WHAT IF IT WASN'T ENOUGH?
What if, after reading the novel of novels, you decide you want more? What if, after this firm, albeit greedy decision, you just don't find a book on par with the one you so loved? Will you resort to a mediocre book? Will you stop reading for a while? Will you stop reading for good?
I didn't think so.
So, to put you out of your misery, I'll recommend a book you might like to dive into after reading a 5-star YA read. It's sure to be a refreshing change and something to devour after being left feeling a little insatiated. Hope these fill you up!
Books to eat for inhale after your first read wasn't enough;
1. Warcross by Marie Lu
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Book rec: The Eye of Minds
I loved Warcross. Virtual reality and technology and all the futuristic things but blown out of proportion. A world where EVERYONE uses VR glasses and no one lives in the present. A world where the future is home. Then a game equal in fame to FIFA. Living without screens and tech is unfathomable. I was hooked from the get-go and it was super interesting. The world building was amazing and seamless and it didn't dump chunks of information to describe the setting. There. It might've been a bit predictable but, hey, we can't have everything.
An alternative: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. More technology, more hackers, more games and more danger. A different world with a different reality but the same panic-inducing events.
2. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Name: The City of Brass
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: Fantasy, Historical fiction, NA/YA
Book rec: Rebel of the Sands
City of Brass is based in historical Egypt, a land of tradition and superstition. Arabian deserts and supernatural fanatics are aplenty, as are djinn, royal families, rivalry and a hidden world of daevas. Laced with Arabic heritage and sprinkles of Indian culture here and there, a con artist navigates the familiar Arabian terrain around her, until she's pulled into a magical world she had no idea existed and wants nothing to do with.
An alternative: Rebel of the Sands is a carbon copy. With a protagonist who tricks people with ease and princes with empires nestled in sandy dunes surrounded by mythical creatures of Arabia, it's a novel to turn to when you haven't yet had your fill of Arabic culture. Even the covers are similar... Is there an unspoken rule where Arabia-set books must have gold and blue covers with palaces on them?
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Book rec: Daughter of the Burning City
Caraval is a story revolving around a carnival that only the very lucky are able to attend. But it's no ordinary carnival, other than its over-the-top illusions and other-worldly magic tricks, Caraval also happens to be an elaborate game, where festival-goers play to win a prize comparable to legend. The protagonist, Scarlett, gets swept up in the whirlwind that is Caraval but forgets an all too important fact. It's all just a game.
An alternative: Daughter of the Burning City is also centred around a festival that boasts attractions that are out of the ordinary, one in particular being an illusionist who brings her ideal family members to life. With another protagonist facing problems that only a magic-doused carnival could bring about, Burning City is a must-read if you're craving a helping of crazy carnivals, or even if you aren't.
4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Name: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, YA
Book rec: Children of Blood and Bone
In a divided society, with silver-blooded individuals possessing superhuman abilities placed on a pedestal and red-blooded folks reduced to nothing but dirt, what happens when a low-born breaks the mould? In Red Queen, when a 'Red' is discovered with typically silver abilities, her only aim is to survive the torment thrown at her. Until she realises that she's capable of turning the world around.
Children of Blood and Bone is a novel to be picked up when the heart desires more power-wielding commoners. Specifically to challenge the privilege enjoyed by those born with silver spoons in their mouths. Another headstrong protagonist defying the rules set by society, another world split in two and another tale of overthrowing wicked power. Two strong stories for voracious readers.
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Name: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: High fantasy, YA
Book rec: Clockwork Angel
In a kingdom separated from humans, courts of faeries, High Fae and other fair folk are cursed to wear masks forever as the kingdom wilts. During the dark period, a human makes a small mistake that eases the kingdom into war and choas. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a tale about how the kingdom, Prythian, struggles during the reign of a queen. It's a web of war, betrayal and the deepest kind of love, with a dash of folklore and curses. What more is left to want?
Clockwork Angel also has the folklore you crave, mixed in with a smidge of steampunk. The war, betrayal and love are not lost either, for you'll find it packed into every word. Set in Victorian era England and peppered with with just as many curses and twisted secrets, it makes for the perfect read. Add a bold female protagonist and a few plot twists and you're good to go. Just how high fantasy enthusiasts like their books!
Your turn! Are there an books you think are perfect to suggest after a particularly good read? Or one that's not-so=similar but could serve the same purpose? Let's talk!