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The Priory of the Orange Tree (The Roots of Chaos) By Samantha Shannon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635570304
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

Don't let the size scare you - this book is worth the read. An epic fantasy if there ever was one, this standalone tome follows characters from two sides of a divided world. In the West, there's Tané, a dragon rider, and a (somewhat) peaceful coexistence with dragons. In the East is Queen Sabran and a people who are terrified of dragons. Sabran is protected by Ead, a member of her ladies but also so much more. It is believed that Sabran's ability to have a daughter is the only thing protecting the world from chaos. However, when Sabran's position is called into question as dragons begin to rise, everything that kept the East stable begins to collapse. It's a slow burn book, but a good one, with incredible world building. Reading this book is like watching the pieces of a chess match, and the payoff is everything. 


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Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas, Noa Wheeler (Volume editor) Cover Image
By Sarah J. Maas, Noa Wheeler (Volume editor)
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ISBN: 9781639730957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 14th, 2023

It's hard to be a fantasy reader and not hear the name Sarah J Maas (SJM for short). Everyone has an opinion and they're all different. Let me try and add my voice to the cacophony. This first series by SJM (started when she was just 16 years old and inspired by Cinderella) is what I consider my Harry Potter. Book one in this seven book series follows an assassin, Celaena Sardothien, in a competition to become the King's Champion. She has no love for the king - just wants her freedom after a year of slavery. In order to win she must beat twenty-three others in a series of deadly trials. However, not long after they start, champions start dropping dead, forcing Celaena to start confronting her complicated past. If there's one thing SJM does well, it's characters. Celaena is her at her best. I'm a sucker for the OG covers, but all these years later I still think these books are worth the read (and they just get bigger and better). If there's any SJM book to pick up, it's this one. 


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle #1) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

A King Arthur retelling but with roots in Black American history, this book follows 16 year old Bree as she begins a residential high school program in the months after her mom dies. Her first night on campus, she witnesses a magical attack and is protected by the Legendborn, a group of students hunting down demons. Through this, Bree realizes that the Legendborn are somehow connected to her mother's death and decides to infiltrate them. This may be a retelling, but it is not a story you've read before. With real characters, complex, timely themes, and a twist that makes everything come together, this book lingers long after the last page. 


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Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?: A Novel By Crystal Smith Paul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250815309
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 2nd, 2023

Pick. This. Up. This is the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, except instead of Evelyn Hugo, it's Kitty Karr. And instead of seven (iykyk) marriages, the focus is racial passing. Kitty Karr, like Hugo, was a 50s mega star. Similarly, this book is split between past and present. The past is Kitty's. The present is Elise, Kitty's neighbor and a celebrity in her own right, after Kitty dies. Kitty leaves her entire fortune to Elise and her sisters, and it's unclear why. This book explores the hidden connections between people, how we protect each other, and is great for anyone missing Evelyn Hugo and 50s Hollywood glamour. 


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The Final Strife: Book One of The Ending Fire Trilogy By Saara El-Arifi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593356968
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Published: Del Rey - February 28th, 2023

This is the kind of book I've been aching for. As someone who grew up with YA Fantasy but has been growing out of it, this is exactly the kind of New Adult Fantasy I've needed. You've got the familiar YA set up; 3 girls living in an oppressive hierarchy based on blood type, one a former rebel, one the ruler's daughter, and one a servant floating between it all. But this isn't YA. It's gritty, ruthless, and full of betrayal. Character struggle with drug addiction and grief. It's a perfect read for those dying for New Adult, like me. Oh, and it's enemies to lovers!


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone By Laini Taylor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316459181
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

What I would give to read this book again for the first time. Taylor is the kind of writer whose words make you feel warm, whose characters make you want to love, and whose worlds make you want to feel. Written in the most beautiful prose, this novel follows a blue haired girl and her family of monsters, the angel that loves her, and the war that keeps them apart. In a book where angles and monsters are at war, it's the gorgeous humanity that broke my heart for the better.


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A Day of Fallen Night (The Roots of Chaos) By Samantha Shannon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635577921
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 28th, 2023

On the surface, this is another stunning epic fantasy from Samantha Shannon with incredible world building, powerful women, and dragons. But, at its core, this is a story about mothers. About the cost of motherhood and its joys. About what mothers sacrifice for their children and immense grief. It's about feeling lost in your mother's shadow and questioning is motherhood is even something you want at all. Yes, this is an epic, dragon-filled, high stakes fantasy. But it is also about a love as real as you will ever find. 


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One Dark Window (The Shepherd King #1) By Rachel Gillig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316312486
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Published: Orbit - September 27th, 2022

A kingdom surrounded by insanity-inducing mist. A fever that rips through children, giving magic to those it doesn't kill. Tarot cards that give powers with just three taps, but at a cost. A girl with a monster trapped in her head, warring for control. And, of course, a romantic subplot that will have you swooning. Lush, dark, and brooding, this first book in the Shepard King Duology is the gothic fantasy you didn't know you needed and the best thing I've read in a long time. 


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Shut Up, This Is Serious By Carolina Ixta Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063287860
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 9th, 2024

Carolina Ixta's debut novel starts out with a voice reminiscent of Holden Caufield; blunt, real and unapologetic. Belén's story, like Holden's, is one full of pain and heartbreak. Some days are so hard she can't get out of bed. Her dad left. Her best friend is pregnant. She might not graduate. And yet, through it all, is Belén's voice, sad and strong, and you can't help but absolutely fall in love.