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Quinnell has been an avid reader her entire life, indulging in the fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and young adult genres. Some of her favorites include stories on assassins, faeries, queens, witches, and dragons. She loves reading and recommending books that transport you to a different world.
Though these are her favorite genres, she recommends books for all genres and ages!
Former assassin Celeana Sardothien, after years imprisoned in the salt mines, is released by the prince to compete in a tournament to become the royal assassin. If Celeana wins and serves the king, she will earn her freedom after 6 years. What she doesn't know is that the kingdom holds many secrets, and she must set out to unravel them, or doom the kingdom forever.
Heartbreaking from start to finish. Beautifully written. One of those books that you wish you could read for the first time again. I’m still trying to process the ending, admittedly. But love this authors work and will recommend this book forever
A story of hatred, love, growth, family, and acceptance. What could be better than an entire book about a diverse family in the white house? What could be better about romance between two enemies? The answer is nothing.
In the land of Tourin, twin heirs Izaveta and Asya are separated young when fate decides their life roles. Izaveta must stay in the kingdom to rule, while Asya must learn to be the firebird, an ancient creature that ensures the balance of magic in the world. When an assassin leaves their mother, the queen, dead, both girls must quickly learn the rules of their roles, or doom the kingdom and its inhabitants. For those looking for an intriguing fantasy novel, follow this story of two sisters learning to trust, love, and grow into who they were meant to be.
A prince that kills sirens and a siren that kills princes end up on the same ship...what could go wrong?
Such a great book. Following the life story of Evelyn Hugo and her extensive list of lovers was fun & exciting. At some times I felt that I was there- interviewing Evelyn Hugo herself. If you like heartwarming books with huge twists- this is the book for you!
The plot twists in this book were insane and I will never forget the authors ability to paint such a picture in my head. The antagonists will haunt my nightmares, I’m sure of it.
I definitely recommend this for people who love fantasy with a paranormal/mystery twist.
Going into this, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mentally, I heard it was much like a crazy rich asians and princess diaries crossover. But it was so much more.
Following Izumi’s journey of finding her place in Tokyo was incredible. It was relatable, despite me not once experiencing finding out i was a princess at 18 years old. I would read this 100x over and feel the same emotions each time.
Read. This. Book.
Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Thorns and Roses takes you through a world full of fae, monsters, and magic. Feyre's survival rest on her hunting abilities. When she kills a wolf to feed her family, a creature arrives to demand payback. Taken to a magical world, away from her family, she must find a way to stop the curse that blankets the magical land. That, or doom them forever.
Read the rest of the series: A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and A Court of Frost and Starlight. Coming soon: A Court of Silver Flames on February 16th, open for pre-order.
Decided to bring this one with me to Hawaii- what could be better than a book set in Hawaii, while experiencing it?
What I didn’t expect were the vast emotions I would feel while reading this. I loved following this family on their life journey. Growing up with the kids, and reading about realistic experiences (grief, loss, depression, homelessness, memory loss, ect) was emotional but something that I think every book needs to have. I will recommend this novel for ever and ever and ever and ever...
I have...so many emotions
I’ll admit, this book was a bit hard to get into at first. The main character, Bryce, was easy to get along with, easy to relate to. But the world building was insane. It took me about 400 pages to finally understand some of the words that were included.
But, it’s worth it.
You follow Bryce on a journey of grief, loss, and love, while she is searching for the killer of her best friend and a myriad of other citizens. She befriends a (not so shabby looking) archangel slave who is on the case with her. They become these super smart investigators while also living seemingly normal lives on the side (they have cell phones, work other jobs, ect).
There is so much more to it, though. This book takes you through major loss, family issues, war, grief, mental illness, sacrifice, and growth. Definitely a great book to read if you enjoy fantasy with a modern twist and relatable characters.
Wow. Not sure where to even start.
This gave me an entire new perspective on life and spending each day to the fullest. I didn’t cry; I’m not much of a crier when it comes to books unfortunately, but these characters and story will stick with me forever.
Please, read this book.
Imprisoned at a young age, Juliette hurts, and even kills, everyone she touches. Is it a super power? A curse? A disease? No one knows, and no one dares to touch her. Until she meets someone who does...and lives to tell the tale.
After 15 year old Liz dies, she arrives at a place called Elsewhere. Similar to earth, but much more, Elsewhere is home to sprawling seas, tall mountains, and warm homes. You can't get sick, or older.
In fact, in Elsewhere, you age backwards until you are born again.
In this book about loss and grief, watch Liz deal with the hardships of aging back to her younger self, alongside her grandmother she has never met. Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is better than one lived forward?