By: Sofii Leguiza
I know that sometimes the hype can stop you or make you feel unsure when it comes to deciding whether to read a book or not. Whenever I read a book that has a lot of hype, I’m thinking that I’ll hate it and I’ll be the only one with an unpopular opinion because that’s always what happens to me, but with these books I could really share the enthusiasm. For this reason, I felt that I had to make a list with my favorite readings with a lot of hype because if I like them, I think you would like them, as well. I’m going to choose only the five books with the most hype I’ve read and loved. Here are my impressions on these incredible books, along with the synopsis by the editor.
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
These books are really INCREDIBLE. To be honest, I enjoyed the first book very much, but it’s not my favorite; the second and the fourth book are by far my favorites, but still, I included this one because it’s the beginning of everything, and I think it’s so worth it. If you haven’t yet given this series an opportunity, I recommend that you do it. It’s entirely fantasy, it has diverse and charming characters, and many important topics are discussed. In addition, each book is a unique and different journey.
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person.
The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home.
There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
This book is pure FIRE. I love how it took me by surprise. This is one of those that I didn’t think I would love as much as everyone since the hype is real, but I did it, I enjoyed it a lot and I kept thinking about it even today, because that ending is everything, and the second book is great as well. This story is full of betrayal and evil fairies and fights and an extraordinary female main character who shows again and again what female power really means. Also, if you like plot twists and complex characters, you’ll love this one.
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”
Sadie by Courtney Summers
This book is so original. It’s one of those books that I think nobody should miss. The author has created a mystery thriller, captivating, cruelly real, and heartbreaking. It touches very sensitive topics such as rape and murder, but I think if you feel like trying, you should do it. It’ll leave you thinking after reading it, and I’ve heard that the audiobook is one of the best.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If I had to describe this book with just one word, I would say PASSION. This fascinating and captivating story feels like a real biography about a character like no other, our fantastic Evelyn Hugo, and you’ll see that you can’t stop reading. It’s really incredible. It’s a journey of discovery, learning, love, and betrayal, with characters that feel 100% real.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
OMG, this book. If I had to marry a book, I’d choose this one, and I know it sounds weird, but it makes sense in my mind. If you’re thinking about a magical, mysterious, and atmospheric story, this book is exactly what you need. It’s everything I love in one book and reading it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, so now my mission is for you to read it if you haven’t done it yet.
Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
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