(Also, apparently all fantasy novels have blue covers.)
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Confession time: when I bought this book it was the only one in the series. …now there are seven books planned (though the fourth book is due out next year so I guess this isn’t too bad, right???) Part Robin Hood, part Ocean’s Eleven, guys. Locke Lamora is about an orphan who discovers a talent for thievery and is brought into a family of sorts, con men and tricksters known as the Gentlemen Bastards. There’s a war for the criminal underworld and Locke slowly comes to realize he’s being used as a pawn. So, so many friends and bloggers I adore absolutely love this series and I have no idea why I haven’t taken the plunge yet!
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Back in December, I did a two part post highlight series I wanted to read over the winter. Part one featured Adult titles and part two was devoted to YA series. The Chaos Walking trilogy was featured on that list…and I still haven’t managed to make time for it. The sad thing is I own all three books: the first I won in a giveaway, the other two I found on clearance for $1 each!) so there’s really no excuse here – especially when I’ve heard all the soul-crushing, gut-punching, over-the-moon praise these books have received.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A cyborg Cinderella, need I say more?!
Sidekicked by John David Anderson
I won a copy of Sidekicked in a giveaway a few years ago and it has my name written all over it! A Middle Grade novel about a secret organization that trains superhero sidekicks. Andrew is one of those sidekicks, juggling his powers with trying to fit in in Middle School. But when a supervillain – long thought dead – returns, superheroes begin dropping, leaving the sidekicks to take a stand…and Drew’s secret identity threatens to be revealed. Book two, Minion takes the villains’ perspective!!
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Okay, okay, I KNOW. This is by far the most embarrassing one on this list (and another series I featured in the post of YA series I wanted to read last winter). Somehow I skipped right over this series when I was younger, which is definitely a shame since I have a feeling I would have been ALL over these books! On one of our very first dates, Matt – who is NOT a reader – actually bought all three books for me because he loved them so much…years later they remain unread. I’ve picked up the first one a handful of times throughout the years, but never made it far before an ARC gets in the way. Pullman has a new novel coming out soon so I’d like to finally get through these books!
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I’m a big fan of huge, sweeping epics. I love sinking into a novel and completely immersing myself in its world. I was a bookseller when Game of Thrones premiered and suddenly nonreaders and people unfamiliar with the series were flocking to our store hoping to grab copies – and find similar titles. One series that developed a following was The Kingkiller Chronicle and though I had handsold it to countless customers, I have yet to read it for myself. A young man grows to become the world’s most notorious wizard. Yep, totally a Leah read!