i tire of wonders
paige | 23

she recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.

rou-e whispered: hi, i don't know if you have a faq or something for this (i couldn't find one) but i've read the raven boys and the dream thieves and really liked them. and your blog has some different books too, i think. so i was wondering if you could recommend something that has a similar air to the ones i mentioned? btw, reccently came across your blog, it's awesome!

Hellooo! I do not have an FAQ but I should because I do indeed get this question a lot (which is totally fine).

Firstly, thank you for saying “similar air” instead of “books like these” because the former is a much more reasonable request and otherwise the book-comparison algorithm in my brain-area would have given me nothing but hateful error messages and probably insults and maybe some spontaneous combustion.

But given that you were kind enough to use the preferable word choice and prevent the countdown to my mindsplosion, here is a list:

  • The Scorpio Races, also by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s much more somber, I think, than the Raven Cycle, but just as good, and it has the whole normal-world-with-strange-magic element. (In this case, instead of Dead Welsh Kings and the People Who Traverse Magical Forests to Find Them, we have Carnivorous Water Horses and the People Who Risk Their Lives to Ride Them.)
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton. A lot of family history and complicated relationships and a little bit of magic and writing that kind of makes me want to paint the entire text of the book on my walls. Also featuring: a person who turns into a bird, delicious pastries, a girl born with wings, a ghost, and a creepy stalker. So.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Privileged people! Less-privileged people who are friends with them! Something strange happening! I literally cannot say more than that because you will hate me!
  • The Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black*. Sales pitch: If you love the Gray Man, THIS IS YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST BET. Real world with a magical underbelly and brotherly love-hate and romance and SHEER, UTTER BRILLIANCE and Cassel Sharpe, who is pretty much always having a bad day, that poor thing, and CRIME. Also a mysterious cat.
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. Somehow it almost escaped my notice that this series (I just finished the second book nghnnghnhhh) has absolutely zero magic, but is BY DEFINITION high fantasy. The language is like doing a puzzle and the characters are cleverest, most frustrating people to ever not exist.
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Out in a couple weeks, but OH MY GOD. THIS BOOK. Magical realism. Amazingly complex characters who each want something so badly you wish you could just reach into the book and get it for them — sound familiar? — along with two excellent romances and a sibling relationship that will break your heart into tiny, tiny pieces and then melt those pieces back together to make a really pretty stained-glass window out of them. Preorder this book right now.
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Definitely heavier on the magic and the creatures, but again the language and narration and the fact that nobody is allowed to be all-good or all-bad make it comparable.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Not super similar other than the fact that the characters are capital-G Great and the books themselves are ridiculously original while also invoking other stories (in this case it’s fairy tales instead of Celtic/Welsh mythology)

*Holly’s upcoming YA book The Darkest Part of the Forest is also perfect and you will love it, but it’s not out until January.

I hope this helps and I will probably make myself a handy FAQ to keep this list going as I think of more.

posted 4 hours ago with 12 notes
#rou-e #the raven cycle #maggie stiefvater #book recommendations #yalit #paige is a bookseller #faq #answered
me: *owns 264 unread books*
me: *buys 17 new books*
me: *rereads harry potter*

posted 6 hours ago with 56,839 notes
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#same #except i reread the raven cycle

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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#DANGIT I WAS GONNA MAKE AN EDIT LIKE THIS #still probably gonna do it tbh #the scorpio races

Talk about  u n t h i n k a b l e

                                y o u  a n d  m e, I mean.

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#lies #it's all lies #arrow #olicity

I’ve been all over the world. More than one country for every year that I’m alive. Europe and South America and - the highest mountains and the widest rivers and the prettiest villages. I’m not saying that to show off. I’m just saying it because I’m trying to understand how I could have been so many places and yet this is the only place that feels like home. This is the only place I belong. And because I’m trying to understand how, if I belong here, it hurts so much?

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#crying #my baby #trc #the pretty one

No one knew his name to curse or extol, so I spoke it softly, beneath my breath.

“Aleksander,” I whispered. A boy’s name, given up. Almost forgotten.

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#this is cool #grisha trilogy


Black is the color that is no color at all.
Black is the color of a child’s still, empty bedroom. The heaviest hour of the night-the one that traps you in your bunk, suffocating in another nightmare. It is a uniform stretched over the broad shoulders of an angry young man. Black is the mud, the lidless eye watching you every breath, the low vibrations of the fence that streches up to tear the sky.
It is a road. A forgotten night sky broken up by faded stars.
It is the barrel of a new gun, leveled at your heart.

                                                 The color of Chubs’s hair,
                                                         Liam’s bruises,
                                                              Zu’s eyes.

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#liam's not allowed to have bruises ok #tdm


Shadowhunters Families:

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#why is this the first time i've seen alex daddario as a herondale #she is actually perfect #also YES not a douglas booth in sight #tid

My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name ’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.

Happy Birthday Numa (aka theheiroffire go follow her amazing blog). I’m so sorry if this is completely irrelevant to the fandom but i wanted to try do an edit for a not so popular fandom of yours so i hope you like it and hope you’ve had an amazing day!!

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#well dang #tog



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#ADAM'S WORTH #BLUE'S PHONE CALLS #SEND HELP #the raven cycle #bllb #GIVE IT TO ME NOOOOOWWW #it's been 84 years #well ok more like 15 months #BUT


"Please don’t do this," he said. "Kestrel, you don’t know. You don’t understand."

"I see things quite clearly." She began to walk to meet her father, in whose eyes she had, at last, done something to make him proud.

"You don’t," Arin said.

She pretended not to hear him. She watched the white sky dissolve into snow and shiver apart over the laden sea. She felt icy sparks on her skin. The snow fell on her, it fell on him, but Kestrel knew that no single flake could ever  t o u c h  them both.

She didn’t look back when he spoke again.

"You don’t, Kestrel, even though the god of lies loves you."

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#don't #my emotions #twc

You remind me of her sometimes.

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#got #arya stark #lyanna stark



they were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. they were afraid of us - the ones who lived. [1/10 books/epics/myths]

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#i like the thorns because IT LOOKS LIKE BARBED WIRE #tdm

t h e   c l o c k w o r k   p r i n c e s s 

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#i want to spend a day speaking only in overused book quotes #i'm just saying #it would be fun #tid


I think that’s the mercy of this island, actually, that it won’t give us our terrible memories for long, but lets us keep the good ones for as long as we want them." - The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater

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#excellent #the scorpio races