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Vania's Reading Club

Red Queen

By Victoria Aveyard.

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his sons.

As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, putting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

Series: Red Queen.

Genres: Young adult fiction.

Pages: 388.

Followed by: Glass Sword.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

By Laini Taylor.

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Once upon a time,

an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.

Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Genres: Fantasy Fiction, Romance, Young adult fiction.

Pages: 418.

Followed by: Days of Blood & Starlight.

The Crown's Game.

By Evelyn Skye.

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.

They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiated the Crown’s Game, a duel of magical skill—and the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for a chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

"Imagine, and it shall be.

There are no limits.⁠⁠⁠⁠"

Genres: Young adult fiction, Alternate history, Fantasy Fiction.

Pages: 399.

Followed by: The Crowns Fate.

Vania's Book Suggestions:

ClockWork Angel by Cassandra Clare

  • Genre: Fantasy, adventure
  • Pages: 448
  • The Infernal Devices series

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  • Genre: Fantasy, adventure
  • Pages: 585
  • The Mortal Instruments series

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