Fantasy-Books

Bookish Weaknesses
  • Innocent Cinnamon roll characters 
  •  Sassy villains 
  •  Faery books (A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Cruel Prince, An Enchantment of Ravens) 
  •  Bad guy love interest 
  •  Badass female characters in dresses
  • Nerdy female characters
  • Adorable, awkward but still manly male characters
  • Witty humor
  • Humorous writing style (ex. Demons at Deadnight and Obsidian)
  • Kickass monsters 
  • Characters I have stuff in common with
  • Male character knows he’s end game for female character but said female character is fighting it and this just amuses male character 
  • Tomboy female character who still likes girly things
  • Mates
  • Beautiful covers
  • Characters with compassion
  • Main female characters with brown, curly hair
  • Books with maps
  • Magical worlds
  • An intense, passionate, earth shattering romantic love that the world has never seen
Any woman setting out to make a living by the sword isn’t about to go around looking like something off the cover of the more advanced kind of lingerie catalogue for the specialised buyer…
The point that must be made is that although Herrena the Henna-Haired Harridan would look quite stunning after a good bath, a heavy-duty manicure, and the pick of the leather racks in Woo Hun Ling’s Oriental Exotica and Martial Aids on Heroes Street, she was currently quite sensibly dressed in light chain mail, soft boots, and a short sword.
All right, maybe the boots were leather. But not black.
—  Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
YA Fairy Tale Retellings

I’ve had several people ask for some YA retelling book recommendations, so here are a few of each! I marked my favorites with an asterisk:

Cinderella

Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty

Rapunzel

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen

Why Fantasy Books Need Pull Out Maps
  • Book: As we crossed the Deadly Mountain Pass-
  • Me: *flips to front to find said Deadly Mountain Pass*
  • Book: We were still far from the port side town of Important Plot Location but--
  • Me: *flips back to front, ogling the coasts*
  • Book: We still had to cross River We'll Almost Drown In and travel through the Woods of Haunting Noises
  • Me: *hefty sigh* *flings open the front of the book*
  • Me: *rubs map on face* ABSORBBB
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Y’all gotta fucking read In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. 

Sometimes it’s not the kid you expect who falls through to magicland, sometimes it’s … Elliot. He’s grumpy, nerdy, and appalled by both the dearth of technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s a little enchanted by the elves and mermaids. Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise) he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possible.

THESE KIDS NEED HUGS AND RESPECT

Sydnee Recommends: FANTASY BOOKS

Young Adult

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (are you shocked?)

  • ragtag group of misfits
  • an impossible heist
  • bi, pan, gay, poc, and disabled mains (amazing)
  • its literally the breakfast club meets ocean’s eleven

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

  • ancient rome inspired
  • gladiator trials
  • a rebellious slave girl
  • an ancient evil spirit

This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab

  • actual monsters vs humans
  • warring families
  • beautiful writing
  • no romance

Adult (ish)

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

  • blood magic
  • parallel londons
  • pirates
  • literally no one is hetero

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

  • what if the dark lord won?
  • alchemy magic
  • group of misfits perform a heist (sound familiar)

Graphic Novels

Rat Queens 

  • elven mage, dwarf warrior,  atheist cleric, and halfling theif fight monsters
  • queer
  • the sass
  • its great

the problem with adult scifi/fantasy books is that they tend to have generic and pretty similar looking cover designs and a bunch of the books are really good but you cant find them without extensive research cause they all look the same

the problem with ya scifi/fantasy books is that they tend to have unique cover designs but a bunch of them are really bad and you cant find the good ones without extensive research cause they all look cool

  • Person: All you did was read books this weekend...
  • Me: No. I fought a seven monsters, destroyed a corrupt government, rode a dragon, went through intense emotional pain, got some kick ass super powers, went back in time, joined a crime group and stole a shit ton of money, became the ruler of a nation, entered a dystopian army, was on the run, discovered a few supernatural creatures, traveled the world, made ten new best friends and fell in love with five different people...what did you do this weekend?