Hi! It seems crazy that we are already halfway through March! Spell the Month in Books was originally created by Reviews from the Stacks! And I’ve loved doing it for the last few months, although it is nicer to have a shorter month this time!
As I’ve focused the last two months on YA/NA contemporary books, March’s theme is going to be YA Fantasy books that I have read!
M – Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
I loved this sequel to Strange the Dreamer! It felt like a very unique tale, I definitely recommend this fantasy duology!
A – Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
The queen you were meant to be
The land you were meant to save
The throne you were meant to claim
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz.
Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.
From author Laura Sebastian comes Ash Princess, a nail-biting YA fantasy debut full of daring and vengeance.
The Ash Princess trilogy is so good and it is so underrated! It definitely deserves more recognition than it gets, so if you have not read this then please do!!
R – (The) Rise of Nine
The Rise of Nine is the next thrilling instalment in the gripping Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore.
‘Number Four is a hero for this generation’ Michael Bay, director of Transformers
Until I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others . . .
I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others – including John.
But so are they.
I am Number Six. To finish what they started, they’ll have to fight us first.
I love the Lorien Legacies series, and I’m so sad they didn’t continue with the rest of the films after I am Number Four as I actually quite liked that film! It didn’t hurt that Alex Pettyfer was in it! This is the third book but the series is so fantastical I love it!
C – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol — a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before… and surprising readers at every turn.
Honestly, this franchise made up my early teens. I was obsessed with them! They may be more dystopia than fantasy but they had to be included! Also, if you haven’t already read these books, then just stop what you’re doing and pick them up now!
H – Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.
After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.
In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…
This is another series and author I used to be obsessed with! This isn’t high fantasy as it is set in the normal world, but I just love this book and feel like it needs more hype! I also desperately need to reread this!
Have you read any of these books? Let me know! It is also Mother’s Day in England so I hope all the Mum’s are having a great day! I’m off to attempt a roast for mine!