This book has it all -- nonstop action; a great plot; brutal, bloody fights; a cooler than cool main character; and lots of twists and turns. Kind of like The Hunger Games (spectator sports! battles! revolution!) but about a million times better -- and it's in outer space!
Book 1 of the Red Rising Saga
Amazing characters and a plot full of action that does not stop, this one is a must read. If you like adventure stories with a dash of fantasy/supernatural (but completely grounded in a very realistic world) and a plot with more twists and turns than a mountain road, give this one a look.
Book 1 of the Six of Crows duology
I adored Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and if it's even possible, I loved this book more. It's a gorgeous fantasy novel set in a richly developed world with characters you will love, admire, and root for. It takes a little while for Taylor to set the stage and for the story to get off the ground, but you'll be rewarded for sticking with it.
Book 1 of the Strange the Dreamer duology
The author describes her book as "Little Women meets American Ninja Warrior in a setting inspired by Greco-Roman Egypt" while her publisher has pitched it as "Little Women meets Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games" -- but I would just say it's a great adventure fantasy story set in a unique world.
Book 1 of Court of Fives Series
This book is an interesting blend of historical fiction and fantasy, and it makes you think about how restricted women were not so very long ago.
A mesmerizing blend of fantasy, magic, and mystery. Each character is so real and unique - I just want to live inside this book.
Book 1 of the Raven Cycle Quartet