what i read // 2017 fantasy + science fiction favourites

hello again friends! 

yes I know it's February and I planned to finish this string of posts in January. only thing is: I decided to start a new writing project, so I sorta put this post (specifically taking a photo for it) on hold for a couple of days. anywho today's post is part of a my favourite books of 2017 posts. you can read about my favourite contemporary novels here + favourite historical/classics novels here. now it's time for fantasy, for which I have two favourite series I discovered in 2017.

hope you enjoy!





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O A Corner of White + The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty
I love this series for so many reasons: It's whimsical and fun; There are so many interesting facts and tangents hidden in the narrative and I love wandering thoughts, okay; It's two worlds are quite unique and all the characters have something to set them apart; It doesn't take itself too seriously (like yes, we're searching for the lost royal family of Cello, but we're also running around an ice resort like lunatics trying to catch slippery spells). It's about Eliot and Madeleine, from England and Cello respectively, who fall between the cracks of each others world and discover each other's friendship and write long letters about their normal teenage insecurities and wishes and questions about the speed of light. There's mystery and intrigue and downright strangeness, but I learned about Ada Lovelace, so that counts for something? As an end note, I can definitely see how this won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you don't mind meandering plot lines and adventures and a few twists and quirky characters, perhaps give it a go! (I can't wait to pick up the last book in this series.)
favourite quote: Do you think there could be a universe next door?

X Leviathan + Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
First off, the illustrations are amazing! They made me feel like I was living inside this crazy, steampunk World War I world. That and the descriptions and the witty dialogue and the imagination that must have gone into creating this series. It was my first steampunk read and I think I fell in love with this genre. Picture World War I Europe, but the Allies (Britain, France, etc) have these genetically modified animals they use as airships and messengers and stuff, while Germany and its allies have what they call Clanker technology, like metallic, steam-powered tanks and guns. Picture Alek, the heir to Austria-Hungary, being whisked away in the dead of night, escaping from enemies he hardly knows, preparing to rule a kingdom and bring a truce to the war. Picture Deryn, a girl who wants to fly, disguises herself as a boy and joins the Royal Navy on a secret mission. Their paths cross, there are mysterious eggs and scientists and engineers. It's glorious, though on the younger end of YA and the characters act younger than I imagine, but even so. I need to finish this trilogy soon; there are so many loose ends that must be tied up.
favourite quote: Deryn felt brilliant, rising through the air at the center off everyone's attention, like an acrobat aloft on a swing. She wanted to make a speech: Hey, all you sods, I can fly and you can't! A natural airman, in case you haven't noticed. And in conclusion, I'd like to add that I'm a girl and you can all get stuffed!


What are the best fantasy books you've read recently? Or all-time favourites?
I'd love to hear them all.

Comments

  1. I really like a Court of Mist and Fury for fantasy right now! Oh and The Winners Curse series is amazing! I highly recommend!

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    1. I actually read The Winner's Curse (the first book anyway) last month + I really enjoyed it, so I will definitely be continuing that series!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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