This post is all about the 11 books that will have you book obsessed (and believe me, they are WORTH IT!) Spring is almost here, and that means it’s time to find some great books to get lost in. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling mystery, a romantic comedy, or a magical fantasy, there are plenty of books out there that will have you obsessing over them all season long.
From the latest bestsellers to classic favorites, these books will keep you turning the pages until the very last one. So grab your favorite drink and cozy up in your preferred reading spot, and get ready for some amazing stories that will have you hooked from start to finish!
There is something particularly satisfying about reading, and even more satisfying about when you fall in love with a book. After all, the immersive experience of a good book can feel like being tugged down a rabbit hole, falling down, down, down (the same way Alice did?) To read a novel is to absorb the thoughts of another, to only see to the view of what on the pages in front of you—to visualize the imagery although it isn’t really there ?.
This post is about the books you will be book-obsessed with this Spring.
OK, OK, I won’t make you wait anymore. Let’s get Book Obsessed!
1. Godkiller by Hannah Kaner
This legend follows Kissen. She is a veiga, and as a veiga her job is to kill gods for a living. More than that, Kissen takes pleasure in this act. That is until she finds a god she cannot kill: Skediceth, god of white lies, who is connected to a little noble girl on the run.
The world was rich with possibilities, giving conflicting ideals and planting mysteries, adding to the intrigue of the story. From the start of Godkiller, I was completely immersed in the story. Kaner’s prose was spellbinding. As one of my most anticipated books of 2023, and even more a debut from Kaner, it has easily solidified itself as one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
2. The Buried and The Bound by Rochelle Hassan
This is a debut young adult contemporary fantasy from Rochelle Hassan. This story is full of monsters, magic, and wicked fae. It is perfect for fans of The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Hazel Wood.
I loved this story. If you enjoy fae stories with a mythical feeling, a queer love story, a beautiful and luxurious writing style, that is lyrical, but never too much, and found family. This book is definitely for you.
The style perfectly encapsulates the dark atmosphere and thick tension that builds as the story unfolds. The characters together create such a fun and interesting dynamic. The only thing was that I wasn’t expecting it to be a series, and I wish I knew that going into it. I would have then prepared myself for potential unanswered questions and cliffhangers.
3. Jinx (Sisters of Salem) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Jinx is a 2-in-1 bind-up of the first two books of the Sisters of Salem series, SPELLS TROUBLE, and OMENS BITE.
This book is stunning! The back story of this book is based on the Salem Witch trials. This is a topic that has always intrigued me. A story of twin sisters who are witches. The Goode family is the protectors of a grove of trees. Each tree in this grove is a portal to the underworld. When the sisters’ mother is murdered and other townspeople show up murdered, the girls know there’s a monster on the loose. They must stop it and save the grove before the solstice.
Omens Bite goes darker than Spells Trouble. The twins are still working the grove. And now they must work through their personal turmoil and less on their outer friendships/relationships. The story makes
poignant commentary on grief and how it can overwhelm us, make us do things we wouldn’t normally do, and twist how we perceive everything around us.
Thank you to Wednesday Books for this gifted copy!
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4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
This is one of the best fantasy novels I have read in 3 years!
“That was what magic did. It revealed the heart of who you’d been before life took away your belief in the possible. It gave back the world all lonely children longed for. That was what Lethe had done for him. Maybe it could do that for Alex as well.”
The book was thrilling. It was near perfection! The use of ancient mysteries, magic, and the promise of danger was *chef’s kiss*. The plot was laid out expertly until the end. It builds a tense and exciting tale. My only criticism is the reveal during the final showdown. Bardugo dropped enough clues here and there. This created points where the reader could have figured out who might have been behind the murder at the center of this novel. At points, it seemed like it could have been handled a little better, but then, the plot is twisted again. Delivering an explanation that adds new possibilities that no reader could have suspected.
5. The King’s Mistress by Clyve Rose
Thrown to the wolves by her father, Lady Lydia Clifton faces a forced marriage and all the brutality that comes with the Earl of Basingstoke. She must flee, and has only one way out of England: disguise herself as Martha Dale, mistress to the Romany king.
Lydia knows her brother Wil became estranged from their family and all of the English aristocracy because he fell in love with a Romany woman. That makes this white lie more potent, as it offers the kind of protection that just might keep her safe.
Despite her reputation being in tatters, all Lydia needs to do is to make it to France, and into the care of her oldest brother, Roger.
King Valkin Brishen is fully aware lies and subterfuge can and has brought harm to his people, yet when his men find a lovely English maid on the run who claims to be his mistress, anger battles with more than curiosity over exactly why this English rose is fleeing with such haste.
Her flight speaks of courage, but her deceit could put his people in peril.
When I started reading it, I suddenly remembered the event of the first book in this series. I’m glad that those characters are here too.
Lydia and Valkin’s story was so sweet!!! The tension between them, and those spicy scenes whoo?
Thank you to Black Chateau and Bookinfluencers.com for this gifted copy
6. The Cloisters by Katy Hays
Honestly, what’s not to love? An old, historic NYC museum. A scholar dedicating his life to uncovering the secrets of Renaissance occult and astrology. An intern who is not fearful of death. And the fate that brought her to the moment and the tragedy surrounding it?
This dark academia story was such a captivating story rich in history, while still thrilling. It was almost a perfect read. The only reason why I didn’t give it a perfect rating was that it seemed like it was holding back, but nonetheless, it will still have you book obsessed.
Are you book-obsessed with these editions yet?
7. The Adentures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty
Shannon Chakraborty can do no wrong!
This is a new spin of magic and mayhem on the high seas in this tale of pirates and sorcerers, forbidden artifacts and ancient mysteries, in one woman’s determined quest to seize a final chance at glory—and write her own legend.
Amina al-Sirafi should be content. After a storied and scandalous career as one of the Indian Ocean’s most notorious pirates, she’s survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural.
But when she’s tracked down by the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman, she’s offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade’s kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. The chance to have one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and win a fortune that will secure her family’s future forever? It seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God’s will.
Yet the deeper Amina dives, the more it becomes alarmingly clear there’s more to this job, and the girl’s disappearance, than she was led to believe. For there’s always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power…and the price might be your soul.
Thank you to Harper Voyager for this gifted copy.
8. Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim
In the hidden desert city of Qalia, there is secret spice magic that awakens the affinities of those who drink the Misra tea. Sixteen-year-old Imani has an affinity for iron and is able to wield a dagger-like no other warrior. She has garnered the reputation as being the next great Shield for battling djinn, ghouls, and other monsters spreading across the sands.
Her reputation has been overshadowed, however, by her brother, who tarnished the family name after it was revealed that he was stealing his nation’s coveted spice—a telltale sign of magical obsession. Soon after that, he disappeared, believed to have died beyond the Forbidden Wastes. Despite her brother’s betrayal, there isn’t a day that goes by when Imani doesn’t grieve him.
Spice Road is the one young adult fantasy debut that you don‘t want to miss out on. It‘s got everything you are looking for: epic world-building ??, detailed but not too complicated magic system ??, realistic and intricate characters ??, amazing chemistry ??, adventure ??, high stakes ??, friendship ??, family ??, romance??. And the best part of it? All of this is well-balanced and paced throughout the novel.
9. Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. Alex is back and the Ivy League is going straight to HELL.
I won’t give too much away with this one because this one is the ending to the first installment of Ninth House. Forbidden from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes can’t call on the Ninth House for help, so they assemble a team of dubious allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. Together, they will have to navigate a maze of arcane texts and bizarre artifacts to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets and break every rule doing it.
It is thick with history and packed with Bardugo’s signature twists, Hell Bent brings to life an intricate world full of magic, violence, and all too real monsters.
End of the Book Obsessed Road…
10. Dawn of Transcendence by Shayla Faulkner
You will fall in love and totally be book obsessed with this debut young adult fantasy book. Braden is just getting over a heartbreak, all while trying to navigate through teenage life. Things are not going the way she has planned them — not even a little bit. Things get thrown upside down, things get strange—real strange. Unsettling occurrences happen. Like anyone, she has ailments that are not typical growing pains, but of a provoking supernatural nature.
Caught in the throes of who she wants to be versus who she was foretold to be, Braden, struggles to fully grasp her true nature of being a Daemon, a supreme being. Indecisive of the uncertain journey ahead, a dark belligerent force rocks her teetering constitution, which she soon discovers deeply entwined with her destiny.
This book was so dark, and enthralling. I am so glad the author contacted me, and I can’t wait for book 2!
Thank you to Shayla Faulkner for my gifted copy.
11. Night’s Edge by Liz Kerin
This story is nuanced, complex, immersive, bleak, and so twisted you can’t help but be book obsessed.
Moms can really suck.
Having a mom like Izzy meant Mia had to grow up fast. No extracurriculars, no inviting friends over, and definitely no dating. The most important rule: Tell no one of Izzy’s hunger – the kind only blood can satisfy.
But Mia is tired of being her mother’s keeper. She’s in her twenties now and longs for a life of her own. One where she doesn’t have to worry about anyone discovering their terrible secret, or breathing down her neck. When Mia meets rebellious musician Jade she dares to hope she’s found a way to leave her home – and her mom – behind.
It might be Mia’s only chance of getting out alive.
I love how Night’s Edge is so gruesome and a surprisingly heartfelt page-turner at the same time.
Thank you to Tor Nightfire
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