Hello and welcome to my second edition of this post! If you want to read my original post you can do so here, but be warned that it is quite out of date as I posted it almost 2 years ago. I love helping people dive into adult books because I think it’s often unexplored by people that love YA, so I’m here to help!
Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan ➜ The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
This is pretty heavily based on vibes, but I also think there is a decent amount of trope overlap to be seen between these two books. Most notably is the criminal found families, and although there is certainly more nuance to the dynamics than that, I still believe that if you enjoyed one you will enjoy the other.
What We Devour by Linsey Miller ➜ The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
Both of these books are critiques of capitalism and overconsumption with queer protagonists and monster motifs, some more literal than others. To top it all off, I found their aesthetics to be delightfully similar, and while I do think What We Devour has a more satisfying conclusion, The Monster of Elendhaven is an intensely entertaining novella.
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee ➜ If We Were Villians by M.L. Rio
Dark academia! Queers! Murder! Isolated student housing where shady shit happens! These are all things that these two books share. I also personally like the similarities in the main characters’ love interests, as both were classically misunderstood geniuses in their respective field.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong ➜ The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
This one definitely comes with a few caveats, most notably that if you were reading These Violent Delights for the Roma/Juliette romance you should definitely not take this recommendation to heart. But if you liked the way Shanghai was three steps away from being a living breathing beast unto itself and you want more books where the setting is a character I highly recommend checking out the Daevabad trilogy.
Furyborn by Clare Legrand ➜ Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir
In my humble opinion, Floralinda is essentially like if you’d taken Rielle and Eliana and smushed them into a single character. She takes the best part of each, and while the story in and of itself is in no way similar, I still think if you liked Furyborn you are likely to enjoy Princess Floralinda.
And that’s it! I’d love to know what you think of these recommendations, or if you’d like me to do this again! If you’re interested in picking up any of these books I’ve compiled them into a list on Bookshop that you can peruse here. Happy reading!