Hello everyone! Today I will be combining a recommendations post with a tag- the wonderful Orang-utan Librarian tagged me in the ‘Books to Read in Pairs Tag’ and so I have decided to do it as more of a recommendations type of tag as it is very similar to the If You Like This… You Might Like This style of recommendation. In the ‘Books to Read in Pairs Tag’ you basically pick between 5 and 10 pairs of books that you think go well together and share them with people! I tag the first two people in my reader: Cristina and C as well as anyone else who would like to do this tag! tia
Everyone knows Harry Potter… that kind of doesn’t need any explanation. Charlie Bone is aimed at a similar target audience and during a time where my reading was very limited because I got bored with easy books but scared of older books, these were basically constantly on rotation.
Both of these stories are fun, Middle Grade books about a kid who thought he was ordinary suddenly getting magic and going to a magic boarding school… although Charlie’s is across town and he comes home on the weekends. They are fun, reasonably long series that won’t take long and are a great break for adult/teen readers or a wonderful adventure for younger readers.
Both of these YA Fantasy books take historic empires and corrupt rulers and bring them to a new audience… in a completely new way. And I Darken is based on the story of Vlad the Impaler, except Vlad is now a girl called Lada. Legacy of Kings is based on Alexander the Great. Alexander is still a boy. Both are fast-paced, interesting and slightly violent beginnings to series.
Okay beyond the obviously similar colourings in these two covers, these are both about transgender teenagers, dealing with similar yet different issues and just generally being very good, fun and important reads.
The magic systems in these books, although quite different, do remind me a bit of each other and they are both great, GIGANORMOUS high fantasy adult novels.
I have personally never read Arabian Nights, but according to my mother it is incredibly boring… and she reads a lot of boring books. These retellings however weren’t boring at all!
I really enjoy doing recommendation posts, but I never know what kind of recommendations people would be interested in, so please leave me some ideas down below! Happy reading, Keira x.