Book Blogger Hop | Book Recommendations in Romance, YA, Fantasy, and Mystery

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.


If you can recommend a book from the following genres, what would they be? A book from Romance, NA, YA, and Fantasy.

Tessa’s Note: I am not including a NA book (I haven’t read any) but I added in mystery genre in its place.

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


Romance (Romantic Comedy):

Book Description: When Liv’s high-flying career goes off the rails, she finds herself working at a glitzy new gin bar to pay the bills. She’s never let romance distract her, but with one very hot colleague, a mysterious online follower who might just be her soulmate, and a lot of cocktails, her dating life is about to be shaken up…
But is Liv looking for a sparkling flirtation, or something a little stronger?
Sometimes you have to face up to your past, seize your future, and mix your own recipe for happy ever after…

Even if Romance genre isn’t your thing, I highly recommend this book by debut author, Nina Kaye. It’s very relatable (even includes writing fiction and blogging), more comedy than romance, and is very well written – tightly woven plot, natural flow and dialogue, and well-developed characters.

I can’t recommend this book too many times!!!

My review can be found here.

Young Adult

Knightmare Arcanist description:
Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

This is my new favorite YA fantasy series. My review isn’t scheduled to come out until the 20th of July, so I can’t link it here but you can find it on Goodreads if you want to see it before the 20th.

This series is just so fun! I all-caps love all of the mythical beasts in the stories and how people can only perform magic if they bond with a mythical beast. Also, their magical abilities correspond with the abilities of the beast. Very cool!

I also love that it is on Kindle Unlimited and, if you don’t have that, then it’s only 3.99 (US). So great world-building, fun, and budget-friendly.

YA Fantasy Honorable Mentions:

The Great Devil War by Kenneth B. Andersen

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa


Book Description: Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.
She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.
Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

This is a hard genre to pick just one book because there are just so many sub-genres and they are all very different. But if I have to choose one, I think I’m going with The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel. It is a psychological thriller with a great complex mystery and the aspect I loved the most is its truly creepy ending.

My review can be found here.

Mystery Honorable Mentions:

Hodes Hill Mystery series by Mae Clair (Supernatural Mystery)

Medlar Mystery Series by Jude Deveraux (Cozy Mystery)

Will Trent Series by Karin Slaughter (Thrillers)


Killing Fog Description: Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.
Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.
Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.

This is another hard one because, like with mystery, there are so many sub-genres and they are very different. But, I decided on The Grave Kingdom series, an epic fantasy by Jeff Wheeler, because the world-building is particularly incredible, the characters are complex and well-developed, and the Asian-inspired magic is very cool. Like my YA choice, it is available on Kindle Unlimited or only 4.99 (US) to buy – so budget-friendly. I don’t know about you, but I do enjoy a good book bargain.

You can find my reviews here and here.

Fantasy Honorable Mentions:

Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris (Historical Fantasy)

The Vine Witch series by Luanne G. Smith (Romantic Fantasy)

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (Urban Fantasy)

What books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments.

18 Replies to “Book Blogger Hop | Book Recommendations in Romance, YA, Fantasy, and Mystery”

  1. AHHH! Romantic Comedy is LOVEEE!! 😍😍😍 And your recommendation looks soo cutee! 😍🦋

    Wait…isn’t there a movie too, named The Fog? Where they get stuck in a store or something? And there are those big creatures that come out of it? I think it was based on a Stephen King’s novel. I could very well be wrong though!

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    1. The Gin Lovers Guide is FANTASTIC ✨❤️✨. And that sounds familiar- The Fog movie. The Killing Fog is a magical fog that forms when people use magical weapons and it kills everyone in its path. YIKES! 😱

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    1. It was a Prime First Read which is how I happened upon it and when I DNF’d another book, I had an opening that I slipped it into. And what luck! It is so good.


  2. The All Souls Trilogy will always be a favorite of mine. I have the newest book, but still haven’t read it yet. And I’m a big fan of Mae’s Hodes Hill series. Great recs, Tessa!

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    1. I loved All Souls from the first few pages of Discovery of Witches. I read the newest book by her and it is okay – I just wished she had spent more time on the main characters from All Souls and their twins ❤️. And yes, Mae Clair books are wonderful 🙌

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  3. Whilst I’ve not heard of these, due to my wierd reading tastes, I have to say the covers and blurbs for the Fantasy books really appeal. And what’s not to love about a rom-com!

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  4. Great post, Tessa. As usual, I haven’t read any of the books you’ve recommended. Lol! But I love reading your thoughts.

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  5. The fantasy series you highlight really appeal to me, Tessa. I’ve read Wheeler and really liked his writing. And the Arcanist books look great. I have to run over to Amazon and put both series on my wish list so I don’t forget…done! Lol. Thanks for the recommendations. Great hop question. 🙂

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