I like making book recs, all right? I DO THIS FOR A LIVING, YOU KNOW.
Only in real life I wear pretty clothes and rarely shriek at anyone in capslock, but whatever. Close enough.
If you liked The Hunger Games, check out Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I'm also fond of The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells
. It's the first in a trilogy and sequel to a novel called Death of the Necromancer, which is also quite good, but not necessary to understand this one.
Also, there's the brilliant and funny and sad The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
. There's a sequel which ends on a huge cliffhanger, and there's no telling when or if the third book is coming out, so fair warning. But the first one stands alone very well and is fucking awesome. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
is incredible and epic and the first in a trilogy. The sequel is out and I will offer up my non-existent firstborn if it gets me the third one any faster.
Also: Feed by Mira Grant
- really good zombie novel, first in a series, you WILL spend the entire book going "Did the author MEAN to make this so incesty?" so fair warning if that squicks you. But the world-building is awesome and besides the zombies there's lots of politics and backstabbing and underdogs proving themselves. The series is complete, so if you like it there's no waiting for the next one.Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
- a teen novel set in a post-zombie-apocalypse that I found to be really interesting.Zombies VS Unicorns by Holly Black
- an anthology that's exactly what it sounds like. I was really surprised by the quality of the stories - usually in an anthology you like as many stories as you dislike, but there were only one or two here that I didn't love. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
- it's a western about two brothers who have an angsty backstory and no one but each other to turn to and one of them is brilliant but uneducated and they accidentally become detectives mostly by virtue of just being smart enough to pay attention. These books are so much fun, I've read them each a half-dozen times. Gustav is suck a Holmes fanboy that it's adorable. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
- This is his first novel and it's still my favorite. Really good, beautifully-written fantasy novel with a unique world and fully-fleshed out characters. I LOVE SARENE SO HARD. SHE IS AMAZING.Mind Storm by KA Ruiz
- It's like if the X-Men lived in a post-apocalyptic dystopia and also were slightly less angsty and slightly more kickass.The Stepsister Scheme
- the first in a series of fairy-tale-inspired fantasy novels in which Cinderella, having finally gotten her happy ending, must rescue her prince when he's abducted by her stepsisters. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty have her back.Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
- It's like if someone wrote a Ghostbusters fanfic set in the not-too-distant future only not. The main character is so fucked up, and you know it, and she knows it and the author manages to write Chess as an addict who is still a good person
and just can't get herself free of her demons. Also there are ghosts and magic and conspiracies and some really well-written fight scenes.
It occurs to me that if I don't stop now I'll just go forever. So. ^_^ Yeah. These are all good.
eta: SO I have no idea why I said Wizard Hunters was based on Death of a Necromancer. I meant to say it was the sequel. I should not post when tired and hungry.