Feeling a bit old right now.
I am now officially 15 years old! Can time stop now, please? I’d like to stay an immature teen forever. I’m serious. Okay, so instead of blowing fifteen candles, which I know will probably bore you guys to death, I’ll be sharing 15 book/series/author recommendations! And to be fair, I’ll be arranging this list first by author recs, then series recs, then individual book recs and then in alphabetical order per category.
I also excluded super-popular books such as The Hunger Games, since you already know they’re awesome and need to be read.
*Click on titles/author’s names/book covers to be taken to their respective Goodreads pages!
1. Author Rec: Kendare Blake
If you’re a fan of blood, gore, descriptive and horrific writing and/or creepy ghosts, Kendare Blake is definitely your girl. Her debut novel Anna Dressed in Blood was my breakthrough in YA horror, and I absolutely loved it. So far, I’ve read three of her novels so far (her Anna duology and Antigoddess–all were equally awesome and creepy) and am eagerly waiting for anything else Kendare will throw my way.
2. Author Rec: Jeaniene Frost
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a fifteen year old teen who normally reads YA only. Jeaniene Frost is my favorite adult author, and I just adore her books. I’ve read two of her series (Night Huntress and Night Prince, although I haven’t finished them) and had a blast. I laughed, I cried and I became addicted to Frost’s writing. I was in a roller coaster of feels, people. I haven’t read any adult book that I’ve enjoyed more (or even as much) as I enjoyed hers. Nothing even came close, I believe. Normally, I hate a lot of the NA and adult books I read. This woman is an exception. Hilarious.
3. Author Rec: Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa is probably my most-owned author, considering the fact that this woman is on my auto-buy list. I’ve read her Iron Fey series, her Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten books, as well as her Blood of Eden trilogy, which I all enjoyed. If you’re looking for something lighter, try her Iron Fey books. If you’re looking for something dark and completely badass, try her Blood of Eden trilogy. Seriously, I am convinced that this lady can’t write a bad book. I can’t wait for her next book (about dragons), Talon.
4. Author Rec: Richelle Mead
If you want a combination of humor, badass-ness, action and politics… You need Richelle Mead’s books in your life. She loves featuring awesome, strong heroines in her books with some pretty hot and lovable guys. Romance, suspense, action… Mead is the queen of blending all these together to form her glorious novels. A genius!
5. Author Rec: Morgan Matson
I’ve only read two books by this author (Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer), which I both enjoyed a lot. I also have Since You’ve Been Gone waiting for me here! And I plan to read all the books she wrote under the pseudonym “Katie Finn” as well. Morgan just writes such awesome, sweet and fun contemporary reads (Amy & Roger’s), and she’s also really good at writing books with depth and meaning (Second Chance Summer).
I bet you guys saw this one coming from a mile away. As you all know, my most recent 5-star read was the series conclusion, Champion, which I read back in November 2013. To be honest, I don’t remember a lot about book one, but books two and there were absolutely fantastic. And this one is probably my favorite series ender of all time. For now, of course.
I love fairytale retellings. The Lunar Chronicles books manage to keep the same storylines of our favorite tales, yet they bring all sorts of twists and turns as well. I mean, who would have thought that Cinderella was a cyborg, or that Rapunzel was a brilliant hacker? This is definitely a series to check out if you love fairytale retellings. And really nice guys.
This series is, hands down, my favorite middle grade series of all time! I absolutely adore the humorous, selfless and imaginative main characters in these books. I laughed with them, I raged with them and I was totally with them on each of their journeys. If there was one fictional character I’d marry, it would be Percy Jackson. Except that, well, I ship him way too hard with Annabeth.
This book is the only one I’ve read from this author so far, and it was fantastic. If you’ve read Simone Elkles’ Perfect Chemistry–this one is similar to that one, but for some reason, I liked the main characters more in this one. Family is such an important aspect in this book, as well as acceptance. I may or may not have buried my face in a pillow and cried.
I shit you not–Abigail Haas is clearly someone you don’t want to mess with. To be honest, I never actually had the intention of reading this since I wasn’t a huge thriller fan, but once Faye, Amir and Dre all recommended this one, I was game for it. And it blew my mind to bits. At the moment that I’m writing this post, I still haven’t read Haas’ new book, Dangerous Boys, but I’m sure it will make it to this list as well!
Other books by author: Dangerous Boys
This one was, unexpectedly, a powerful read. I was just looking for a romance with a lot of feels when I first went into this story, but I got a lot more than that. There were friendships built, relationships that were strengthened, people who were broken–it was full of everything. Self-acceptance and the support of family and friends was definitely relevant in this story.
Other books by author: The Blue-Haired Boy (novella)
If Champion was my favorite series ender, this one has to be my favorite stand-alone ending. Holy crap, the ending was BRILLIANT and it just tore me apart limb from limb. I could not think of anything else other than the ending after I read this. Huge book hangover? That’s an understatement. I don’t even know how to describe how I felt after reading this amazing book.
Another retelling. This time, the original tale ins’t very prominent, but the whole book just flows really well. I devoured this book–the writing style was addictive, and I love how the two main characters were once enemies, then friends, then lovers. I also loved the fantasy and sci-fi elements that were present in the novel. Everything seemed to just fit so well together.
I read this one a few years back, and I remember just loving the poetic and lyrical romance shared by the two main characters. Yes, this isn’t a book for everyone. There is cheating. I’m not even sure why I tolerated that, being the huge anti-cheating person that I am, but for once, I let it slide. This is one of those rare times when the cheating completely slipped my mind. Joe Fontaine is just–ahh. *dreamy sigh*
Other books by author: I’ll Give You the Sun
I can’t stop recommending this, okay? Just read it. Angst. TROLLS. Magic! And the only reason I put it under ‘book rec’ and not ‘series rec’ is because it’s the only book out so far and the only one I’ve read. But I have talked to Danielle on Twitter and am expecting an amazing sequel. I expect to cry. I expect to swoon… It will happen, I’m positive.
Other books by author: Hidden Huntress
So, have you read any of these? If not, GO PICK THEM UP, OKAY?
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Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.