So first we have...
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This is probably one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Laini Taylor is a master of words and this books drags you in and has you completely enthralled within minutes of starting it. It'll have you laughing and crying and practically cooing at the characters as you go along. The moment I finished it I had to get the second one and start reading it. And the third comes out this April!
Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. (via goodreads)
Other Books in the Series: 2. Days of Blood & Starlight; 2.5. Night of Cake and Puppets; 3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Okay, I know I have talked about this book before. The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite books series ever, hands down. I love it. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is incredible, the story is original and enchanting, and the characters are amazing. Characters are what really do it for me when it comes to books, and Maggie's are always great. Seriously, if you only ever read one thing I recommend, make it this one.
Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
Other Books in the Series: 2. The Dream Thieves (which is even better than the first); 3. TBA
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This is a fantasy book and one of my favourites to date. It's beautifully written, funny, dark, full of love and magic and evil. Everything you need to make a fantastic story. This is another book series where the characters really make it something special.
Summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
Other Books in the Series: 1.5. The Tailor; 2. Siege and Storm // short stories: The Witch of Duva & The Too-Clever Fox
So there you have it, some excellent books to read if you're itching for some magic in your life. If you pick any of them up let me know what you think. These are all books that I love to talk about at any given opportunity.