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if you liked The Curse of the Gods Series by jaymin eve, then you might like…

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BOOK DEPOSITORY

  • FMC is one of the rare Omegas that got whipped off to Omegaverse Alien Academy (the name I made up but you got the gist)
  • Conflicts between the men in the harem
  • Trickery if it’s more sci-fi with aliens
  • All of the guys are powerful and respectable in their way, similar to Trickery

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  • FMC started like a maid, coincidentally also met one of the guys when cleaning the rooms just like Willa
  • Dragon shifter princes harem, FMC had to disguise herself as a guy for multiple books before the discovery
  • Large harem

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  • Dragon shifter princes (again)
  • FMC is not a part of the help this time but she is still from a very humble background and hard to work her way to become a council member in the palace
  • She has a weird curse that would cause excruciating pain for all dragons, except for the princes
  • Also large harem

if you liked the dark side series by kristy cunning, then you might like…

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  • Almost a bit too similar to Four Psychos one might say
  • But aside from the initial similarities, the series would go on to be unique on its own, so it’s not a big issue or anything like that
  • The guys are “numbered” as well
  • FMC has her own “invisible period” where the men can’t see her
  • Overall the dynamic, atmosphere, and certain features are very similar to Four Psychos, but the series is still distinct enough to be extremely enjoyable on its own

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  • Very similar to Four Psychos in its “hell-related” themes
  • The hellhounds men reminded me heavily of the men from Four Psychos
  • Has the “unwanted hero” trope if you are interested in that. Many people warned the FMC the men are not the best choice for her hounds but she didn’t listen.
  • They were indeed difficult to work with in the beginning and weren’t interested in the idea of working with the FMC

if you liked the Clecanian series by victoria aveline, then you might like…

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  • Unwanted hero trope
  • Hero is still really powerful and in a leadership position
  • Barbarian romance
  • FMC has two kids though, so just pointing it out because I know kids can be a deal breaker for a lot of readers

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  • More fantasy, mythological portal romance
  • Barbarian romance
  • MMC is a himbo so there are many funny moments
  • Hero in leadership positions and powerful
  • Amazing slow-burn
  • FMC (almost) dies trope

GOODREADS

  • Hero in leadership positions and powerful
  • Barbarian romance
  • Even though it is classified as science fiction, magic and fantasy are common focus points
  • MMCs have “tails”. Take that as you will

Book Recommendation: Prince falls for the Commoner Part II (some of them are also enemies to lovers)

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Crave by Tracy Wolff

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My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

We Hunt the Flame by by Hafsah Faizal (is also enemies to lovers)

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People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds–and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks

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“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

When Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond

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One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.

The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled.

Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen.

Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

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What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine

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Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.

When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett and Kristine Hvam

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They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

If you want more recommendations like this, you should visit the Part I of this list.

If you are struggling to get out of a reading slump, this list would help you figure what to read next based on your favorite reads.

If are craving enemies to lovers books like me, I highly recommend my Specified Enemies to Lovers Trope – Fantasy Edition list where I specified different type of enemies to lovers tropes and the books that fall into each one.

Characters Like Rhysand (For the thirsty fans out there, yes I see you – don’t be shy)

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Casteel Da’Neer – From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • Dark prince
  • his feisty, sarcastic and flirty attitude reminds me a lot of Rhys
  • has a “scary” reputation
  • was supposed to be evil
  • when he originally planned to use you as a bargaining chip
  • and he originally planned to betray you
  • gives off “touch her and you die” vibes
  • makes it very clear that the heroine is his center
  • not afraid to give up everything for her
  • very flirty
  • has a knife kink (this man gets turned on when he gets stabbed in the heart and having knives thrown by his head)
  • *cough* horny *cough*
  • black hair angsty bad boy (who becomes very good as the series progressed)
  • has iconic references e.g h o n e y d e w

“You’re such a bad influence,” I murmured as I placed my hand in his. Hawke curled his fingers around mine.

The weight and warmth of his hand was a pleasant shock. “Only the bad can be influenced, Princess.”

Make me feel incompetent and kill more than me, Princess.”

“I want a ring,” I announced. “I want an obscenely big one like I’ve seen some of the wives of wealthy merchants have. Their diamonds are so large they look like they should weigh down their hands.” He angled his body toward me. “I will find you a diamond so big it will enter the room before you do.”

Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  • When he calls you an investment
  • when he removes a man’s eyes with his gloved hands

because he touched you. So romantic. And they say romance is dead.

  • the cold, heartless guy that only shows his vulnerabilities to you
  • has a scary reputation
  • black hair angsty bad boy
  • also gives up “touch her and you die” vibes
  • hate everyone but you trope
  • was supposed to be evil (um for him he might actually be evil…actually it kind of depends? Inej on the other hand has faith he is redeemable, so I’m following her lead here. I’ll be pretending he never made a death threat a child.)

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

“Inej had once offered to teach him how to fall. “The trick is not getting knocked down,” he’d told her with a laugh. “No, Kaz,” she’d said, “the trick is in getting back up.”

“I’m going to get my money, Kaz vowed. And I’m going to get my girl.”

“You came back for me.”

“I protect my investments.” Investments.

“I’m glad I’m bleeding all over your shirt.”

“Our hopes rest with you, Mister Brekker. If you fail, all the world will suffer for it.”

“Oh, it’s worse than that, Van Eck. If I fail, I don’t get paid.”

Daemon Black – Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • his feisty, sarcastic and flirty attitude also reminds me a lot of Rhys
  • dark hair angsty (more flirtatious) bad boy
  • one-of-the-most-powerful-of-his-kind trope
  • absolutely adores the heroine (just like Rhys), she is his world
  • would do anything for her
  • “touch her and you die” vibes
  • if twilight is good and if vampires are aliens

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

“I don’t think he meant to kiss me,” I said finally. “What? Did he slip and fall on your mouth? Those things are known to happen.”

“Why are you such an ass?” The words came out before I could think twice.

“Everyone has to excel at something, right?”

“Well, you’re doing a great job.”

“My palms itched to have a close encounter of the bitch-slap kind with his face.”

“I always liked you. From the moment you first flipped me off.”

Aaron Warner – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

  • one of the best “hate everyone but you trope example” I have ever read
  • the ONLY reason I’m pulled through all six books (I’m not going there)
  • light hair bad boy
  • top notch cold sarcasm and dry humor
  • “touch her and you die” vibes
  • was supposed to be evil
  • has a scary reputation
  • his iconic quotes about Adam that had me screaming
  • the serious type of guy that doesn’t try to be funny but because of how little he cares he ends up being unintentionally funny anyway with his iconic dry remarks

“It’s not charity,” I snap. “He cares about me–and I care about him!” Warner nods, unimpressed. “You should get a dog, love. I hear they share much the same qualities.”

“His smile is laced with dynamite. “Go to sleep”

“Go to hell.”

He works his jaw. Walks to the door. “I’m working on it.”

“I am going to MURDER YOU—”

“No,” he says, pointing at me as he shifts backward again. “Bad Juliette. You don’t like to kill people, remember? You’re against that, remember? You like to talk about feelings and rainbows—”

Ryder – Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

  • dark prince (that’s literally his title)
  • dark king too
  • arguably one of the horniest characters on this list (the fact that he even comes close to surpassing Rhysand and Casteel is impressive)
  • dark haired golden eyes bad Boy (just like Casteel)
  • supposed to be evil
  • scary reputation
  • watched the heroine long before she was aware *cough* Casteel *cough* Rhysand
  • is one of the most powerful characters in the entire series
  • note this book has a lot of technical flaws that sometimes can be jarring and can interfere with the reading experience (that’s what happened with me). So you would enjoy it more if you keep that in mind and just be in there for the romance and smut (don’t get your expectations too high).
  • be warned the book is one of the smut-iest book I have ever read. But if you are into things like that you would definitely enjoy this book
  • actually slow burn
  • solid enemies to lovers
  • a n g s ty
  • there will be quotes that would make you scream at 2 am in the morning
  • if you are under 18, you never got this book recommendation from me

“I’m not the kind of man to woo anyone. I can make her scream my name to the rafters, isn’t that enough wooing?”

“You suck,” I mumbled.

“No, Baby, you suck, and you do it very fucking well.”

“I told you that I would protect you. Even if you don’t want me to,” he whispered, moving closer and pulling me against him. “Some things are worth protecting”

Acknowledgement page from the author:

To my daughter,

if you ever date anyone like the men I write, I will kick your *ss up between your ears and you will walk sideways for a month, but I’ll still love you.”

Cardan Greenbriar – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

  • Has the iconic “oh no” trope when he realized he is infatuated with Jude
  • Was very not happy that he was infatuated with Jude
  • dark hair bad A N G S T Y bad boy
  • really angsty enemies to lovers
  • bully romance
  • dark prince (black sheep trope)
  • a more “troublesome” than scary reputation
  • a more complicated situation of “was supposed to be evil” trope : he really was kind of evil, but he kind of turned evil because of how he was raised so you can argue that he is by nature actually not evil, but when he was evil he was actually evil and that was all him so you can say he was actually just evil turned good not good turned evil and turned back to good….so it’s a bit controversial

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

“Have I told you how hideous you look tonight?” Cardan asks, leaning back in the elaborately carved chair, the warmth of his words turning the question into something like a compliment.

“No” I say, glad to be annoyed back into the present. “Tell me.”

“I can’t.”

“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.”

*screams into pillow*

Warth – Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

  • golden eyes black hair bad boys (I SWEAR I don’t have a type, it’s just that the dark hair and golden eyes combo is so overused in the genre)
  • another (powerful) dark prince
  • scary reputation
  • was supposed to be evil…but I guess he kind of is? I mean, I’ve seen worse so he’s actually not that bad at the moment but I need to keep reading to confirm
  • his relationship with Emilia is very similar to Cardan’s relationship with Jude

“One day you’ll call me Death. For now, Wrath will do.”

“This was not the kind of prince written about in fairy tales. There was no golden crown sitting atop his dark head, or promises of safety waiting in his sculpted, tattooed arms. He was death and rage and fire and anyone stupid enough to forget that would be consumed by his inferno.”

“One day you might beg me to kiss you.” He stepped close enough for me to stab him.”

“I tried to say yes, but the numbness spread to my throat. I think he saw the answer in my face anyway. I sounded like he whispered, “Live long enough to hate me for this.”

Hades – A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

  • dark hair bad boy
  • one of the most powerful characters in the entire series
  • supposed to be evil but is actually not (very similar example to Rhys)
  • SJM smut is always superior but this book definitely didn’t hold back on smut either
  • more of a dark king than a dark prince
  • Persephone and Hades retelling, in this sense it’s really similar to Rhys and Feyre since their story was a form of Persephone and Hades retelling as well (this can be why Hades reminded me so much of Rhys)

“Hmm. I think you are the Goddess of Sexual Frustration.”

“Did I say sexual frustration? I meant Hades sexual frustration”.

“Respect could build an empire. Trust could make it unbreakable. Love could make it last forever.”

“He smirked, and she could feel it deep in her gut. “Darling, I win either way.” Her eyes went wide, and her heart stuttered. She stood quickly, and his name fell from her mouth like a curse. “Hades.”

“Let me show you what it is to hold power in your hands,” he said. “Let me coax the darkness from you – I will help you shape it.”

The Darkling – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  • there are bad boys, and then there are people who are actually evil
  • dark hair actually-a-bad-person boy
  • has a scary reputation, is actually evil (sorry darkling fans)
  • one of the most popular characters in the entire series
  • antagonist love interest (kind of like Rhys’s situation)
  • not enough smut though (smh)
  • villain romance

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”

“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”

“Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

“What are you smiling at?”

I whirled, peering into the gloom. The Darkling’s voice seemed to float out of the shadows. He walked down to the stream, crouching on the bank to splash water on his face and through his dark hair.

“Well?” he asked, looking up at me.

“Myself,” I admitted.

“Are you that funny?”

“I’m hilarious.”

“It’s harder when you like them. You mourn them more.”

“Tell me, Alina,” said the Darkling. “Has he claimed you yet?”

“Claimed me? Like a peninsula?”

Nikolai Lantsov – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  • I know he’s not a misunderstood villain or anything like that, but the reason I put him on this list is because his iconic attitude reminds me so much of Rhys
  • Extremely sarcastic
  • the hilarious and lovable kind of “egotistical” attitude, not the actually arrogant kind
  • is actually a good person
  • a prince
  • his flirting is just *chefs kisses*
  • dashing “light” prince

“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

“I took a breath. “Your highness—”

“Nikolai,” he corrected. “But I’ve also been known to answer to ‘sweetheart’ or ‘handsome.”

“I hope you weren’t looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.”

“I saw the prince when I was in Os Alta,” said Ekaterina. “He’s not bad looking.”

“Not bad looking?” said another voice. “He’s damnably handsome.”

Luchenko scowled. “Since when—”

“Brave in battle, smart as a whip.” Now the voice seemed to be coming from above us. Luchenko craned his neck, peering into the trees. “An excellent dancer,” said the voice. “Oh, and an even better shot.”

“Who—” Luchenko never got to finish. A blast rang out, and a tiny black hole appeared between his eyes.

I gasped. “Imposs—”

“Don’t say it,” muttered Mal.”

Roth – White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • dark hair bad boy
  • demon
  • feisty sassy (and very flirty), just like Rhys
  • wings~
  • supposed to be evil but not actually evil
  • triangle love (I personally enjoyed it)
  • snake familiar (this book makes me want to have a snake pet)

“Modesty belongs to losers.”

“If I say thank you, will you go away?”

“Yes”

“Thank you” I said eagerly.

“I lied”

“Roth heaved a long sigh. “Look. I’m so—I’m sor…” He took a deep breath, trying again. “I’m sorr…” I turned my head toward him, waiting. “You’re what? Sorry?” He looked chagrined, lips pursed. “I’m…sorr-ree.” “Oh, give me a break. You can’t say I’m sorry?” “No.” He looked me straight on, serious. “It’s not in a demon’s vocab.”

Magnus Damora – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

  • very angsty enemies to lovers, him and Cleo actually hated each other
  • anti-hero/villain/antagonist/misunderstood villain
  • dark prince
  • Throne of Glass vibes (Speaking of which, if you like Throne of Glass, I highly recommend you to read Falling Kingdom and vice versa)
  • It’s also similar to ACOTOR because of how this series had a lot of different characters ending up with a different love interest than the one they started with (a trademark of SJM as well)

Book Recommendations: Books With the “Who Did This To You” Trope

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers. A Duty.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

The Shadow Between us by Tricia Levenseller

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“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.

2) Marry him.

3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

Fable by Adrienne Young

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For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.

Serpent and the Dove

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Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy trilogy, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Book Recommendation: Specified Enemies to Lovers Trope – Fantasy Edition

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Hi everyone!

Hope everyone has been doing well. Sorry that I had been away for a while, I was super caught up with college. But now I’m back and more than ready to read (I am very book deprived).

I have been digging around book recommendations lately for my beloved enemies to lovers trope, and I am very happy to say I have found an abundance of these new recommendations to give to you all. I hope you guys can appreciate it since I know that often book recommendations can become repetitive, making them unhelpful. So I tried to pull out the more underrated book recommendations/books that are not so overly used in book recommendations alongside the more common recommendations (just in case you haven’t read them yet).

I’m supposed to kill you

The Bridge Kingdom

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1

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A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

Passionate and violent, The Bridge Kingdom is a seductive fantasy perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

The Shadow Between us

Author: Tricia Levenseller

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Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Bring Me Their Hearts

Author: Sara Wolf

Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #1

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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally

I’m supposed to hate your kind

Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

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All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Serpant and Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Series: Serpent & Dove #1

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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Forced Marriage

Deal with the Elf King

Author: Elise Kova

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The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

Ended up with the second guy

A court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A court of Thorns and Roses #1

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

You are supposed to be evil

Kingdom of the Wicked

Author: Kerri Maniscalo

Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1

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Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe—witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin… desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked Princes of Hell that she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

White Hot Kiss

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements #1

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Layla just wants to fit in at school and go on a date with Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister–and Layla is a half demon, half gargoyle with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul–including him.

Then she meets Roth–a demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne, but as Layla discovers she’s the reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.

We are engaged but we had no idea

Shielded

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Series: Shielded #1

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For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1

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In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

Secret Identity

From Blood and Ash

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: From Blood and Ash #1

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A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

Friends to enemies to lovers

These Violent Delights

Author: Chloe Gong

Series: These Violent Delights #1

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The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Forced to work together

Dance of Thieves

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series: Dance of the Thieves #1

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When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to also check out my other post where I recommended books with the very popular “who did this to you” trope, something that mixes very well with the enemies and lovers trope too might I add.

Your Guide to the Types of Book Boyfriend in YA Books

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To all young adult addicts out there: we all have our own “list” of book boyfriends. We all have a secret list of “harems’, dedicated to the guys that we love the most.

If you say you don’t, either you haven’t been in this genre long enough…or you’re just flat out lying.

If you have read enough YA books, you’ll also start to notice certain recurring patterns within these guys, and sooner or later you’ll start to categorize them just like what I am doing right now). This list is basically a summarization of the “type” of book boyfriends I’ve encountered (so far). Tell me in the comments below if you agree!

The guys allergic to shirts (stop showing off buddy. We get it, you’re hot.)

We all know that book boyfriends are always in great shape, and these guys are not afraid to show it. And when they are shoving it into people’s faces 24/7, it provides great comic relief when people call them out (still a great view though). But despite their great appearances, these guys have great personalities too. The inside counts just as much as the outside – the outside just…adds to it.

Daemon Black – Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Come on Daemon, everyone can see it: you’re just taking those shirts off for Katy. Even she called you out for it (multiple times too). Oh well, I guess no one can complain about the view. If I am even remotely as fit as he is I would show it off too.

But to give Daemon credit, he doesn’t completely overdo it. He only takes it off when exercising or swimming, but even then he makes sure Katy sees it.

Raffe – Angelfall by Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Although both Raffe and Daemon aren’t ashamed to “show off” themselves once in a while, unlike Daemon, Raffe have a legitimate reason for his shirt being off. Being an angel with giant wings, it’s arguably a lot more convenient with your shirt off than on. So to summarize this in Raffe’s own words: “I didn’t hear any complains”.

“The Darklings” (a.k.a the less-approachable villains)

In the anime world, we call these characters “Tsundere”. To summarize these type of characters, they are people who seem really cold and aloof on the outside but is actually anything but that on the inside. “Tsundere” can also be used to describe the character development of these initially cold characters to a warmer, more opened character. One of the reasons why these types of book boyfriends are so popular is because of how cool they are. They are incredibly attractive, incredibly bad-ass, and have great in-depth personalities of a painful past that made them this way, making their character so much more interesting. And let’s just be honest here, it feels awesome to have a boyfriend how is completely cold to everyone except you).

Hideo Tanaka – Warcross by Marie Lu

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For the millins who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Hideo is the epitome of a Tsundere. He was so cold and aloof in the beginning (even Emika didn’t like him in the beginning). But as we get to know him (work our way down that icy shield), we start to see glimpses of Hideo’s more warm self and melting the ice in the process. Hideo is one of the “darkling” characters because of how he has it all – he’s a genius programming and business prodigy who is incredibly attractive and in shape with an unbelievable sense of fashion (one that I would further elaborate upon later in this list).

The Darkling – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

The Darkling is a more controversial case – while all the other characters on this list are the legitimate end-game boyfriend (who temporarily had villainous roles), the darkling is arguably the ultimate antagonist of the Shadow and Bone series. He’s handsome, powerful, manipulative, and definitely evil. He’s also the least redeemable character on this list with a refreshing fact that he doesn’t have the cliche “tragic past” most of the other characters have.

Kaz – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz is a thief, and he does his job well. Very well. He’s extremely successful in the crime business, a genius in the art of thievery. He even dresses his part – he looks like a human grim reaper magician himself. He sometimes is also heartless and damn calculating – but is he though? He’s been through a lot of hardship, and when it comes to those he cares deeply about *cough* Inej *cough*…yeah, appearances don’t’ tell the whole story, does he?

Misunderstood villains

The title summarizes these types of characters perfectly. These are characters who are deemed as villainous in their respective worlds, but in reality, they are actually just misunderstood. They either are too nice to try and correct everyone, no one would believe them anyway, or to enforce this facade to protect those who he cares about. This is why these characters definitely have a tragic backstory.

Warner (kind of) – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.

No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon.

Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

The reason Warner is “kind of” a misunderstood villain is that he is arguably one of the most messed up characters on this list – the only on that can even remotely compete with the Darkling in terms of evilness, but it’s not really his fault. Unlike the Darkling, Warner actually does have a legitimate reason to be the way he is a.k.a tragic past. Also, he has realized the wrong nature of his ways and is trying to change largely thanks to Juliette.

Rhysand – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin―and his world―forever.

Rhysand is completely misunderstood, it’s not controversial. It’s just a fact. Everyone thinks he is this evil man – the villain of the story – and he enforces this facade in order to protect the things he cares about. But he is anything but that. I really can’t discuss more because it involves heavy spoilers, but anyone who has read this series knows exactly what I’m talking about.
Go read this series. You will not regret it.

Aldrik – Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war. Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all–the Crown Prince Aldrik–she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

Aldrik was labeled the black sheep of the imperial empire’s royal family, and it’s not just because he’s the only person who wears black. Despite being the legitimate heir, nobody accepts him and either hates or fears him because of his dark – arguably villainous – appearance and aloof characteristics. However, after opening up to Vhalla, he learned to open up to the world and start to heal for the wounds of being alone that accumulated all those years. He was truly misunderstood.

Bully turned romanic interest

These characters can be even more controversial than the Darklings because it’s a thin line between “bad boys” and abusive relationships. Authors need to be aware of the dangers of romanticizing bullying, it is not okay and a lot of times it’s not forgivable. Lines should be carefully set for characters like these.

Cardan – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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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.

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 years old 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.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.

Cardan was really drawing the line I just mentioned in this book. He humiliated and bullied Jude despite the fact that he cannot help but be attracted to her. What he has done is really close to crossing the line, but Cardan’s popularity definitely sets an example for this type of book boyfriends and how likable they are.

Darren – First Years by Rachel E. Carter

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Before the age of seventeen the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice –follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage…For 15-year-old Ryiah the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead –the realm’s most notorious war school for those with magic.

Yet when she arrives Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every “first-year” is given a trial year to prove their worth –and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail –and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve –and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat… Still, nothing is ever as it seems –and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in –herself. Will it be enough?

Darren, unlike Cardan, is not controversial at all. He doesn’t push the line as much as Cardan. Yes, he had a shaky beginning with Ryiah, but even then their relationship was not even a quarter as toxic as Jude and Cardan’s. But he is a good example of this trope.

The personal trainers

These are the guys who are usually assigned to our bad-ass protagonists to help improve their physical fighting skills. Usually, our heroines would be a really sassy and feisty girl and these guys would initially dislike the girl’s attitude, but eventually, be drawn toward her as well.

EVERY INDIE BOOK EVER

I am not kidding, this trope is literally in every single indie book ever, especially in those paranormal/young adult books. The reason these kind of book boyfriends are so reassuring in genres like this is because of how these paranormal young-adult books usually involve the trope of our heroine being dragged (usually unwillingly) into a supernatural world, and they need to train. Chances are, they already met these guys and hates them – they are arrogant and rude. But since they are forced to work together to train together, they develop a relationship as they get to know each other.

Say what you want, this trope is insanely popular for a reason. I personally love this trope as well.

Dimitri – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

Dimitri originally hated Rose’s guts. I personally adore Rose’s sassy don’t-give-a-crap attitude, and I find it incredibly entertaining to watch Rose purposely make Dimitri suffer knowing how much he hates her messing with him with her sassiness. This made some great character dynamics, which is why their romance is so satisfying and cute.

Four – Divergent by Veronica Roth

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One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions.

Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

Although Vampire Academy does have a more cliche scenario (it is a YA paranormal series) with the classic dynamic between the bad-ass heroine and aloof hero, Divergent was a little bit more different in this dynamic. The setting is different too (maybe that contributed to the differences), Divergent is a dystopian world, making the atmosphere more…depressing. Which perfectly fit Tris’s more shy and timid nature – while still making her incredibly badass – and still throwing her together with the personal trainer. Now Four is just like Dimitri. Although he doesn’t really dislike Tris in the way that Dimitri initially disliked Rose, he definitely had to come to like her, he was not very approachable initially. Another reason why he fits this trope is that he is in the mentor/trainer position for this.

The unbelievably sassy (and lovable) ones

This trait overlaps with a lot of book boyfriends. It’s not either you have it or don’t have it – it’s a scale. The scale of sassiness the guy have. These type of book boyfriends are not as aloof, and they often tease/flirt with the heroine as comic relief, but of course, they genuinely feel that way for the heroine. Often times these guys hid their painful past behind this humorous shield, which give such meaningful depths to their character, making them even more lovable than they already are. Thanks to their humor, they are also incredibly charismatic.

Rhysand – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin―and his world―forever.

Rhysand is such an embodiment of this trope – although he has a very villainous facade (one that I had previously elaborated upon earlier), he is also incredibly humorous. Remember how I said these type of characters love just trolling and teasing our heroines? It’s one of Rhysand’s behavior trademarks as well. Even after they married he still does this

Percy and Leo – the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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Oh my god, this pair. If they combined their respective level of sassiness they would make the world explode. I legit get third-degree burns when they get just a bit too savage. Well, maybe the world didn’t explode yet because of how Annabeth and Calypso’s respective badass-ness themselves are balancing it out.

The Nice Guys

The above categories can all fall under the “bad-boy” generalized category, but the category “nice guys” unfortunately is just one category because it’s such a minority (I am so sorry). It’s just that the above type of characters are so much more interesting and fun to read (and so much more shipable). But as readers, we should still acknowledge these “good guys”, they’re nice people too.

Maxon – The Selection by Keira Cass

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Yes, Maxon is charismatic, charming, and incredibly attractive, but if you really think about it, he’s not really a bad boy. You could say that he is one of the few examples of book boyfriends who is not a bad boy and is genuinely still beloved and popular with the fandom. That is so much more than what I can say for Mal from the Grisha Trilogy.

Mal – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Both Maxon and Mal can fall under the “nice guy” category, but that’s where the similarities end. While Maxon is charismatic, lovebale, interesting, and popular with the fandom, Mal is anything but that. Mal is annoying, enraging, boring, and unpopular with the Grisha trilogy fans. Listen, we (the fans) are not irrational – we know the Darkling is not good for Alina. But the alternative choice could’ve been made so much better. It’s such a shame.

5 Series When the Heroine Unexpectedly Falls for and Chooses the Second Guy PART II

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Specified Enemies to Lovers Trope – Fantasy EditionI originally made this list because as a lover of this trope, it’s actually really, really difficult to find legitimate (and accurate) recommendation for books with this trope. I often leave books with disappointment when I didn’t get what I was originally looking for, but these jackpots I can personally guarantee would not let you know if you’re craving this trope (if I disappoint you feel free to take it out on me through email haha, but I promise you that won’t happen because if you read closely at my descriptions for each book, you’ll get exactly what you need).

Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #1

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

If there’s one author that is NAILING this trope, it’s SJM. She is amazing at launching armadas with her series, but somehow still manages to successfully avoid making triangle relationships between her characters. If you want a book that the end-guy doesn’t even appear until several books into the series, ToG is the one for you.

If you like ToG, I highly recommend you to read Falling Kingdoms as well, something I mentioned on my “What Should I What Should I Read Next? If You Like This Book, Then You Might Like…” book recommendation list since there’s a lot of similarities between them (e.g multiple POV, high fantasy, and characters ending up with different love interests from the initial one, etc).

Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #1

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I have a curse

I have a curse

I have a gift

I am a monster

I’m more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Unlike, ToG, Shatter Me is for those who don’t mind that the guy appearing in the first book (as a villain, and not as a romantic interest), and having the ship starting to form only at around book two (although it is hinted subtlety in book one). This book also has a villain-gets-the-girl trope. Aside from this, if you REALLY enjoy scenes where the romance interest is deemed as a villain and unapproachable, and shows PDA in front of everyone, making everyone gape, this is also the book for you.

Half-Blood

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Covenant #1

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The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

JLA is one of my go-to guilty pleasure author. Her books got the perfect indie vibe that I like. Not too serious but also not too cheesy. Although they are not masterpieces, they are still seriously addicting. If you read any of JLA’s series, you should know what I’m talking about. If not, just…trust her. She knows what she’s doing…

White Hot Kiss

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements #1

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One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Basically the same as the last one. Trust JLA to give an indie-vibe book that is an addictingly fun read with ships that you enjoy.

Inception

Author: Bianca Scardoni

Series: The Marked #1

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Be careful who you trust, for even the Devil was once an Angel.

My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I have a secret. I know vampires are real. I watched one murder my father eight months ago, and even though they tried to convince me it didn’t happen—that I’d lost touch with reality due to the trauma, I know what I saw was real.

Hollow Hills is now the place I call home. It was supposed to be my chance at a normal life. My chance to bury my secret and start over. But everyone around me is keeping their own secrets, whispering lies into my ears like promises, and one of them is about to turn my entire world upside down.

I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I had the answers. I thought I knew who I was. The truth is, I didn’t even know the half of it. There’s a reason these vampires are still after me. There’s a reason they will always hunt me. Because I’m not human.

I’m the devil they fear and the angel they crave.

Only problem is, I don’t know it yet.

This series is super underrated. I came across this book during my indie phase (I was literally reading indie books that nobody knows about exclusively). This was one of my favorites. Expect the second guy was the expected villain (not the leader or the most powerful one though). I’m really sad the fourth book hasn’t released yet because apparently, the author put it on hold for personal reasons. I REALLY can’t wait for book four though.

This is one of the most popular posts on my blog, so if you enjoyed this you might want to check out part 1 of this list!

If you have already read some of the books on this list (like Throne of Glass) and want to know what to read based on those books, you might want to check out my book recommendation list “What Should I What Should I Read Next? If You Like This Book, Then You Might Like…”.

If you need enemies to lovers like you need air to breathe, check out my Specified Enemies to Lovers Trope – Fantasy Edition list, where I gave book recommendations to more specific enemies to lovers tropes, such as “I’m supposed to kill you”, “I’m supposed to hate your kind”, “Forced Marriage”, “friends to enemies to lovers”, and more.

I don’t know about you, but I love the scenes when the guy finally saw the scars of the protagonist for the first time and realized the hardships she went through, finally signifying a turning point in the enemies to lovers relationships. If you love scenes like those too, I gave a full list of books recommendations based on this trope in my Books With the “Who Did This To You” Trope list.

Top 6 Fun and Relaxing Holiday Reads

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Although a good fantasy book would be forever my first choice, sometimes our brain will scream a rest for a relaxing book from all the complicated world building, problems and cruel cliffhangers. So here are some of my favorite relaxing holiday reads, and I hope they could be yours too.

1. Glitter and Sparkle: A Sweet and Sparkly Romantic Comedy

By Shari L. Tapscott

This is a sweet and uncomplicated love story for a holiday when you’re all cuddled up in your bed and it’s raining outside. It’s about a high school girl going through her life as planned,and her her childhood brother’s friend Harrison came back and temporally lived in her and her families house before he found an apartment, and their multiple failed attempts at resisting each other. It’s a really cute HEA (happily ever after) story. Go check it out!

2. All I’ve ever Wanted

By Ann Huang

This may not be the greatest written book, since the writing itself was not the best, but the plot and the main story itself is pretty entertaining and relaxing. Throughout this book you’ll get to enjoy a pretty sweet hate love relationship, including some very sweet scenes that will (guarantee) make you smile and re-read a million times.

3. Happily Ever After: Companions to the Selections Series (The Selection Novella)

By Keira Cass

My Opinion:

Okay, before you decided I’ve made an mistake, you should know that after you’ve read the Selection Series, this can be a very relaxing book cause you don’t have to worry about problems in here while still enjoy Maxon and America’s happily ever after. After all, this book contains many sweet stories and extra scenes that was not included in other books in the series, which is really refreshing, and we can see what happens after the selection! So this is why I’m suggesting to you cause it’s good and relaxing, but, I really suggest you to read the other books in the series before you read this cause first, you would spoil for yourself and second, you won’t enjoy it as much as you would’ve if you have read the other books.

Synopsis:

Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn’t the prince. This gorgeous collection features four novellas from the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series—two of which appear here in print for the first time—as well as exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content.

This series companion is a must-have for any Selection fan, and includes:

  • The Prince
  • The Guard
  • The Queen (in print for the first time)
  • The Favorite (in print for the first time)
  • Exclusive new scenes from The Selection, The Elite, and The One
  • Introductions to each novella from Kiera Cass
  • A map of Illéa and other illustrations

4. Just the Sexiest Man Alive

By Julie James

Synopsis:

No woman could resist him—except the one he wanted most…

Cool, Calm, Collected…

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident, Famous, Irresistible…

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match.

My Opinion:

This is a classic celeb-falling-for-only-girl-doesn’t-want story – which by the way, is my favorite!! Ahhhh~! Just thinking about that makes me squirm in my seats. I love those! The stories with this plot-line is always so cute and romantic. This book is actually pretty popular, and you probably already found this title quite familiar. So we’ve got this egotistical celeb hot guy that is used to getting every girl, and this beautiful girl that is the only person in the world not interested, and the story begins there. Shout out to anyone that love plot like this! Go check it out! Google it too, there’s free copies online or you could just read it online for free.

5. Rock and a Hard Place

By Angie Stanton

Synopsis:

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her rule abiding behavior and her life changes course.

Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family’s growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.

Their lives are torn apart when Peter’s family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?

My Opinion:

This book is a classic celebrity-falls-in-love–with-a-normal-girl-who-don’t-know-who-they-are romance. With a simple Cinderella-like story, it’s a relaxing love story to fill our reading needs.

6. The House of Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros

Synopsis:

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers

My Opinion:

I might be the only one that has ever done this, but right now I’m suggesting a required reading book from my school. Now, the reason I say this is because normally, everyone hates their required reading materials from their schools, right? But some of the books are actually good, and The House of Mango Street is one of them. This is basically a collection of relaxing, interesting and entertaining short stories from her time, so we can take a peek into the picture of the past from her point of view. The reason I’m suggesting this is because not only this book is extremely relaxing to read, it’s also extremely entertaining and intresting. So go check it out, and who knows, you’ll really enjoy it as well!

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5 Series When The Heroine Unexpectedly Falls For and Chooses The Second Guy

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I (surprisingly) enjoyed books like this. I always find myself falling for the other guy, and I am always screaming when they actually end up together. It’s the best feeling in the world. The weird and interesting thing about books like this is you always sort of ‘feel’ it coming, but at the same time it’s unexpected. The author always seems to have a way to foreshadow it and make it so you’ll be happy about it in the end. Another reason I liked situations like this is because usually, the second guy had a more hate/love relationship with the heroine than the original romantic interest.

1. Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

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One of the first series of this kind I’ve ever read. I think Amanda Hocking should receive more recognition for her writings and books. I unexpectedly was very happy with Wendy ending up with Loki instead of Finn, since Wendy and Finn had a hate/love relationship. If you are looking for a series where the girl first falls for the second guy who appeared later on in the series, this is perfect for you. And for those who really enjoyed Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses, you’ll find yourself loving Loki, because Loki is really similar to Rhysand. Both are a big arrogant with their ‘charms’ and is always teasing and flirting with the heroine. However, both heroes truly and deeply love the Protagonist, and has a ‘deep side’ that they tend to hide.

2. Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand

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The second guy appeared sooner than the first series I suggested. However, I really liked how Tucker and Clara had a hate love relationship started first. And for those who greatly enjoy forbidden love, this is the series for you. Another thing that made this series unique is that for the first time, it’s the guy who realized that he had fell for an angel, instead of the other way around. However, this series would not be my first choice if I have to choose, because I think it’s a little bit too fast for me. I like it when they don’t end up for at least until two books, like the Trylle Trilogy and Young Elites series. The reason though that this series even made it to this list is that although brief, there really was a pretty good hate/love unexpected relationship going on in the first book. If only it lasted longer.

3. Young Elites Series by Marie Lu

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If you would die without an HEA then you will hate this series. Because this book had a severe case of bittersweet ending syndrome that made me just want to go ahead and strangle Marie Lu to death. And it’s not even the first time she did this – she pulled the same little stunt with the Legend series, and I really, really, really hated her for it. I have to say though, loved Magiano and Adelina here. The thing I loved most about heroine falling for the second guy is that the author somehow always has this amazing ability to make you wish that the guy ends up with the girl, and when they finally kiss, you’re just like – YES. This series is more similar to the Trylle trilogy, because Magiano like Loki, did not appear until the second book of the series (which, I emphasize, I love). One thing that I liked about Magiano is that he was reluctant to help Adelina at first, but then later grew to fall in love with her.

4. The Court of Throne and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Although Rhysand appeared in the first book as well, why I really liked it is because Feyre didn’t officially ‘become a couple’ with him until middle/end of the second book. And if you still haven’t realized yet, I really don’t like it when the relationship escalates too fast. For those who love books where the guy (is a king/prince or in this case, high lord) has to keep up a ‘cool, cruel and collected’ mask, it’s the series for you. And then there’s the hate/love relationship.

5. Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods

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This series does not have the exact scenario for when-the-girl-falls-for-the-second-guy, and can be listed because if we’re going to go strictly speaking, this series counts. But the main reason that I suggest this series because I really, really liked it. And it’s one of the series I am shocked from how much I love it. So basically we already meet the second guy (Blake) in the first book, but actually our protagonist, Elena, decided to date Lucien instead. But then he died in the second book, and we have a severe hate/love relationship in the third and fourth book, Frostbite and Moonbreeze. Either way, you have to give this series some time, because it really is good.

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10 Books Becoming Movies in 2017

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More and more books are turned into movies, each one made because of the last one’s success. Especially when Hollywood is running out of ideas. Here is a list of 10 books becoming live from our imaginations in 2017.

1. Captain Underpants Bb Dav Pilkey

Who doesn’t know Captain underpants? Everyone had read at least one book in this series from their lowerschool classrooms and library. The Movie is schedule to be released in June 2, 2017. The current cast announced is Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Kristen Schaal, Jordan Peele, and Nick Kroll. The story is about two kids (George Beard and Harold Hutchins) hypnotizing their extremely cruel school principle (Principal Benjamin “Benny” Krupp) into thinking he is their comic book superhero, Captain Underpants.

2. Allegiant By Veronica Roth (Part 2)

The Divergent Series has been such a big name with its success in the film industry. It’s last movie (part 2), based on the last book which is split into two parts, is schedule to be released in June 9, 2017. The cast is still the same, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, etc. It’s basically about Tris and Theo fighting off battles and its many problems in the divergent world, while trying to fix society itself.

3. An Amber In The Ashes By Sabaa Tahir

Imagine my shock when I realize this book is being made into a movie so soon, when the book itself was released only last year. It is confirmed the movie would be released in 2017, but the exact date is still TBA. The cast is also still unconfirmed, but it was announced that the producers would be author Sabaa Tahir’s brother, Haroon Salem is one of the producers, along with Mark Johnson, who worked in Breaking Bad and The Chronicles of Narnia. The story is basically about a boy and a girl (Laia and Elias), who one’s a slave and the other as a soldier, met and fell in love as they tries to fight of battles the brutal world of the Martial Empire tries to bestow on them.

4. All The Bright Places By Jennifer Niven

I was actually first introduced to this book from my friend, Angela. She showed it to me after she just borrowed it from the library. It’s only confirmed that it would be released in 2017, and its exact scheduled date is unknown. Also the only cast confirmed cast is Elle Fanning. It’s about a boy and girl (Violet Markey and Theodore Finch), who met on the top of a bell tower, which develop into an interesting relationship.

5. Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver

This one is actually not that surprising. It’s so popular and looking from the amount of books made in to movie every year, sooner or later this book would be made into a movie. Especially now, when Hollywood is running out of ideas. They would never let a good painful romance story like Before I fall go without giving it a shot. It’s schedule released date is April 7, 2017. The current announced casts are Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Elena Kampouris. It’s a story of how after Sam died on February 12 , she was forced to relive that day over and over, while slowly discovering the truths about her death.

6. Wonder By R.J. Palacio

I read this book in middle school for summer reading. I’m actually most intrigued to know how they would make the ‘deformity’ on august for the film, because the author never really described it. It’s schedule released date is April 7, 2017, and its announced casts are Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts (wow), Owen Wilson, and Daveed Diggs. It’s about a boy who was deformed from birth as he tries to live a normal life, while people around him starts to accept him more as they slowly see past the ugly mask.

7. Fifty Shades Darker By E.L. James

Sequel to the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Should be expected form the success of the first book’s movie. Schedule to be released in February 10, 2017. If I’m not mistaken I believe the trailer is already up in the internet. The cast is still the same: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Tyler Hoechlin, Kim Basinger, etc. The story follows Anastasia Steele as she uncovers more pasts about her current lover, Christian Grey.

8. The Mountain Between Us By Charles Martin

An inspirational romance survival novel. A wonderful book, so the movie better not disappoint. Schedule to be released on October 20, 2017. The current cast announced are Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. It’s about two people (Ashley Knox and Dr. Ben Payne), a writer and Doctor who met on a charter plane which crashed, and fell in love while they struggle to survive.

9. The House Of Tomorrow By Peter Bognanni

It’s a heartbreaking book about self-discovery, that is filled with humor and compassion. Exact date is unknown, but it is confirmed it’ll be released somewhere in 2017. The announced casts are Asa Butterfield, Nick Offerman, Alex Wolff, and Ellen Burstyn. It’s a story about two boys (Sebastian Prendergast and Jared Whitcomb), one who one forever lived his life in the dark his entire past, and another heart-implement recpitian, and together they helped each other to create a perfect future.

10. The Dark Tower By Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the living writing legends. As a legend himself, he’s also the creator of other legends, such as The Shinning, Carrie, Firestarter, and dozens more. So it should be expected that another one of his work would be made into a movie in February 17, 2017. The casts are Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, and more to be announced. It’s the introduction to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger.

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