Maas's land of Prythian encompasses mysterious creatures, ancient villains, and the everyday strife of life in a village where the rich only get richer. The story centers on Feyre, the middle daughter of three children, and the sole provider for her family after her father is injured by debt collectors. While out hunting for her family's dinner, she shoots and wounds a large wolf. As it turns out, the woods are home not only to animals, but also to Fae, who demand retribution for Feyre's injury to one of their own. As Feyre discovers, these creatures have their own issues and are cursed and trapped by another, evil Fae. Feyre must help them free themselves from this evil and in doing so discovers that she might be more capable than she first thought. This opening installment of Maas's quartet does a fantastic job setting up the cast of characters that will follow you through the subsequent volumes and future spin-offs. Feyre has become one of my favorite female characters for her strength and wit, and this book is the perfect start to her series.
Seven princes of Hell and two twin teenage girls in Sicily... what could go wrong? When her twin turns up murdered, Emilia goes searching for the killer only to discover her sister was mixed up in some Hellish plot to change the world as they know it. Maniscalco has been a favorite author of mine for a while now, as she writes fantastical books that often veer into elements of horror without forcing me to set the book down for a while. This series begins as YA with this book, but does jump into the New Adult category with the second installment. A great series for older teens, college students, or adults who love magic and mystery.
One part Samurai Jack, one part Hellboy, one part Shaman King--all with a strand of West African myth woven in--Djeliya is a no-holds-barred fantasy romp. It's not just that there's something on every page that will make you gasp. It's that every page groans under the sheer volume of amazing stuff Ba wants to show you. While it's rough around the edges, this work marks the arrival of a major talent. Go read it just so you can say you read Ba's comics before it was cool!