Top Five Books With Magic ft. The Gilded Wolves (aka SOC’s stabby child)

This Top Five Tuesday hosted by Bionic Bookworm is about magic, something I’ve lowkey avoided all these years. I think it has to do with how I read? I tend to go through text fast, because it’s either that or die as an English major.

BUT when I force myself to slow down, I can really appreciate magic!!!!! It just takes more effort, because you have to understand the world-building and magic code and a political strife. WE’RE TALKING SO MUCH COMMITMENT. But once I force myself to relax and slowly process the weird *ss world, I really like magic!

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The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

BD | GR

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I am pitching this as Six of Crows but in a new life. So far, it’s such a genuinely great book???? We have a sharp team leader (basically a cheerful descendant of Kaz Brekker), dangerous political heists, people with dramatic powers, and a friendship gang.

Two main girls and three main boys. IT ALL FEELS WONDERFULLY FAMILIAR. It’s some hardcore déjà vu, but the world-building makes it original.

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The God Eaters

2. The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek

GR | BD

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I read this book free online and there is simply no excuse for the lack of people in this fandom. NONE. I’ve lost faith in the world. I mean, SURE the ending sucks. But the rest of it is VERY ROMANTIC AND INTENSE.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

GR | BD

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This is the best book in the series and I feel like this is where the magic got really involved. Gorgeously written, Blue is tired of this mess, Noah Czerny is the best thing in all of our lives, and the title is my #1 crush.

I get butterflies just thinking about how superior it is to all other titles.

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

4. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan MMcGuire

GR | BD

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This was so short???? I really love short books,  long books intimidate of me. I’M SUCH A BAD BOOK LOVER AND I FEEL SH*TTY ABOUT IT.

But I think I read this in one sitting and I was so happy. And the writing itself was aesthetic af!! I didn’t even worry about the characters because I thought they could surely take care of themselves.

Even if they were being murdered I just quietly thought it fit the mood. My stress level was so low throughout this whole thing???? I think it was the most chill I’ve ever been in my life.

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Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)

5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

GR | BD

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There is not universe in which I will not ADORE AND PRAISE AND SMOOCH THIS BOOK. Immediately, just the cover. THE MAJESTIC COVER OF PRETTY BOYS CARRYING WANDS AND THERE’S A DRAGON INVOLVED.

I rest my case.

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Do you love any of these? Any magical recs? CAN YOU BELIEVE WE’RE GETTING A “CARRY ON” SEQUEL????? THERE TRULY IS A GOD.

Also, who is your favorite Raven Boy? Mine is beautiful Gansey c: c:

-malanie

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48 thoughts on “Top Five Books With Magic ft. The Gilded Wolves (aka SOC’s stabby child)

  1. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    LOOK I LOVE ALL THE BLUE LILY LILY BLUE LOVE IN THIS POST. that book is my baby and it deserves the WORLD. I love Blue and her witchy eccentric family so much I MISS THEM!!!!!

    And I’d love to read Every Heart a Doorway but it’s so expensive to buy ;-; because it’s only in the US. I have to sell my dog to afford it I wail and scream about it constantly 😭

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OMG I WOULD GIVE MY UNICORN-THEMED NOTEBOOK TO BE IN BLUE’S FAMILY SLKDJFLSDKJ.
      also I had no idea about Every Heart a Doorway???!!!!!! it’s jsut so precious, I don’t understand why it’s not international???? I’M SO CONFUSED

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  2. may says:

    you have SOME GREAT CHOICES HERE! BLLB was one of the most amazingly crafted books ever i love it so much

    youre really making me wanna check out the glided wolves, it sounds SO GOOD!! like soc vibes?? im sold

    great post ❤ ❤

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  3. Marie says:

    This is such a lovely list, Malanie! 💖 I can’t wait to read The Gilded Wolves, it sounds amazing and I am so very much in love with that cover, too, ahhh. AND YES THE RAVEN BOYS AHHH I love these characters this world this series 💖💖💖

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  4. auroralibrialis says:

    Lovely list, Melanie! 💕 Blue Lily, Lily Blue is my favorite in the series too, it’s so weird and magical and wonderful and I love it so much. The Gilded Wolves sounds amazing!!! I already love Roshani Chockshi’s writing, so I’m so excited to read it!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      My sister didn’t like TRC either, she said she was bored w the characters,,,Which I can see? bc Blue in particular was never developed like I hoped she would be (*is v sad*). And she was the ONLY main female character besides the adults in her family. so my disappointment was resounding.
      Also, I hope you love gilded wolves!!!!!!!
      I’m trying to hype the book up until it actually takes over the world and I’ll need your helpppppppp c: c:

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OH GOD THE RAVEN BOYS IS SO GOOD????? it’s one of my favorite series, because sweet starburst NOAH is the most lovely person to ever be adorable. YOU’LL LOVE HIM SO MUCHHHH. ❤
      also, Carry On is so lovable as well, Harry Styles is forever my Simon Snow fan-cast

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      when the Carry On sequel is released, I’m probably going to have an emotional breakdown, it will FOR SURE be too much to handle at once. my love for simon and baz is SO STROHNG
      also, I love your appreciation for Gansey, he is so perfect and loyal and everyone’s mom???? c: c: c:

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh I can’t wait to get my hands on The Gilded Wolves, hearing you describe it as SOC in a new life has just made me more excited for its release! 😀
    The whole of The Raven Cycle is amazing, and Carry On is one of my all-time favourite books. Honestly the amount of times I’ve re-read it now is insane and I really really cannot wait for the sequel (it feels like too far away still though!)
    Great post, and great picks for this topic too. 🙂 ❤️

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OH GOSH, BETH!!!!!! of all my friends, I think you will love Gilded Wolves most of all. ❤ it's just your aesthetic + it has all the elements you usually love!!!
      also, when the Carry On sequel is released, i'm not going to survive. my excitement will finally completely overwhelm me, and only my ghost will have the chance to read it lksdlsk

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  6. emmareadstoomuch says:

    you had me at Six of Crows’ stabby child b/c holy sh*t that sounds amazing

    also YES TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID ABOUT BLUE LILY LILY BLUE god i love that book so much it physically hurts me

    and every heart a doorway and carry on are just the sh*t. in conclusion you are a person of great taste and i love this post

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      omg The Gilded Wolves has FOUND FAMILYYYY which = my immediate love and devotion.
      i’m so nervous tho bc I hope the characters don’t come off as knock off SOC??? ngl the deeper I get into this *cough* (we’re in serious danger of that happening) *cough*
      ///but also i will take all the soc vibes the universe provides ❤ //////

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  7. somebooksandpaws says:

    This post gave me life. I am someone who is also intimidated by long books and feel like a super crappy book lover cause the truth is, I tend to avoid them. TT___TT Like, why do you need to be 400++ pages long, bro? Why do you do this to me? I won’t ever finish you in time. *goes to a corner and cries for hours before finally tackling said book* So finding someone who can relate, honestly made my day. I thought I was the only failure in this book world, haha. And I do agree that Every Heart A Doorway is the perfect short read. The writing is amazing. The characters are awesome. And the world is unbelievable! I had nothing negative to say about this book cause I loved it that much! Thanks for sharing, friend! ^-^ ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      AAHHHWWWHHHH YOU ARE SO SWEET c””:
      oh gosh I am so happy someone else understands???? I’m extremely likely to DNF large books and it’s a horrible pattern, so I start them *prepared* for failure and it’s SO AWFUL. JUST. LET’S MAKE THIS INTO A SERIES ((so I stress myself into quietly sobbing sdfslkjf))
      ((((also I’m deeply in love with your blog c: c: )))

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