Us readers are ALWAYS searching for fantastic new books to read, so I wanted to share with you all my top 5 CLEAN fantasy book recommendations.
Those of you who like fantasy: check out how many books we might’ve both read!
Those who aren’t so much of a fan of fantasy: I really recommend you checking these books out. You won’t regret it.
1. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
By Christopher Healy
Ever wondered what happened to Prince Charming?
All you ever hear about is the princesses-Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel are the stars of the show!
But…didn’t someone save them? Oh, yeah. Prince Charming.
Enter: Fredrick, Liam, Gustav, and Duncan!
This book takes place after the Happily Ever After, where all Prince Charming’s are trying to gain enough fame to be known, not just as some random ‘Prince Charming’, but as a hero with a name.
This book is filled to the brim with humor, and you can’t help laughing on almost every other page. It’s also geared towards boys, but I had no problem reading this book! Couldn’t recommend it enough.
*Note: Gustav occasionally uses a made-up ‘curse word’. I think Christopher Healy added it for humor purposes. It’s not something I would call ‘clean’, but it’s the only thing in there, and I thought I’d mention it 😉
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.
Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
By Nadine Brandes
This book has so many elements, it’s almost hard to pick what to say!
This book is, unfortunately, based upon The Gunpowder Plot. Nadine does a wonderful job, though, of not attacking any specific side. She simply uses the historical scenario and weaves it into a fantasy masterpiece.
The first time I read this book, Nadine whipped the rug out from under me three times. THREE TIMES, I couldn’t guess what was happening until it was too late! At times, I clearly remember my heart beating wildly in my throat, and I was clutching the book, trying to read as fast as I could to take it all in.
The second time around can never be like the first time, but it was still absolutely enthralling. I don’t have many others words to explain this book. Only: go read it. Now.
In 17th-century London, two forces rule the people: the color powers and the Stone Plague. Brown masks can manipulate wood. Black masks control the night. And red masks . . . well, red is the color of blood.
Thomas Fawkes needs a gray mask so he can remove the stone that has invaded his body and will ultimately take his life. But when he fails his color test, his only hope is to track down his father, the infamous Guy Fawkes, and demand his color mask.
But his father has other plans: to kill the king.
3. Five Kingdoms
These books are SO good!
My favorite thing about Brandon Mull is his way with his worlds. Considering he has Five Kingdoms to write, I feel like this was a perfect quality for him to have.
The first book was great, the second one was just as good, but then BAM, the third book was shockingly good. The fourth book somehow managed to be even better. And the fifth book-which I will be listening to on audio-book for the first time very soon-I’m sure is going to be a slamming finale!
Cole is shown as a sixth grader, but I feel like he should be eighth or ninth. He’s loyal, kind, and quirky. The perfect protagonist for these adventures!
Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.
After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.
And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.
I just finished this book this week, but I already know it’s a keeper.
I’ve recently been reading probably WAY too many fairy-tale re-tellings (I regret nothing), and this one stood out from them all.
Heather Dixon is an author who knows how to write. It’s hard for me to keep up with six main characters in my book, but Heather had to deal with not only the twelve princesses, but also four other men, and a few other random characters.
And each one, she kept distinctly different, and I had no problem keeping track of any of them!
As a writer and a reader, I am thoroughly impressed!
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
5. The Rithmatist
I’ve read this book only once, and I’m already planning on reading it again, hopefully sometime soon.
Brandon Sanderson is probably one of the top best bestsellers that I’ve ever seen. Walking into Chapters, his books fill up rows of their bookshelves, and I’m pretty certain almost every book he pumps out his a New York Times Bestseller.
The Rithmatist is definitely not for anyone still reading middle-grade. It’s a complex YA book, with an entire new magic system. Brandon is honestly a genius.
This book, the pictures, the characters, and the foreshadowing had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
It’s been a year, but I don’t recall anything bad being in the book (I hope there’s nothing. Let me know if there is!), and I don’t think I’ve ever particularly mentioned it before on the blog, so I decided I needed this to be the smashing finale book for today!
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing―kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery―one that will change Rithmatics―and their world―forever.
Some of you might be wondering why this post is so late.
And some of you probably forgot all about me BUT, *rolls out long speech*, LET ME EXPLAIN MY DISAPPEARANCE FROM THE FACE OF THIS PLANET.
It all began on a dark and stormy night–
*coughs* okay well, actually…it began this morning. I was happily typing up this very post, when I realized something was wrong: when I clicked the ‘Preview’ button (which allows you to look at your post as if it were published), it showcased all my paragraphs clumped together into huge ones. The formatting was all wrong, and it just looked awful. So, I saved the post and refreshed the page.
…Only to find all my progresses happily destoryed.
ANYWHO, thank you new WordPress editor. Couldn’t have managed to pull off that feat without your help! *dramatically tips hat*
Anyway, as you can see by the time, I gave up for a while there today, but I decided I wouldn’t take WordPress’s bullying as a ‘no post for today’. Instead, I posted anyway!
I’M STILL ALIVE!
You guys at me:
Have you ever read any of the books I’ve mentioned?
If so, which one is your favorite and what do you like a bout them?
If you’ve never read any of these, SHOO! FLY! GO READ!
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