If you liked The Book Thief you will like All the Light We Cannot See
Both books are written during World War II with beautiful writing and imagery. The Book Thief is written about Liesel in Germany after being placed with foster parents in a poor area of Germany. It shows her experiences throughout the war, as well as provides historical information. As well, it is unique because it is told in the point of view of Death. Similarly, All the Light We Cannot See is written from the point of view of a boy named Werner in Germany and from the view of Marie-Laure in Germany-occupied France. It shows the struggles of a blind girl in a country under Germany in World War II, as well as the struggles of a boy being made “perfect” by Germany and sent off to war.
If you liked The Queen of the Tearling you will like The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Each of these are about a girl suddenly expected to be the perfect queen. In The Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea has been hidden away for nineteen years. When her mother, the queen, dies, she is suddenly expected to leave her foster family and become the queen of her nation. However, the nation is currently at odds with their rival, and most of her people are being sent off to slavery. Without any experience, she is expected to save them all. Similarly, in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Elisa is the chosen one of her country, born with a gem buried inside her stomach. As the chosen one, she is chosen to be the wife of a king who expects her to be the best queen and look after his country. Emotionally, both books are similar because of the two girls’ insecurities. Kelsea has always looked plain and not remarkable, unlike her mother, and struggles with the fact that she does not look queenly at all. Elisa struggles with her weight and that she has never accomplished anything remarkable in her life.
If you liked The Selection you will like The Princess Academy
Both books are modeled after “The Bachelor”, with a prince choosing his bride from a large group of women. In The Selection, America Singer was chosen from her caste to join a group of other girls in the castle to compete for Prince Maxon’s attention. However, her attention is taken by another- Aspen from her village, who forced her to sign up since he wanted a better life for her. In The Princess Academy, Miri is taken from her mountain village into an academy where, in a year’s time, the prince will choose his bride from the girls there. Just like America, Miri has conflicting desires, since winning would mean leaving the village and the boy she may love behind. Both books show that sometimes the prince is not your prince, and love is what really matters.
If you liked The Jewel you will like Wither
In both books, there is a new society where girls are often taken as servants in a cruel and unusual society. The Jewel is about a girl named Violet who has been trained for years to enter into the Jewel, where the rich people live. At an auction, she is taken by the Duchess of the Lake, and quickly learns the horrors behind the glittering rich people. She is expected to be a surrogate mother, since the people in the Jewel can never give birth. However, she soon meets a boy and falls in love, and this forbidden romance may have more consequences than she ever thought. In Wither, girls die at 20 and boys die at 25, making people desperate for children. When Rhine is kidnapped, she is sold to a rich boy with two other girls to act as his brides. Suddenly, she is expected to give him multiple children, even though she never wanted to be his wife. Together with a servant named Gabriel, she plans her escape. Both books center around girls sold to give birth to children against their will and their desperation to escape.
If you liked The Iron King you will like Doon
Both of these are like Alice in Wonderland, where the main character suddenly is put in a world they never knew exist. In The Iron King, Meghan’s father disappeared when she was young, and she has felt different ever since. She has lived her entire life in the modern world, not knowing that another realm ever existed. When her brother disappears, her best friend suddenly reveals that he is a faery and that he can lead her to her brother. She then enters the faery realm, which is completely unlike her world. In Doon, Veronica and her best friend Mackenna take a trip to Scotland. However, Veronica begins having visions of a boy calling to her, eventually leading her and her best friend to a bridge that transports them into another realm. In Doon, there are villages and two princes, one that looks like the boy in her visions and other with eyes for Mackenna. However, the land is under a curse that they both must help fix.