#TheReadingQuest (hosted by Read At Midnight)

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You guyz, have you heard about #TheReadingQuest??? It. Is. Epic. And I’m so excited to get my reading groove back with such an awesome quest/challenge! It starts today and runs through September 10th.

The Quest is hosted by the amazing and clever Aentee over at Read At Midnight. Like, honestly, this is one of the most creative and clever reading challenges I’ve ever seen or taken part in. So show her some love!

(And the adorable graphics are by CW of Read, Think, Ponder)

Pretty much you choose a character path (I chose Mage) and you do the quest associated with the character. Then you can do other character quests AND side quests. You earn experience points (EXP) and health points (HP). And one of my favorite parts is that you get double EXP for books by marginalized writers!

I’m kind of doing the quest with people (in the sense that we’re reading a bunch of similar books and rooting each other on!)

So go check out Axie Oh, Akshaya Raman, and Claribel Ortega to see what they’re going to read for their quest!

Here’s my game plan!

 

Class: Mage
Level: 1 (EXP: 10, HP: 10)

– First Book in a Series – THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton
– A Book Set in a Different World – A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
– A Book Based on Mythology – EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Lee
– A Book That Contains Magic – FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C Dao
– A Book With a One Word Title – WANT by Cindy Pon

Side Quests:
– Multiplayer Buddy Read (with Akshaya Raman & Axie Oh) – SECRETS OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee
– Potions (book by 2+ authors) – FIRE WITH FIRE by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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My Highly Anticipated 2017 Debuts

I have a special place in my heart for debuts and 2017’s batch has me even more excited because of how many diverse and ownvoices there are!

I posted about non-debuts I’m excited about in 2017 HERE.

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These are the DEBUTS of 2017 that I am very excited to read!

(in order of expected publication)

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Caraval (Untitled #1)

by Stephanie Garber

Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Wintersong

by S. Jae-Jones

Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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The Education of Margot Sanchez

by Lilliam Rivera

Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Simon & Schuster

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

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The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
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Daughter of the Pirate King

by Tricia Levenseller

Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

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The Gauntlet

by Karuna Riazi

Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Salaam Reads

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

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Girl Out of Water

byLaura Silverman

Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

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When Dimple Met Rishi

bySandhya Menon

Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Daughter of the Burning City

by Amanda Foody

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

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Rebel Seoul

by Axie Oh

Expected publication: September 2017 by Lee & Low Books/Tu Books

After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.

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by Julie C. Dao

Expected publication: October, 10th 2017 by Philomel Books (Penguin)

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

My Highly Anticipated 2017 Books

The new year is here and it’s time to talk about all the great things I’m excited about–namely, books.

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Here is my list of most anticipated (non-debut) books coming out in 2017!

I posted about my highly anticipated DEBUT books HERE.

(in order of expected publication)

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories

by Ellen Oh (Editor), Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Walter Dean Myers, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, Kelly J. Baptist , Soman Chainani,Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin 

Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

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History Is All You Left Me

by Adam Silvera

Expected publication: January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
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American Street

by Ibi Zoboi

Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

by Laini Taylor

Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

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Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)

by Renee Ahdieh

Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love

by Maurene Goo

Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy

by Kathryn Ormsbee

Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar bloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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Want

by Cindy Pon

Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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Spirit Hunters

byEllen Oh

Expected publication: July 25, 2017 by HarperCollins

Harper Raine doesn’t like her new house from the moment she steps inside. It makes her skin crawl and her hair stand on end. There’s an energy to the house that just doesn’t feel right….

There are rumors that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Unexplainable events and tragedy seem to have befallen every family who’s lived there before. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.

The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. Harper knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and dangerous sensations she feels in the house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

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Warcross (Warcross #1)

by Marie Lu

Expected publication: 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Two teenage bounty hunters are “hired by a young billionaire to catch a hacker in the world’s most phenomenally popular virtual reality video game.”

Pokemon GO Book Tag

So, if anyone follows me on Twitter (@KatCho), then you KNOW how obsessed I am with Pokemon GO. So when Katy Pool tagged me in her POST, I was like, “Yes please!”

It was started by ReadatMidnight and is a fun way to talk about books we love by comparing them to the Pokemon we’re catching in the game. I have to admit that even though I grew up during the 90s I did not get that into Pokemon. So, I’ve been doing some MAJOR catching up lately.

Okay, here we go!

No doubt, the book (series) that I first ever binge-read was Animorphs.

I want to say Mossflower. It’s one of the first books I wrote fanfiction about. So much adventure and food and bravery and amazingness!

I also want to say any book by Roald Dahl. I devoured those. They just made me believe in the fantastical.

Oh! Also, I loved Douglas Adams books. Some of the first books that made me laugh out loud.

Don’t laugh at me, but (probably because I don’t read horror) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets terrified me.

SPOILER ALERT

(but I assume most people have read HP)

That basilisk travels IN THE WALLS! It can be ANYWHERE. It can be in your toilet! It can kill and/or petrify you by LOOKING AT YOUR FACE. I mean, come on, terrifying.

I adore Zuzana and Mik (from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. They’re the mains in Night of Cake and Puppets). I know that they’re not the main couple in the series but I don’t care. They are made for each other and they’re amazing!

I do also love Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. They are just my everything.

The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer is AMAZING and a good fast-paced read.

Also, anything by Jennifer L Armentrout.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. That one spawned a WHOLE OTHER series and some side stories/novellas and joined forces with another series by Rick Riordan which took place in a different place in the same universe. But I devoured ALL OF THEM. I adore the Percy Jackson universe.

 UGH, there are too many!

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Amaterasu Project by Axie Oh

WinterSong by Sara Jae Jones

The Hate U Give by Angela Thomas

Swimming Lessons by Samira Ahmed

 

Nora Roberts, Laini Taylor, Alexandra Bracken

I don’t think “overhyped” is how I’d describe it, because it seems like the love of this series is very well-deserved. But I have the whole Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and cannot wait to read it.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Want by Cindy Pon

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

I just bought Monstress by Marjorie Liu and didn’t get it fast enough to buy the first edition cover (I have third). I kind of wish I had the first edition just because that series is epic.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although, I own THREE copies of each of the trilogy and a copy of the Hobbit. They were Christmas/Birthday presents. Apparently, when you write SFF, you get LOTR for presents a lot.

I tag Claribel Ortega.