“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on Earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.” — Anne Lamott
I don’t know about you, but books are essential to me. Since I was little, they have been my escape. As I’ve grown, they have become even more important to me. I’ve always had eclectic tastes in books, but recently I have noticed a new trend in what I read. Between work, kids, and everything else that comes with being an adult, when I actually carve out enough time to be able to sit down with a book, I want that book to be as far from my reality as possible. So, my new best friends have become Fantasy and Science Fiction. Werewolves? Yes! Magic and vampires? Yes! Futuristic fairy tale retellings with a cyborg Cinderella and Rapunzel trapped in a satellite orbiting Earth instead of a tower? Yes, please!
Whether your interests run toward the vampires and werewolves of urban fantasy and paranormal, or if your forte is more elves and dwarves in fantasy, there is a book out there for you to escape into. Here are some recommended reads that have helped me to escape, if only for a short time.
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Do you want a little post-apocalyptic dystopia with your fantasy? Well then the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews is for you. Magic Bites is the first in this awesome series that takes place in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta where waves of magic regularly cripple technology. Kate Daniels is a sword-wielding mercenary that deals with all manner of monsters on a daily basis. She has been hiding her magical blood for years, but when her mentor is murdered, she risks coming out of hiding to find his killer.
Cinder by Marissa Meyers
Remember that cyborg Cinderella story that I mentioned earlier? That is a real book. It is called Cinder by Marissa Meyers and it is the first in her Lunar Chronicles series. Because Cinder is a cyborg, she is considered a second-class citizen. With no memory of her past, she lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters, making a living as a mechanic. Unexpectedly, her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai’s, and she finds herself in the middle of an interplanetary struggle between the Earth and Luna. Cinder must discover her past and work with a ragtag group of friends to protect her love and the future of her world.
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
What would happen if the world was inhabited by Others and humans were in the minority? In Anne Bishop’s Others series, she delves into the world of shifters, vampires, and blood prophets. Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet that has the gift, or curse, of being able to tell the future when her skin is cut. Her human controllers have kept her captive all of her life, slowly selling her prophecies for money and power. When Meg finally is able to escape, she finds safety in a surprising place, in a community of Others who would normally just as soon eat a human than to look at one. Meg is different though, and her coming to the Others’ community will herald a shift in the world everyone is used to.