Keep Me Posted!

Sign me up for the latest news from Penguin Teen, including new books, special offers, and promotions.

8 Diverse Fantasies to Read if You Loved CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

SHARE

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the biggest books of 2018 so far, and has enticed readers with its lush West-African inspired setting and its intriguing world of dark magic. Readers are craving more diverse fantasy, because after a while, the same old stuff gets a little bit tiring! Need more recommendations for your next read? This list of books draws on a variety of earthly cultures and is sure to be just what you need.

 

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

In this thrilling and dark fantasy debut based on Nigerian culture we follow Taj, a young and talented aki or sin-eater. Citizens pay for release their sins, which turn into sin-beasts. Taj must then slay the beasts, but when he does, their image appears on his skin like a tattoo.  But when Taj must slay the sin-beast of a royal, he find himself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the princess whom he loves… and maybe even his own life.

 

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Often referred to as the Nigerian Harry Potter, this contemporary fantasy is rich with culture and magic. Our protagonist Sunny is a young Albino girl living with her family in Nigeria, and when she discovers she is a “free agent” with magical powers, her entire world begins to change. Ursula K. Le Guin and John Green are Nnedi Okorafor fans, and you will be too when you read Akata Witch! Follow it up with the sequel, Akata Warrior!

 

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao blends Snow White and Chinese culture in this breathtaking retelling of the classic fairytale, this time from the evil queen’s perspective! Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is destined to rule her country, but only if she embraces her dark magic powered by eating the hearts of the recently murdered. But when love enters the picture, Xifeng begins to doubt. Which will she choose? Sharing hearts… or devouring them?

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Based off of the Roman Empire, the Ember in the Ashes series is a sweeping fantasy epic following Laia, a member of the Scholar resistance posing as a slave in order to rescue her brother, and Elias, a Mask of the Martial Empire. As a Mask, Elias’s duty is to keep Martial control over Laia’s people, but he dreams of running away from all of the violence and hatred. When these two meet they find they just might be able to help one another escape the rigid walls of Blackcliff, and their love may melt the barriers between their people.

 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Based in feudal Japan, Flame in the Mist follows Mariko, the clever daughter or a lord who must disguise herself as a boy and join up with the Black Clan, the gang of assassins who had attempted to kill her. As she tries to uncover the plot of why she was targeted for death, another plot with the Emperor in the capital is brewing and not all is as it seems. And once Mariko joins the Black Clan, she finds herself falling in love, and for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. Fast-paced with a kick-butt protagonist, this is one book you don’t want to miss.

 

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Amrita is the princess of Shalingar, betrothed to the vile conqueror Emperor Sikander in an effort to spare her country from violence. But when everything crumbles in a violent disaster, Amrita is forced to flee with a recently freed oracle named Thala who brings her on a quest to find the Library of All Things in an effort to change their fates. Set in a mythical version of India and loosely based on the conquest of Alexander the Great, this beautiful story of love and sacrifice will stick with you long after you set it down.

 

The Reader by Traci Chee

This mind-bending book follows Sefia, as she races to save her aunt from a viscious kidnapping at the hands of a mysterious organization that also wants to see Sefia locked away. But why? Could it have something to do with the mysterious object Sefia was given by her now deceased parents? The one that might just be…a book? Full of mystery, history, and an unforgettable crew of swashbuckling pirates, The Reader is a must read.

 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Each night, Caliph Khalid kills his bride, and each morning he takes a new one. After Shazi’s best friend suffers this fate she volunteers as a bride, and enters the palace with a plan: revenge. When dawn rises Shazi has managed to stay alive, but she also finds that things are not as they seem. With her growing feelings for Khalid, she is determined to get to the bottom of the endless cycle of murders, and bring it to an end, once and for all.

 

 

 

 

Looking for more recommendations? Check out these books to read if you loved Black Panther!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ShelfGoals

Excerpt Alert: Rebelwing

Happy #FridayReads! Did someone say robot dragons?! This week, we’re reading Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1   The Drop   The whole mess was a long time coming, but the drama really began when the long, sleek snout of a plasma gun interrupted Pru’s breakfast.   “Good morning,” said Alex, black-eyed gaze intent over … Continued
See More

Excerpt Alert: Devil Darling Spy

If you like an edge of thriller in your historical fiction, we’ve got some good news for you. Devil Darling Spy is hitting shelves January 21! This fast-paced follow-up to Orphan Monster Spy follows Sarah’s perilous journey as she hunts a rogue German doctor in Central Africa who might be a serial murderer. This unbearably high-stakes thriller pushes Sarah to … Continued
See More

Read an excerpt of THE BEAUTIFUL by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires are making their comeback in just FIVE DAYS, and we’re celebrating with an excerpt! Scroll down to read the first chapter of Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful. 1st février, 1872 aboard the CGT Aramis Not What It Seemed The Aramis was supposed to arrive at first light, like it did in Celine’s dreams. She would wake beneath a sunlit … Continued
See More

6 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … Continued
See More

6 Reads to Help You Recover from Black Friday

You know that day that comes right after the day we all say how thankful we are for the things we have? The one where everyone runs out and risks life and limb to get half-priced plasma screens and tupperware? Black Friday. It’s one that requires a cup of hot cocoa and a stack of good … Continued
See More

October’s most anticipated reads!

To put it simply, October is a very good month for books. And here are 6 of the most highly anticipated you do NOT want to miss!   The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – October 1st If you love historical fiction, stunning prose, and a cover you’ll want to keep turned out to gaze … Continued
See More

Excerpt alert: The Blossom and the Firefly

This week, we’re reading The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith, a powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens caught in the cogs of an unwinnable war. Scroll down to read the excerpt! Chapter One Hana Japan 1945 My father’s voice wakes me—thick as wool, slightly scratchy. “Get up, Hana. It’s time to get going.” Music … Continued
See More

17 Books That Will Get You Hooked on Historical Fiction

Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. So we decided to share the love and round up 17 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction. (Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.) … Continued
See More

Halloween may be over, but these 4 books will leave you thoroughly creeped out

We love a good Halloween spook, but the best ones are the scares that last year round, and these top 4 reads will probably be keeping us creeped out well into 2020…   Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall BY. FAR. One of the CREEPIEST reads of 2019. Rules for Vanishing is a chilling combination of The Blair Witch … Continued
See More

Read an excerpt of FIREBORNE

We’ll make it plain: Fireborne is going to destroy you. It is going to do things to your emotions. It’s going to suck you in with the gutting emotional pull of An Ember in the Ashes and then shock you with Game of Thrones-esque plot twists and battles. And it’s all coming October 15th, scroll down to read the … Continued
See More
BACK TO TOP