The best books where you don’t know you fall in love with a villain until it’s too late

Austea E. Kette Author Of Anthem of the Cursed Empire
By Austea E. Kette

Who am I?

You know what I absolutely love? Villains. But you know what I love even more? Falling in love with them in books. I’m not sure when I started being interested in them, but it had to be when light-hearted love stories where both characters are good became too boring to read. I especially love when a character you thought was a good one turned out to be a villain all along. That is why I am writing such works myself.

I wrote...

Anthem of the Cursed Empire

By Austea E. Kette,

Book cover of Anthem of the Cursed Empire

What is my book about?

Offered to the accursed empire instead of her sister, Elynn’s serving the Queen of Bones. If she wants to survive, she must follow the rules. She must not disobey. She must not be curious. And she must not reveal that she isn’t sixteen—her sister she's pretending to be.

But it’s challenging for Elynn who can’t tolerate injustice and mind her own business instead of satiating her curious nature. Every unfair act makes her blood boil. With every day spent in the oppressive environment, her hope withers. And blinded by the promise to avenge them all, her sanity turns fragile. As she thinks her current situation couldn’t get any worse, here comes the world's most feared monster who knows Elynn's secret and not only that.

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The books I picked & why

From Blood and Ash

By Jennifer L. Armentrout,

Book cover of From Blood and Ash

Why did I love this book?

I foresaw the majority of the plot twists at the beginning of the book, thinking I truly knew mostly everything. Well, that was until one certain chapter. It’s a book I binge read, unable to put it down for a whole day. You really don’t know you fall in love with the villainous character until it’s too late.

By Jennifer L. Armentrout,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked From Blood and Ash as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“I hope you guys love this book as much as I do!! (Let me just say...Hawk *swoon*!!)” ~ NYT bestseller Sarah J. Maas

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather…

Poison Study

By Maria V. Snyder,

Book cover of Poison Study

Why did I love this book?

The first 100 pages weren’t so exciting, but afterward, I could hardly tear my eyes off the book, making me sacrifice my precious sleep. Yes, there were some things that got my eyes rolling, but those were mild ones, and it was never because of the protagonist. Her personality is likable, and so is the chemistry between her and the one who feeds her poison.

By Maria V. Snyder,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Poison Study as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

How much is your life worth?

In the territory of Ixia the government maintains control through the Code of Behaviour, forbidding the practice of magic, but danger lurks in mysterious places...

Imprisoned for murder Yelena Zaltana's punishment is death, until she is reprieved - for a price.

As the Commander of Ixia's food taster she will risk assassination from poison daily, a position she would be a fool to refuse... In a world where magic equals death and freedom is for the lucky few, survival is all Yelena has and the battle for her life has just begun.


Book cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Why did I love this book?

If you’ve seen The Age of Adaline, this book is similar to it, and funny enough, the protagonist's name is almost the same, only one letter differs. It's a slow-paced book. I'm not much fond of those, but it has magic and good twists. The idea itself, however, is intriguing. Addie makes a deal with a devil, and she becomes immortal, just like him. Cursed to live forever… with him.

By V. E. Schwab,

Why should I read it?

11 authors picked The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"For someone damned to be forgettable, Addie LaRue is a most delightfully unforgettable character, and her story is the most joyous evocation of unlikely immortality." -Neil Gaiman

A Sunday Times-bestselling, award-nominated genre-defying tour-de-force of Faustian bargains, for fans of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life, and The Sudden Appearance of Hope.

When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she is convinced she's found a loophole-immortality in exchange for her soul. But the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.

Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century…

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black,

Book cover of The Cruel Prince

Why did I love this book?

If you want to read a book with a strong female character, this is the book for you. It’s a fun read with enemies that you find yourself secretly wishing to get together. The ending was something I lived for, making me read the rest of the series, and I have no doubt you’d be interested in staying for the rest of the ride as well.

By Holly Black,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked The Cruel Prince as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book . . . intoxicating" - Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three…

A Court of Mist and Fury

By Sarah J. Maas,

Book cover of A Court of Mist and Fury

Why did I love this book?

This is the kind of book that will drag many emotions out of you. Sadness, anger, excitement… you name it. Although I didn’t like that the romance part was rushed, it inspired me to create my own book, so A Court of Mist and Fury was my motivational read.

By Sarah J. Maas,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked A Court of Mist and Fury as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'With bits of Buffy, Game Of Thrones and Outlander, this is a glorious series of total joy' - STYLIST
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now possesses the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, the mesmerising High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates his dark web of political games and tantalising promises,…

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