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A Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi

They say the Lord of Treasures hosts a tournament for the very best and the very worst, the dreamers and the broken.  He’ll play a game with you unlike any tournament you have ever played.  You might have to find your true name in a castle of stars, or wrestle your voice from a demon, or sip poison and eat fear… I was lucky enough to have been given a chance by St. Martin’s Griffin to read this before it…

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

There are a thousand and one things that I could write about this book but I’ll try to keep it this review on the shorter side.  If you’ve read my other review on Throne of Glass, the other series by Sarah J Maas, you should know that I am pretty obsessed with everything that she writes.  There is something so gripping about the characters and worlds she creates and I am usually left reeling after each book.  While this one…

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Talon – Julie Kagawa

Talon – Julie Kagawa

It had been awhile since I had read a Julie Kagawa series and in that time I had forgotten how great of a writer she is. She is seriously the master of taking something completely fantastical (dragons, vampires, faeries) and dragging them into a world that we readers are actually familiar with. And somehow..it fits. The Talon series is about dragons. Dragons that can hide in a human skin and who have a secret society that are forever hunted by…

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Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in the world. When I first saw that people were likening this to The Night Circus, I was immediately excited. I absolutely loved everything about that book and figured that if this book was anything like that one, that there was a good change I was going to like it. It honestly…

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First Test – Tamora Pierce

First Test – Tamora Pierce

Keladry of Mindelan and her family have just come back to Tortall from a six year diplomatic delegation stint in the Yamani Islands. One day after an attack from a group of spidrens (monster spiders) she decides it is time to begin her training as a lady knight. The only problem with that, is that there has not been a woman who has knowingly gone through training in at least a hundred years. The only reason she is able to…

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The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Father didn’t seem to believe in horoscopes. He spoke of destiny as a malleable thing, something that could be bent, interpreted or loosened to any perspective. I’ve been wobbling between a 3.5 and a 4 for this book. On one hand, Chokshi’s beautifully lyrical writing is what always has the ability to stir something inside of me. Not only that but the premise of this, which reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, had me clinging to…

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

“Stories have changed, my dear boy,”the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take…

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Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is an author that has always been a daunting undertaking in my mind- she has so many books, so many different series, and so many fans. I’ve been putting off reading any of her books for probably a decade, and I knew that someday I would regret it. Today is that day. I just finished her novel Arrows of the Queen, the first in the series Heralds of Valdemar. The reason I put aside my decade-long hesitation is…

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

Books like this are EXACTLY what remind me of why the fantasy genre has always been, and will always be, my favorite genre. The people that told me that this was slow must have been reading a different book! And besides, good fantasy doesn’t always have to be some rip-roaring adventure, where the hero is slaying a dragon and huge wars are fought. No, they can be on a smaller scale with smaller battles with magic that isn’t that flashy and…

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