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Top 5 books set in an alternate universe

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! Last week’s topic was top 5 books set in an alternate universe!!

I was having a hard time picking whether I do books that are similar to our world, but have 1 key difference, or books about actual alternate universes OR do I just do straight up fantasy?! DECISIONS, DECISIONS… However, I decided to land on the middle option. And you’ll see why when we hit the *freebie* week topic. (HINT: I might be doing one of the others then…)

Books that hop between parallel universes / multi-verses / alternate dimensions are pretty cool. (Please don’t @ me if these are different things. I am not a space nerd. I read fantasy romance more than anything else these days.) And one of the things I like most is how authors occasionally pop in sneak peaks of other things they work on. 😉 Not that I read a lot of sci-fi…

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top 5 books set in an alternate universe

Firebird trilogy — Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes ― and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer ― her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul ― escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows ― including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt ― as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Darker Shade of Magic — V. E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons: Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes ― Red London ― and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Ten Thousand Doors of January — Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Every Heart a Doorway — Seanan McGuire

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Inkheart — Cornelia Funke

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART ― and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room.

Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.

Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare.

For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

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The Mimosa Blossom

What are your top 5 books set in an alternate universe?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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