With the dawn of Aries season, we curated a list of books relevant to our feisty, fiery, and powerful Aries friends. Aries, the first sign of the astrological year, epitomizes impulsiveness, determination, and courage. While they are strong-headed and powerful, Aries are also loyal leaders with a confident and adventurous drive. As the Aries energies begin to heat up, check out these red-hot inspired reads.
Aries are known for their short temper, and so is Ove. Complete with a strict routine, a stern personality, and a short fuse, Ove is the “bitter neighbor from hell.” (Sorry Aries). But behind his cranky spirit is a sad story no one has bothered to ask about. Ove’s life slowly turns from irritable to heartwarming when a young family moves next door and the neighbors spark an unexpected friendship.
“If you like to laugh AND feel moved AND have your heart applaud wildly for fictional characters, you will certainly fall for the grumpy but lovable Ove (it’s pronounced “Oo-vuh,” if you were wondering).”
What better story for a fire sign than THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE? Mikael, a magazine publisher, it ready to run a story that exposes a sex trafficking operation. But the night before the story is set to print, the two reporters responsible are murdered. To make matters worse, the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Mikael’s close friend, Lisbeth Salander. While Mikael is set on proving his friend’s innocence, Lisbeth is forced to confront her hidden dark past. You won’t be able to put down this fiery thriller.
Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, brave – these words describe both an Aries and the unforgettable heroine, Languoreth. Set against the backdrop of ancient Scotland, THE LOST QUEEN follows this early medieval queen as burgeoning forces of Christianity threaten to obliterate ancient pagan beliefs. This book is the first of a trilogy and is perfect for fans of Outlander and Camelot. A leading role as brave and determined as Languoreth is a sure to win a spot on this Aries-inspired list.
Aries are fierce and powerful leaders, just like Mare Barrow. In the world she lives in, the common Red blood serves the elite Silver blooded people, who are gifted with superhuman powers. But when royalty learns that Mare has powers of her own, despite her common linage, she is forced to pretend to be one of the elites. As she is immersed more and more into the Silver blood world, Mare must risk everything she has to assist the growing Red rebellion.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, associating this sign with both aggression and courage. In THE MARTIAN, Mark Watney was one of the first people to set foot on that planet. Just days later, his entire life is put into jeopardy. A dust storm forces his crew to evacuate and, believing that Mark has died, the team abandons him on Mars. Nonetheless, Mark is determined to survive. Will his engineering skills and relentless spirit be enough to keep him alive on Mars?
Stuck on Mars after a space mission gone awry, astronaut Mark Watney makes a desperate bid to survive despite near-impossible odds. The adaptation stars Matt Damon, who has some experience with stranded spacemen—he was in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar just last year. But don’t get the two tales confused: according to Damon himself, The Martian is “totally f****** different.”
Release date: October 2, 2015
Aries are all for a thrilling adventure. And this supernatural sci-fi novel definitely epitomizes the Aries spirit. Maggie Hoskie, a gifted monster hunter, is a town’s last hope when a girl goes missing. As Maggie’s adventure unfolds, she enlists the help of a medicine man, uncovers ancient secrets, and battles dark witchcraft. Despite her powers and strengths, Maggie discovers that what lies behind the monsters is more terrifying than she could have ever prepared herself for.
2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel
One of Bustle’s Top 20 “landmark sci-fi and fantasy novels” of the decade
“Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” —The New York Times
“An excitingly novel tale.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight Crossroads series
“Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” —Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and Star Wars: Last Shot
“[C]rafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape.” —Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives and Black Wolves
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
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