THE PROBLEM: You just finished an amazing YA book and you want to keep that satisfied feeling going, but you don’t know what to read next. Or alternatively, you’ve read something amazing and have been searching for the perfect follow up read, but have come up short every time.
THE SOLUTION: Never fear readers, because Epic Reads is here to solve all your bookish problems. Introducing our weekly feature, “Like, Try, Why”! Each week we’ll pick a few popular books (and sometimes even TV shoes or movies!!) that we adored and then PERSONALLY recommend what to read next. This is no automated feature, this is the real thang y’all. So sit back, relax and let this week’s Like, Try, Why introduce you to your next epic read.
If you loved the themes in Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna might be right up your alley. It is beautifully written and delicately explores the idea of what it’s like to be born into an existence where your sole purpose is to be a backup for your clone.
Dealing with death is a universal topic that many of us relate to. So if you liked If I Stay by Gayle Forman, try The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle! Don’t worry, even though the subject matter is a bit of a downer, the way it’s written is actually quite uplifting and at times, funny even.
Greek mythology retellings are (as Mugatu would say) so hot right now. And why not? We grew up learning about these myths so it’s fun to relive them in a modern setting. While The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter explores the Persephone and Hades myth, Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs channels Medusa – in all her snake-haired glory. Other modern Greek retellings I’d recommend from my shelf is Everneath by Brodi Ashton and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini!
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