Duologies

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I was thinking about what books to recommend, and looking back at all the books I’ve read, I’ve realized it was either contemporary or longer series, but very few duologies. So for today’s post, I decided to list some duologies for those who don’t like series but want another book afterward the first one! 

If you’ve read any of these, or think of some other ones, let me know down in the comments! **

Also, if I got any duologies incorrect and actually are series, please let me know as well!


518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue & 51j3V1E7DHL.jpgThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee

Gentleman: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
Lady: A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

 

220px-Six_of_Crows_by_Leigh_Bardugo_book_coverSix of Crows & 81IJga9KONLCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Small Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

 

 

81vurbvn9ALWarcross & 91qfFm25d1L.jpgWildcard by Marie Lu

Small Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

 

51etZBZC7cL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgStrange the Dreamer & 41c28whhx5L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Small Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

 

514XGJE1F2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Wrath and the Dawn & 51526714The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Small Synopsis: In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

 

51B-fyFkZOL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThis Savage Song & 51SthgtYS4L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Small Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

 

 

9780147513878Flame in the Mist & Untitled-4Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Small Synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

 

 

51ASXoxJhXL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Passenger & 51Kva+pUtEL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Small Synopsis: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

 

 

 

9781442472433_p0_v2_s550x406.jpgScythe & 91mya47EdnL.jpgThunderhead by Neil Shusterman (As of right now it’s a duology, it might become a trilogy in the future)

Small Synopsis: Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

 

51Yib0LnJoL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWintersong & 81r9zd4qbgL._AC_UL320_SR220,320_Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones 

Small Synopsis: All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

 

 

** Synopses are from Goodreads

Books That Have a Male Protagonist

Hello! Happy Tuesday, I hope your week is starting off well!

I notice that a lot of YA books have a lot of focus on female characters, I know that sometimes when it’s a romance, it has both, but even then it usually focuses on the female main character. So, I wanted to pick out of a few books that focus on the male characters for the majority of the book. 

As I was looking through the books with a male main character, I noticed that more than half of the novels had taken place in a different setting other than a typical school. They had different worlds or plotlines of dystopian or utopian settings, which I found really interesting. Something that didn’t really surprise me though is that more than half of the authors were male, but I feel like that is fairly common. Authors usually (not all the time) write their main characters using their own gender. 


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookHarry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

As most of you know, Harry Potter is based upon his life in a world of wizards. So this is an obvious one, but  I thought it would be nice to add it to this list.

512-aldvAsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns by John Green

This book follows Quentin or Q, who is in search of finding his neighbor Margo. He notices that she has left behind clues in order to find where she went. I think this is another book that it’s nice to see a male character, and not only that but Q has male friends, so it’s mostly just a group of guys, which is a nice change as well.

7766027I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This book takes place is Jasper or Jazz’s perspective. This isn’t a typical young adult novel. Jazz’s father has been imprisoned for being a serial killer, which allows Jazz to be motivated to help the local Police Department when a new serial killer comes around. I think this book has a nice twist of character and plot, and it has a male protagonist.

51NzrYog-7L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I feel like this book is fairly popular but for those who aren’t familiar, this book has a male main character named Wade. He enters a virtual utopia name OASIS and decides to figure out puzzles in order to win. I think this another example of a well written YA novel with a male lead.

 

518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry or also Monty sets on a quest called The Grand Tour of Europe where he brings along his friend Percy and sister Felicity. During this trip, Monty’s recklessness brings them trouble along the way. This novel is very fun to read and has LGBT romance within it so I think that it’s something to consider when choosing the next book to read.

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron is trying to find happiness after a tragedy happens. He tries to move on with the help of his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his friend Thomas. But there’s something about Thomas that confuses him about himself and for his future. Aaron is determined to fix it by going to the Leteo Institution. I think this is an interesting novel about diverse themes, like mental health or LGBT views. 

9780440414803_mresHoles by Louis Sachar

This story is about Stanley who is said to be under a curse. He is sent to an all-boys detention center where the warden makes them dig holes all day. It’s an interesting story to read about because it takes place essentially in the middle of nowhere but there’s a lot of character development and has a male main character.

514hIkoe-JL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This book tackles a lot of heavy topics because a good majority of where it takes place is in a psychiatric hospital. This is because Craig, the main character is suicidal, and attempts suicide and is placed inside the hospital to seek. I saw this book as a more positive book for mental health because instead of Craig being miserable and wanting to leave, he takes it as he can change. I think it’s also important in having a male main character in these kinds of situations because men have mental illnesses too.

71LkLmxqgjLEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Although this novel is in dual perspective switching between Eleanor and Park, I think it is more for Park to be the main character especially at the end of the book. This is just kind of realistic expectations of unexpected friends and then to this sort of romance. In this high school sort of scenario, I think it’s important to have a male main character because I feel that most high school novels are written in female perspective most of the time and it’s nice to have a boys perspective of things.

SummonerNoviceThe Novice by Taran Matharu

I think this book is fairly similar to Harry Potter, so there isn’t much for me to elaborate on. Fletcher has learned he can summon demons, and enters a Military Academy in order how to control summoning and other skills. I think that Fletcher adds a nice touch because he’s new to the whole summoning thing but if I remember correctly he knows some things about it or is aware of it. So he learns how to control it but not is completely out of the loop.

If You Like This Book, Then You’ll Like…

Hello! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a while now, and here it is! I’m going to be talking about books that you might like based on books you might have read.

Also a little note: I decided to get rid of the Book Haul tab, but the previous book hauls will be underneath the Monthly Wrap-up tab. From now on I will include and books I have obtained in recent months, and in the future in the Wrap-up posts.

**If you have any other recommendations or any others you would like to add, please leave a comment!!**


81dZd9aMhjLIf you like this: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: A year after 9/11, Shirin is still enduring the backlash the tragic event has caused because she’s Muslim. She keeps to herself and hangs out with her brother until she meets Ocean, a boy who goes to her school and changes her perspective about people.

915XZDoqAQLThen you’ll like: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.

These books talk about the horrific event of 9/11 and how others have had to deal with the result and hatred towards those of Muslim culture. The messages throughout both of these novels send a positive message regardless of the negativity.


91TZV+xgSsLIf you like this: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Summary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.

27833670Then you’ll like: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Summary: Jason Dessen is out celebrating one night, and all of a sudden he’s kidnapped. He then realizes that he can travel through alternate parallels through this box. He must find a way to make it to his real universe in order to go back to his original life. 

Although these books are different the concept of reliving the same day and switching through universes, I think, is very similar. So if you enjoyed Neverworld Wake, you will probably enjoy Dark Matter. Even the reading experiences for me were quite similar, having me guess and kept me on the edge of my seat.


71Ha8X7iAjLIf you like this: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Summary: Aristotle is upset about his life and his outlook is quite unusual. He meets Dante at the public pool and instantly become friends. Together they discover themselves and the important things about life.

28919058.jpgThen you’ll like: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Summary: Tanner moves to Utah and is nearly graduated from high school. His friend Autumn convinces him to join a seminar where he must write a book in four months. He’s unsure in the beginning but when he meets Sebastian, he changes his mind and starts coming back out the closet.

These two novels are similar because they question who they want to be but also find love along the way. Both of these are very cute and fun to read.


milkIf you like this: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Summary: A poem collection about love, loss, feminity, abuse, and other heavy topics.

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Then you’ll like: Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

Summary: A poem collection about ruined friendships, good and evil, and self-exploration.

These collections are similar but also focus on different things. I find it hard to explain poetry novels because I think it’s better to go in with very little knowledge. If you want more poetry if you’ve read Milk and Honey, you won’t regret picking up Water Runs Red.


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookIf you like this: Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Summary: After his parents die, Harry must live with his terrible relatives. One day, a man named Hagrid came to tell him he’s a wizard and will attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and learn magic and spells.

SummonerNoviceThen you’ll like: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Summary: Fletcher, a blacksmith apprentice discovers he can summon demons. After his realization, he attends Adept Military Academy to learn how to summon demons but also train to fight against orcs. He gets caught in some dangers leading him to rely on Ignatius, his demon. 

When I read the Novice it reminded me of Harry Potter because of the training inside the academy but also Pokemon because with the summoning. The premises are different but they do have some similarities that might be appealing if you have read the Harry Potter series.

Recommendation Book Tag

I decided this week that I wanted to do a short book tag, but still, do something fun!

41qA7M5LzGL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_1 – Recommend the best book that you read last month.

The book that I’m going to recommend is Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, but since that is part of a sequel, if you have not read any Shatter Me books, you should do that as well

 

 

51stviwczzl-_sx338_bo1204203200_2 – Recommend an old favorite.

Most of favorites are from last year, but one of the first books I read was All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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3 – Recommend a non-fiction.

I don’t read non-fiction very often, but out of the ones that I have read, I would recommend A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

 

518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_4 – Recommend a book that will help people escape.

The one that I recommend is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue because this is just a cute, fluffy, historical fiction that can escape from reality