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V. E. Schwab’s Books : The Ultimate Starter Guide For Everyone

V. E. Schwab’s Books : The Ultimate Starter Guide For Everyone

by Neha Dubey

Dear Bookworms!

I still remember the first time I picked up a V.E. Schwab book. Victoria Schwab is without a doubt one of my favorite authors. Last year, I fell in love with her after reading The Invisible Life of Addie Larue and was instantly hooked to all her books. Aside from her lovely writing style, there is something enthralling about the way Schwab builds her worlds and creates such amazing characters that keep me wanting more.

Victoria "V. E." Schwab is the author of over a dozen best-selling books. Her work has received critical acclaim, has been translated into over twenty languages, and has been optioned for television and film.

If you want to read her work but aren't sure where to begin, don't worry; we have a few suggestions for books you can start devouring for your reading pleasures. Keep on reading to find the perfect book that suits your taste -

MIDDLE GRADE

Cassidy Blake Trilogy

Cassidy Blake's parents are ghost hunters. Cass, on the other hand, can see ghosts. Jacob, her best friend, just happens to be one. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can see the dead as well. Cass is unsure about her new mission, but she is certain that the sinister Red Raven that haunts the city does not belong in her world. Cassidy's abilities will draw her into an epic battle that spans the worlds of the living and the dead to save herself.

Cassidy Blake Trilogy

While this novel discusses friendship, trust, and death, City of Ghosts is a fun, slightly creepy, and superbly nuanced novel suitable for children and teenagers. The trilogy is fantastic, binge-worthy, immersive writing that features wholesome friendships and just the right amount of spookiness for a middle-grade series.

Books in Order :

  • 1# City of Ghosts
  • 2# Tunnel of Bones
  • 3# Bridge of Souls

Everyday Angel Trilogy

Schwab's middle-grade debut, New Beginnings, follows a guardian angel who assists three different girls to earn her wings! Aria appears to be your typical twelve-year-old girl at first glance. She has coppery hair, colored shoelaces, and a sweet tooth. But Aria is more than meets the eye. Aria serves as a guardian angel. She's been sent here to learn how to fly. But to do so, she'll have to assist three different girls.

Three sweet, whimsical, and enchanting novels about a quirky and clever guardian angel will fill your heart with joy.

Books in Order :

  • 1# New Beginnings
  • 2# Second Chances
  • 3# Last Wish

These are two of my favorite middle-grade series, and they both have such unique paranormal elements! 

YOUNG ADULT

The Monsters of Verity

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs of a divided city, one in which violence has begun to breed real monsters. Kate only wishes to be as vicious as her father, who allows the monsters to roam free. All August wants is to be human, to be as kind-hearted as his father, to play a larger role in protecting the innocent—but he's one of the monsters. But when Kate discovers August's secret, the pair are forced to flee for their lives after a failed assassination attempt.

The Monsters of Verity duology

In urban fantasy, In this Savage Song, a young woman and a young man must decide whether to be heroes or villains, friends or enemies, with their home's future at stake.

Books in Order :

  • 1# This Savage Song
  • 2# Our Dark Duet

This book is incredible, and I base this statement on the fact that it is full of metaphors, one of which is - The monsters who are humans and the humans who are monsters.

The Archived Series 

The Archived is the story of Mackenzie. She's a Keeper in The Archive, a library for the dead, and she's in charge of preventing violent remnants of the dead known as Histories from escaping into the outside world. This is an early work by Schwab. It's full of the odd things Schwab enjoys writing about (you know, things like libraries of the dead). It's a more mystic book, with surprises that hide around every corner. It's also a little slower than her other books, but if you liked the others, you'll enjoy these as well.

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This series is one-of-a-kind, action-packed, humorous, and keeps you on your toes. Schwab has stated that the third installment of the trilogy has been outlined/plotted, but she is yet to announce when it will be published.

Books in order:

  • 1# The Archived
  • 2# The Unbound
  • 2.5# Leave the Window Open (A Novella from Wesley’s POV )
  • 3# The Returned (Yet to be published)

The Near Witch

Lexi, the protagonist of Schwab's debut novel, is certain of one thing: The Town of Near has no strangers. However, when a boy appears outside Lexi's window one night, the children begin to vanish the next day. The Near Witch, the book that started it all, is softer and more enchanting than haunting; it's different from the rest of her books, but at the heart of it are outsiders and people who don't fit in, themes that appear in her other novels as well.

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Books in Order:

  • 0.5# The Ash Born Boy
  • 1# The Near Witch

The writing is atmospheric, and the world is both gloomy and enchanting. The Near Witch characters aren't your typical ghost story characters, and I love the book for it.

Gallant

Olivia Prior grew up at Merilance School for Girls, and the only memory she has of her past is her mother's journal, which appears to be unraveling into madness. Then Olivia receives a letter inviting her to return home—to Gallant. However, no one expects Olivia to arrive. She suspects Gallant is hiding something, and she is eager to find out what it is. The manor is falling apart, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over everything. Olivia now understands what has divided generations of her family and where her father may have come from.

Gallant is macabre and immersive, and it also has a strong female protagonist who will appeal to both younger and older readers.

Gallant is a Standalone.

ADULT FANTASY

Shades of Magic

Kell is one of the last remaining Antari—magicians with the rare and highly sought-after ability to travel between parallel Londons. Kell is an unofficial smuggler, serving people willing to pay for even the tiniest glimpses of a world they'll never get to see. He lives in Red London ( in a world where four alternate Londons exist), but when an illicit deal goes wrong in Grey London, he meets Lila Bard, a pickpocket, and embarks on an epic adventure!

Shades of Magic trilogy

Aside from being one of my favorite books, it is a beautifully written work of literature that will undoubtedly go down in history among the best fantasy novels of all time. I'm completely smitten with the story and all of its characters.

Book in Order:

  • 1# A Darker Shade of Magic
  • 2# A Gathering of Shadows
  • 3# A Conjuring of Light

Order of Shades of Magic comics:

  • 1# Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince
  • 2# Shades of Magic Vol. 2: Night of Knives
  • 3# Shades of Magic Vol. 3: The Rebel Army

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Addie LaRue made a deal with the devil to live forever, but the price is high: she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Nobody will remember her. But everything changes in a hidden bookstore when Addie comes across a young man who remembers her name after nearly 300 years.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a stunning fantasy fiction standalone that spans centuries and continents as a young woman discovers how far she will go to leave her mark upon the world. It is without a doubt one of Schwab's most beautifully written books. Despite her curse, I will remember Addie, and I hope you will as well.

ADULT SCI-FI

Villains Duology

Vicious follows Eli and Victor, two college friends who try to gain superhuman powers through near-death experiences. As expected, chaos inevitably follows; ten years later, Victor escapes from prison in search of vengeance. Schwab dabbles in science fiction and does so spectacularly. To read these books, I believe you should be familiar with her writing style. They're not difficult to read, but this way you can get to know the characters better. It completely blurs the distinction between heroes and villains, and whom you root for is entirely up to you.

Victor and Eli, friends turned foes, struggle with ambition, jealousy, and power as their story unfolds from an innocent college project to something that walks the fine line between what is good and what is evil.

Books in Order:

  • 0.5# Warm Up
  • 1# Vicious
  • 1.5# Extraordinary
  • 2#Vengence
  • 3# Victorious (Yet to be Published)

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V.E. Schwab is one of my favorite authors of all time. The way she writes about monsters and humans, and how anyone can be a hero or a villain under the right circumstances, is just magical.

If you enjoy nuanced characters who test the line between good and evil, her books are for you. Till then, remember to do your Skincare, Listen to Good music and Read whatever makes you happy.

Yours forever,
Neha Dubey
A Bookworm and a Hopeless Romantic!

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