My Favorite Female Authors!

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to chat about some of my favorite female authors! To be honest, most of the books I read are by women, so most of my favorite authors are women, but they still deserve a shoutout.

There are definitely more that I could have added to this list, but I wanted to include only authors that I’ve read multiple books/series from.

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to chat about some of my favorite female authors! To be honest, most of the books I read are by women, so most of my favorite authors are women, but they still deserve a shoutout.

There are definitely more that I could have added to this list, but I wanted to include only authors that I’ve read multiple books/series from.

CHRISTINA LAUREN

I have read 10 of Christina Lauren’s books and honestly, they are hit or miss for me. Looking back, I have loved less of them than I’ve disliked, but still, the ones I’ve loved are absolute favorites of mine. Their books don’t feel formulaic to me, so each book stands out in my mind. I can’t wait for the release of The Honey Don’t List later this month!

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN

I was drawn to Starfish initially for the cover, but the main character ended up being very relatable to me because of her social anxiety. I loved the book and all the other issues that were dealt with. Her second book, Summer Bird Blue, was quite different than her first, but was so emotional. I just adore both of these books and I can’t wait to read anything and everything she writes in the future!

TAYLOR JENKINS REID

I’ve loved every book that I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, starting from when I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She comes up with such heart-wrenching ideas for her stories and they always impact me.

ALICE OSEMAN

I broke my rule with Alice Oseman, since I have only read Heartstopper from her, but I just love it so much. It is so pure and heartwarming and I love it so much. Eventually, I would love to read some of her proper novels.

MARGARET ROGERSON

Both of Margaret Rogerson’s books were just such enjoyable reads! She does standalone fantasy so well and I love the worlds and characters she creates. I don’t know what she has planned in the future, but I will read it for sure.

LAINI TAYLOR

Laini is the queen of beautiful writing! Thinking about Strange The Dreamer still does things to my heart. I’ve read both of her series, and while I didn’t love the end of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, she is still an exceptional writer and her stories stay with me.

LEIGH BARDUGO

Leigh Bardugo is another author where I don’t necessarily love everything she’s written. The Shadow and Bone series wasn’t for me (though I have been feeling like rereading it lately…) and King of Scars was one of the most disappointing books I read in 2019, but I love Six of Crows. I think I will continue to read anything she comes out with.

SARAH J. MAAS

It feels controversial to have Sarah J. Maas be among my favorite authors, but truly, I love her books. They are fun and addicting and mean a lot to me. I’ve read and loved pretty much everything she’s written and now that I have House of Earth and Blood in my possession I can’t wait to dive in!


Who are some of your favorite female authors?

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Synopsis: Elisabeth has grown up and lived her whole life in the Great Library of Summershall, one of six libraries that houses magical books, but when someone is out to sabotage each library, she must try to find the culprit in order to save the kingdom.

Fantasy, 456 pages, published June 4th, 2019

Synopsis: Elisabeth has grown up and lived her whole life in the Great Library of Summershall, one of six libraries that houses magical books, but when someone is out to sabotage each library, she must try to find the culprit in order to save the kingdom.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I absolutely loved An Enchantment of Ravens, which I read earlier this year (review here), so I was really excited for Margaret’s next book, and it did not disappoint! I think she has such a talent for creating a magical and whimsical atmosphere. Sorcery of Thorns is different than An Enchantment of Ravens, but they have a similar atmospheric setting.

I thought the magical elements of this book were really cool! There was plain old sorcery, but there were also demons and grimoires, magical books of spells. The demons were really cool, as was the Otherworld that they originate from and the deals they could make with humans. The grimoires were all unique and honestly kind of creepy at times.

This book definitely felt more plot driven as opposed to character driven. I liked Elisabeth, but there was nothing that really felt unique about her. Although there isn’t much focus on Elisabeth as a character, there was a fair amount about her different relationships, as well as the relationships around her. I loved her and Nathaniel together, as well as both of their relationships with Silas.

I thought the plot was interesting and exciting. It definitely moved along at a fast pace, but it didn’t feel rushed at all. I think Margaret’s writing style would be well suited for a series because I do feel like there were more things I wanted to know about the world.

Overall, I thought this book was fun, exciting, magical, and just a little dark! I had a great time reading it! I am definitely looking forward to anything Margaret Rogerson writes in the future!

Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

Synopsis: For years, Isobel has been painting the fair folk. She is well known for her paintings because the fair folk themselves cannot make anything or they will crumble to dust. After a summer of painting Rook, the autumn court prince, Isobel adds the one thing that will make the painting perfect – human sorrow in Rook’s eyes. When this painting is unveiled in his court, it leads his people to question his power. Furious, he brings Isobel to the land of fairies to be tried, but many events put their journey off course.

Genre: Fantasy

Published: September 26th, 2017

Pages: 304

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis: For years, Isobel has been painting the fair folk. She is well known for her paintings because the fair folk themselves cannot make anything or they will crumble to dust. After a summer of painting Rook, the autumn court prince, Isobel adds the one thing that will make the painting perfect – human sorrow in Rook’s eyes. When this painting is unveiled in his court, it leads his people to question his power. Furious, he brings Isobel to the land of fairies to be tried, but many events put their journey off course.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I went into this book having heard some not so great reviews, so my expectations were low, but I ended up really enjoying it!

The whole book is in first person for Isobel’s point of view. I think this worked well, as it does for other fairy books, because the reader gets to experience this new, magical world for the first time along with the main character. I love fairies, if that wasn’t obvious from my blog name, and the fairies in this book were definitely cool! They were similar to the fair folk in Holly Black’s books; they can’t lie, but they can still make deceptive deals, they can’t touch iron, and they use glamours. One thing about them that is unique is that they cannot create anything, from paintings to food, clothes, or even writing.

The plot starts as Isobel getting to know Rook while she paints him, then progresses to their journey to the autumnlands, Rook’s home. However, once their journey gets derailed, there is a little while where they don’t have a purpose of destination, so it felt a little strange. After that part though, they find their purpose once again.

I liked Isobel and Rook as characters, but honestly nothing about them stood out to me. As I am writing this review, it has been about a week since I finished the book, and even in that short amount of time has really faded my memory of them. I did think the romance was pretty cute, though I would have liked more development.

I think my biggest problem overall was the lack of development that could have been fixed if this book was just a little longer. There was more that could have been said about the characters and the world. The book was barely 300 pages, so it definitely could have been longer.

Overall, despite wanting more, I really enjoyed this book! I think the descriptions of the fairy land and the romance made this book a nice, quick read! I do really want to read Margeret’s next book, A Sorcery of Thorns, because she has a nice writing style.