|Tress recommends The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon|
|“This is the best book I’ve read so far this year! A standalone fantasy novel, this book has fantastic world building and a creative premise that turns the conventional “damsel in distress” story on its head. There is an enormous number of a characters and multiple competing queendoms and kingdoms, and the story is told from a variety of perspectives. Keeping track of all the storylines feels daunting at first, but this book is completely worth it – give it a couple of chapters for everything to start coming together. You will root for the protagonists – human and dragons alike – and leave the story wanting more, even after 800 pages. I 100% recommend this book! “|
Danielle recommends My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
“My Sister the Serial Killer is a darkly comic novel packed with murder and sibling rivalry. If you’re looking for a page-turner, this is a great one!
Two Nigerian sisters couldn’t be more opposite: Korede is a pragmatic, hardworking nurse, while Ayoola is the stunningly beautiful, out-of-touch favorite of the family. She’s also a murderer. Korede sympathizes with her sister and cleans up her messes, but she begins to question Ayoola’s claims of self-defense as the bodies pile up. As Korede’s life spirals, she must confront questions of loyalty, love, beauty, and integrity.
This novel is a quick read, and once you pick it up, it will be hard to put down!”
|Oliver recommends The Once and Future King by T.H. White.|
|“The Once and Future King is T.H. White’s classic retelling of the King Arthur story. The book is broken into four parts; following Arthur from his childhood with his foster family and early tutelage under the wizard Merlin, the rise of Arthur’s kinghood and the Knights of the Round Table, the ill-fated forbidden love of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, to Arthur’s fatal downfall at the hands of his son Mordred. It is a great primer for the King Arthur myth and is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy stories or tales of knights in armor.”|