October Reads: Wattpad Edition

I thought I’d switch my book recommendations up a little this month, because I think there are a lot of really good stories online, too. Reading online is kind of like looking for the diamonds in the rough—there’s a lot of rough, but hopefully, the diamonds you’ll find are more than worth it. And I’m here to help you find those diamonds.

When damsel Darcy Evers rescues knight-in-distress Miles Walker, she doesn’t expect anything in return. But then Miles falls head over heels in love with her; debunking every theory she’s ever had about boys and how quickly they fall in love.

Oh my Lord. Okay, so when I first stumbled across KNIGHT IN DISTRESS, I thought the concept was a little too cliché for me. And it is a little cliché, I’ll grant you that, but I think that’s what makes it work. The author, hepburnettes, took this damsel-in-distress/brave knight cliché and turned it on its head. Instead of a dragon or an evil king, you have frat hazings; instead of a brave knight and damsel in distress, you have an insecure boy who needs help saving himself and a girl who just wants him to let her help. It didn’t feel contrived or kitschy. It felt real. And Miles was way too adorable and lovely. (I actually recommended this to a friend and we both love it now, mostly because of the trope reversal and also Miles.)

  • 5:48 by cityscape [IN-PROGRESS]

Sometimes all you really need is a place to call home.

The only problem I have with the story is that I don’t have enough of it yet. But the stuff I do have, I love. I love the author’s style; her voice is so unique and quirky, just like her characters. And speaking of her characters—Claire, the grieving girl so used to being invisible; Jasper, the mute boy who paints to deal with the horrors of his past; Ezra, 5:48’s distant and sad thirteen-year-old pastry chef; and Drew, the loud, quirky dude hiding insecurity and even deeper issues—oh man. I’m a sucker for characters who are quirky, and if they’re dealing with issues or grief, I have this thing where I want to hug them and make it all better (yes, I know they’re just characters, okay). 5:48 had both of those things, and probably one of my favourite settings ever, too—a coffee shop called 5:48. All in all, it’s a great read, and I can’t wait to read more of it.

Whoever wished they could live the life of royalty deserved a punch in the face.

Meet Park Sparrow, a feisty, sarcastic, and reckless outcast who’s just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world. With an attitude and personality that gets her in more trouble than anything, she’s a wild splash of color in the otherwise monotone and regal life of the academy she attends.

 But there’s more than meets the eye. Park isn’t a random nobody in a town only famous for a school. Park Sparrow is the princess of Cimeria, and heir to one of the last remaining monarchies in the entire world. Unluckily for her, being an heir also means having a target painted on her back day and night.

Park is determined to find out who’s behind the attempts on her life. With the unlikely help of Logan Cross, a boy she’s hated since the dawn of time, the two must learn how to put aside their differences and get along because Park is in grave danger.

As they work together to put together the mystery of who wants Park’s throne, they must face new complications and obstacles that will be much more difficult than just a school yard grudge.

Like KNIGHT IN DISTRESS, this one seems kinda cliché at first. Admittedly, it kind of is. But I honestly don’t mind. When clichés are done well, I love them. Especially since Park is the greatest sass-master/badass princess ever. She’s not a damsel-in-distress by any means, and I love her for that. I also love, love, love the voice in this story, and as mentioned earlier, Park’s (and everyone else’s, honestly) sass. This book is hilarious. Seriously. Don’t read it at two A.M when you’re supposed to be asleep because you will laugh and then freak out because you’re scared you’ll wake the ‘rents up. (No, Mom, I am not speaking from experience. Why would you think that?)

And now, a bonus story, because I can’t hold back the shameless self-plug:

Dear Lizzie,

Everyone says you’re gone. The whole school was buzzing about it, whispering to each other that Lizzie Summers wasn’t coming back. But it can’t be true—you’re Lizzie. You can’t be gone. You just can’t.

But you really are, aren’t you?

What’re your favourite Wattpad books? I’m always open to suggestions 🙂

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