Friday, July 29, 2016

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Publication Date:  February 23, 2016
Publisher:  Tor Books
Pages:  512
Series:  Shades of Magic #2
Genre:  Fantasy
Synopsis:  It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift – back into Black London. Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries – a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Severe Case of Harry Potter Nostalgia

Growing up, I didn't want to be a doctor or a teacher.  There was a short stretch where I wanted to be a veterinarian, but that ended the second I discovered euthanization. No, I was determined to attend Hogwarts and become a wizard.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date:  May 3, 2016 
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages:  640
Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Genre:  Fantasy
Synopsis:  Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fear of the Future

Recently my older brother graduated from high school, which is a terrifying thing, for him more so than for me.  But it's had me thinking about my future.  In two years, I'll be in his place, and it's so strange to think that.  Just yesterday it seems I was doing cartwheels in the front yard and playing with my mom's makeup.  Today, while I may not be all grown up just yet, I'm getting there.  And that, my friends, is the scary part.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Publication Date:  March 15, 2016
Publisher:  Broadway Books
Pages:  400
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Fantasy
Synopsis:  Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. But Carolyn has accounted for this. And Carolyn has a plan. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Friday, July 8, 2016

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Publication Date:  June 19, 2001
Publisher:  William Morrow  
Pages:  592 
Series:  American Gods #1
Genre:  Fantasy
Synopsis:  Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.  Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.  He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same…

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Publication Date:  April 26, 2016
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Pages:  439
Series:  The Raven Cycle #4
Genre:  Fantasy
Synopsis:  For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.  Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.