Saturday, January 7, 2017

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: September 6, 2016 
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA 
Pages: 693
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello, 2017

Perhaps this would be more aptly titled "thank god 2016 is over" or "where in the world did you disappear to, Erin?"  But alas, no, I stuck with the more positive, generic title because those did seem a little long, I suppose, no matter how true they are.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Publication Date: March 12, 1964
Publisher:  Square Fish
Pages: 224
Series:  The Chronicles of Pydain #1
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn't exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Autumn TBR

Autumn is defined by falling leaves, colder weather, and Halloween.  The colder weather just makes me want to sit inside with a cup of tea and a good book even more than usual, so I actually thought up a list of books to read before Winter comes. Although I can't promise I'll stick to this very well, one can hope, right?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 464
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to Survive High School

Last week (when this post was supposed to go up, but somehow disappeared and ruined my cosmic timing) I started my junior year of high school.  It's going to be difficult and tedious every step of the way.  I rather deal with taking down a dystopian government than with hormonal teenagers that have the emotional range of a teaspoon (thanks, Hermione).  If only I were attending Hogwarts instead...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Publication Date: 1958
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 152
Series: The African Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive , and his fame spreads throughout West Africa life a bush-fire in the harmattan. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With the world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy.