“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”
― George R. R. Martin

As an avid reader, one of life’s greatest pleasures for me is sharing the books that captivate my imagination. Through the act of sharing, we can open up new worlds and experiences for others. Whether it’s lending a cherished novel to a friend or recommending a hidden gem to a fellow book enthusiast, the act of sharing books fosters a sense of connection and community. I’m sharing a few of my favorite books, that often translate into my favored authors!

You Should Read The Stolen Heir by Holly Black

I read The Stolen Heir by Holly Black, and let me tell you, it was a thrilling ride from start to finish. Holly knows fairies or the fae and is excellent at telling stories about the folk of the air! You should know that the story follows a young prince named Oak, now seventeen. The child queen of the Court of Teeth, Suren, finds refuge in the human world, where she roams the woods alone and haunted by the memories of her past. Even though she lives in solitude, she dedicates her time to assisting humans who have made unwise deals. But her tranquil existence is interrupted when the storm witch, Bogdana, begins to chase after her. When she finds herself in a difficult situation, she must seek help. Suren is saved by Prince Oak, heir to Elfhame, with whom she has a complicated history.

Despite their past, Oak seeks Suren’s help to take them to the north as they embark on a mission. She must decide whether to trust him again and confront the horrors of her past or to remain alone and guarded against the boy she once knew. What I loved most about this book was the intricate world-building and the complex characters. Holly Black has created a vivid and believable world that could be just around the corner from our own. The characters are all well-developed and have motivations and desires, making them feel like real people rather than fictional creations.

I highly recommend The Stolen Heir, but you should first read four other books in The Folk of The Air series before The Stolen Heir. The books in that series are The Cruel Prince, Wicked King, Queen of Nothing, and How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. These books are great for anyone who enjoys fantasy or adventure stories. The Stolen Heir is a great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

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You Should Read Book of the Night by Holly Black

Book of the Night is currently on my reading list for 2023. Here is a little about this book. The main character, Charlie Hall, must fight for her survival and protect her future. In her world, people can manipulate shadows to change feelings and memories, and they can also increase power and influence. These shadows hold all the hidden parts of a person, creating a second self that follows them everywhere they go. However, there is a price to pay for using this magic, with the potential to take away precious hours or even days of a person’s life.

Despite her reluctance to get involved in the dangerous underground world of shadow trading, Charlie finds herself tangled in a web of secrets and murder when a figure from her past reappears.

You Should Read Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I have purchased this book, and it is on my list to read for 2023. Jay Kristoff, the author, wrote this dark fantasy novel following the story of Gabriel de León, a former member of the Silver Order, as he embarks on a perilous journey to find the legendary Grail of Omens. It is said to hold the power to defeat the vampires that have taken over the world. Along the way, Gabriel must confront his demons and make difficult choices that may impact the world’s fate.

You Should Read Chain of Thorn by Cassandra Clare

I’m currently reading COT. It’s the third book in Cassie’s Last Hours series. It is a prequel to the Mortal Instrument books and a continuation of the Infernal Devices series. The Last Hour series follows the children of the Shadowhunters from the ID series and takes place in the Edwardian period. What is the book about? Well, let’s look.

The book centers around Cordelia Carstairs, also known as Daisy, and her husband James Herondale. She has been through so much in such a short time. Losing her father, her plans, and her marriage has been devastating. To make it worse, an ancient demon named Lilith has now connected to her, stripping her of her Shadowhunter power.

She thought escaping to Paris with Matthew Fairchild would help her forget her troubles, but she soon realized she couldn’t escape her problems. To make things worse, the Herondales are being questioned about their possible dealing with demons. Cordelia is caught in an entanglement for her love for James and the likelihood of new beginnings with James’ Parabatai and best friend, Matthew. With time running out, Cordelia and her friends must face Belial’s army alone and muster their courage to save their city and families.

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My Most Anticipated Book for Fall 2023

Cassandra Clare’s new high fantasy book, Sword Catcher, is scheduled for release on October 10. It is essential to note that this marks Cassie’s first adult high fantasy novel. She is the author of the Shadowhunter books. I’m looking forward to this story. But first, here is a small summary of the book to come.

Castellane is a city-state where the wealthy nobles and the criminals share a common goal of seeking wealth, power, and pleasure. Kel, an orphan, was taken away from his life to become the Sword Catcher, the royal heir’s body double. He has been trained in combat and statecraft alongside Prince Conor Aurelian. Despite their brotherly bond, Kel knows his destiny is to die for Conor.

Meanwhile, Lin Caster is a physician from the Ashkar community possessing magical abilities. Venturing beyond the walls, she aids the ailing, including her friend Mariam, who needs forbidden knowledge for healing. Lin and Kel’s paths converge during an assassination attempt, thrusting them into Castellane’s criminal underworld, led by the mysterious Ragpicker King. He grants their deepest desires, but as they delve deeper, they unearth a far-reaching corruption conspiracy from gutters to palaces. Unraveling long-held secrets, they question the cost of betrayals and whether love can topple a kingdom. Things may lead to war!

Let’s embrace the joy of sharing books! Let’s spread the magic of storytelling, inspire others with the written word, and create a community of readers who celebrate the beauty of literature together.

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