Class of 2022

Top 10 Books/Book Series I read in High School

By Nisha Bhilave

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1. A Court of Thorns and Roses – This is a series of fantasy novels written by Sarah J. Maas. The storyline of the books follows main character Feyre Archeron when she was taken to the faerie lands, and her  life changes as she forms a love/hate relationship with a faerie named Tamlin. Reading these books helped me forget the stress of my everyday life as I got lost in their world called Prythian. 

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2. Crescent City – Crescent City is an upcoming trilogy of fantasy books also written by Sarah J. Maas. The series follows Bryce Quinlan, a half-human, half-Fae as she attempts to avenge her friends’ murders and protect her vibrant city. Only two of the books have come out so far, but I enjoyed both, as they are an extension of the world created in ACOTAR mentioned above.

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3. verity – Verity is a thriller written by Colleen Hoover. In the book, main character Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. I really enjoy thrillers, and I think Verity is a great quick read for anyone who likes thrillers as well.

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4. Shadow and Bone – Shadow and Bone is a series written by Leigh Bardugo. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. I like this series because it has many plot \twists, and I fans of dystopian themes will like it as well.

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5. Shatter Me – This series is written by Tahereh Mafi and follows a girl whose touch has the ability to kill others. She is imprisoned for murder in the first book but is suddenly released in order to be weaponized for the coming war. Eventually, she meets others who are similar to her and learns about a group of rebels. I think the plot twists and concepts of this series make it very enticing.

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6. Goodnight Beautiful – A thriller written by Aimee Molloy, Goodnight Beautiful follows Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter in Sam’s sleepy hometown in upstate New York. Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office. Little does Sam know that through a vent in his ceiling, every word of his sessions can be heard from the room upstairs by Annie. Another thriller, I thought this book was very well written and unpredictable. 

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7. Red Queen – Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard,  tells the story of Mare Barrow, a 17 year old girl who lives in a world where status depends on the color of your blood. Those with red blood are commoners yet those with silver are royals who possess special powers. I thought the concept of this story was really cool, and I’m excited to read the rest of the books in the series.

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8. The Cruel Prince – Written by Holly Black, The Cruel Prince follows Jude Duarte, a human living in the realm of Faerie. When Jude was seven years old, her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were taken away to live in the dangerous High Court of Faerie. I liked the concept, as it was similar to Red Queen.

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9. It ends with us – It Ends With Us is the story of Lily who witnessed her mother getting abused by her father all her life and feeling helpless to do anything about it. Determined to live her life on her terms, she moves to Boston and it is here that she meets Dr. Ryle Kincaid. I really enjoyed this book because it was a different genre than I usually read, and I think it was written very well.

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10. The Silent Patient – Written by Alex Michaelides, The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. I love this book because of the buildup, suspense, and plot twist that kept me at the edge of my seat.

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