Best Books VI. – For Fantasy

Amazon.com: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) (9780062385468): Blake,  Kendare: Books

Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Summary:  In this novel, three sisters, Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella must face the one thing that stands in their way of having the crown: each other. With new powers, secret talents, and unpreventable attacks, it is a battle amongst the three sisters to fight their way to the crown even if it means destroying each other in the process.

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Amazon.com: The Princess Will Save You (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky, 1)  (9781250237422): Henning, Sarah: Books

Title: The Princess Will Save You

Author: Sarah Henning

Summary:  When her father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose her family’s crown. However, she was made to be a warrior not anything less. In attempt to force her choice, the neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, a stable boy by the name of Luca. With her kingdom about to go through a civil war and no one to trust, she goes in it alone to save not only Luca, but her future and kingdom.

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Amazon.com: Red Queen (Red Queen, 1) (9780062310644): Aveyard, Victoria:  Books

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Summary:  In a world divided by blood – red or silver, the reds are commoners, ruled by silvers those who have god-like superpowers. For Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old red, it seems as though nothing will change until she finds herself working in the silver palace. Despite her red blood, she finds that she, herself, possesses a power of her own. The question is: What will she do with that new found power?

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Amazon.com: The Gilded Ones (9781984848697): Forna, Namina: Books

Title: The Gilded Ones

Author: Namina Forna

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will be a member of her village. However, the day of the ceremony, her blood does not turn red, it turns gold instead. Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. Until she decides to change her fate.

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Amazon.com: An Ember in the Ashes (9781595148049): Tahir, Sabaa: Books

Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Summary: Laia is a slave, Elias is a soldier, and both are not free. When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision: Leave him be or make a deal with rebels in exchange for help. She meets Elias, who wants to be free and soon quickly realizes that their fates are intertwined together. Their choices will change the fate of everything.

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Notable Mentions:

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan and James Patterson

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Best Books V. – For Romance

Amazon.com: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (1) (9781442426702): Han,  Jenny: Books

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Summary:  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a novel about first loves and what happens when those first loves figure out that they were your first loves. Lara Jean Covey writes her heart and soul out when it comes to her feelings. Things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until her letters that were meant to be kept a secret get mailed out and suddenly Lara Jean Covey’s love life goes from imaginary to reality.

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Amazon.com: The Selection (The Selection, 1): Cass, Kiera: Books

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Summary:  A group of impoverished young women compete for a chance to live amongst the wealthy, where a rebellion is brewing. The selection is for a chance of a lifetime for thirty-five girls. The opportunity to escape the life that was laid out for them since the day they were born. However, all the glitz and glam is not all what it seems.

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Amazon.com: Everything, Everything (9780553496673): Yoon, Nicola: Books

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Summary:  This novel features the main character Madeline “Maddy” Whittier, who is diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which means she cannot leave her house, and hasn’t left her house for seventeen years. Then one day, a moving truck is seen next door in her neighborhood, and it happens to be a young man named Olly. Madeline is certain of two things: She is certain she will fall in love with Olly. She is also certain that it will be a disaster.

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Amazon.com: The Upside of Unrequited (9780062348708): Albertalli, Becky:  Books

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Summary:  This novel follows the story of Molly Peskin-Suso, a crush prone teenage girl anxious for her first kiss who must navigate through having yet another crush, her sister Cassie’s first time falling in love, and the distance that is growing between them.

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Amazon.com: All the Bright Places (9780385755917): Niven, Jennifer: Books

Title: All the Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Summary:  This novel features two young adults that find each other on top of a bell tower. As they both struggle with their own emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that the little moments can mean something more than what meets the eyes.

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Notable Mentions:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Bookish and the Beast – Ashley Poston

Tweet Cute – Emma Lord

Meet Cute – Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, and Kass Morgan

Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

What If It’s Us? – Adam Silver and Becky Albertalli

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Best Books IV. – For Classics

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Summary: Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where they scrutinize human actions with a “Big Brother” watching them. Defying the ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with someone.

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Summary: This story takes place during the Great Depression. The main protagonist is Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, an intelligent though unconventional girl who ages from six to nine throughout the course of the novel.

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Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Summary: Pride and Prejudice follows through the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and the gentleman Fitzwilliam Darcy, a landowner. They must overcome their very own Pride and Prejudice in order to fall in love and marry.

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Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Summary: It is set in a dystopian society that burns books in order to control dangerous ideas and unhappy concepts. This novel tells of the story of Guy Montag, a fireman that questions the book burning policy and undergoes extreme suffering and transformation as a result.

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Title: The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summary: This novel tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved when he was a younger man. Told in the point of view of someone else, however, it goes through the motions of an unreliable narrator.

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Notable Mentions:

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Slaughter House-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Best Books III. – For Disney Retellings

Amazon.com: The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy)  (9780062678102): Chakraborty, S. A: Books

Title: The City of Brass

Author: S.A Chakraborty

Summary: In the eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman conning Ottoman nobles hoping one day to earn enough to change her fortunes. Resembling the street rat Aladdin, Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious dijinn warrior, during one of her cons. She soon learns that her cons have deadly consequences.

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Amazon.com: Alice I Have Been: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)  (9780385344142): Benjamin, Melanie: Books

Title: Alice I Have Been

Author: Melanie Benjamin

Summary: Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life had inspired the famous Alice in Wonderland, with her life from not only just a child, but as a wife, mother, and widow. She’s experienced many things throughout her life and as she nears her eighty-first birthday she knows that she will always be only “Alice.” A story based on both fiction and reality brings to life the passionate spirit of a woman who is not only worthy of her fictional alter ego, but has just a captivating life as the fictional one she inspired.

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Amazon.com: Ash Princess (9780375978395): Sebastian, Laura: Books

Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Summary: Theodosia was six when her country was invaded by the Kaiser, who took her mother, the Fire Queen, away by murdering her in front of Theodosia. Theo was then crowned Ash Princess; a title to shame her as a new life as a prisoner. Similar to Cinderella, this princess refuses to let anything more happen to her land as it has been pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends.

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Amazon.com: I Was Anastasia: A Novel (9780385541695): Lawhon, Ariel: Books

Title: I Was Anastasia

Author: Ariel Lawhon

Summary: Similar to the movie Anastasia, I was Anastasia is about Anna Anderson’s fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. The real question is that is on everyone’s mind throughout the book is: Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman’s legacy?

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The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel: Claycomb, Ann: 9780062560681: Amazon.com:  Books

Title: The Mermaid’s Daughter

Author: Ann Claycomb

Summary: Similar to The Little Mermaid, this is a modern retelling of the classic Disney movie with a twist where Kathleen stuffers from the bizarre experience of stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming thinking her tongue got cut out. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, temporarily. The question is: How far will Kathleen go in order to find out the truth about her bizarre pain? And what will she do when she finds out the truth?

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Notable Mentions:

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Lost Queen – Signe Pike

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Juliet – Anne Fortier

Circe – Madeline Miller

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan – Sherry Thomas

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