17 07, 2015

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Also in this series: Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 7th 2013
Pages: 432
Length: 12 hours 47 minutes
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms
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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

I have heard so much about this series. I might be a bit late to the party, but it is still going. Throne of Glass is the first book in the Throne of Glass series which is about six books in so far (including novellas). I enjoyed this book so much I know […]

24 06, 2015

THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins

By | Wednesday, June 24, 2015|8 Comments

THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott HawkinsThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Published by Crown on June 16th 2015
Pages: 388
Genres: Books & Reading, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
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Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy.
 
Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.
 
After all, she was a normal American herself, once.
 
That was a long time ago, of course--before the time she calls "adoption day," when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.
 
Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.
 
In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power. Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
 
Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library--and with it, power over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.
 
But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price--because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.

This book was so different. The Library at Mount Char has elements of fantasy, magic, horror, physiological twists, and science fiction. Yea, it is pretty much a mash of genres. Did I forget to mention that all centers on a library? A bit far out, but really cool. Let me try to break […]

12 06, 2015

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler

By | Friday, June 12, 2015|9 Comments

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika SwylerThe Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on June 23rd 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Literary
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I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family....
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago.
One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things-including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned-always on July 24, which is only weeks away.
As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he stop it in time to save Enola?

 

This story had my attention right from the start. Never mind what I thought it would be about, I was completely off. This book tells two complex stories. One is running in present day, one is far in the past but it’s influence is still being felt. The book which brings these time […]

22 04, 2015

THE SILVER WITCH by Paula Brackston

By | Wednesday, April 22, 2015|13 Comments

THE SILVER WITCH by Paula BrackstonThe Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on April 21st 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
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A year after her husband's sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat's death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her - a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she's near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water. On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew. In her own time, Tilda's grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake's ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other's, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren's prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more.

The Silver Witch is a brilliant combination of old Celtic mythology and a modern witch coming into her own. This book covers duel timelines, and POVs, with ease. I found myself loving the story of a modern witch discovering the history of her magic. Tilda is a recent widow who moves to the […]

9 04, 2015

THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu

By | Thursday, April 9, 2015|4 Comments

THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken LiuThe Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Series: The Dandelion Dynasty #1
Published by Saga Press on April 7th 2015
Pages: 640
Length: 43 hours, 12 minutes
Genres: Action & Adventure, Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, General
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Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice. Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.

I just finished this epic fantasy story and I have no idea how to review it and actually do this book justice. There is no way I can sum up The Grace of Kings in a few paragraphs or it’s importance as epic fantasy. This book is a must read for fans of […]

26 03, 2015

KATE TRIUMPH by Shari Arnold

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KATE TRIUMPH by Shari Arnold

KATE TRIUMPH by Shari ArnoldKate Triumph by Shari Arnold
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on October 16th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Normal is so overrated. At least that's what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she's something of a freak.

Then Andrew Shore arrives.

He claims he's her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal.

Praise for Kate Triumph This book had me rapt from page one and I, quite literally, did not put it down for four straight hours until I was finished reading it. – Emily Liebert, 5 Star Review This. Book. Was. Awesome. Writing this review, reliving the book, makes me want to go back […]

16 02, 2015

SPARK RISING by Kate Corcino

By | Monday, February 16, 2015|16 Comments

SPARK RISING by Kate Corcino

SPARK RISING by Kate CorcinoSpark Rising by Kate Corcino
Published by Kate Corcino on November 30th 2014
Pages: 402
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
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All that's required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council's enforcers and spies. Strong girls--those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power--don't exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council's dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He's leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.

This was such a fun read. Spark Rising was full of adventure, love, family and female power. Although this is part of a series, this book was complete and did not leave me hanging. I loved Lena and her take-no-sh*t attitude. She is a woman who relies on herself and a bit of […]

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