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.

The books I picked & why

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From Blood and Ash

By Jennifer L. Armentrout,

Book cover of From Blood and Ash

Why 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.


Poison Study

By Maria V. Snyder,

Book cover of Poison Study

Why 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.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V.E. Schwab,

Book cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Why 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.


The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black,

Book cover of The Cruel Prince

Why 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.

A Court of Mist and Fury

By Sarah J. Maas,

Book cover of A Court of Mist and Fury

Why 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.


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