Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thematic Sunday: Books for Mortal Instruments Fans

So if you're a MI fan, you likely know that the teaser for the upcoming Shadowhunters show has dropped. I'm mildly excited about it. I just have a rule about not getting high expectations about things, because high expectations always tends to lead to disappointment, even if the thing in question is relatively good. But I suspect the trailer has made people look at the series again, and if you're rereading, or reading for the first time, you might be left wanting more books after you finish the series. Luckily, there are plenty of options for MI fans to read. Please note, this list does not include Harry Potter or Percy Jackson because I'm assuming most MI fans have already looked at those two series.

If you liked the girl discovers magical world part of MI:

1) The Others Series by Anne Bishop

A little more adult then MI, this series has the same sort of sheltered but likable girl learning the ropes of a magical world. It also boasts a wide variety of magical creatures.
Note: the series is currently in progress.

If you just liked the hidden magical world aspect:

2) The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

This trilogy has a fantastically creative and vivid world and also has that complicated romance aspect.

If you were in it for the group dynamics:

3) The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

If you just loved the character development in MI, I definitely suggest this series. Well developed character focus as well as a fascinating take on magic. This series is in progress, the last book is hopefully going to be out next year.

You're a sucker for the magic bits (who isn't?):

4) The Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie has enough sass that would put Jace to shame and she's a witch to boot. Well crafted world with magic and snark.
Also check out her in progress Rebel Belle series which should also appeal to MI fans. The main character at one point beats up a baddie while in high heels. Isabelle would approve.

You loved the atmosphere of MI:

5) Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl

The town of Gaitlin is so vivid in these books that you feel as though you've been there, even if you've never been down in the South. This series also boasts a romantic subplot that rivals Clary and Jace (and doesn't have an icky, we may be siblings plot), a great magic system, and many colorful characters.

You are in it for the genre:

6) The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane

Who doesn't love a good urban fantasy, right? May I direct your attention to this oldie, but goodie series about kids discovering magic and more.
Note: Still in progress, there'll be a new book coming next year.

Actually, you kind of liked Infernal Devices more:

7) The Jackaby series by William Ritter

I know, I love the historical fantasy stuff too. This is one of the newest ones and I can't recommend it enough. Basically, scrappy girl meets strange man who pulls her into a even stranger magical world.

You loved the snark:

8) The Lynburn Legacy Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan

You might know Brennan's name from the Bane Chronicles. Her books are indeed worth a look. Kami could probably out snark Jace if it were to come down to a snark battle.
Also check out Demon's Lexicon which should also appeal to MI fans.

You liked Jace despite wanting to hit him over the head for all his dumb decisions:

9) The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black

If there is a guy out there who could rival Jace in the I have a sucky life department, it could be Cassel.

More Urban Fantasy:

10) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

More awesome urban fantasy to take a look at.

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