Julia’s Favourite #WomenInSFF – PART 2
So here we go with Part two of my list of favourite female SF/F authors. Once again, not an exhaustive list, just the ones I personally read and loved! I know there are so, so many more I haven’t read yet, or which didn’t make it on my already very long list…
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie
Brilliant series that plays with gender roles and expectations in a way that really makes the reader think twice. Some twists and complexity kept me on my toes and hooked all the way through!
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
One of my very favourite SciFi series, because in this one aliens are really alien and not just “green humans”. It is an amazing space opera with characters I instantly clicked with and couldn’t get enough of! Easy to read and yet not shallow at all this was a joy to read.
Doctor Who: Borrowed Time by Naomi Alderman
I love Naomi Alderman for her work in Zombies run, and this Doctor Who story was incredibly well done for fans of the show. I’ve yet to read “The Power” so I included this one for the moment!
UF / Contemporary / Dystopia
Sky Ghosts: Initiation (Sky Ghosts #1) by Alexandra Engellmann
This one was an easy read perfect for reading after a long day. Good blend of action, love, friendship, character growth, beheading and entertainment.
Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (Zombie, #1) by Madeleine Roux
Zombies, action, humour and all that set on a bookstore – what’s not to love? This also was an easy read that had me well entertained all the way through. I liked the second one even a bit better.
Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
This is really gritty and dark, so not for the faint of heart. An amazing urban fantasy that has a lot of relevant themes in it, like the rich getting away with almost anything. Plus many different kinds of magic and a rather pragmatic main character I loved from the start.
In Midnight’s Silence (Los Nefilim, #1) by T. Frohock
Well developed LGBT+ characters, 1930 spain and a half angel half daimon as a main character, this one ticked a lot of boxes for me! I especially liked the character development throughout the book and loved every page I got to spend with them!
Kids and YA
The Last (Endling, #1) by Katherine Applegate
Age 10+ For it’s target audience this is on the grittier side, so I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive kids. Aside from that it is a great start into the genre as it combines different types of mythical creatures, a group of new friends and a quest to save our main character – the last survivor of not only her family but possibly her whole race…
The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) by Maryrose Wood
Age 10+ This one is so much fun! It combines a setting that has almost a bit of a Jane Austen setting with an entertaining and exciting plot – are there werewolves involved?
Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider, #1) by Cornelia Funke
Age 10+ A good and kinda fairytale like story that was so much fun to read. Who can ever have enough dragons in their lives? Add in friendship, courage and adventure and you have the perfect kids book.
Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, #1) by Jenny Nimmo
Age 10+ This is a good one for those who might me a bit too young for the (later) Harry Potter books yet. A main character to click with, plenty of magic, a relatable school setting and a big mystery keep the reader hooked!
City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar, #1) by Isabel Allende
Age 12+ Isabel Allende doesn’t only write adult fiction, she also wrote this wonderful fantasy series that allows the reader to explore the amazon, join an exciting adventure in the jungle and follow two main characters on their path of learning that not everything we do with the best intentions is actually good…
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1) by Alison Goodman
Age 12+ This has a girl who has to disguise herself as a boy to be able to try and become a dragoneye. I loved exploring a different culture, and who doesn’t like to read about dragons?
Sandry’s Book (Circle of Magic, #1) by Tamora Pierce
Age 12+ Like every Tamora Pierce book this one includes strong female characters who make great role models. It also has a lot of magic, a fascinating plot, plenty of actions and friendships that make it a joy to read from start to finish.
City of Masks (Stravaganza, #1) by Mary Hoffman
Age 12+ How about exploring a 16th century alternate Venice in your dreams? That is what happens to our main character in this one. I loved the setting as much as the plot and the characters, and its uniqueness was a nice change from a lot of similar books in that age group!
Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic, #1) by Megan Crewe
Age 14+ A bit like a mix of Hunger Games and Harry Potter, I liked how this combined a group of students with different views and characters who have to master all sorts of challenges.
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Age 14+ This is a rather bleak dystopia about an asteroid crashing into the moon and changing life on earth for everyone. This one is about survival, scavenging for supplies and setting in for the long gaul. Quite a bit different to the usual fight to the death dystopias I really enjoyed this one!
Heart Blade (Blade Hunt Chronicles #1) by Juliana Spink Mills
Age 14+ This one I loved for its realistic teenage characters. No glammed up supermodel, but a girl who is both badass and yet does drool in her sleep! Combined with lots of action, and growing up, and a small dash of love it was a great read!
Forsaken (The Demon Trappers, #1) by Jana Oliver
Age 14+ Another teenager who felt very real to me. A girl who lost not just her father, but with him also her forman, so she needs someone else to train her. But no one wants a “girl” in a job like this…. Plenty of action, human interaction, some love, a lot of going her own way and a fascinating world and plot!
Slay by Brittney Morris
I bought this because it’s page said: “Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give” and also had a mention of Black Panther. I finished it yesterday, and wouldn’t personally put it in the fantasy section, but with general (YA) fiction, but as it was listed as LitRPG I’ll include it here, because I loved it! A black girl who programmed the game she wanted to play instead of waiting for someone else to develop it. It delves into important and relevant topics like racism, self-reliance and exclusion. Combined with a great tone and voice and characters I instantly connected to, this was a great read!
God of Gnomes (God Core, #1) Harper, Demi
And here’s something very different, a fun god core romp! While it was funny and easy to read it still had topics that made you think twice and managed to stay thrilling and action filled to the very end. I for one can’t wait to read more in this world!