Ahhh my friends and i are gonna be faeries for halloween! Im gonna be a steampunk earth faerie, one friend will be a mermaid/water faerie, and my other friend was gonna be like a royal/jewelled fire faerie! I'm so excited!
So, rememberfili asked me to do a book rec post and so I am and it’ll probably be in a weird order and I’ll try to rec books that I’m not always talking about (i.e. Grisha, The Raven Cycle, Deathless, etc.)
I literally just finished Infidel, the second book in the trilogy, so this is me taking a moment to beg people to read this trilogy because I’ve scrolled to the bottom of its tag here & it’s empty. It’s about a woman who is—essentially—a mercenary and her band of misfits and the magic system is bio-magic/bug tech and it’s just. so. good. Stories about groups of terrible people forming found families and then betraying each other are my lifeblood. Also I need someone to sob over Nyx and Rhys with me because this is toRTURE.
I feel like most of tumblr read Deathless but never bothered to look into Cat Valente’s other works and that is a tragedy. While I will admit that The Habitation of the Blessed took me a bit to get into, the second book The Folded World actually destroyed me. It’s rich and evocative and the series is woven like a series of vignette-like stories based on some pretty obscure medieval mythology. While I’m rec'ing this one, honestly The Folded World was on par with Deathless for me in how utterly ruining it was. Also the series may never be finished so I will always be left in a void state of misery over this trilogy.
Everything about this book is utterly, delightfully charming. I think of this book incredibly fondly. I have all three of the books currently out (I’m fairly certain it’s a quartet) but I’ve only read the first. I love this book. Vaguely Renaissance world building with a protagonist who is good at what she does and aware of it (my faves). It has a fantastic pantheon and I love love love the way Ari Marmell wrote side characters. It can get a bit messy because there are a lot of time jumps, it’s not really told linearly & I remember being a little miffed at that, but oh well. Also the metaphors are an absolute delight and I’m usually not a big fan of metaphors?
This is one of my favourite trilogies of all time and there is a FOURTH BOOK ABOUT YELENA COMING OUT SOON so now is the time to read about a girl condemned to die who becomes a food taster for the emperor who condemned her to death and also I shelf this one with the evil!boyfriends. Valek isn’t REALLY but BUT but. Also this kind of traditional world building/magic world building is my favourite favourite favourite kind.
Honestly, this is one of my favourite YA trilogies of all time and I don’t talk about it nearly enough. Shakespeare and faeries and steampunk and a lot of hair dye. Also don’t talk to me about the love triangle I am DISTRAUGHT STILL.