Welcome back to my 2016 Top Ten!
Up to now, the books on this list have all been contemporary stories, so it seems only fitting that we mix things up! So today we have a fantasy for #4, and tomorrow I’ll have a sci-fi story for #3. They’re both super amazing, obviously–that’s why they’re spots #3 and #4.
So, without further ado, coming in at number 4 is the fantastic Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst.
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this one in the summer ahead of its publication in November, and I just loved it. Here’s the blurb:
Two princesses fall in love with the wrong people—each other.
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
Seriously, this book is just so good. Here’s my original review from back in August.
But here’s the gist: Two princesses falling for each other. There’s also magic, forbidden love, danger and horses. You really can’t go wrong with this one!
BUT ALSO, THAT COVER Y’ALL! If this list was based solely on cover design, you bet your ass this book would be number one!
Check back tomorrow for book #3!