Dragon Book Recommendations

Dragons are amazing and no one can argue with me on that. Here are a few of my favorite dragon reads, as well as a couple of other popular ones!

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Laia Recommends: The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen is an amazing, breathtaking retelling of the classic tale of Snow White. It follows Lorelai, the crown princess and a fugitive in her own kingdom, who is determined to use her magic to put an end to the evil queen.  Meanwhile, Prince Kol of the neighboring kingdom has no choice but to make a  deal with the wicked queen, and serve as her huntsman and bring her Lorelai’s heart. Also, there are dragon people. I just had to mention that.

Make sure to check out the full Goodreads summary (link below), as well as my review here!

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Top 5 Reads in 2018 (So Far)

As you may have seen, I’ve listed my Top Ten 2018 Releases, but I wanted to show a little love to some books I’ve read this year that were published in earlier years. Now, I’m only including books I’ve read from January to June, and I’ll compile a list full of the second half of the year’s favorite reads in December or January.

Note: These are in (somewhat) order from favorite to slightly-less-favorite-but-still-awesome.

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Laia Recommends: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is the first book in a beautiful series following multiple amazing characters, including Blue Sargent, the only non-psychic in a family of clairvoyants. When she meets Richard Gansey and his group of prep school friends, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, Blue gets wrapped up in their quest to find a dead Welsh king. But Blue must be very careful how close she gets to these boys, for since she was a child she was warned that she will kill her true love.

Make sure to check out the full Goodreads summary (link below), as well as my review here!

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Top 10 Best 2018 Releases (So Far)

There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, so far. Obviously, I haven’t been able to read them all, but I still wanted to talk about some of my favorites!  There are a few I haven’t quite gotten to yet (A Reaper At The Gates) so don’t think they’re not on this list because I hated them. I just haven’t had the time to read them (or I’m really afraid to read them, like with Reaper. Please Sabaa don’t hurt these characters anymore they need a break!) Also, I’m not including any books being released after June, I’ll make a different list in December or January covering all of those releases.

Okay on with the top ten!

Sidenote: I’m extremely indecisive so they aren’t in any particular order, with the exception of the first three probably being my top 3 reads this year. 

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Laia Recommends: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

 

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To Kill a Kingdom is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, following the siren princess, Lira, known as the Prince’s Bane, and Prince Elain, a renown siren hunter. When Lira angers her mother, she is banished and made human. The only way for her to return home is to bring her mother the heart of the siren hunter.
Make sure to check out the full Goodreads summary (link below), as well as my review here.

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Laia Recommends: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows is the first book in an epic fantasy duology following six criminals. There’s Kaz “Dirty-Hands” – the Thief, Inej “The Wraith” – the Spy, Nina – the Heartrender, Matthias – the Convict, Jesper – the Sharpshooter, and Wylan – the Runaway. Together, they must break into an unpenetrable prison and pull off an impossible heist. That is, if they don’t kill each other in the progress.

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Disney to Book Recommendations

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Fairytale Retelling Recommendations!

Here are some fairytale retellings I adore, inspired by familiar characters we all grew up with!

For Snow White Fans: The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
The Shadow Queen is not your typical Snow White retelling. This dark and twisted fantasy novel follows a fugitive princess trying to take back her crown, and a prince who will do anything to save his kingdom, even if it means making a deal with an evil queen.
For Cinderella Fans: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geekerella is an adorable Cinderella retelling, centered around fandom and geek culture. It’s a fresh take on a classic fairytale that will remain in your heart long after you put it down.
For Aladdin Fans: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
This Aladdin-inspired tale tells the story of Zahra, a jinni whose lamp is picked up by the not-very-princely Aladdin. When given the opportunity to be free of her lamp, she must decide if freedom is worth everything it will cost.

What is your favorite fairytale retelling?

 

Fairytale Retelling Recommendations – Barnes & Noble Classics Edition!

Fairytale Retelling Recommendations!

The Barnes and Noble editions of classics are always so beautiful, so I wanted to show off their covers while talking about some of my favorite retellings!

For Arabian Nights Fans: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath & The Dawn is a breathtaking book based on 1001 Arabian Nights. Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan marries a new bride each night only to have her killed in the morning. When Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride, she has a plan to end his reign once and for all.
For Beauty and the Beast Fans: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
In this Beauty and the Beast retelling, Nyx has been training her whole life to kill the evil ruler she is betrothed to. This book is perfect for people looking for a great romance with beautiful writing.
For The Little Mermaid Fans: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
A dark twist on the classic tale, Lyra is the siren princess, known for killing only princes, and Elian is a prince known for hunting sirens. When Lyra is punished and made human, she must deliver the Elian’s heart to the sea queen or be banished forever.

What are your favorite Fairytale Retellings?

 

Favorite Vampire Reads!

Vampire books are a classic sub-genre in YA literature. If you are dying for a good vampy read, here are a few of my favorites:

 

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black – 5/5 Stars
Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade – 4.5/5 Stars
Velvet by Temple West 4.5/5 Stars
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey – 4/5 Stars
Evernight by Claudia Gray – 4/5 Stars

 

What are some of your favorite vampire books?