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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books Set Outside the United States

After taking several months off, it’s so nice to do a Top Ten Tuesday post! Many of these have a fantasy element, but I only included those that are still modeled after our world.

From my TBR:

Beautiful Ruins  Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)  Every Breath (Every, #1)  Paris Time Capsule  My Lady Jane

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – Throughout time in Europe and the US (a little cheaty…)
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – Nigeria
Every Breath by Ellie Marney – Australia
Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey – France
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows – Historical England

Some of My Favorites:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Carry On  Die for Me (Revenants, #1)

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Historical Persia
Daugther of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – Czech Republic
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – France
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – England
Die for Me by Amy Plum – France

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Which books made your list this week? I’d especially love to find more books set outside of the US AND Europe. Link your own Top Ten Tuesday in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: A Valentine’s Day Rainbow

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to the book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books in a Valentine’s Day Rainbow

This week’s TTT is a Valentine’s Day freebie, so I decided to go with a color theme 🙂 As a result, this mini collection includes a pretty wide variety of romantic stories, including Adult and Young Adult, Contemporary and Fantasy, Series and Standalone. There’s even a novella thrown in.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  Fated (Servants of Fate, #3)  First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)  Fangirl  A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – (YA, Retelling/Fantasy, Duology Book 1) – This is my favorite book of those I’ve read this year so far. The setting is absolutely stunning, and it’s perfect for being whisked away for a few hours.

Fated by Sarah Fine – (Adult, Mythology/Fantasy/Apocalyptic, Trilogy Book 3) – I love Sarah Fine’s work because it never fails to draw me into the story 100%. This is the third book in her adult series, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – (Adult, Paranormal/Chick Lit/Urban Fantasy, Series Book 1) – A fun, quick read that is full of snark, this is a prime example of a beach book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – (YA, Contemporary, Standalone) – One of my favorite YA novels, Fangirl is an excellent valentine’s day read!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – (YA, Retelling/Fantasy, Series Book 1) – This one is a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling with fae lore thrown in, and now is the perfect time to read it, since Book 2 is coming out in May.

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, #1)  Entwined (Darkest London, #3.5)  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Die for Me by Amy Plum – (YA, Paranormal/Fantasy, Trilogy Book 1) – This is a perfect choice for fans of romantic paranormal YA! To top it off, the series is set in Paris, the author’s home, and is full of romantic Parisian atmosphere.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – (YA, Contemporary, Companion Trilogy Book 1) – Another YA set in Paris, this one is contemporary fiction and ALSO full of romantic Parisian atmosphere 😉

Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee – (Adult, Contemporary, Series Book 1) – This is probably the most stereotypical romance novel on this list, but it is also a quick, fun read with a satisfying ending.

Entwined by Kristen Callihan – (Adult, Fantasy/Steampunk, Series Prequel Novella) – Despite being a companion novella to a larger series, this is a good representative of Callihan’s work, and the novella is perfectly enjoyable on its own. It is also one of my favorite novellas in general, and I think of the story as a loose retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – (YA, Contemporary/LGBT, Standalone) – This one was tied for my favorite 2015 read. I can’t recommend it enough 😀

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What books do you read around Valentine’s Day? Do you read romance or avoid the genre altogether? Link you own TTT in the comments so I can check out your freebie theme!

2015 Wrap Up

I was contemplating ways to write a 2015 Wrap Up post when I stumbled upon the 2015 End of Year Book Survey over at The Perpetual Page Turner. (Thanks to The Petite Book Blogger and The Worn Bookmark, whose posts led me there!) I didn’t quite answer all of the recommended questions, but this still seems like a great way to wrap up the year, so here goes! (All book covers link to the corresponding Goodreads pages.)

Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal/Fantasy

My 2015 Top Five Books:

The Kraken King (Iron Seas, #4)  Uprooted  Carry On  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  After the End (After the End, #1)

The Kraken King by Meljean Brook
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
After the End duology by Amy Plum

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I was so excited about The Lunar Chronicles when I first picked up Cinder. As it turned out, though, I didn’t like it nearly as much as I hoped I would.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1)

This book was a pleasant and very welcome surprise. Where I was expecting the stereotypical “immortal warrior” alpha male trope, I found a version that retained the power and prowess without the need to be a controlling jackass.

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Carry On

Because it’s just so fantastic 😀

Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

After the End (After the End, #1)  Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)

I started so many great series this year, but for this one I’m going to go with a completed one that I started and finished in 2015. I adored Amy Plum’s After the End duology, and Until the Beginning was a perfect conclusion. Thank goodness I didn’t start the series until this year, or I might have died from cliffhanger suspense…

Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

So, so many! Here are a bunch of them: Jeaniene Frost, Laura Kaye, Sarah J. Maas, Rainbow Rowell, Rachel Aaron, Meljean Brook, Georgette Heyer, Dianne Duvall, Marie Brennan, Stephanie Perkins, Naomi Novik, and probably a few more that are eluding me at the moment.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Silver Lining

I have to admit, I only read this as a book club pick. I was expecting to hate it, and there were certainly aspects I didn’t enjoy, but it was amusing enough that I ended up laughing my way through. In the end, I enjoyed it for what it was, despite the fact that I probably won’t be revisiting the genre any time soon.

Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Carry On  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Because I just can’t get enough of these.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)

One for beauty and badassery, and one for my inner biologist.

Most memorable character of 2015?

Too many – there’s no way I could just choose one, or even five!

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Fangirl

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

There are WAY too many to choose! Check out my Top Ten Tuesday post on the subject to see my top ten.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Assassin Study (Study, #1.5)
Shortest: 15 pages
Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder (A companion short in the Poison Study series)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Longest: 550 pages
Cress by Marissa Meyer

 Book That Shocked You The Most

Fangirl

Because of the scene that made my heart stop (no spoilers). I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, it is a contemporary romance, after all – but I just didn’t see it coming!!

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Uprooted

Agnieszka and Kasia, hands down…

Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

After the End (After the End, #1)

I’d already read Plum’s Revenants trilogy.

Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  Uprooted  Splintered (Splintered, #1)

I had to include a few because these were all so stunning:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Prague through the eyes of angels and demons
Uprooted: A magical fantasy land infused with a corrupted wood
Splintered: Beautiful and terrifying Wonderland

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Carry On

I’m STILL smiling about it 😀

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I’ve loved participating in the Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday posts. Participating is a ton of fun, and always leads to me growing my TBR list.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

My blog is still less than one year old, so getting my first comment and being nominated for my first peer blog award were big moments for me. It might not seem like much, but it was such a great feeling 🙂

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My biggest challenge with blogging in 2015 was keeping up with reviews during the school term. The Minute Reviews help by providing a quick format for mini reviews, and hopefully they will continue to do so.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. Gotta love Top Ten Tuesday 🙂

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

This is the year I discovered the joys of both Netgalley and BookBub. So many books, so little time…

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My only goals going into 2015 were to read as much as possible and to catch up on some of the authors/series that are often highly recommended. Happily, I feel great about my progress! I reached my Goodreads goal of 125 books, and I fell in love with a bunch of new books.

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)  Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)  Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Not quite a Number 1 Priority, but I definitely want to catch up on this series. I read Throne of Glass this year and loved it, but have yet to read the rest of the released books.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

In The Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoir by Lady Trent, #4)

This will be the fourth book in Marie Brennan’s Memoir by Lady Trent series. (Release Date: 4/5/2015)

2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

I’m super excited about Richelle Mead’s new series debut 😀 (Release Date: 4/5/2015)

A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, #2)

I haven’t read it yet, but I have the ARC in hand and will be reading it this week. This is the sequel to my favorite novella to date, Hearts in Darkness. (Release Date: 1/12/2016)

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And that’s it for my wrap up! What are some of your favorites from this year? If you have your own wrap up post, link it in the comments and help me grow my TBR 😉

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Or, um, Wednesday, as the case may be…

For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

This holiday season marks sort of an unofficial anniversary for me and the rediscovery of my passion for reading. It seems like I’ve wanted to read everything in sight (because you never know when a new favorite author will come along), and most of these books have passed through my Kindle courtesy of Amazon Daily Deals and the amazing Seattle library system. Given this, most of my wishlist consists of Hardcover editions of books I found this year and know I will read again and again. There are also a couple TBR books with beautiful covers that I’m dying to read!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)  After the End (After the End, #1)  Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – So heartfelt and hilarious. I love this book. I want to put it on my shelf right next to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – I can’t get enough of the cover. My inner biologist wants to study every inch of the illustration.

After the End and Until the Beginning by Amy Plum – I’ve seen some mixed reviews of this duology, but I adored it. So far I have yet to read something from Amy Plum that I didn’t love.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – I’ve only read the first book in the trilogy so far, but the setting alone is enough for me to want this one on my shelf.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I’d love to have the whole trilogy, but I’ll start with Anna. (Text cover only – I really hate the other one…)

The Kraken King (Iron Seas, #4)  Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)  Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)  Illusionarium  An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

The Kraken King by Meljean Brook – It makes me sad that this is only available in paperback. In my future library, full of wonderful books, this one will be featured front and center on my Steampunk shelf.

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron – I’ve only read the first in series so far (there are only two out right now), but I loved it.

Still on the TBR list:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve heard so many great things about this one; I can’t wait to read it! Besides, the beautiful cover will still look great on the shelf no matter how good the story is 😉

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon – I read Dixon’s Enchanted and really enjoyed it. This one definitely intrigues me, and the interesting cover only adds to the appeal.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This is another that I’ve heard great things about. I think I’m going to be kicking off 2016 with an excellent TBR lineup.

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Which books are on your wish list this year? Link your TTT in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: A Year in Quotes

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Favorite Quotes From Books I’ve Read This Year

Picking out quotes is one of my favorite parts of writing a review, and I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to 10. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite quotes from books I’ve read this year (in no particular order).

After the End (After the End, #1)After the End by Amy Plum (After the End, Book 1)
(My Review)

“Even though you could probably kill me in fifteen different ways with a table fork, and even though you barbecue bunnies, I like you, too, Juneau.”

 

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny, Book 1)
(My Review)

He was danger wrapped in secrets tied with a bow of bad intentions, and it was totally unfair that no one had made me feel this way before.

 

Carry On
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
(My Review)

I am going to die kissing Simon Snow. Aleister Crowley, I’m living a charmed life. – Baz

 

The Kraken King (Iron Seas, #4)
The Kraken King by Meljean Brook (The Iron Seas, Book 4)
(My Review)

“You are my queen. I am your sword and your shield. I am your wolf and your steed. Mountains will tremble at my approach, for they know I will tear them apart if ever they stand between us. But you need not be afraid, Zenobia Fox, because my heart is iron and my will is steel, and before the new moon rises, I will come for you.”

 

Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)
Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians, Book 6)
(My Review)

“I have the most absurd urge to ask you to promise me you won’t go out after dark anymore.”

“Um…”

“I know. It’s totally unreasonable.”

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss, Book 2)
(My Review)

Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.

 

Hard to Hold on To (Hard Ink, #2.5)
Hard to Hold On To
by Laura Kaye (Hard Ink, Book 2.5)
(My Review)

You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.

 

Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1)Velvet by Temple West (Velvet Trilogy, Book 1)
(My Review)

“Why would I fall in love with you? You’re just a hot, closet-nerd vampire with a bazillion dollars and a Harley. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about you.”

 

The Grand Sophy
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
(My Review)

“Now, that,” said Sophy, “I am very glad to know, because if ever I should desire to please you I shall know just how to set about it. I daresay I shan’t, but one likes to be prepared for any event, however unlikely.”

 

Fangirl
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
(My Review)

“Look at you. All sweatered up. What are those, leg sweaters?”
“They’re leg warmers.”
“You’re wearing at least four different kinds of sweater.”
“This is a scarf.”
“You look tarred and sweatered.”

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What are some of your favorite quotes from this year’s book list? Also, link your own TTT in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for a Cozy Halloween

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Top Ten Books for a Cozy Halloween

This week’s theme is a Halloween freebie, and since it’s one of my favorite holidays, I had to do a post. Some of my earliest memories are of Halloween day, reading a bunch of library books behind the couch and anxiously waiting for trick-or-treating time. I’m not a huge horror fan, but I love paranormal stories and am always up for cozy Halloween fun. All of this comes together to inspire my freebie theme. Each of these books has an element of paranormal/fantasy, and they are all perfect for a cup of cocoa, a cozy chair, and some candlelight.

Carry On  Penelope  Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1)  The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)

Young Adult:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Wizard School! This is such a fun, quirky book, and it’s perfect for autumn. (My Review)

Penelope by Marilyn Kaye – This one is a fairy tale type of story. I love watching the movie version around Halloween.

Die for Me by Amy Plum – This is the first in a trilogy that takes place in Paris and is full of awesome Revenants, undead characters that repeatedly risk their lives to save others. (My Review)

Velvet by Temple West – Vampires! This one is very similar to Twilight, but with some key differences that make it better, in my opinion. Check out my review for more details.

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost – Angels & Demons! This one takes place traveling between realms of humans and realms of demons. It’s a great, darker YA/NA read for Halloween. (My Review)

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)  Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2)  Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties, #1)  Uprooted  Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1)

Adult:

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost – Vampires and Vampire Hunters! I love this whole series, but the first book is especially suited to Halloween. (And it’s full of awesome butt-kicking.)

Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett – Magicians, Demons, and a Kidnapper with a plan for a Halloween ritual. Despite being the second book in a series, this one could be read as a standalone. (My Review)

Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett – This one follows a ghost medium in San Francisco during the Roaring Twenties. (My Review)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – The villain of this book is a corrupted wood that has the power to infect people and animals, driving them insane. (My Review)

Wicked as they Come by Delilah S. Dawson – More Vampires! Well, Bludmen, and bludbunnies, and pretty much every other type of vampiric creature… (My Review)

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If you are on the lookout for some Halloween freebies to add to your TBR, check out my post on the Thirteen Days of Halloween! This event is a great way to learn about some new favorites and get a bunch of free books!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read if you Like These Popular Works

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Top Ten Books to Read if you Like These Popular Books/Authors

I haven’t read enough to make this list based on just one book or author, so I picked a few.

If you liked:Paper Towns

Try these:
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour  After the End (After the End, #1)

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – A little more on the romance side, this book is still full of road trips, self-discovery, and life lessons. (My review)

After the End by Amy Plum – This one has a little bit of a supernatural element thrown in, but it’s also full of road trips, self-discovery, and life lessons. (My review)

If you liked:
Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Try these:
Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1)  Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)  Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

Velvet by Temple West – This one is similar to Twilight in a lot of ways, with several tweaks that made me love it way more than Stephenie Meyer’s series. Check out my review for details on the hows and whys.

Die for Me by Amy Plum – No vampires here, but this trilogy is full Revenants instead. It’s a romance with plenty of action and arch nemeses, not to mention an amazing heroine! (My review)

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost – Again, no vampires. This one has some angels and a whole lot of demons. It’s a little darker than Twilight, and technically falls under the new adult umbrella. (My review)

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost – Lot and LOTS of vampires 🙂 This is Jeaniene Frost’s popular adult series and I can’t recommend it enough for paranormal romance lovers.

If you liked:
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
(The Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook)

Try These:
Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)  Firelight (Darkest London, #1)  Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

(I think these series are all pretty equally popular. If you liked any of them, you should give the others a try! Note: all four of these are adult series.)

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster – (London Steampunk series) – This one mixes an AMAZING steampunk world with an interesting, fairly scientific take on vampires and werewolves.

Firelight by Kristen Callihan – (Darkest London series) – Also steampunky, the Darkest London series brings fantasy into the mix, with elementals, fae, ghosts in the machine, and more.

Soulless by Gail Carriger – (Parasol Protectorate series) – Soulless has the sarcasm and prose of Gail Carriger, making for a lighter, funnier read.

And last but not least, if you like the movies of Hayao Miyazaki (especially Howl’s Moving Castle or Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), try this:
Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – This story is full of fantasy, magic, faraway kingdoms, the power of nature, and the corruption of hate.

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Do you have any recommendations for me based on these books? Let me know if you have your own Top Ten list in the comments!