Hello everyone! To really kickoff my blog, I decided I’d share with you my top ten favorite series! I think I’ll do a separate post with standalones next week. Without further ado:
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
- The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine
- The Tortall Universe by Tamora Pierce
- The Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
- Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
- House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
- The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
Of course, this is not even close to being all my favorites. As I read I find more favorites and sometimes forget about older ones. It’s so hard to narrow it down to only ten, there’s so many good books out there! These also weren’t in any particular order in case you were wondering. It was basically a stream of consciousness exercise for me. The temptation to use Goodreads was hard to resist. I cheated and used my bookshelves instead because I have TOO many favorites! I’ve attached reviews below where I could, some of these I read before I started reviewing and I don’t have a single review for a couple of series which completely blows my mind! All the reviews should be spoiler free unless they are for a later book in the series, then read at your own risk!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I found the ToG series right around when Heir of Fire came out. I’ve read the first book six times now. Every time I dive back into this world, I’m enraptured by it all over again. I love all the tiny bits of foreshadowing throughout the entire series. There’s also so many badass characters and I love every one of them.
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
When I first read Illuminae, I was put through a very traumatic reading experience. And it didn’t stop with the first book. I remember my heart pounding, my muscles trembling and the adrenaline racing through my body as I’d read each installment of this series. While I love the first book, the second book (Gemina) is what catapulted this series to a favorite of mine. There was nothing I didn’t love about Gemina, it took the crazy ride of Illuminae and flipped it on its head.
The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine
The Great Library series took an amazing premise and blew my mind with it. This series asks the question “What would happen if the Library of Alexandria was never destroyed?”. Then it takes it a step further by asking “What would happen if that power became corrupt and real books were illegal?”. It sets up a very precarious and fascinating scenario for our main protagonist, a book smuggler by family trade, who applies to be an apprentice at the Library. There’s several other main characters we follow, and it flawlessly incorporates the kind of diversity I want to see in all my books. Each new book has upped the stakes and I’m super excited to see what happens in the finale, Sword & Pen.
The Tortall Universe by Tamora Pierce
I first heard about this series when I was a small child. My mom loved the Alanna series and I remember reading at least the first book if not more. My amazing friend Kerry, reignited my need to read them and I quickly binged the whole Tortall universe! It was so easy to love these books. Each series expands the world with new characters, places and villains. The last duology, Daughter of the Lioness, was my favorite. I loved Aly and seeing all of the characters I’ve come to cherish so much. The best way to read these is Song of the Lioness, The Immortals Quartet, Protector of the Small, The Beka Cooper Trilogy, Daughter of the Lioness Duology and finally Tempests and Slaughter (Numair Chronicles #1). This is my opinion and how I read them, but it doesn’t reflect the chronological order.
The Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
The Percy Jackson was one of the first series to introduce me to a popular male author. Especially in Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction, it seems like the field is dominated by women authors (which is awesome tbh), but sometimes I’d wonder where are all the male authors? Well, I found one I absolutely adore. I love mythology and the fastest way to make me pick up a book is to tell me it’s based on mythology or has its own amazing mythology. Percy Jackson was also my first real introduction to middle grade and I’m so happy I found it. I love that some of the emotions and craziness that’s prevalent in YA is not in MG (AKA romance). I continued reading Riordan’s books after PJO and fell completely in love with the Heroes of Olympus and all of his other books. I am impatiently waiting for The Tyrant’s Tomb.
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
When I was younger, I fantasized about being a spy. Like how cool would that be?! Except the getting caught part and tortured/killed/taken prisoner, I did not want that at all. Enter the Gallagher Girls series in my life. In this series, we follow three best friends who are training at the elite Gallagher Girl Academy to become the best spies. Things get a little messy when their perfect triumvirate is interrupted by a new girl. This was such a fun series, and I loved that each of the girls had a unique strength or talent that made their group cohesive. I’d also highly recommend Ally Carter’s Heist Society if you love thieves and stealing (think Six of Crows).
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Graceling is an older fantasy, but it was one of the first books I remember binging. I was completely enraptured by Katsa and Po. This series introduces magic, but as a “grace” that’s given at birth. Being a Graced means that you have an extreme skill like never getting lost or always hitting the target you aim for. Katsa has a grace for killing and serves her uncle as his assassin. People know and fear her by her striking mismatched colored eyes. I love that the series has three different main characters who are all entangled in different ways. I think this was one of my first introductions into high fantasy and it will always have a special place in my heart.
The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
Oh man, I don’t know how to express my utter devotion to this series. I fell so hard for Elisa in The Girl of Fire & Thorns. Elisa was one of the first main characters who made me feel seen. One thing that’s quite common in YA, is that so many main characters are lean, muscular, or thin. Elisa is none of those things, she is blatantly described as fat. I’ve never considered myself thin, so having a character who finally understood what it meant to feel different because of her body shape spoke to me so much. Then there was the world, it was full of several different nations that had distinct and different cultures. It was so rich and I loved the religion in this book. I liked how it was always present, but it never felt like it was forced down my throat. When I think of the ideal religion, I think of Elisa’s faith and it brings me comfort.
House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
So I had a vampire phase and yes it started with Twilight. I have no problem admitting that. Would I like Twilight now? I’m not sure, I’d have to reread them. After I binged the Twilight series, I went on to find any vampire story I could. From that time, I found the House of Night series. I devoured the books that were published and anxiously awaited the next books (AND THERE’S TWELVE). I loved Zoey as soon as I met her. I also loved the incorporation of Native American folklore and traditions throughout the storyline. Did I mention it’s not vampire, but vampyre? And they have affinities which can come in the form of elements, animals and everything in between? Also, CATS!! Cats as familiars everywhere. Can you see the heart eyes popping out of my face?
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
This is probably one of my most recent favorite acquisitions. I read The Demon King and was completely hooked. I loved how there was this huge battle between past & present, good & evil, and the clans & wizards. There were so many aspects that added to the whole word and it made for a stunning series. Plus Hans, one of the main characters, was a ruffian and ugh swoon! Raisa, the other main character, became such a strong character by the end of the series and I absolutely adored her. I don’t know what else to say about this except READ IT and then read the Shattered Realms series immediately after and watch your heart die muahahahaha.