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Because I don’t have enough books to read on my shelf…

Saturday morning, Rachel and I found ourselves at our local Barnes and Noble, like we tend to do most weeks. Generally, we write or edit or plan out our stories, and while we had every intention of doing so, our feet carried us from the cafe to the bookshelves instead of a table to work.

I knew I had wanted to pick up Wonder Woman: Warbringer when we first walked into the bookstore. The book is actually the first in a not-quite series of four novels about some of the more popular DC heroes, all written by some of the most popular authors nowadays. Warbringer happens to be the first that was published — which makes sense considering the amazing popularity of the movie, even if the timing is merely coincidence — and was written by Leigh Bardugo. Bardugo is also the author of the Six of Crows duology. I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom each in a day, and I’m confident that Bardugo is an author that will do Wonder Woman justice.

Warcross was a find by Rachel and is authored by Marie Lu, who is best known for her Legends series. While I have never read any books by Lu, the premise of Warcross sounded interesting enough for us to pick up the novel. The main setting seems to be a massively popular video game world with the story revolving around a hacker who has been commissioned to weed out a security problem in the game’s biggest tournament.

What books have you picked up recently?

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Home

 

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Vacation Books

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I think I’ve narrowed down what books I’m bringing with me on vacation. There’s Chase helping me (when he wasn’t playing with my hair) make the final decision.

  • Pantomime by Laura Lam – a young adult fantasy novel centering around an intersex protagonist. With magic! And the circus!
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – centered around a thief that boasts he can steal anything, he’s put to the test to steal something straight out of a legend. There’s a map and a cast of characters at the back of the book too, so you know it’s serious fantasy!
  • Skyborn by David Dalglish – I’ve mentioned David Dalglish before on this blog because I loved his Shadowdance series. Skyborn is the first of a new series from him and I’m excited to read it!
  • The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser – This book stars characters that can do what the title suggests: jump into books and interact with the stories therein. What reader hasn’t wished for that ability?
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I gushed about Six of Crows, the first book of this duology, and I’m so looking forward to dedicating the time to read this sequel!

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a favorite story that you bring with you on vacations?

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2017 in Home

 

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Review: Six of Crows

“None of us move on without a backward look. We move on always carrying with us those we have lost.” — Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

“Six of Crows” Review

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This post may contain spoilers.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a book that has enormous hype around it. Due to all of the wonderful praise I had been hearing about it, I picked it up during one of my Barnes and Noble shopping sprees. It hung out on my bookshelf for quite a while before I picked it up during the blizzard my area had yesterday.

I finished this 450+ book in a day.

I could barely put the book down! Despite the fact that I was initially confused at the magic system the author had incorporated, seeing as I hadn’t read the previous trilogy by her, this book was fantastic. I was able to figure out and keep up with the lore, even though I was new to the author’s world (as I’m presuming that I would have had more background information if I had read the previous trilogy).

The story, after the first few chapters, was fast-paced and action-packed. The plans and trickery were well-written in their adventure, and you could never tell if everyone was going to make it out alive from the dangerous heist they had been contracted to pull off. Trying to kidnap a scientist that had created a powerful drug for the world’s magic-users from the most notorious prison in the world was something only those who had nothing left to lose would try to do, yet there they went.

Each character was distinct and the diversity surrounding their cultures was fascinating. Despite their differences, they didn’t kill each other (although it wasn’t for lack of trying on some of their parts) as they raced through their mission. The dreams¬†and friendships kept them all hanging on to an impossible hope that they would live through the job and have better lives in the end.

There were women friendships! There were men and women friendships that didn’t end in romance! There was sexuality diversity! There was no instant romance — rather, you saw and experienced the characters falling in love amid the chaos of the mission, and it was all beautifully written.

My only obvious grievous with this book is that I obviously have to go out and get the sequel now. If you enjoy magic, dangerous odds, and snarky but lovable characters, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy Six of Crows!

“Six of Crows” gets a 5¬†out of 5 stars.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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