Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
4.5 stars.

“Richard was sitting in the dark, on a ledge, on the side of a storm drain, wondering what to do, wondering how much further out of his depth he could possibly get. His life so far, he decided, had prepared him perfectly for a job in securities, for shopping at the supermarket, for watching football on the telly on the weekends, for turning on a heater if he got cold. It had magnificently failed to prepare him for a life as an un-person on the roofs and in the sewers of London, for a life in the cold and the wet and the dark.”

This is my first time reading a Neil Gaiman book and all I can say is . . . WHAT IS MY PROBLEM? WHY HAVE I WAITED SO LONG? Continue reading

Top Ten Things that will make me want to read a book

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.

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Top ten things that make me immediately want to read a book has turned into top nine things, but I figured that was close enough. Read below to get a better idea of what my reading tastes tend toward.

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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 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

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

25614492Genre: Historical, YA
4.5 stars.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THIS BOOK?! HOW?!

I have been a bit of a WWII buff for the past six years and I DIDN’T KNOW, so I was absolutely caught off guard by the ending. That is what blew me away more than anything. Continue reading

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick

51l-ygptgul-_sy344_bo1204203200_Genre: Historical fantasy, sci-fi, fairy tale — not quite sure what to classify this as.
3 stars.

I really liked the concept behind this book: exploring seven different stories, each further back in time than the one before, slowly connecting more dots as to why what is happening in the first story happens. I have always been fascinated with history and its interaction with the world as we know it. I enjoyed that aspect. Also, Vikings, which is one of my loves. Continue reading

The Native Star by MK Hobson

51a2bmjzvlhl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Genre: Historical fantasy, steam punk
4.5 stars.

This is a book that’s right up on the level of The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker in terms of sheer entertainment, deadpan humor, and incredible world building. Its like the old west meets wizards meets magic meets zombies meets Native American lore meets steam punk. I’ve never encountered a world like this before, and its clear the author has done a lot of thinking out the world and the magic systems. Its well written, and the book takes a grittier, darker turn than I originally expected reading the summary, but it was not an unwelcome turn. The two main characters are snarky, sarcastic, and possess such a real chemistry you can’t help but fall in love with them. I laughed out loud and audibly gasped in a few tense spots. Its fast paced and action packed, so if you’re looking for something fun and incredibly entertaining, this is it.