1. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard. Aveyard paints a beautiful picture with incredible imagery and characters you can’t help but love. It’s a very original story and shows a lot of creativity. Her writing style was a little confusing at first but once I got used to it, I absolutely could not put the book down. She has great plots and subplots and the book is in constant motion.
  2. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah. I saw this in a couple of different places, but no major advertisements. Once I read it, I was hooked. It’s such an intricate story and with two major plots and several subplots all weaving in together. It is beautifully heart-breaking and I adored every second.
  3. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. I will preface this with “I haven’t read these books in awhile and never actually finished the series.” However, when I read them, they were very unique, and I think they still are. They weren’t the first to be a vampire series but, if I’m not mistaken, it set the precedent for vampire-school-type novels. When this book came out, there weren’t very many like it but now paranormal schools seem to have become a trope, and I think this series is a major part of why.
  4. The Maze Runner – James Dashner. Hear me out, I know each of these books got their own movie, but as soon as the movies were over the hype seemed to die almost instantly. The movies were good, but the books were amazing. There’s so much more detail about life in the glade, you really get to know the characters and feel what they feel. Dasher goes deeper than just the surface with all of his characters and it truly feels like you are with them, running for your life through the maze.
  5. Relic – Renee Collins. This book paints magic in a whole new light, it’s beautiful and enchanting. This book is a prime example of how you can take an plain idea (in this case, magic) and fashion it into something original and alluring (magic from the bones of extinct magical creatures). She gives a fresh look at an entire genre and I think it gives a good example of how–when it comes to being an author–the only limit is your imagination.

I hope you found something on this list that speaks to you and you love.

Happy reading!

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