Tag: Meagan Spooner

Three Books About Aliens and #ThingsWeAreNeverMeantToKnow

Alright, so I don’t really think there’s stuff we’re not meant to know – vive la science! – but a lot of people were talking about aliens (and Monty Python – Twitter, never change), so here are some books about aliens to start knowing some things. Maybe. The truth is out there!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

This is a great start for anyone who likes their sci-fi light and lush, with enough cyborgs, psychics, and space travel to satisfy more die-hard fans. Set in futuristic Beijing, this well wrought fairy tale retelling features plague, sisterhood, and a robot who’ll be your favorite character. What more could you want? Crime? Formal wear? A lost foot? All that and more, plus, your book hangover will be delayed for quite a while, because there are several excellent sequels and a delightful graphic novel companion series. And did I mention Cinder is a mechanic? She’s a mechanic. Heart eyes.


These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Quick question – are you ready to suffer? This is a good book, maybe even a great one, but it’s going to break your entire heart and not even be sorry. Two strangers, the only survivors of a massive spaceliner crash, try to find their way across an alien landscape to the ship’s wreckage and hope of rescue. An unlikely pair, an heiress and a former soldier must work together not only to survive harsh conditions on dwindling hope, but to discover the secrets of this planet, long hidden, and more lovely and terrible than they could have imagined. Like I said, this one’ll hurt, but read it anyway. It’s earned.


Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

Confession; this one’s from my TBR. But it’s at the top of the list! Brutal, large scale war against terrifying aliens, an intergalactic university, and the terrible pull of leaving the Earth behind. Clocking in at under a hundred pages, this is definitely a quick read, but don’t worry about being abandoned – it’s the first of three novellas. Plus, we always, always stan a heroine who’s good at math. Isn’t that the dream? Be good at math, and risk death to go to space school? Don’t boo me, I’m right.

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Top Genre Picks This Week: Young Adult

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent young adult books for your reading pleasure. Young adult novels are generally written with a twelve-eighteen age bracket in mind but over half of the audience for YA novels is adults (as our audience can attest!) Young adult novels are often just as sophisticated as their adult contemporaries, with a lot of themes about growing up into adulthood and dealing with the perils of being a teenager mixed in. Below, are some of our favorite recently published YA must-reads!


5. The Cold in her bones by Peternelle van Arsdale 


A young woman stands in a grassy field, fixing her hair

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The Cold in Her Bones is a richly atmospheric, scary piece of work that functions as both a horror story and a mystery. The story follows a young girl called Milla who lives on the outskirts of a village she’s never allowed to visit. This is because a demon prowls the village, stalking and possessing young girls. However, another girl from the village comes to Milla, staying with her and giving Milla a glimpse of the outside world. When the demon takes Iris, Milla must leave her sheltered life and track down the demon to save her new friend at great personal risk to herself.


4. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan


The cover to Wicked Saints, featuring a gothic city

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In this gothic tale, a kingdom besieged by war centers around three misfits who must band together to assassinate the city’s dark king. Wicked Saints is full of action, twists, and a backdrop of gothic romance. With shadowy characters around every corner, this is a thrilling debut novel sure to please any fantasy fan.


3. Descendent of the Crane by Joan He


A young woman in traditional Chinese clothing stands before a towering crane against a moonlit backdrop

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In this Chinese inspired debut novel, Descendent of the Crane centers on Princess Hesina, whose father has been murdered, forcing her to inherit the throne under stressful circumstances. A murder mystery begins to unfold, as Hesina is forced to turn to illegal means to find her father’s killer. She first consults a soothsayer, despite magic being outlawed, then to an investigator with a criminal past. A compelling read for sure and a nice break from European inspired fantasy.


2. Sherwood by Megan Spooner


A young woman dressed in Robi Hood regalia looks over a forest

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A feminist reimagining of Robin Hood, Sherwood tells of a world where Robin Hood himself is dead. Maid Marian is left to go on without him, unsure how she will even begin to function without her true love. But the people of Sherwood Forest need a champion and Maid Marian is forced to step into the famous shoes of Robin Hood. Taking up a bow, she becomes a new legend to the people and fights against the Sheriff of Nottingham to free her people from tyranny.


1. The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees


A forest shrouded in blue light with several wolves milling about

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The Waking Forest tells the story of a young woman called Rhea whose dreams are haunted by someone or something waiting in the attic for her. One night, she decides to confront the thing but is drawn into a spiraling murder mystery, where she is drawn into a forest she thought was a hallucination. Full of witches, feral children, and dark monsters, this is a modern fairy tale where stories collide into a dark fantasy tale.

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