Recommendations | Favourite Standalones

Hey everyone, I am here with another recommendations post for you and today I am recommending to you some standalones. I love standalones and this is mainly because I usually don’t read books until the series is complete so I can marathon it, but with standalones it only ever has one book which is awesome because then I can just read it straight away! Sometimes when I read a standalone it seems like the author rushed to fit everything into one book instead of spreading it out over multiple, but the worst thing in my opinion is when a standalone feels incomplete at the end or when the author lets the reader decide for themselves what happened, I always feel so unsatisfied when that happens. The books on this list are some of my all time favourite books and are definitely worth the read 🙂 So because standalones can come from any genre I tried to pick my favourites from a few of them so I hope you enjoy and lets get into it;

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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This is my favourite book from Holly Black although I have loved everything that I have read from her 🙂 This book is full of magic, fairytales and mystery that pull you in from the first page and keeps you on your toes as more and more secrets get revealed. I loved the setting of this book, it involves a human town that is filled with faeries and this is just known and accepted by everyone who lives there which I think is incredibly interesting to read about. I absolutely loved all of our main characters, Hazel was definitely my favourite, she is so full of spunk and her personality was what made her so interesting to read from. One of the best things about this standalone is that is was wrapped up so nicely but we also get to see these characters again in The Cruel Prince, we only see them briefly but I am really hoping that we get more from them in the next book The Wicked King.

Goodreads Synopsis

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it is my favourite of all that I have read so far. In this book Yeva/ Beauty is a hunter and fighter who takes care of her family when they lose everything and have to move to the outskirts of the city to live in the woods. One day her father doesn’t come back from hunting in the woods and this sets Yeva on a quest to find him that leads her to become indebted to the Beast. This book does stay quite true to the original story but the changes that Meagan Spooner made make it so interesting to read especially the mystery surrounding the Beast and his backstory.

Goodreads Synopsis

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Artemis by Andy Weir

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I really got into science fiction books this year and this has got to be the best one that I have ever read! I love how Andy Weir makes his science fiction books so easy to read, he makes them so realistic by really talking through how and why all of the scientific things work. In this novel we follow Jazz who is a criminal who lives in Artemis which is a city on the moon, she is extremely intelligent and snarky and she is what makes this book so exciting to read. Throughout this novel Jazz gets into so many daring and crazy situations that just always seem to go wrong and it is just amazing to watch her mind work to get herself out of it. This is a great novel for people wanting to get into the science fiction genre since it is so interesting to read and only has one book which wraps up really well 🙂 I do have a full review up for this book if you are interested in reading it, I will put a link here.

Goodreads Synopsis

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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This is one of my new favourites!! It is a Little Mermaid retelling but made so much more brutal, in this story the little mermaid is a brutal siren who steals the hearts of princes (literally!) and the prince is a siren hunter. I loved how Alexandra Christo took the original story and just made it darker as well as adding another mythological element to it which made the story so much more interesting. Our main characters are incredibly snarky and wicked which I thought would make me not like them but I loved them both and I especially loved all of their interactions. This book is only 350 pages long which you wouldn’t think is long enough to get through a fantasy storyline but it was done so incredibly well and in my opinion was the perfect length for this novel and didn’t have any unnecessary parts or filler just added in, which I think is great. This is an amazing debut novel and I will definitely be reading more from her in the future. I have a full review up for this book as well if you are interested in reading it, I will leave a link here.

Goodreads Synopsis

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.

There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever.

Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her …

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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This is my favourite contemporary, I absolutely loved every second of this book. This is also the book that has made me feel the strongest I have ever felt for the main characters, I was in tears so many times over this book, but it also made me so incredibly happy in parts too. I had never read a book before that covered any hard topics so I really didn’t know how I would feel about it. I loved all of the relationships in this novel both romantic and platonic. I also loved watching our main character grow, as we see her from when she was a teenager up until adulthood and she goes through a lot in her life, we get to see how ever moment shapes her and how love can sometimes make us do things that we never thought possible. This book will definitely have you crying but I really think that it is worth the read.

Goodreads Synopsis

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I hope that this post gave you some new recommendations to read and hopefully love just as much as I did 😀 If you guys have any recommendations for me I would love to hear them as I am always looking for a good standalone 🙂

Thank you for reading!

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