Sunday Recommendations: Mystery/Thriller

I remember that when I asked you all readers for ideas for my recommendation posts, someone suggested mystery and thrillers, and I realised I don’t read that much in that genre, but I have managed to gather seven books for a Sunday Recommendations post, so here are some books you should definitely read if you are into mystery and thriller books!

I think that anyway, this kind of category is always a bit subjective. Here are a list of books that could fit in either or both categories, I hope you fill find something that fits your taste!

I meant to post this such a long time ago, but I never finished writing the article, so here it is, finally.


And Then There Were NoneAnd then there were none by Agatha Christie

MYSTERY/THRILLER

I couldn’t write this list without including an Agatha Christie book, of course. I have to admit, I haven’t read that much of her work, but I did read And then there were none several times, and I find it extremely fascinating and unique.


Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl

THRILLER

I jumped into this book because of the hype, not really knowing what to expect, considering I’m not really into this genre, and I didn’t really read about it beforehand. And then, I really got into the story. It was incredible, fascinating, wicked, and so much worth all the hype.


Girl Last SeenGirl Last Seen by Anne Greenwood Brown and Heather Anastasiu

THRILLER

I requested an ARC copy of this book last year, because it seemed interesting, and oh boy, not once did I regret it. If you have loved Gone Girl, then you should definitely check this one out. This is about a girl who disappears, and then the blame falls on her best friend. It follows several people who were close to her, until the truth is unveiled in a schocking way… I will never forget this book!


When I’m Gone by Emily BleekerWhen I'm Gone

MYSTERY

This one is more of a mystery than a thriller. It is not about finding a dead body, or unmasking a murderer, but rather about a man, who lost is wife, and is slowly discovering how little he knew about her, through letter she wrote to him, and through new people he meets. Definitely a wonderful and beautiful read, and one of my favourite books of 2016.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

MYSTERY

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is another mystery book, and you have most likely heard about it, especially since the movie came out. Be ready to delve into a world of fantasy, following Jacob, who is trying to understand what happened to his grandfather, not only how he died, but how he grew up, and slowly realises that a lot of stories turn out to be true… For the best and for the worst.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

MYSTERY/THRILLER

A very creepy book you will love if you like mysteries and thrillers. Mara Dyer woke up in a hospital, and the last people who were with her are dead. Her parents decide to move, so she can start over, but weird and bloody things keep happening to her… Or do they? Mara is not sure if she is awake or dreaming… I have yet to read the sequel for this book, but I can already tell you that this one is amazing!


The ReaderThe Reader by Bernard Schlink

MYSTERY

In this historical mystery, we follow a young boy, who falls in love with a mysterious woman. One day she disappears. He meets her again, years later, while he is a law student, and she stands accused of war crimes she stubbornly doesn’t deny… Except Michael is sure there is more to it. Hannah is hiding something more, and he will find out what. This book is beautiful, moving and very interesting at the same time, I recommend it to both historical fiction fans and mystery lovers!


And that’s it for today, thanks for reading, and feel free to recommend similar books in the comments! I have written reviews for most of those books, you can find them in the search bar if you’d like, or read more about them on Goodreads. Have a great Sunday!

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Sunday Recommendations: Winter Reads

Merry Christmas readers, and on this occasion, I will be sharing with you all some great winter & Christmas reads! I also made a video about this which you can find here. And in the meantime, here are my selections for this week’s Sunday Recommendations!

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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

hpAnd especially book 1 to 4. I couldn’t talk about Christmas without talking about Harry Potter, because Christmas at Hogwarts is such a magical event, of course I had to mention it. It always seems like the perfect occasion to read Harry Potter anyway, but I think Christmas is the most perfect one. Especially for the first book, because this is where Harry, who grew up with people who didn’t like hime, discoverse the true magic of Christmas, and gifts. The fourth one is also a great exemple with the Yule ball, obviously. Then the story gets darker, and it’s not that much of a Christmas read anymore. But if you have never read the Harry Potter series, what are you waiting for? Go pick it up and cuddle by the fireplace!

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)I believe The Lord of the Rings is another great series to cuddle by the fireplace. Winter sounds like fantasy to me, cuddling up with a great adventure, and of course, The Lord of the Rings is the perfect pick. I read them when I was in 8th grade, and I have to admit I have never watched the movies (I know, shame on me). But I definitely plan on doing that at some point. And I would also like to reread the books because I think I didn’t appreciate them to their full extent.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

img_20150529_221140I believe Narnia is another great fantasy and adventure that matches with the Christmas spirit, and especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is the second book in the series, and probably the most well known. It is the perfect book for winter, because at that point, Narnia is stuck under the snow, in the midst of a never ending winter… So of course it’s the perfect read for now. It just matches the Christmas spirit perfectly. Whether you dream of a white Christmas or not, I think Narnia is a wonderful read for winter and Christmas.

Let it Snow
by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

img_20151217_173838I believe Let it Snow is another perfect example of the perfect Christmas read, of course because it takes place on Christmas. Let it Snow is all about people going home for Christmas, and reuniting with the people they love on the longest night of the year. It is a very sweet book, which matters a lot to me because it is the book that got me back into reading two years ago. You might find it a bit cheesy, but honestly, it never gets too cheesy for me, and it’s a Christmassy book, so what’s the point if it’s not about love and sweet things like this? If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it as a Christmas read, or something you might give as a present!

My True Love Gave To Me
a collection of short stories collected by Stephanie Perkins

MTLGTMAnother book that you have to read during the winter, this one is a collection of 12 different short stories, all set around Christmas break. This is about people finding each other, and celebrating Christmas/Hanouka/New Year’s Eve together. I have to admit I didn’t enjoy all the stories, but you don’t have to read them all if you don’t want to! And that’s the good thing about short stories. For example I absolutely loved the first one, which was written by Rainbow Rowell… And many others. Honestly, this book is the perfect read for Christmas break, it has a bit of everything! (review)

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

IMG_20160521_183625While I’m talking about Rainbow Rowell, I was about to mention Fangirl as a great winter read, and then I remembered that Landline is set during Christmas and Christmas break, so I believe it’s an even more perfect pick for this list. This book is probably one of my favourite 2016 reads, and I really recommend it anyway, but moreover, it’s the perfect time of the year to read it! If you want a contemporary, cheesy book, then that’s the thing for you. If you want a book with a Christmas miracle, then that’s also the thing for you. Unlike FangirlLandline is more of an adult fiction, with tads of magical realism, and I absolutely loved it. (review)

The Weaver’s Riddle by Claire Marie Lucas

the weaver's riddle 1An last but not least, another fantasy/adventure book which is also a perfect read to cuddle by the fireplace with a hot drink in my opinion. If you have read all of the books above, you may not have heard of this one anyway (which is available on paperback and kindle if you want to read it right away). This book is about a booklover (what is not to like?) who goes on a quest to save her favourite bookshop and is transported to a magical kingdom where all the women have disappeared. There, she realises she has to help those people, and also the mysterious boy-dragon who is their captive. One of my favourite 2015 reads, I definitely recommend it, and I cannot wait for the sequel!! (review)

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And that’s it for today! I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas, or a wonderful holiday if you do not celebrate it.

xoxo

Clémence

Sunday Recommendations: Retellings (part 2)

I did a part 1 a while ago, where I recommended some of my favourite retellings. I read more since then, and thought I would make a new post featuring more retellings, because I absolutely love this kind of stories!

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Song of Princes (Homeric Chronicles, #1)Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon:
a retelling of the Trojan war

First book in an upcoming series, Song of Princes takes us back to the Trojan War, but unlike the Iliad and the Odyssey, it follows the Trojans and portrays (more or less) the Greeks as evil. It follows many of the original characters, and really goes in depth with each and every one of them. Beautful, sexy, and hard to put down, this book was fascinating and I can’t wait for the sequel. I just couldn’t put this book down. You can read my review here!

Intangible (Piercing the Veil, #1)Intangible by C.A. Gray:
a retelling of King Arthur’s story

First book in a trilogy, Intangible is a modern retelling of Arthurian legends. Peter, the main character, doesn’t believe in all the stories of magic and penumbra his father has told him while he grew up, until a new girl shows up at school, and he realises that fiction could actually be the truth, and there is more to his life than he ever expected. Especially when people believe he is the reincarnation of a legendary King. Full review here!

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Deathless by Kathryn M. Valente:
a retelling of the Russian tale of Koschei the Deathless

One of the most beautiful and fascinating books I have ever read. If you are into Russian folklore, then I would definitely recommend it! It will apparently also have a sequel, which is getting me really excited. Maria Morevna is waiting for the day a bird will fall down from a tree, turn into a handsome young man, and ask for her hand, because this is what happened to her sisters. Except when someone comes to marry her, it none other than Koschei the Deathless, the tsar of life. Deathless is a tale mixing folklore and Russian revolution, and it’s an extraordinary read.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh:
a retelling of the Arabian Nights

If you haven’t heard of The Wrath and the Dawn, then where on Earth are you living? This book is an amazing, fantasy retelling of the Arabian Nights, following Sharzad, who just lost her best friend when she was called to marry the king and killed the next morning. Sharzad decides to take action and avenge her friend, so she volunteers to be Khalid’s next wife, planning to kill him as soon as she can, and first staying alive because of the stories she told him. But she hadn’t planned to fall in love with Khalid, who is much more boy and human than she ever expected… I loved this book, and you can read my review here!

Avalon HighAvalon High by Meg Cabot:
another Arthurian retelling

I read this book a very long time ago, but it seems to be one I will never forget. I always wanted to mention it here on the blog, and it seems like this is finally the perfect occasion. Avalon High is a modern retelling of the Arthurian legends, following the reincarnation of the original characters as they go to high school at Avalon High, fall in love, and overall recreate the original tale, while trying to give it a happy ending. If you like Arthurian stories and are up for a light read, then I would definitely recommend this!

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer:
a Wonderland retelling

The most recent book on this list, and also Marissa Meyer’s newest release! Heartless follows Cath, a young noble girl whose only dream is to open a bakery. However, life has other things in store for her, and on the night the King is supposed to propose to her, she meets Jest, the new Court Joker, and realises that slowly, she is falling in love with him. But we all know that Cath will become the infamous Queen of Hearts, and that this story can’t have a happy ending… Review coming soon, this book was amazing!

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwyne:
a Snow White retelling

In this high fantasy retelling of Snow White, the kingdom of Ravenspire is ruled by brutal, power-hungry Irina, who got rid of her husband and his family in order to stay on the throne. What she doesn’t know is that his chidren have survived, and are planning to take back what is rightly there. Things get complicated when the king of their neighbour kingdom, a half-dragon, plans to ask Irina for help, and she asks him for the heart of her step-daughter… A very interesting retelling, which I definitely recommend for fans of The Lunar Chronicles! Review coming soon!

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this Sunday post! If you have any retelling to recommend me, please feel free to do so in the comments!

Sunday Recommendations: Books With Vampires

I am taking a class on Weimar Cinema this semester, and I recently watched Nosferatu, which reminded me than when I asked you guys for recommendations themes, someone suggested vampires… So here we go! I will include both books mainly about vampires, and books that include vampires in a more general supernatural environment. As it turns out, I haven’t read that many vampire books, but this was a really fun article to write nevertheless, so thanks for the suggestion! Hope you enjoy!

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Dracula#1 Dracula by Bram Stoker

I couldn’t write an article about vampires without mentioning this dense, dark and old classic, obviously. Dracula is the classical vampire tale, featuring the old count from Eastern Europe, who wants to get a beautiful house in England, and travels from his home to his new house in a coffin, to this new town where he will seduce beautiful girls and cause havoc with rats and mortal bites. This book is a dark, mysterious, complex tale, and a must read if you like vampire stories.

#2 Twilight by Stephenie MeyerTwilight (Twilight, #1)

Because if you are here for the vampire talk, I have to mention this one right? Whether you like it or not (and I have to say, I really enjoyed it when I read it, I even read it twice in a row the first time…) Twilight is the perfet example of a popular modern vampire story, where Bella, the clumsy, new girl in town falls in love with secretive and mysterious Edward, the handsome boy with the handsome siblings, who sparkles in the sun and turns out to be, of course a vampire…

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1)#3 The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

An other very popular modern vampire story, which has also been turned into a TV show. I have to admit, I only read the first book in this series because I actually didn’t like it that much… But if you are into vampire stories, then check it out, what are you waiting for? The Vampire Diaries follows the story of beautiful, popular girl Elena, as she falls in love with the new boy at school, but meanwhile also gets entangled with his mysterious brother. And of course, they hate each other and have vowed revenge.

#4 The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine HarrisDead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

This series is unique and excellent, in my opinion (though I have to admit I never finished it…) If you find Twilight or The Vampire Diaries too cliché, then I guarantee this is something you might like, because it is totally different – partly because it is intended for on older audience. Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in a small town, who can’t find a boyfriend because she can read mind, and it always gets in the way. But one day, she meets a dark mysterious stranger, and is driven into a world she didn’t expect to exist… Sexy and funny, again, this is something I definitely recommend if you are into vampire stories!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)#5 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments is not essentially about vampires, but I thought I would mention it anyway. If you don’t know what this series is about (then first, where have you been living for the past ten years?) it basically follows Clary Fray after her mom gets abducted, and she discovers she can see things others cannot. And that is for a very particular reason: she is a Shadowhunters. And the world is inhabited by demons, creatures of the dark… And vampires, who become a bigger part of Clary’s life after they take her best friend Simon hostage.

#6 The Tara Duncan seriesTara Duncan and the Spellbinders
by Sophie Audoin-Mamikonian

I had to mention this French series in this article, because I will take any opportunity that I have to promote it on this blog… And of course because it features a great amount of vampires. Well it depends on the volumes of the series. But vampires are still present and important. Nice ones, evil ones, power hungry and blood hungry ones, desperate vampires, and presidential vampires…

Fledgling#7 Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

I have only read the first chapters of this one in one of my classes, but I really need to get my hands on the whole book because damn, that story looks interesting. Fledgling follows an amnesiac girl who wakes up in a cave. As she encounters civilisation for the first time (at least that she remember) she finds out that she looks around 12, though she feels much older. And the even stranger things is that she is craving for blood… This book is a mix between fantasy and science fiction, and it looks brilliant. If you have read it, I would love to have your opinion on it!

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And that’s it for this week, feel free to recommend your favourite vampire stories in the comments, and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Sunday Recommendations: Morally Complex Characters

After talking about villains in my recommendations last week, I was inspired to continue with complex characters – or at least, the ones I find complex. These are not always considered villains, however, one thing I think we can all agree on is that they are complex. They can have questionable or dark motives, for example. Or villains made endearing by a troubled past.

Warning: May contain spoilers for Gone GirlSix of CrowsFairestHarry PotterPaper Towns and A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Nick and Amy Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Genre: Adult Fiction, Thriller

Gone GirlI just watched the movie Gone Girl a few days ago, after reading the book last winter, and this is actually what inspired me to make this list. From an objective point of view, the more you get into the story, the more you see that Nick and Amy are a couple that destroys one another. They both screwed up. And Amy’s solution to this unthinkable. She is bat shit crazy. Her reasoning is totally out of this world. But Nick is not exactly the “good guy” either. He has his faults too. And even though he didn’t deserve this (because no one does), he is also complex to understand. So I think both of them can be considered morally complex characters. And they are absolutely fascinating.

Kaz Brekker and the Dregs from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Kaz Brekker is exactly the kind of character with an awful past that made him who he is. Kaz is not a villain, but he is not a “good guy” either. He is a leader, he is merciless. But the more you read about him, the more you feel for him, and see how complex he is. His whole crew in Six of Crows is made of 6 very different members, but all of them are outlaws, gangsters of some sort, and I think that is what makes them so interesting, and what makes this book so unique. I love the fact that Inej is a talented thief and spy for example. And Matthias an escaped convict. And all of them have a backstory, they are more than what they appear to be. This book is full of complexity and diversity, and that’s what makes it so great.

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Yes, she is here again, but I felt she deserved her place in this list as well. Because she is a villain with a backstory. And a heartbreaking backstory at that, even if it doesn’t make up for her awful deeds in my opinion. Levana was mistreated, tortured by her older sister, the rightful heir to the throne of Luna. It could have made her a lot of things. I think I agree to her claims to some extent, at the beginning. She indeed does seem to be a better ruler than Channary – at first. But the more you read about her, the more you see that she is lying to her people, to everyone, even her own husband. She is just a bat shit crazy; power hungry leader. But no one can deny the fact that she is also fascinating.

Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Genre: Middle Grade, Urban Fantasy

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I know that the Harry Potter series are already in most of my recommendation posts, but that is not going to stop me from including them again and again, just so you know. And I couldn’t make a post about morally complex characters without mentioning those two. On the one hand, there is Dumbledore, the old man who took care of Harry, basically preparing him to be slaughtered by Lord Voldemort because he thought it was the only way to get rid off him. And on the other hand, we have Snape, a professor who hates Harry because he reminds him of James (who has been dead for 10 years) and who hates Neville because if he had been the chosen one, Lily would still be alive. That makes for two pretty messed-up characters.

Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns by John Green

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Paper TownsI don’t know about you, but as much as I loved Quentin, and could understand why he was attracted to Margo, I didn’t really like her. I just felt that she was a really messed up person/character. She had great dreams, but at the same time, was she really working on them the right way? I’m not so sure. I didn’t really liked the ending the first time I read the book, but I reread it again a few years later, and I think now that it was a perfect ending. Margo is a very complex character, she is a bit messed up, and giving her this ending probably made more sense than anything else. I think it also makes this book original, it gives it a kind of personal touch…

Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Genre: High Fantasy

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)I feel like a lot of characters in Game of Thrones could be deemed morally complex anyway. Stannis for example, doesn’t hesitate to murder his own brother, using dark magic. But the one I really wanted to talk about here is Daenerys, because she is a different kind of morally complex. She believes she is the rightful heir to the throne of a country she has never seen, which is something I will never be able to understand. But what bugs me the most is that just because she thinks she deserves the Iron Throne, she decides to conquer the other half of the planet, claiming that she frees them, etc. And yes, slavery is a terrible thing, and it’s good to have it banned, but do you honestly think you are doing this right girl? Because I’m not sure of that. I know that a lot of people love Daenerys, and I’m not saying that I don’t like her. I just think that her position is a bit risky, and may be seen as contradictory.

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And I will only include those six entries for this week! I hope you enjoyed this edition, which was a bit different from my other recommendation posts! Please comment with your favourite morally complex character!

Sunday Recommendations: Fascinating Villains

Hi everyone and welcome to this new edition of my Sunday Recommendations! Sorry I didn’t get to post last week, I was in the middle of a readathon, and I didn’t have time to make my usual Sunday post. A while ago, I asked for recommendation post suggestion, and BJ from My Book-a-logue suggested controversial characters/characters that make you think, and I realised I don’t really talk about villains on here much, so I thought it would be nice to make a Sunday Recommendations post about them! I picked some villains I find fascinating, villains we love to hate if you will, villains we can’t help but love… Just villains that I found interesting for various reasons! Hope you will enjoy this post!

WARNING: MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS
(especially for Percy Jackson)

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

I have only read Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, but I can already say that The Darkling is definitely an interesting villain. I know that many people love him, and it’s not my case so far, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find him fascinating! If you are looking for a book or book series with a great villain, then this is definitely something I would recommend!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia

Queen Levana is one of those bat shit crazy villains that are impossible to love, I think everyone will agree with this. However, I find her to be a fascinating character at the same time. I really loved reading more about her in Fairest. She has been through a lot of shit, no one can deny this. But that still doesn’t excuse what she has done later, and who she has become. This book series really shows how dangerous power can be in the hands of the wrong person. If you’re looking for a book with a mad, power hungry villain, who will do anything that can serve them, then I definitely recommend this series! (Which is amazing by the way, and has fantastic characters ♥)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Luke Castellan from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Genre: Urban fantasy

I first considered including Kronos in this article, but he is not that much of an interesting villain. He is just this fallen being who wants to get his power back, whatever the cost. Luke, on the other hand, is a much more interesting character, because he has some personality development: from the young boy who arrived at Camp Half Blood full of hopes, to this older teenager who radically rejected the Gods, because he felt that his father did not care about him. And as much as he wanted to serves the Titan Lord, you could still see that he cared about his old friends, especially Annabeth.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Genre: Urban fantasy

Of course, the big villain of the Harry Potter series is none other than Lord Voldemort. But he is your basic, power hungry villain. While Dolores Umbridge is a crazy “teacher” who just mentally (or even physically) tortures people, both students and teacher, both because she enjoys it, and because she has enough power to do so. She is this teacher who punished you unfairly. She is this person who hates you for no reason, just because she can. And that makes her a much more terrible villain than Lord Voldemort, because she is one you could encounter in real life.

President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Genre: Dystopia

President Snow is the perfect example of a dictator-type of villain. He has the power, and intends to keep it. He may be a little crazy, but that doesn’t make up for what he has done. He profits from the innocent, and kills tons of people unfairly. Like Dolores Umbridge, he is a villain that belongs to the real world, one you can encounter when you study history and such. And that makes him all the more scary. I just couldn’t write this article without including him.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The WICKED organisation from The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Genre: Dystopia

WICKED is an organisation rather than an actual person, but after reading The Fever Code I felt that they really fitted the list. And I already felt that they belonged here before anyway. But the more I read The Maze Runner and the rest of this series, the more I feel that WICKED is a group of bat shit crazy people, no matter what Teresa says. Basically, WICKED spread a virus on Earth because they felt there were too many people, and now they are trying to find a curse by putting teens in deadly situations… I mean, how much more crazy and dangerous could you get?

The AwakenedDr. Razi Cylon from The Awakened duology by Sara Elizabeth Santana

Genre: Dystopia, Zombies

A virus was unleashed in the United States to get rid off the weakest. Only the strongest can survive, and the dead are turned into zombie-like beings, who are quickly called the Awakened. On her journey to safety, Zoey discovers the truth little by little, and the mad woman, a doctor and her allies, who are responsible for the mess that everything has become. And the worst part is, she truly believes that what she did is right, and doesn’t care about the millions deaths she caused, and all the heartbroken people she leaves behind. Dr Razi Cylon is another crazy, unforgiveable villain, and if you’re into this kind of characters, you should definitely check out this series!

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And that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed! If you find villains interesting, I hope you will enjoy those books as much as I did. If you have read them, feel free to comment with your opinion, obviously. And as usual, feel free to comment with your favourite villains, and your recommendation requests!

Sunday Recommendations: Witch and Magical Stories

Hi everyone, and welcome to a new edition of my Sunday Recommendations! As suggested by Megan from BookslayerReads, here are my recommendations for books about witches! As the border between witch stories and magical universes is rather thin in my mind, I have included a bit of both, and I hope you enjoy!

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1/ The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Of course, I could not make an article about any kind of witch or wizard without mentioning the Harry Potter series. These amazing books show us a hidden magical world, where the hero, Harry, learns he is a wizard on his eleventh birthday. It doesn’t take long for him to also learn that he is the object of a prophecy which could save the wizarding world from the Darkest of Wizards… Really, if you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, you are so missing out.

2/ Any Gabriella Lepore bookHow I Found You

The second thing that comes to my mind when witch stories are mentioned is Gabriella Lepore’s books. I have read only two of them so far, How I found you and Secrets in Phoenix but I would recommend them greatly, especially if you are a fan of witch stories.

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)3/ Dorothy must die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy must die is an amazing retelling of the story of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. And as the original tale, it contains a group of witches, except this time, they are the good guys… They are complex and well constructed characters. I haven’t read the sequel to this one yet, but I’m definitely planning on doing that as soon as I can, and I’m also definitely recommending you read it too!

4/ The Tara Duncan series by Sophie Audoin-MamikonianTara Duncan and the Spellbinders

Though the story insists on the fact that its character are spellbinders and not actual wizards, I still think the concept is rather similar, and this book can definitely be enjoyed by people who like Harry Potter and/or witch stories!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)5/ The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

I know these books are more about magic, and a magical universe in general, and unlike other witch stories, they are high fantasy rather than urban fantasy, but I still thought they could fit well under the theme.

6/ The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee AhdiehThe Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

Again, this is more a story of magic than witches, but I read it recently, and I love the magical power it evokes, so I decided to include it in the list as well.

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)7/ The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

I know that this series is not essentially centered on wizards, but rather on a quest, and it’s an incredible story. But it also features great magic so I figured it had earned its place on the list!

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And that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed, and feel free to recommend me witch stories in the comments, as I would love to read more!