Five Tropes I Love

Tropes. I can think of so many unique books that take tropes and make them unique and interesting. Here are five of my favorite tropes, along with two to three book recommendations for each:

5. Mutual Pining

It’s painful to wait for the next book to see if two characters get together. However, I love this realistic point of view because I would never admit my feelings for someone until it would be too late/the night before a major battle if I was a fictional character in a fantasy world. I love seeing this in:

  • THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi: This was one of my top 5 books of 2020. Literally all of the people I want to be together just pine and there’s no acting on it (read: in TGW at least). If I could tell Enrique and Zofia and Hypnos something, it would be to just sit down and talk. You’re literally so young; you don’t have to save the world if you don’t want to.
  • A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown: Malik and Karina. Take a break from scheming to kill each other and have a nice chat, please : ) I just want them to be together and they won’t admit it (although they kind of do by scheming to kill each other in a way, so).
  • 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY by Sandhya Menon: This is my favorite book in the Dimpleverse and all of them are amazing. Pinky and Samir have such a great dynamic even when there are challenges in their relationship. They thought of each other A LOT, and I was just waiting for [redacted] to happen.

4. Powerful girls who know their worth.

I see people saying, “X character could step on me,” and I never really said that until I met Kallia and Juliette:

  • THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Chloe Gong: All I’ll say is that Juliette Cai never stopped fighting for what and maybe who she wanted during TVD. All the way until that ending : ) I love her and Gong is a genius. Juliette is a fighter, and I loved that she never let anyone tell her otherwise.
  • WHERE DREAMS DESCEND by Janella Angeles: Kallia. Wow. She has the best style and words, and I love her as well. She shows off and has no regrets about her choices. Kallia could lead me into battle.

3. Enemies to lovers

This might be my favorite romance trope: I love seeing it in fantasy novels.

  • WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal: I cannot wait to see Zafira and Nasir in We Free the Stars. Their dynamic!! Oh my gosh. Certain scenes in WHTF really made me feel things.
  • THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala: Esha and Kunal are two of my favorite characters ever. The chase in TTAM makes sense while also building the world and the conflict, and that’s why I loved every single interaction Esha and Kunal have. Their relationship is very complicated and what The Archer At Dawn did to me? I could write a whole essay on that topic.

2. Journey to find a specific object

I LOVE JOURNEY/QUEST BASED NOVELS! Especially when it’s about restoring magic, which can be done so well.

  • WE HUNT THE FLAME (again): While this book is definitely at a slower pace, I love the journey and how it involves the growth of the characters. I also thought the multiple POVs and players involved in the quest made the story a lto more interesting, and I can’t wait to see what Hafsah does in WFTS.
  • THE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco: Odessa and Haidee have to restore their world. Also, they’re godesses. The ending of TNTW surprised me and I cannot wait to see what happens next. The sisters have very different quests, yet Chupeco is able to tie all of these facets together to create one of my favorite books of 2019.

1. Battle pair

This can be either two friends or two people who are romantically involved! I just found out about this trope a few days ago, and it took me a while to think of books that fit this trope.

  • GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW by Natasha Ngan: Wren and who she fights with? Oh my gosh. Wren is one of the most powerful characters, and she grows so much!! I love that she trains Lei. #LeiandWrenbacktogether2021!!!
  • WE UNLEASH THE MERCILESS STORM by Tehlor Kay Mejia: Dani and Carmen!! Dani and Carmen fighting together!! I forgot what happened in the first book and that’s ok because the action scenes with these two are amazing and I would 100% read a short story about the aftermath of this book.
  • A SKY BEYOND THE STORM by Sabaa Tahir: Laia and Elias NEED TO FIGHT TOGETHER!! I only remember them supporting each other in ATATN and I miss them together!!! I know Tahir will break my heart with this book, but it’s ok. AEITA fandom is about to rise and I cannot wait to see Laia and Elias hopefully do the same.

What are your fave tropes? Any book recs for me based on my fave tropes?

Mini Life Update + Five 2020 Favorite Books (So Far)

I can’t believe the first week of school is almost over. For virtual learning, my week went pretty well. I wish we were back in the class because I like being in the room for class discussioons vs. just seeing everyone’s face. My favorite class is probably going to be AP Psychology because I am completely new to this subject. I also found a new way to help myself since I’ll be staring at the computer for a little over six hours some days: find new songs to listen to and close my eyes for 10 minutes OR read for 10 minutes while listening to the Merlin OST.

Let’s get to the fun part of this post: five books that I’ve loved so far in 2020 that were also published this year.

  1. IRON HEART by NINA VARELA – an excellent finale that had me mentally sobbing on the floor. I am so in love with this duology, and it really is the perfect conclusion. Crier and Ayla work so well together, and so do all of the other relationships. Additionally, this duology has two of my all time favorite covers. There are so many tiny details that I only caught when I looked at the cover a bit more closely. Definitely thinking of writing a fanfic for Crier and Ayla.

  2. NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by KRISTINA FOREST – I ended my summer with a few books, and this is the one of two that I am still thinking about. I preordered this in July and got it the day after release day, which was awesome. Evie and Milo make the cutest team, and I loved that this book was a mystery while also being a light-hearted romantic ya novel. I Wanna Be Where You Are is also amazing, and I am going to try to re-read it before the end of this year.

  3. WHERE DREAMS DESCEND by Janella Angeles – Wednesday Books sent me a free copy along with a few other cool items because I am a part of Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea’s Asian Bookish Creators Directory. This was probably the best moment of a very uneventful but also challenging summer mentally because it’s the first time I’ve received something like this. I highly recommend WDD because Kallia is amazing and fierce. I also love Demarco.

  4. THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Chloe Gong – I AM SO READY FOR THIS BOOK TO COME OUT!! I have something very exciting related to TVD that will be revealed towards the end of October/the beginning of November. DM me @solaceinreading_ if you want to know my fanpage username because this series is going to change the game, and I don’t say that about a lot of books. Juliette is another fierce character who I’d pay to teach me how to throw knives.

  5. INCENDIARY by Zoraida C√≥rdova – I would love to see more people reading this: revolution, magic, sneaking into a palace, royalty with a secret, a very motivated main character who I love: these are all elements of an enticing and magical read. I love the fact that this book deals with courtly intrigue and what it’s like to be a part of the rebellion at the same time in an organic way. Renata is just trying to figure things out, and she is confident and ready to burn down the world for [redacted] or maybe [redacted] by the end of the book. I am so excited for the second book and will be waiting in a state of anticipation until it comes out!!!

I hope you’ll pick up these books because they are seriously amazing. Now That I’ve Found You is one the #1 best ya contemporary romance novels I’ve read this year because I love celebrity romances in YA, and the incorporation of the mystery is seamless.

The YA fantasy genre revived itself because of these authors (and many authors who I’d add to this list, and that would make this post over 5k words long. I will aspire to write a post that long if I can). Thanks to all of these authors because re-reading your books are going to help me get through this school year: I feel as though I can truly escape my everyday life with your words, and I appreciate all that you do.