My Top Series

Fire and Thorns series

A smart princess who struggles with her weight and self-worth, as well as the pressure of having a magical godstone in her bellybutton.  I found Elisa a little hard to gel with at first (but I mean, she doesn’t even like herself), but as she develops outside herself and grows beyond her self-absorbed teenage self, I am TOTALLY on board.  She travels, she deals with threats, she must make decisions that affect many people’s lives.  I really liked that many of the characters were generally quite ambiguous, in terms of if their motivations were good or bad.  I was late to the party on this series, but man, what a party it is!

The Agency

This series is set in Victorian London with a mixed-race (Chinese/Irish) woman who is recruited into a women’s spy agency.  Mary is such a great character with

The Glamourist Histories

The Memoirs of Lady Trent

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

London Steampunk

The Winner’s Trilogy

I love tactically smart heroines, so Kestrel’s intelligence as well as her struggle to be true to herself and love her father.  Arin sometimes needs a kick in the shins, but I like that he is the emotional

Harry Potter

The Fairyland series

Seraphina

This one was a surprise love.

The Raven Cycle

The Lunar Chronicles

Parasol Protectorate

Kat, Incorrigible

The Wrath and the Dawn

“This is the feminist retelling of 1,001 Nights that you’ve been waiting for.”

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