So if you read and loved Three Dark Crowns, then you (like us) are probably desperately waiting for September when One Dark Throne is finally on sale and your book hangover can at last come to an end. We can’t make the wait any shorter, but we CAN give you reading reccs themed to each of our favorite sister-queens to help you survive the summer struggle of waiting for One Dark Throne. We hand-selected books we think each sister would enjoy reading in their spare time (when not engaged in a bloody fight to the death for the crown). Assuming your summer is also free of such a struggle – pick a queen and get reading!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Something tells us Katharine would be all about Maven. ‘Nuff said.
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.
"In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still, they have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind." // #circleofbookishfriends prompt for today is dangerous women.. All hail Queen Mare 🙌🏻 I would have chosen Mustang ( Virginia au Augustus ) from the Red Rising trilogy but I only have the e-books 🙄 and I can't take a picture of my phone without my phone so 🤷🏻♀️
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Gorgeously stylish, which our poisoner queen would appreciate. Throw in sister struggles and a touch of romantic conflict and we’ve got a story fit for this queen.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
I'm currently reading King's Cage and aggghhh this book is messing with me. @reader.of.winterfell can definitely attest to that😂. I've been ranting to her on the events, lol. I'm about to start chapter 18 but decided to do a quick post. 🍎 The Caraval inspired bookmark is from @thatbookiebookmarks Use the code THATBOOKIEREP to receive 20% off. You might also find a 30% off code in her feed😁. 🍎 What's one food you can't live without? I've contemplated about this question and came up with chocolate and rice. But ultimately, I realized that I can't live in a world without rice😂. I'm Asian guys, don't judge me🙈😂. 🍎 #caraval #stephaniegarber #ya #yafiction #youngadult #book #bookish #books #bookporn #fiction #bookmark #succulents #candle #bookishcandle
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katharine could totally look to Katsa for inspiration when it comes to embracing your powers and finding your own voice.
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
A must-read for a young queen ready to embrace her darkness and seek her revenge.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Eine weitere ungelesene Reihe auf meinem #sub 😭 Leider habe ich im deutschen Booktube-Bereich sehr viele negative Stimmen dazu gehört. Kennt ihr die Bücher schon? 😊 #marielu #theyoungelites #therosesociety #themidnightstar #youngelites #diegemeinschaftderdolche #bücherregal #bookshelf #dereklandy #juliekagawa #kerstingier #rubinrot #brodiashton #marissameyer #corrinejackson #grishatrilogy #taherehmafi
The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
Princess Ari and Queen Arsinoe have the same headstrong approach and biting wit despite their dark fantasy settings. If the worlds of Ravenspire and Fennbirn were ever to intersect, we have a feeling these two would be BFFs.
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop. An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul.
. When I think of Rumplestilskin I also think of him collecting random objects, like Mr. Gold on OUaT. He's a collector of bits and bobs. Odds and ends. Bric-a-brac. Hodge and podge. Mish and mash. This and that. Ok, you get the idea! 😜 I was just seeing how many phrases I could think of! . . #thewishgranter #photofun #bookphotography #bookstagrammer #covercrush #bookcommunity #fairytale #findmeinfairytales #retelling #needleandthread #rings #skeletonkey #safetypin #buttons #bitsandbobs #oddsandends #bricabrac #hodgepodge #mishmash #thisandthat #collector #rumplestiltskin #mrgold #onceuponatime #ouat
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Again, Em and Arsinoe could def be besties. And no-nonsense Arsinoe would have no trouble delving right into this fast-paced read.
A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her. Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped. But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Let’s just say that Gemma and Arsinoe share a talent for taking matters into their own hands, and maybe biting off more adventure than they can chew in the process.
From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.
👯 How you going to #readReplica by @lauren_oliver_books? It's a flip book so will you start with Lyra in blue, Gemma in yellow or will you read a chapter from each until you meet in the middle? ————– #epicreads #bookstagram #booknerd #laurenoliver #replica #blue #yellow #ireadya #yalit #scifi #books #flipbook
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
"I don't see that her being cyborg is relevant." #cinder #thelunarchronicles #marissameyer #okianbookstagram #bookaddict #bookstagram #bookaholic #bookphotography #instabook #instapic #ig_book #yabook #cititulnuingrasa #cititoridinromania #readersfromromania #cartestagram #iubescsacitesc #eucitesc #booknerd #booklover
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
A book all about sisterly bonds. If Mirabella weren’t so busy trying to figure out how to avoid killing her sisters, she’d definitely pick this one up in her spare time for all the feels.
a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other. When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep
Hunted by Meghan Spooner
A beautiful retelling about a girl who takes matters into her own hands to keep her family safe. Mirabella might pick this one up in search of some inspiration in how to stick up for her sisters.
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
I can't wait to get started on Hunted by Maegan Spooner! I'm a huuuuge fan of retellings, so obviously this is a must read for me! . I'll be hosting a read along for this book, with awesome people from @socialbookclub! . If anyone is interested in joining our buddy chats, let me know! 😄 . #hunted #meaganspooner #retellings #epicreads #📚 #📖
Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel
Being the “pretty one” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, sexual assault, and self-worth. One night, in the midst of a devastating storm, Rosie suffers an assault that tears apart her life and friendship with Maddie. Forced to face uncomfortable truths about beauty, reputation, and what it really means to be a friend, Rosie realizes that change doesn’t always happen the way you want it to—every disaster has consequences. But with a lot of help and the right people around you, there might also be a way forward.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia and Mirabella could definitely commiserate over the downsides of harsh societal structures (and love-triangle drama).
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.
Have you read any books because of Bookstagram hype? Did it pay off? I read An Ember in the Ashes (and the sequel) after seeing all the hype last fall. It definitely paid off. I loved them both! • • Soft-hearted #frenchiefantasymay – I love that Elias is the big strong solider but he has a soft heart. I just love Elias. • • E is for Elias…or Ember #watermelanerdsmay • • 🎶Smelly cat, smelly cat🎶 #squeakybookishlibrary – Do you ever think about how bad characters must smell when they've been on the run through tunnels and deserts for weeks? I do. • • Hyped book #mayglee17 • • • #booklover #totalbooknerd #ireadya #yalit #readersofinstagram #bookphotography #bookstagram #bookish #booksofinstagram #bibliophile #booknerd #bookaddict #booklove #bookblog #bookblogger #books #becauseofreading #anemberintheashes #sabaatahir #atorchagainstthenight #mappedbooks #bookishmap #bookishcandle #bookishcandles #yafantasy
So which queen’s reading list will you be diving into this summer? Tell us in the comments below! And don’t forget to add One Dark Throne to your goodreads shelf!