…First Book in a Series
Recommend A… is a SUPER meme hosted by Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit that lets us get a little random, and a little off the radar. I LOVE IT.
So. First book in a series. This is HARD, mostly because I read so many series! But trust me when I tell you that this list could be a bazillion books long. First books in a series that rock my socks are pretty special, and I often always have the softest spots for the books that drew me into a series in the first place.
Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin #1 by Robin LaFevers. GUYS. I read this book in February, and it remains one of my favorite books of the year. Assassin nuns in medieval France who are basically the minions of Death, killing people whom he marks? It’s historical fantasy at its best. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
The Iron King: The Iron Fey #1 by Julie Kagawa. I always recommend this series to people who don’t usually hold with fairies because it’s pretty legit. Meghan Chase is a stellar character, and Ash and Puck are two immensely lovable guys. The fairy realm in The Iron Fey series is vibrant and colorful and full of well-constructed characters, and the emotional depth of these stories shouldn’t be overstated either. It’s good stuff. REALLY good stuff.
The Penderwicks: The Penderwicks #1 by Jeanne Birdsall. SIGH. Friends, this is one of my very favorite series out there, and one of my very favorite middle grade books of all time. It’s the best story about a family of quirky, loving sisters living with their widower father. The first book takes place during their summer vacation, where the girls get into all kinds of shenanigans. I can’t do my love justice here, but trust me. They are seriously the most adorable, retro awesome family. I adore them to bits and pieces.