunning plus the premise is super creative and unique, 12 gods being reincarnated every 90 years I mean how could you go wrong?


8.) You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

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I’ve heard lots of things about Megan Abbot and wanted to give one of her books a try and I was really blown away with this one. There were constant twists and turns that I did not see coming and enough drama to keep you engaged the entire time.

You can read my full review of “You Will Know Me” here.


7.) Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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A book about children who are transported to fantastical worlds and suddenly thrust back into reality. I absolutely loved learning about all of the different worlds the children had visited and the diversity is fantastic. All around a perfect book!

You can read my full review of “Every Heart A Doorway” here.


6.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This book was such an amazing YA fantasy and one that definitely broke the mold, I was not expecting it to play out like it did at all! The characters were all fantastic and the world is interesting yet brutal. Plenty of action to keep you reading!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


5.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This book! THIS BOOK! I know I said I wasn’t going to list these in order of how much I liked them but if I did this book would have been #1! Everything about it was fast paced, action packed, emotional, with fantastic characters! “Red Rising” is perfection, plain and simple!

You can read my full review of “Red Rising” here.


4.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for Peter Pan and Peter Pan retellings so of course I needed to give the pretty hyped “Tiger Lily” a try. I definitely was not disappointed with this book! I loved the complexity of the characters and loved this version of Neverland as it was dark and realistic.

You can read my full review of “Tiger Lily” here.


3.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Probably one of the most hyped up books this year and also one that is 100% worth all of it! This is an important and very powerful novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that was not only very entertaining but a very emotional ride. If you haven’t already checked this book out I highly, highly recommend you do so!

You can read my full review of “The Hate U Give” here.


2.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgentsern

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Everyone has been telling me for so long to read this book and this year I finally did! I don’t know if I’ll ever do a review for it because it was just so amazing I don’t know how words would every do it justice! It’s wonderfully written and is one very magical, special story.


1.) Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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I’m not sure exactly how to describe this book let alone why I loved it so much but here goes: It was very dark, twisted, thrilling, and unique. This book was one scary, hell of a ride but I loved every second of it. The mystery revolves around the death of the daughter of a very prominent cult horror film director and the man who is trying to not only solve her murder but uncover the secrets of the director’s reclusive life.

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

What are some of the best books you’ve read so far in 2017?

Have you discovered any new all time favorites or favorite authros this year?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is series we have been meaning to start and haven’t yet! I am notorious for starting series and usually never finishing them so there really weren’t that many series on my TBR that I haven’t started at all, but here are the few!

These aren’t in any specific order either!

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10.) The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

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I actually own the box set of the trilogy but just haven’t gotten to it yet. As a huge fantasy fan reading this seems to be an absolute must and I’m definitely excited to get to it, or really any Brandon Sanderson book!


9.) The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

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I’ve owned the first book for a while and just haven’t gotten to it yet, I am definitely a huge fan of creepy and spooky books so I’m hoping to get to it this October!


8.) The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

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Why haven’t I read this?! I bought the first book when it came out and still haven’t read it! I know I’m a terrible person, I will read it eventually especially since it’s such a popular series and was being marketed as a sort of YA Game of Thrones.


7.) The A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas and her books are HUGELY hyped and while I did give the first book in her other series “Throne of Glass” a go , I also want to see what the big deal is with this series as well. I may turn out to be that person who just doesn’t click with her writing.


6.) The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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I read and adored the Percy Jackson series but just haven’t gotten around to this one yet. I know, I know shame on me! I have a lot of catching up to do as far as Riordan’s series go though, but I definitely need to binge this series soon!


5.) The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray

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I actually wasn’t too interested in this series right away since I thought, for some dumb reason, this was a contemporary series. It’s actually sci-fi and once I found that out and actually read the premise I was sold!


4.) The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

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I actually wasn’t SUPER interested in this trilogy right away but then I started watching the SyFy show on Netflix and could not get enough! No I haven’t finished season one yet but I’m in love and would definitely love to read this series now!


3.) The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

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Not really sure why I want to read this series so much but the premise sounds like it promises a badass heroine and it seems to be another staple series in fantasy so I need to read it!


2.) The School For Good and Evil Trilogy by Soman Chainani

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I know this is a middle grade series but honestly it sounds so good! There are schools for training “good” princes and princesses and also to train the “evil” villains, what about this doesn’t sound interesting? I’m definitely excited to give it a try!


1.) The Insignia Trilogy by S.J. Kincaid

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I could always use more YA sci-fi on my TBR and after loving S.J. Kincaid’s other novel “The Diabolic” I really wanted to give her other books a try so I bought the first book in this series!

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What are some series you’ve been meaning to start?

Have you read any of these series/trilogies? What did you think?

Do you have any of these on your TBR as well?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Books For Ravenclaws!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

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I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday in a while but when I saw this topic I just HAD to join in this week. This week’s theme is books for your Hogwarts House! Woohoo! So if you couldn’t tell already I am from House Ravenclaw (which I fully embrace because I always knew I’d be one) so I am choosing a few books I think my fellow Ravenclaws would enjoy!

Also this is something that can range very much from person to person but my take on “Ravenclaw books” would be something very well-written as well as a little whimsical (since Ravenclaw is typically associated with both wit and wisdom). Basically you could say I’m basing my book picks off of Luna Lovegood……..which she is one of my favorite characters so that has something to do with it too!

I will link up reviews if I have them!

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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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This is actually the best book on the list for my fellow Ravenclaws I think! It’s about a home for children who have visited other fantastical worlds and must learn to cope with reality again. It’s a bit of a spin on the magical school trope and I think the information provided on the other worlds is very interesting, as I think it would also be for a Ravenclaw!

You can read my full review here.


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman’s books are…..weird but in a good way! Honestly I think if Luna Lovegood were to be personified as a book it’d be something written by Neil Gaiman, his writing is brilliant yet quirky and magical just like Luna.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This book is pretty much the perfect romantic, magical story. Honestly, everything about it is wondorous and well written, I think it’d be perfect for Ravenclaws!


My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, & Jodi Meadows

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I think the world “witty” definitely fits this book perfectly! Not only that but it’s a twist on English history so it’s the perfect combination of “wit and wisdom” making it a great read for us Ravenclaws!

You can read my full review here.


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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This is a fantasy book with it’s own unique world building as well as having four fairy tale retellings mixed in. This is just such a wonderful book for anybody period but the world and characters are just so engrossing I can see any Ravenclaw getting lost in this one!

You can read my full review here.

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Which Hogwarts House are you in? Are you also a fellow Ravenclaw?

If you’re a Ravenclaw what do you think of these picks?

Have you read any of these before, what did you think?

What books do you recommend for Ravenclaws?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books Recently Added To My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is any books of any genre that you’ve added to your TBR recently! I decided to go with fantasy just because it’s my favorite genre so this is really going to be quite the mish mash of books since it went a little further back than I expected.

These are put in order by when I added them so the most recent starts at #10.

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10.) Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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I immediately added this after finishing “Every Heart A Doorway” because it was so amazing, I need more of this world…or really worlds!

You can read my full review of “Every Heart A Doorway” here.


9.) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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Once again I added this sequel immediately after finishing “An Ember in the Ashes”! I was actually really blown away by how unique the book felt and how complex the characters were, so of course I need to read more about them ASAP!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


8.) The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

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Honestly this book sounds straight up awesome! There’s two completely badass female warrior protagonists that were prophesied at birth to save the  world from demons. How does that not sound like it’s amazing?


7.) The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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I’ve heard a lot of ranting and raving about Elise Kova’s books and her newest one was on sale for $0.99 on Kindle so I bought a copy! I want to see what all the hype is about! Plus I like any story where a thief is the main character, especially in a fantasy setting.


6.) Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

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This one definitely has a very unique sounding premise where the character, Taj, serves as a slayer of sin-beasts which are called forth from sinners by mages. Doesn’t that just sound cool? Never heard of a book with anything really similar to this so I had to add it to my TBR.


5.) Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

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First of all I was really drawn in by the cover, it’s gorgeous! Plus what book lover doesn’t want to read a book that has library in the title? This one is about two women whose lives are thrown into chaos and must seek out the fabled Library of All Things to try and reverse their fates. Sounds awesome!


4.) Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Honestly, I wasn’t going to ever add this one but since the series seems pretty hyped up and it is YA fantasy I figured maybe I could give it a try. It might be a little too cliched for me though.


3.) The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

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While I wasn’t the biggest fan of “Shadow and Bone” I did love “Six of Crows” and am therefore a lot more willing to try out anything Leigh Bardugo writes! Of course I love any stories based off of folklore and fairy tales too so this book is bound to be interesting!


2.) Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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It’s mostly a guarantee for me to add any new or upcoming YA Fantasy books but especially when they have diverse characters. This book has a gender fluid character that’s also a thief and like I said earlier I love thief characters in fantasy!


1.) The Bird & The Sword by Amy Harmon

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This was another book I found on sale for my Kindle and I wasn’t really going to get it since I hadn’t heard of it before but I read a sample and fell in love! Of course I haven’t read it yet clearly but it definitely will be read here at some point. It’s about a girl who has magical abilities and must not speak at all.

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

Do you have any of these books on your TBR as well?

What are some books you’ve recently added to your TBR?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy