It’s 12 AM and you’ve just started a book. SUDDENLY, you get to a part that you can’t put down, glancing at the clock, you realize it’s already 1 in the morning. We’ve all been there. Those books you just can’t quit. If we’re honest THOSE ARE THE BEST KINDS and were low-key crazy people, who love depriving ourselves of sleep!
If this is you, you should probably start these books ASAP. Here are some of the stories that still keep me up at night and have me constantly daydreaming of fan-fiction.
Synopsis: Legend takes place in a future where the Republic controls everything. June is born into a rich family and lives with her brother Metias. She is a shining star that is destined for a high-power role in the Republic. That is until Metias is murdered and a boy named Day is the prime suspect, but everything is not as it seems. June and Day slowly discover more and more about the sinister world they live in and come to understand that they aren’t as different as they seem.
The world-building in this book is amazing. Marie Lu is excellent at creating worlds that capture and intrigue. The relationships STILL have me shook and I read this A YEAR AGO. I distinctly remember making a late night Target run so I could finish the series all in one day!
Let me just start this off with, if you need convincing to read this series, head over to my girl Brittany’s(@abibliophilesbkm) page on instagram.
Synopsis: In a world controlled by the Empire, Laia’s family lives in the shadows. Those who defy the Emperor risk death. When Laia’s brother is arrested, she agrees to spy at the military academy for the rebels in exchange for their help in rescuing him. There she meets Elias, the Empire’s greatest soldier. Their lives start getting closer and closer until they can no longer deny their hopes are intertwined.
The relationship build in this book had me at the edge of my seat. I have reread this book multiple times and every time I feel like I notice something new. It’s not a completed series yet, but soon 3 out of 4 books in the series will be out.
Synopsis: Amani lives with her horrible aunt and uncle and dreams of the day when she can escape the awful town of Dustwalk. Her mother has passed away, but Amani still dreams of the stories she left her with. Earning money in shooting contests, Amani plans on running away to Izman, a city where she can finally be free. She is so close earning enough money to getting away, when she runs into Jin at a shooting contest. They end up escaping together to the dessert on a Buraqi, a magical horse. As they travel, Amani realizes there is more than meets the eye of the dessert she thought she knew so well.
I was super skeptical about this series because I have never heard of wild west/eastern settings being married together. This book surpassed all my expectations and completely drew me in. The descriptions were rich and entrancing. Plus, for all of you who love love, there is a sweet relationship that had me S-W-O-O-N-I-N-G!
Synopsis: Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the futuristic city of New Beijing. She is constantly being bullied by her stepmother and blamed for her sister’s sudden illness. One day the prince ends up needing her help and slowly secrets from Cinder’s past begin to come to light.
I love retellings and this series actually has 4! It is based on Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood. The difference is these ladies are FIERCE. The characters were hilarious and lovable. I could spend hours binging these books and you should probably rush to your nearest bookstore to pick them up!
Synopsis: Warcross is a virtual reality game that is sweeping the world. Emiko Chen is a bounty hunter who tracks down players who bet illegally. She is barely making ends meet, when she accidentally glitches into the Warcross Championships. She becomes an overnight sensation and attracts the attention of Hideo Tanaka, billionaire and the creator of the Warcross world.
I was squealing throughout this book. Emiko is a rad human and Hideo… just wow… there is fan art out of him and I am shooketh. Plus, I really REALLY appreciate the representation of asians as beautiful, creative, and intelligent. I may be going off on a tangent, but growing up I didn’t get to see a lot of characters who looked like me. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a panel where Marie Lu talked specifically about representation of asian males. Her goal of showing them as more than typical stereotypes resonated with me and made me love her even more. Currently only Warcross is out, but Wildcard(the sequel) will be out in September and I can hardly wait.
Happy reading! I would love to hear how you like these series and any of your own recs!