A Recommendation Collaboration Extravaganza: 'If You Liked This...'

How frustrating is it when you read a spectacular book, but you can't find anything like it read afterwards? I'm jumping in on the 'If You Liked This...' book tag created by the very articulate and well read British Booktuber Jen Campbell. Recommending books is my jam, but I want to do a bit of an experiment for Imaginary Misadventure's first ever Thursday feature!

Because I'm not the font of all book recommendation knowledge, so I'd love you guys to help me out too. Here's the basic formula: "If you like x (well known, highly appreciated book), you should read y (similar, maybe lesser known title)." I'll throw up a couple of examples to get things rolling, then I'm going to leave a few titles that I loved so you guys can give me your recommendations based on what I've indicated I like. Leave a comment with your suggestions and the titles you enjoyed that you'd like us to base our recommendations to you on! It'll be a never-ending roller coaster of recommendations and expanding to-be-read lists.

It'll be just like that Amazon algorithm, except we're all here because we just love YA fiction, and no-one's paid to jump the queue.

To get us the ball rolling:




Now, I'm looking for recommendations from you lovely people based on the following books that I've read and loved: 




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  1. YAY!!! Congrats on your blog Sophie!!! WHOOOO!!!!!
    I have to say, if you liked The Raven Boys (and presumably the rest of the series so far) then you should read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater! Okay I know that's cheating because it's the same author but she's just got such a unique way of telling stories and her writing style Oh my! *clutches heart*
    hmm but I'd say give Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles) a go, it's set in the south of America and although doesn't have the same fluid lyrical writing style (and the last book in the series gets dodgy) the rest of the story is pretty incredible and like Maggie Stiefvater these co authors have written some great description and got all the mythology sorted out and the rules and delve deep into magical adventures! WHOOO!!!
    and ooh I need to read all those other books too!!! *Adds to ever growing list*
    Thanks for sharing and congrats on your first post!!!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you lovely! I haven't actually gotten to the rest of the Raven Cycle books yet! I got distracted by Throne of Glass! But I just checked out The Scorpio Races on GR and it look pretty interesting! Does The Scorpio Races do that same devastating bone-deep friendship thing that the Raven Boys does?
      I did read the first Beautiful Creatures book! All I remember is that I adored the narrative voice a lot, but I heard that series kind of went downhill. Is it worth pursuing with?
      I was thinking that this post will end up being a landslide of recs - maybe I should make a Goodreads list for it?
      Thanks for being my first ever comment, lovely! :) x

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  2. Congratulations on your beautiful new blog and what a great idea. I'll have a think and come back to this.

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    1. Thank you! And you should! Are you much of a dystopia person? I'm looking for a dystopia like Partials by Dan Wells - it was so great but it's finished now!

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  3. Woooooo! Another blog to follow! And absolutely love your template, Mango Blogs is awesome isn't she. I was thrilled with mine too. I'm pretty crap at recommendations, but LOVED both A Thousand Pieces of You and All Our Yesterdays. If you have any further recommendations for those, I'd love to hear them.

    Congratulations on your very own blog Soph, look forward to stalking you constantly now <3

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    1. Thank you lovely! I actually much preferred All Our Yesterdays because I wasn't on board with the endgame pairing in A Thousand Pieces of You unfortunately! I'll have to write a review to explain myself! Eugenia's just recommended the Foreverland series which seems to be deserted island/alternative reality?! Seems really cool!
      Also I've jut been exploring Goodreads and Relativity by Cristin Bishara seems interesting and a bit similar. Parallel universe travel! Check it out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17286818-relativity

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    2. Also, 15 Minutes is an indie by Jill Cooper that looks potentially interesting - about time travel to save the protag mother's life? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17881862-15-minutes

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  4. What a lovely new blog Sophie! I love the clean/elegant design and can't wait to read more of your posts :) I'd love to read 'Out of the Easy' one day - it's been on my TBR for ages. I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You - and if you like that sort of multiverse/alternate reality theme you might like the 'Foreverland' series by Tony Bertauski (it's not that well known but so worth it!). Congrats again on your blog!

    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

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    1. Oh thank you! :) I adored Out of the Easy, I've been meaning to reread it actually. I just remember the setting was really well done and I really liked the protagonist and her friends. Thanks for the rec of Foreverland too, I've never even heard of it but it looks great! I'll let you know what I think of it!

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  5. Sophie, your blog is lovely! I'll definitely be staying tuned to more from you! Also, what a great recommendation post. I haven't read any of the books you mentioned still except for The Raven Boys but I definitely will do so soon! :D

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    1. Oh thank you Hazel, that means so much because Stay Bookish is so lovely! I really enjoyed all the books in this post so I would recommend them all. Do you have any recommendations of similar books to the Raven Boys? :)

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  6. Hi Sophie! I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to come and see your new blog - I absolutely LOVE it, and this post is SO COOL! I just bought A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU a few days ago, so I'm super excited to read it, and just put ALL OUR YESTERDAY's on my TBR list!

    PARTIALS also looks really great...I'm trying to think of recommendations for you. I've just finished reading RED QUEEN, which had super-humans (but not exactly a dystopian). If you're in the mood for a good dystopian, I usually recommend MAZE RUNNER, because it's basically my favorite YA trilogy (except maybe for Hunger Games, I'm not sure).

    Anyway, I'm subscribed to your blog, I can't wait to see what awesome things you'll come up with this blog! :D

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    1. Oh thank you so much, lovely! I actually liked All Our Yesterdays even more than A Thousand Pieces of You, so definitely check it out and let me know what you think!
      Partials is so good and I feel like it's underappreciated! Such a great heroine and love interest though. Okay, Maze Runner - I started it and got bored because there were no girls. (This is fairly typical of me haha) But I did enjoy the movie! (I admit, I watched it before reading it! Oops!) Thanks for subscribing! I'm hoping to get a fair bit published in the next week so keep an eye out :D x

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    2. I know what you mean about Maze Runner. Even as a guy, I really felt the lack of girls quite noticeable. The problem is...that's *deliberate*. Once you get to Scorch Trials, you realize that the All-Boy+1-Girl thing, well, there was another version of that (All-Girl+1-Boy). It's just that we were focused on the All-Boy group. The series introduces another, consistent female character, and the 'first' girl is routinely featured. It's not as girl-powered as many other series, but it's still worth sticking it out to experience the heart-wrenching, emotional roller-coaster of a series.

      Bye!

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    3. Okay, you've definitely sold it! haha I think if the first book was the All-Girl:Single-Boy ratio I'd have responded to it much more positively, but knowing that that's coming in the second book I'm now quite intrigued! I'll have to add it to my tbr. Also because my best friend's brother loves stories but hates reading (idk I don't get it) and this is one of the series he's actually expressed interest in reading, so I want to be able to talk to him about it!

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    4. Be warned it's still heavily male-oriented, no changing that. But the storyline is so epic and twisting in Scorch Trials that you won't mind. The girls come into the story more forcefully, though sadly we never leave Thomas' POV.

      It's still one of my all-time favorite series, so I hope you can give it another chance and like it! ^_^

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    5. I should be okay with that if I know it's coming! Thanks for the rec!

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