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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.

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.

My Summer Reading List for 2018, Six of Crows, Rick Riordan Books, and more

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Summer. Ah, the good, glory days that bookworms all love and enjoy. Also, how can I call myself a book lover if I don’t get some summer reading material? Especially I was so busy recently, summer vocation is a great way for me to get back on my A game.

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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This has to be one of the more anticipated books in 2018, basically being a mini-sequel to The A Court of Thorns and Roses series. If that reason alone fails to let you understand why I want to read this book…I genuinely don’t know what to say. Why in the world will I miss a chance to see more of Rhys and Feyre?!

2. Restore me by Tahereh Mafi

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Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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I was very surprised to see this sequel, but at this same time this was definitely not unnecessary. Like all Dystopian books, The Shatter Me series was so fun to read, but still suffer by having that GOD-AWFUL ending – *furious intake of breath*. That ending was so lazy, very inconclusive, and just not…good. At all.

So yeah, this book is definitely a great opportunity for the author to “improve” and remodel that ending (don’t let me down, please).

3. 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.

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

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Okay, so I’ve never been a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s books. I tried to give Shadow and Bone a shot, and it definitely was not good at all for me, so I never finished the series. Naturally, with such a bad experience, I originally had absolutely no interest with Six of Crows, even when I am seeing it around the book community a lot. However, maybe it was because of the good word of mouth on this book and how Goodreads just so passionately had to continuously and repeatedly shove this book in my face, I reluctantly decided to give this book a try.

Let’s just hope that Bardugo doesn’t disappoint me again like she did with her other series. I’m very curious to see how this book would be like for me.

4. 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.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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I also saw this book a lot in the book community for the past few months, and apparently this book was really good. A lot of people liked it, and with a pretty good synopsis (seems like something I might like and enjoy), I’m willing to give this book a shot.

5. magnus chase series by rick riordan

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Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

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As a so-called Rick Riordan fan, I had been absolutely mortified over the fact that I haven’t read any of his Magnus Chase (and Trials of Apollo books). So I’m using this summer as an opportunity to catch up.

6. trials of apollo series by rick riordan

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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Basically the same reason as above.

7. The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what – and who – it is they’re fighting for.

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So I was borrowing the other books from the library, and this one was on the shelf next to me when I was checking out. I looked at the back cover, seems interesting, so I checked it out.

8. The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) by Jeff Kinney

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Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

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So I was doing some last-minute scan in the library, and I saw THE NEW DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK and I was immediately like HECK YEAHHH and proceeded to check it out. Yes, I totally “calmly” went to check this book out and did not, did not knock anything down in the process of doing so.

Books Where Heroine is Supposed To Kill The Hero But Falls in Love With Him Instead

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1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

2. The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

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After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

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3. The Wrath and The Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh

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One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

3. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

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Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

If you want more posts like this, check out another recent post of mine: Book Recommendation: Specified Enemies to Lovers Trope – Fantasy Edition, where I touched on the “I’m supposed to kill you” trope!

So…October is Over. What’s Next?

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October (A.K.A) Halloween just passed, as of course Thanksgiving in November is immediately coming at us in full speed.

So…how is everyone celebrating Thanksgivings, my fellow bookworms?

For me, here is basically the one-on-one guide to my ideal happiness on this long break.

1. I got to finished that pile of murder mysteries

Now, I completely understand that there is no way I can finish all my Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes collection in a couple of days. But I can try. And of course, this break would be a perfect opportunity to read those books.

2. Get my blog back on track – pre-schedule AS MUCH POST AS POSSIBLE

Thank you @Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books for checking in why I haven’t post Sunday Posts for so long. Thank you for checking in!

Well, for a while I really didn’t post anything. And my parents – even this friend of my all pointed that out. So that was enough to remind me that my break is over, and it’s time to get back on track.

I’m starting to post again, but don’t worry! My weekly recap would be coming back soon, as soon as I read more books (because it’s really humiliating how few books I read every week, which is actually one of the reasons why I kind of took a break on the recap posts).

3. Work on my coloring book

For those we don’t know, I made my first ever Book Depository ordering on the A Court of Thorns of Roses Coloring Book. I did work on it a lot, and I absolutely love, love, LOVE that book. But I had been really busy lately, so I really didn’t have time. So I’m going to use this opportunity to draw the hell out of that book.

4. Blog Tours?

I’ve signed up for a few blog tours, and I dared myself to signed up as a reviewer for some of them. Gotta get the books done when I have time.

5. Do my ultimate research on my upcoming Japan Universal and christmas trip

I am going to Japan’s Universal Studios for Christmas this year. And I am beyond excited. But I have to be lying that beside from the amazing rides themselves, the food is a major part of what I’m looking forward to.

6. The TBR list that is drowning me right now

Me: Can I see my TBR list?

Goodreads:

Me:

Well, what’s everyone doing? That’s my plan for Thanksgiving, and I hope I’ll be as productive as I hope and can be.

#Thanksgiving #Holiday

5 Books Where The Hero is Supposed To Be the “Villain Character”, But is Actually Not

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This mainly focuses on books where the male hero is generally a character that everybody fears, has a reputation to be ‘heartless, cruel’ and generally a monster. More specifically, these books would include heroes where when they show affections to the heroine, it’ll basically shock everyone. Basically, that side is not shown often. I made this list because I absolutely love books with characters like this, so I want to share my list of books which I came across to be this kind. The heroes in these books can also be described as ‘misunderstood villains’.

If this list seems interesting to you, you might also want to check out my Characters Like Rhysand list!

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.

Why I recommend it:

Rhysand is a classic example of this amazing character who live up to his ‘villain roles’, because the world expected him to be a villain. And of course, that is not the case. So if you are looking for a hero who always wears another face to the public because he’s suppose to be, not because he actually is, you’ll love this. And of course, if you love sassy hot AMAZING love interest characters.

Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #1

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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.

Why I recommend it:

Warner is more different than Rhysand. Rhysand is raised well (thanks to his mainly his mother), and he only puts on a facade not because he truly is raised as a villain, but he is just showing the world what they want and expect to see. On the contrary, Warner is actually a man (or boy) with psychological problems, and a villain with the potential to be good, but on is who he is today because of how he was raised and treated as a child. But of course he is not abusive, and does have boundaries. Which makes it possible to like him.

Air Awakens

Author: Elise Kova

Series: Air Awakens #1

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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.

Why I recommend it:

Aldrik is like if Warner and Rhysand slept together and had a baby-

I’m sorry, I just had to. But that analogy is absolutely perfect, for anyone had read Shatter Me, ACOTAR, and Air Awakens.

For those who don’t know, Aldrik is the absolute perfection for a character with both Warner’s and Rhysand’s character combined.

The Wrath and The Dawn

Author: Reneé Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #1

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One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Why I recommend it:

Khalid in The Wrath and the Dawn is a perfect “ani-villain-love-interest” for this list. Everyone thinks he’s the monster (and of course he was misunderstood), so his love for Shahrzad is constantly being used against him from his many enemies.

Paper Princess

Author: Erin Watt

Series: Paper princess #1

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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.These Royals will ruin you…Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.He might be right.Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Why I recommend it:

Unlike the rest of the books on this list, this is book has a contemporary setting and ‘human’ characters. However, Reed fits on this list perfectly, just like all the other heroes I’ve mentioned. Although he’s just a popular boy, his reputation be cold ‘and the leader’, made his public PDA toward Ella absolutely shocking. I love scenes like that.

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