January-March 2017 Recap

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Since this is the first month I’m running my blog for real, I will do a recap for January-March 2017.

January: 5 books
February: 7 books
March: 7 books

I have read some very good books, some rather strange books, and some not so good books in the past three months. Here I will outline my top reads for each month as well as links to their reviews (if I posted one). Continue reading

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

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The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Genre: Historical fiction, Fantasy, YA
3 stars.

“If the story was happy, you’d care less about that tiny little bit of freedom . . . We wouldn’t like the daylight if it wasn’t for the night. We wouldn’t notice the stars if not for the endless dark of night. All the story, like you said? That’s the important part. The sad parts are all about surviving. We are a people that survives. We endure. We will endure this too.” Continue reading

The Seventh Tower Series by Garth Nix

Middle Grade Monday is hosted by Shannon Messenger.

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The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix
Genre: Fantasy, middle-grade
5 stars.

I cannot even BEGIN to describe how much of an impact this series has had on me. I read them for the first time when I was ten-years-old and reread them countless times in the following months. Everything I wrote between the ages of 10-12 followed some sort of theme from the Seventh Tower–whether it was bad-ass blonde warrior chicks, planets of ice, shadow magic, or mystic warrior cults (though that was also influenced by my excessive reading of the Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice novels). Even today I find my stories tinged with Garth Nix’s influence. Continue reading

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Historical Fantasy
5 stars.

“The circus arrives without warning.”

I have never read nor will ever read anything like this book. Morgenstern orchestrates a masterful mixing of genres whose wheres and the whys, much like the circus itself, are deliciously difficult to pin down. The deeply human longing for magic and wonder are piqued within the dream-like realm of Morgernstern’s prose, and I couldn’t help but be enchanted by it. Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Read in One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I was supposed to cover “top ten books I’ve read in one sitting” in this post, but it rapidly downgraded into a list of “some books I happened to read in one sitting” since they range from excellent, life changing reads to mind-numbingly terrible books. The common factor appears to be that I was trapped in some sort of enclosed space at the time that I happened to be reading that book with little else to do. Without further ado, I present the Top Ten Books I Read in One Sitting, or Some Books I Happened to Read in One Sitting. Continue reading

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by VE Schwab

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4 stars.

I first discovered VE Schwab through her book The Archived, under her YA name Victoria Schwab, which I reviewed here. Her style was so reminiscent of Garth Nix, who had a huge influence on my childhood and my own writing, and was unlike anything I had read since I’d devoured his series’s as an enamored ten-year-old. I didn’t think Schwab could get any better, but, of course, she DID.

I breezed through A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows when I first discovered them back in October and instantly pre-ordered a signed copy of A Conjuring of Light which I have never done before. Continue reading

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Genre: fantasy, (dys)(u)topia, YA
3.5 stars.

Scythe brought up some fascinating philosophical questions, which I was not expecting from from reading the synopsis. In fact, if my friend had not recommended this book to me, I would have never picked it up because the premise sounded ridiculous. I was pleasantly surprised. While Scythe is by no means a perfect book, it is well written and thought provoking, which is something that is sorely lacking in the YA genre. Continue reading