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I have mixed feelings on calling things “guilty pleasures.” I’m a big believer that you should never feel ashamed for what you like. However, sometimes things we like aren’t… well, they aren’t great. And yet, even those these things we like aren’t high art or things we would necessarily recommend to others, we love them anyway.
Today I’d like to talk about some series I’ve enjoyed that I dubiously consider “guilty pleasures.” They’re not literary marvels and they have problems, but I love them anyway. The main reason is that they’re fun. And who doesn’t love fun? Squidward, that’s who.
Anyway, it’s time to air my dirty laundry and share with you the three series I call my guilty pleasures.
If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments, Vampire Academy, and/or Divergent, then this is the series for you! Look, this series is very of its time (the early 2010s). It’s not perfect, but it’s super addictive.
The series follows Violet Eden, who discovers she is part-angel and her whole world is turned upside down. Now she is suddenly thrust into a centuries-old war between Grigori like her and exiled angels. The Violet Eden Chapters has everything: forbidden romance, strong friendships, betrayal, and a healthy dose of problematic-ness.
Yeah, like I said, it’s very of its time. The main ship is an age gap ship and there’s some other stuff that wouldn’t fly today. I’m willing to overlook it (mostly) because the series is just so addictive. It’s a veritable rainbow of urban fantasy fun.
This series is definitely not for everyone, given that it’s closer to torture porn than horror. Pretty much every story ends up involving a violent exorcism, and yet I devour each one like it’s candy.
The series, for the most part, follows Sofia Flores. When she and her mom move to a new town, she falls in with the popular crowd. But things aren’t all that they seem because these girls are convinced their classmate is possessed. And there’s only one way to save her soul.
The Merciless is trashy and a bit shocking, but I love it nonetheless. There are hella trigger warnings for it though, so beware. Vega’s descriptions are merciless.
I know, I know. But I had so much fun with this series. It’s not the world-building or the characters or the romance. It’s the fact that you can’t look away. And in a way, that’s beautiful.
The series follows America Singer, a young girl who is chosen for the Selection to compete to be the prince’s wife. But it’s not all fun and games. There’s something sinister going on behind the scenes.
Everyone says America is the most annoying YA protagonist, but I didn’t find her all that bad. Eadlyn, on the other hand, is the worst. I doubt I’ll ever reread The Heir or The Crown because of how irritating she is. And hey, since the series is a guilty pleasure, I feel no qualms about being selective.
What are some of your guilty pleasure reads? Tell me about them in the comments!