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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - A Court of Mist and Fury

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is A Court of Mist and Fury by  . I'm sure you must be already tired of hearing me (well, it's more reading than hearing) talking about this novel. I'm always mentioning how much I want it; how much I'm afraid of reading it because I love(d) A Court of  Thorns and Roses; how I'm praying that Rhysand doesn't become a love interest (the first novel would be pretty pointless if it happened). I wanted to promise this will be the last time you hear of this book, but I can't make such promise...But I'll try not to be too annoying. The book will be released on May 3rd.


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"Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
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From Goodreads
Monday, 28 March 2016

Review 13. A Study in Charlotte by Britanny Cavallaro

Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: March 1st 2016
Pages:
336 pages

"The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other."

In A Study in Charlotte Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are more than fictional characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes and Watson were real people and a century later, their descendants, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, find themselves being framed for murder and must find the true killer before he finds them...

Plot: After winning a rugby scholarship, Jamie Watson finds himself in Sherringford, a prep school in Connecticut; the same school where Charlotte Holmes studies. Jamie always imagined living great adventures with Charlotte as his great-great-great-grandfather lived with Sherlock in the past. But Charlotte's peculiar temperament (just like her great-great-great-grandfather's) keeps Jamie at bay. One night, one of their classmates is found dead - the same boy with whom Jamie brawled and who Charlotte despised. Being accused, Jamie and Charlotte must work together and discover who the real culprit is.

I found the idea of a YA modern day retelling of Sherlock Holmes very intriguing. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson brought to the 21st century? I had to read it (even if I'm not a big Sherlock expert). I was even more intrigued when I learned that the Holmes in this novel was a girl.   

A Study in Charlotte is told in Jamie's POV and Britanny Cavallaro made a great job at not making Jamie sound like a girl (a few authors struggle at writing a male perspective). The story is well-written and the mystery is entrancing. I couldn't wait to know who the culprit was (which I didn't have a clue of who was until the very ending). I enjoyed the story's pace - one moment it was slow and on another something major was happening. I simply couldn't put the book down.

Characters: I liked Jamie, even though I was not fond of the you-make-me-angry-so-I-hit-you-attitude and his initial "obsession" with Charlotte. He is a loyal friend to Charlotte. As a good Holmes, she keeps him in the dark and yet Jamie stays by her side. But Charlotte, I can't say I liked her. I've read a couple of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about Sherlock before and of what I can remember, I didn't dislike Sherlock or his actions (he could be an idiot, but was a likeable idiot). Charlotte acted like Sherlock in every way, but she always came across a spoiled brat - perhaps I felt it because she is a teenager. I didn't connect with Charlotte (even after learning what she went through).

Downsides: For me, two themes weren't handled properly: Charlotte's drug addiction and the theme of rape. About the first point, everyone acted as Charlotte's addiction to oxy was normal. "She's a Holmes. Of course she is doing drugs. Let her keep doing it". Only Jamie tried to do something to stop her. It was a very unreal situation. I will not address the second point too much because I don't want to spoil the plot, but rape was dealt in very lightly way. Why mention something so serious and write it as it's nothing?  If it was not for the way these subjects were approached and Charlotte's lack of charm, this novel would have been without doubt one of my favorites.

A Study in Charlotte is an entrancing mystery that brings the adventures of Sherlock Holmes to the 21st century.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Star-Touched Queen

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is The Star-Touched Queen by  . For those who don't know, I love mythology and it seems this novel is inspired by Indian mythology. So, I can't wait to read it. I REALLY can't wait to read it! Also, this novel has been receiving amazing reviews (if you don't believe me, just go to Goodreads - between, if you have a Goodreads account, here is mine) and the cover is to die for. The book will be released on April 26th.


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"Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
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From Goodreads
Thursday, 17 March 2016

Review 12. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Title: The Love That Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Publisher: Razorbill 
Published: January 26th 2016
Pages:
396 pages

"Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right. That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken."

After reading The Love That Split the World, I had to take a moment to breath and let the story sink into my heart. A part of me was touched by the beautiful writing of Emily Henry and the unusual adventure of Natalie Cleary. 
 
“Sometimes the most beautiful moments in our lives are things that hurt badly at the time. We only see them for what they really were when we stand at the very end and look back.” 

Plot: Natalie Cleary's last summer in her hometown starts with the visit of the "Grandmother". Natalie doesn't know who or what this woman is. All she knows is that she has been seeing her since she was a child and that three years ago she vanished. But now she was back. The "Grandmother" tells her that she has "three months to save him". Then the everyone vanishes, leaving only one boy standing in the football field. His name is Beau. Natalie's quest to discover herself and why the town she knows keeps vanishing or changing right in front her of her eyes begins - as well as a great romance. 

Writing: Emily Henry's writing is perfect. I could hardly believe that this was her author's debut. The enticing and poetic writing made me fall in love with The Love That Split the World. The novel has a few twists that captivate the reader's attention. One of them, I'm proud to say that I figured out and I was so eager to know if I was right or wrong that I simply couldn't put the book down. 
 
“Love is giving the world away, and being loved is having the whole world to give.” 
 
I adored the inclusion of Native American folklore (Natalie is Native American) and how the short-stories told by the Grandmother were so alluring and magical. The author did an exceptional research in the psychological field -I've learned a few things about hypnopompic visions- however, I must confess, there were a few times that I found it confusing to follow. The psychological themes were very interesting and did make me question if what was happening in Natalie's life was magic or if it was her mind playing tricks. 
 
Characters: Natalie is a strong and likable character. She has a huge heart -she still cares about her ex-boyfriend, she is unable to hate a snide friend, she has a free of hate and envy relation with her best friend and she loves her family to death (even if sometimes she feels out of place for being adopted)- and is willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves. But she does have a few flaws like everyone else. I wish there were more protagonists like Natalie. On the other hand, Beau is a lost soul. I felt bad for him because his family was awful and the parents of his best friend kept blaming him for his their son's actions. Beau has this kind of tragic aura around him. Emily Henry created a world where every character felt real and far from one-dimensional (another reason why Natalie grew so much on me; she learned with her actions and every lesson made her a better person).
  • Relationship: I fell in love with the love between Natalie and Beau. Their love traveled through parallel worlds. How more romantic could it be? I did ignore the insta-love (something I usually feel annoyed by). But sometimes love at-first-sight is all you need; it's what makes a novel fascinating. Also, through the story and its development, I got the feeling that Natalie and Beau were meant to be together. Of course they would fall in love as soon as their eyes met.
The Love That Split the World is a beautifully-weird blend of romance, science-fiction, time-traveling, psychology and beliefs.  
Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Love, Lies and Spies

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey. I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't the cover that made me take a look at this novel. Isn't the cover beautiful? Then I read its summary and found a mention to Jane Austen. It was then that I knew I had to add this book to my wishlist. Perfect cover, interesting plot/summary and Jane Austen. Must have it! The book will be released on April 19th.


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"Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself."
From Goodreads
Tuesday, 15 March 2016

TTT. Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
I can't believe in a few days it's officially Spring. There are so many books I want to read - but, as usual, so little time. I'll be dividing this list in two: five books that I already own and five books that are released during this Spring. 

Books I Already Own


A Little Something Different, Sandy Hill. This is the book I won in a Bout of Books 15 challenge (I still don't have it, but I'll have it on my hands pretty soon; so it's like I already own it). It just seems such a cute love story, which makes it a perfect Spring reading. 

Assassin's Heart, Sarah Ahiers. I received this book yesterday - don't you love going to pick the mail and find a book waiting for you? The cover is gorgeous! *.* It's a Romeo & Juliet kinda-of retelling. But, hopefully, the ending won't be so tragic.  

Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs. An obvious choice on my list. I waited for this novel for two years. How did I spend two years without Mercy Thompson? I'll never know...

The Forbidden Wish, Jessica. A retelling of Arabian Nights. You know how much I love retellings (I keep mentioning it, right?), so I have to read it. Also, Sarah J. Maas said some nice things about it, which is one more reason to read it.

The Weight of Feathers, Anna-Marie McLemore. Another romantic novel with a little bit of Romeo & Juliet. It will be a Spring full of love for me.

Upcoming Releases


A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas. One of my most obvious choices for this list. I can't wait to put my hands on this novel -even though I'm dreading the fact that Rhysand will probably become a love interest for Feyre. Am I the only one who can't stand the idea?  

Love, Lies and Spies, Cindy Anstey. "In "Love, Lies and Spies" Cindy Anstey's hilarious homage to Jane Austen, a lady with a penchant for trouble finds a handsome spy much more than merely tolerable". One single mention to Jane Austen and I know I have to read it. Also, it seems a really good spy novel. 

The Crown's Game, Evelyn Skye. This novel takes place in Imperial Russia and has enchanters battling for their life. Fantasy and history are always a perfect match. Another book that I can't wait to put my hands on.

The Star Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi. This novel is inspired by Indian mythology. Of course I've to read it. I probably love mythology more than I should.

This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab. I haven't read any of Schwab's previous novels. I loved the summary of this one (violent acts that summon real monsters? A bloodsucking Malchai; a clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai ) and if I love it, I'll check her other works.        
Saturday, 12 March 2016

Review 11. Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley

Title: Lost Lake House
Author: Elisabeth Grace Foley
Publisher: Second Sentence Press
Published: March 16th 2016
Pages:
Ebook/Kindle Edition

"All Dorothy Perkins wants is to have a good time. She’s wild about dancing, and can’t understand or accept her father’s strictness in forbidding it. Night after night she sneaks out to the Lost Lake House, a glamorous island nightclub rumored to be the front for more than just music and dancing…in spite of an increasingly uneasy feeling that she may be getting into something more than she can handle.

Marshall Kendrick knows the truth behind the Lost Lake House—and bitterly hates his job there. But fear and obligation have him trapped. When a twist of circumstances throws Dorothy and Marshall together one night, it may offer them both a chance at escaping the tangled web of fear and deceit each has woven…if only they are brave enough to take it."

Lost Lake House is different from every retelling I've read so far. As an historical retelling, Lost Lake House is a modernised retelling of the Twelve Princesses, where the glamour of the Jazz age meets the love for dancing from the fairy-tale.

Plot: The main protagonists are Dorothy Perkins and Marshall Kendrick. Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old who loves to dance more than anything else. However, due to her strict father, who sees wrongness in it, if she wants to dance, she must sneak out to the Lost Lake House, a popular nightclub. Marshall works in the Lost Lake House and knows its dark secrets. He hates his job and wants nothing to do with the dark activities of  the Lost lake House, but he needs it to feed his is family as his drunken father is always with a bottle on his hands. One night, Dorothy and Marshall meet and have the opportunity to change their destiny...

The plot of the novella is interesting. Two teenagers that have to decide the person they want to be. I liked how Dorothy and Marshall had a conscience. They hated to deceive the people they cared about and always found themselves torn between keeping the Lost Lake House's secret or telling the truth.

For a novella, I confess that I found its story a bit slow - even though it is extremely well-written. The protagonists don't meet immediately and when they finally do, the novella takes a different turn. Instead of keep running way, they finally have to confront their fears. When Dorothy and Marshall shared the same page, I enjoyed their interaction and I wish that they had had more.

Worldbuilding:  The author recreates the craziness of the twenty's perfectly. Lost Lake House represents an age where everyone lived to party and dance and yet drinking was illegal. The bootleggers are part of this novella, figuring out schemes to sell alcohol.The glamour of the Lost Lake House - its the parties with the enhancing music and fake laughs and flapper girls - reminded me of the parties given by Gatsby.

Lost Lake House is perfect for those who enjoy historical fiction and fairy-tale retellings.

I received this ARC from the author Elisabeth Grace Foley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016

TTT. Ten Characters I Love to Hate and Hate to Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
Today's topic of TTT is Ten Characters Everyone Loves but I Just Don't Get or Ten Characters I Love but Others Seem to Dislike. Instead of choosing one of the topics, I'm doing both. 

Five Characters Everyone Loves but I Don't Get


Charley Davidson from Charley Davidson series. She's annoying as hell. She isn't funny. She's childish. Her behavior and silly remarks make me want to strangle her. Yet, most people think she is awesome and that she is super funny. Well, no matter how hard I try, I can't laugh at her jokes.

Gale Hawthorne from the Hunger Games series. Poor Gale who has to watch the girl he has a crush on kiss another guy during the Games... Seriously? With everything that was going on in the series, I never found the time to feel bad for Gale. I couldn't even see what other people see in him.

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I can't the see the appealing. I mean, he did help Feyre when she needed the most. But I don't understand why everyone is crazy about Rhysand and want him to be a love interest to Feyre. I'm super excited about A Court of Mist and Fury, but at the same time I'm dreading it because Rhysand will be all over the place and I'm afraid I'll dislike because he will ruin Feyre and Tamlin's love. Why try to ruin everything A Court of Thorns and Roses accomplished?

Ron Wesley from the Harry Potter series. This has nothing to do with me being pro Harry/Hermione. I liked Ron in the first three books - even when he and my favorite character, Hermione, were always bickering. But then Ron came across a jealous brat and I just wanted to put some sense in his head. I'm sure Harry would have changed places with him at any time - a loving family and not having someone trying to murder you every school year sounds pretty amazing.

Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series. He was bullied by James gang. He lost the love of his life. He treated badly Harry, the son of the love of his life. I don't hate Snape, but I don't understand all the love he receives. He did kind of redeem himself, but I find he is too adored for someone who behaved the way he did throughout the series.

Five Characters I Love but Others Seem to Dislike


Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey. Most people dislike Northanger Abbey because of its protagonist, Catherine. Her behavior is judged a lot. But her mind was influenced by Gothic novels and I laughed at some of her ideas. And let's face it, she has the mind/ideas of a reader. Are you telling me that after reading a mysterious book you never started imagining the same happening to you?

Cho Chang from the Harry Potter series. I think people are really unfair to Cho Chang. I found her adorable. Yes, she was jealous of Hermione, but who wouldn't be? Harry talked a lot about Hermione and he even said he had to finish their Valentine's date earlier to meet Hermione [see why I ship Harry/Hermione?]. Cho isn't the devil people make her. Her boyfriend was murdered. She wanted Voldemort dead. She returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. She was a brave Ravenclaw.

Jericho Barrons from Fever Series. Yes, he's an idiot and most of his actions towards Mac go against my feminist side. However, then I remember when he painted Mac's toenails and how fun their bickering is, and I think I'd love a Jericho Barrons in my life. But, yeah, he is an asshole (excuse my language).

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes. I've read a lot of reviews trashing Laia because of her bad and irrational decisions. But I love her because she isn't your typical heroine. She has lost everyone and her brother is all she has left. Even though she is afraid, she tries to save him (which I don't think that is an irrational decision at all). She suffers at the hands of the Commander and she is manipulated by the rebels, but Laia never gives up. I can't hate a girl who goes through hell to save her brother.

Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. When I started reading The Catcher in the Rye for a American Literature course back at university, I couldn't pass from the first chapters because Holden can be an annoying narrator. However, when I started realizing what he meant with his observations and who he was, I couldn't put it down. The grow-up world is phony! I guess the readers who can't stand Holden are the one who never went through a crisis of being afraid of growing up. By the last page of The Catcher in Rye, I understood I had a lot in common with Holden.
Thursday, 3 March 2016

Cover Reveal. United by Melissa Landers


I love(d) the covers of Alienated and Invaded, but I'm not fond of this one. It's alike the previous covers, but the colours used make me not like it. Purple and orange/red don't do well together in my opinion. But, oh well, a book is to be read (even if sometimes I pick up a book because of its cover) and I can't wait to know what happens with Cara and Aelyx in United

United is expected to be released on August 2nd 2016.
"After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.

But the vacation is short-lived.

The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Fire Touched

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. If you have been following me for sometime, you know how much I love Mercy Thompson. I adore her! She is one of the most amazing kick-ass heroines in urban fantasy. So, I couldn't be more excited for this novel -especially because I've been waiting for it since 2014. The book will be released on March 8th.


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"Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
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From Goodreads
Tuesday, 1 March 2016

TTT. Ten Books to Read If You Are in the Mood for Fantasy

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
It has been a while since I participated on TTT. I'm participating today and I'm recommending ten books to read if you are in the mood for Fantasy. I'll try to mention some of my most recent reading and I'll try to mention different genres of Fantasy.


A Thousand Nights, E.K. Johnston. This retelling of One Thousand Nights is simply beautiful. There is something magical in E. K. Johnston writing that brings such a realness to the novel that you can put it down. A fairytale retelling lover as me can't ignore this book. It's a must read!  [Review]

Six of Crows, Leigh Badurgo. I'm completely in love with this novel. It is well-written, it is fast paced and has lots of twists and surprises that leave the reader on the edge of its seat. Six of Crows is a beautifully written blend of magic and darkness that every fantasy lover must read. [Review]

An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir. One of my favorite readings of 2015 (if not, my favorite one), An Ember in the Ashes brings fantasy to a world inspired by ancient Rome. Brilliant characters, strange men known as Augurs who deliver prophecies, masks that can't be taken off... All the ingredients for a mind-blowing fantasy novel.   

Dreamer's Pool, Juliet Marillier. No list made by me can be complete without Juliet Marillier. However, today I'm recommending Dreamer's Pool instead of Heart's Blood. Why? Dreamer's Pool is Marillier's first trilogy focused on "older" characters. Blackthorn & Grim is a series of fairytale retellings for those who want a break from YA.


Starbound Trilogy, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. This series is perfect for everyone who love spacial fantasy. Not only the covers are stunning, but the world created is simply brilliant and the characters are far from simple. I still have to read Their Fractured Light, but after the beauty of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, I feel I won't be disappointed.

A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin. There is no reason to explain why this series made the list. If you love epic fantasy, A Song of Ice and Fire is a must.

Outlander, Diana  Gabaldon. History and fantasy (time-traveling is usually science fiction, but Claire traveled to the past because of some druid magic/stones, so it's fantasy), what could be better?

And my list is done. I know, how can I be done if there are only 7 recommendations? Well, the Starbound Trilogy, as it's obvious, has three books and A Song of Ice and Fire has five published books until the moment. In fact, I recommended more than 10 books. =P