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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: what I found most unique about Tiger Lily was that it was not only a re-imaging of Peter Pan, but that it was told through the eyes of Tinker Bell. While I worried that I would feel a disconnect to the characters, if anything, I felt closer to them for only being able to assume their intentions. I wasn’t always aware of when they would do something shocking or heartbreaking, which made every happy moment more delightful and every painful moment hurt deeper.
The Archived by Victoria Schwabb: in my review of The Archived, I described the worldbuilding as “fleshed out and convoluted,” but it is unique for being so unlike any other world I have ever experienced. The attention to detail is something I had to admire, and the world Schwabb created is one that I found both plausible and exhilarating; it was the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy!
Stolen by Lucy Christopher: written as a letter to her captor, I first had to clarify that Stolen was a work of fiction; Gemma’s story is so vivid and descriptive, that I was positive it was based on a true story! But what made it truly unique was how easily it manipulated my emotions, so that I both hated/feared Ty, and loved him at the same time, much like Gemma did.
Florence by Ciye Cho: while on the surface Florence is just another mermaid book, within it’s pages you find such a beautifully descriptive undersea world that I couldn’t have put it down if I had wanted to! Cho created a world that is just bursting with intricate detail and vivid colour and I found myself eager to get lost in it.
Crewel by Gennifer Albin: most dystopians bare some semblance to our current Earth – we need to see how we got from where we are today, to where the characters are in the story. And while Crewel fits that description, the world Albin has created is so much more than our current Earth that I found myself completely mesmerized by the intricacy of it all.
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano: do I need to say more than, “floating city in the sky”? The mythology DeStefano creates in Perfect Ruin was one I found really interesting and her eclectic mix of the old fashioned with new technology was a choice that I ended up loving!
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff: Yovanoff’s prose is always so breathtakingly dark, and The Space Between was no exception. Set in a version of Hell I couldn’t help but by fascinated by, what I found most unique about The Space Between was its worldbuilding, a theme that seems to be taking over this post!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus featured three seemingly separate plots, which eventually came together to form one complete story. With magic galore and settings so descriptive I swore I could smell the circus while reading, The Night Circus was a feast for the senses!
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo: shockingly, what I found most unique about Shadow & Bone was, you guessed it, the worldbuilding! Bardugo built everything from the ground up – from Ravka to its creatures to the Grisha – and I devoured it hungrily!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: with an almost ethereal feel to it, The Scorpio Races turned a story about a boy and a girl and their horses into something so much more breathtaking. From the ferociousness of the wild water horses, to the tangible and alive island of Thisby, to the way in which Stiefvater’s words seemed to surround me at all times, The Scorpio Races was a book I didn’t just read; it was one I experienced.