#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Ruby’s Fantasy Book Recommendations


Hi there, my name is Ruby and I’m a teen book-blogger, I like to sit in my room all day and, well, read. Oh, and watch endless amounts movies and tv shows. I tend to bury and invest myself in stories, therefore I am usually not here on earth with the real humans… hahah I’m not kidding. Anyways, I wanted to basically give you a list of some fantasy books I love and hope to help a friend out who wants to venture into the genre. Fantasy is literally the best because you can hide away from the real world which is s-c-a-r-y so I hope you find this useful.

1- Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare

I mean I couldn’t write a post about fantasy without mentioning my faves. I know this series isn’t for everyone and if you don’t know what it’s about, have you been living under a rock? Okay, not trying to be rude, but lemme try and give a decent synopsis and hopefully win you over. It’s about these humans who have angel blood running through their veins and basically fight demons. There are also vampires and warlocks and werewolves and faeries. But the reason I love these books is because of the characters, they destroy you and also bring you back to life at the same time. Cassandra Clare also has this great sense of humour and it genuinely makes you snort (and gasp) whilst reading her books. The Infernal Devices is my favourite, please don’t forget your tissues though. They’re just great and so easy to fly through especially if you become as obsessed as I did. SO GOOD!!

2- To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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This little book is so fantabulous. If you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of The Little Mermaid, it’s my favourite Disney princess movie. And this book is a super dark retelling and SUCH A TREAT TO READ. It’s got pirates and mermaid and murder and A+++ banter, I mean what more could you need?!?! I super quickly since I could not put it down. The writing is really luscious?? If that makes any sense?? There is a super unique twist on the enemies-to-lovers trope and you’ll gobble it all up. It’s just such a great read and definitely one you should give a go.

3- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

THESE BOOKS ARE AMAZING AND EVERYONE SHOULD AND CAN READ THEM. I am not over exaggerating. You may have expectations but I guarantee that they will be met and then surpassed, that’s how good these books are. Leigh Bardugo creates this amazing fantasy world with this epic heist and to-die-for characters. They are all literally amazing. She has this wizard way with words and also weaves in her sense of humour. It’s also one of the most diverse fantasies out there. This duology as well as the Grisha trilogy are being made into a tv show so you already know you need to read them. Just do yourself a favour and go and read them. And then when you have, you’ll have a shoulder to cry on.

4- Renegades by Marissa Meyer

You probably know Marissa Meyer from The Lunar Chronicles which I of course haven’t read… are you even surprised?? Well this series HAS SUPER HEROES AND IS THE BEST. It’s also kind of a futuristic sci-fi. It’s about this society where the villains have been defeated and the city is now run by superheroes. But our main character is part of the villains named the Anarchists and she plans to spy on the Renegades by disguising as one of them, because maybe the Renegades aren’t as noble as they seem. That was a terrible explanation but that’s all I got. It’s just this really fun book with these really interesting superpowers and great characters. I will say I know its hit and miss for some people, the first book is really slow and if you’re not getting into it it’s probably not your thing. But the second book is EXCELLENT. The slow-burn romance is also to die for, I love them so much. And I’m so excited for the next book.

5- An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This book is so freaking amazing I can’t even express. I have only read the first of the series and don’t even know why I haven’t read the others probably because I am scared of pain. It’s about this girl named Laia who joins the rebellion of this world inspired by the Roman Empire and disguises herself as a slave in the Supreme Commander’s household. We also have Elias who is a soldier for the ruthless government but hates it and is trying to leave. This book is so violent and so good, I read in like 2 days BECAUSE I WAS OBSESSED. The writing and characters are amazing. The world is excellent and I really need to get to the second book.

6- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I also just finished these recently and am also OBSESSED. It was so amazing and I am lying here destroyed. It took me 5-freaking-ever to read the first book. And then on a whim months later picked up book 2 and was so hooked. It’s so good!!! It’s about these 4 parallel Londons: Red, Black, White and Grey London. Each London is in different stages of magic. Now Prince Kell is an Antari who can travel between the Londons and by mistake comes across an object from Black London which has been collapsed by magic and chaos ensues. It’s got sassy banter, stabbing and stunning writing… what more could you need? The world is epic and also THE CHARACTERS. They’re also amazing, especially one introduced in the second book. Just read them, you won’t regret.

So I hope at least one of these sparked an interest and I hope you love them as much as I do. Anyways, thanks a million Fadwa for letting me writing this for your blog and for the opportunity.

Ruby sigBook Blogger @ Ruby Rae Reads.

Ruby is a teen book blogger from South Africa and an eater of all stories. She can generally be found with a book or laptop in the corner of her room. She loves watching movies all day and becoming way too invested in ships. Ruby one day wants to become a film director and hopefully write a her own book.

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    • I thought of some recs I could add…Coiled by H.L. Burke and A Mortal Song by Megan Crew. Read A Mortal Song, you won’t regret it. It is set in Japan and has magic, prophecies, and family. Coiled is a retelling of the myth of Eros and Psyche and is really good too.

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  1. Ruby! This was such a cute post you’ve written. I like how you balance between the humorous and darker stories. I haven’t read “To Kill a Kingdom” yet or any of Marissa Meyer’s books in general (boo! I know, I know. To make things worse, I have a couple of her books, so, I am seriously not keeping up at all). Do you have any favorite people from the Six of Crows duology? Do you think Lila Bard could be friends with the Dregs?
    Have a good week ahead, Ruby and Fadwa!

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    • Oh wow you’re so sweet. So upset I’m only seeing these comments now (life’s been hectic). Thank you for this lovely comment. TKAK is such an addictive retelling. I also have only read Marissa Meyer’s later books, haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet but I really need to. My favourite SoC character is definitely Inej because obviously? Haha. Also, I 100% think Lila would fit right in with this Dregs… why has this not happened yet? Come on Leigh and Victoria, we NEED this! xo


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  3. I love this series so much and how it gives voices to diverse book bloggers! It’s great to read from people who don’t live in the usual countries i know many people are from. Also, I think she did the synopses decently and I agree with her for most of these, especially when she gushed about six of crows because same.

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    • Omg, I’m the actual worse and apparently just never saw these comments. So um hi *laughs nervously* Fetus Ruby really appreciates this and idk if my synopses were that good but thank you?! Also yes, gushing over SoC is an entire mood. Especially with all this casting news, I have the sudden urge to just end my life and reread them hehe.

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  4. Fab list Ruby! I’m trying to read more diverse reads and I have read a bunch of these but An Ember in the Ashes is on my TBR to check out next. I just finished The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh which could be one to add to your list if you haven’t read it already? 🙂 x

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    • Thank you for this. So sorry I’m only seeing this now, I’m the actual worst blogger whoops. Yes, same here. I realise this post isn’t as diverse as I would have liked it to be, trying to improve on that front. Oh yes, I’ve so much about Renee’s books so I definitely need to bump them up my TBR < 3


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