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Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor is the author of the Dreamdark books: BLACKBRINGER, which Kirkus said "belongs at the top of everyone's fantasy must-read list," and its sequel, SILKSINGER. She is also the creator of the Laini's Ladies line of gifts and stationery. You can learn more about her art, writing, animal claw collection, and love of bizarre creatures and phenomena on her website.She lives with her husband, Jim Di Bartolo, in a yellow cottage in Portland, Oregon.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2012) : Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book nominee (2018) : Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor recommends
Wherever You Go (2011)
Heather Davis
"Eerie and sweet, haunting and real - a ghost story of love in its many forms: the kind that binds, and the kind that frees."
The Missing (2014)
(Lost , book 2)
Sarah Beth Durst
"It's a thriller, a fairy tale nightmare, and a romance all in one, unlike anything else and impossible to predict."
The Blind Wish (2015)
(Jinni Wars, book 2)
Amber Lough
"A fantastically compelling and romantic read from a shinning new voice in YA."
Illuminae (2015)
(Illuminae Files, book 1)
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
"Nervy chicks, cute fighter pilots, lots of heart, lots of heartbreak, a mentally unstable battleship, and even pink hair! This book is xxxxing awesome."
Wolf by Wolf (2015)
(Wolf by Wolf, book 1)
Ryan Graudin
"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel."
Furyborn (2018)
(Empirium Trilogy, book 1)
Claire Legrand
"Beautiful, brutal, heart-stopping, and epic, Furyborn is a world to lose yourself in-just bring weapons. It's dangerous there."
Life L1K3 (2018)
(LIFEL1K3, book 1)
Jay Kristoff
"Hey, you. Yes, you. Put this grimy, beautiful, devastating, hilarious, screaming, writhing, all-out post-apocalyptic girl-buddy-road-warrior-lost princess-techno-thriller in your face and read it right now. It is every kind of badass."
The Boneless Mercies (2018)
April Genevieve Tucholke
"Fierce and glorious, this story of outcast girls defying fate utterly bewitched me. Tucholke is a gorgeous writer."
The Gilded Wolves (2019)
(Gilded Wolves, book 1)
Roshani Chokshi
"This is a book to swan dive into, swim around in, luxuriate in. Trust me, you won't want to come out."
The Priory of the Orange Tree (2019)
(Roots of Chaos, book 1)
Samantha Shannon
"This magnificent epic of queens, dragonriders, and badass secret wyrm-slaying priestesses sings straight to the place in my soul that only fantasy can fill. Samantha Shannon has woven together everything I love: a rich world, deep history, vivid characters (bonus for sheer variety of singular women), pathos, sacrifice, stakes, dragons, and lovely, powerful writing. Truly, Priory of the Orange Tree is a tour de force, and my new absolute favorite epic fantasy."
The Empire of Gold (2020)
(Daevabad Trilogy, book 3)
S A Chakraborty and Shannon Chakraborty
"Dizzyingly magical,and still utterly believable."
Star Daughter (2020)
Shveta Thakrar
"Take a journey to the heavenly courts in this luscious, shimmering fantasy, so dripping with beauty and imagination you’ll want to eat it with a spoon."
Odin's Child (2021)
(Safe Harbor , book 1)
Siri Pettersen
"I loved it deeply from the first to the last word, and was instantly and thoroughly immersed."
A History of Wild Places (2021)
Shea Ernshaw
"A riveting, atmospheric thriller that messes with your mind in the best way. Shea Ernshaw knows what she’s doing."

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