T5W: Fantasy Series that Improved

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A notorious trope in fantasy trilogies is that the second book often falls flat. You know what I mean: characters recovering from a great battle and preparing for the Final Conflict, having petty arguments, traveling endless miles or sitting in one location for an annoying amount of time. But there are a few fantasy series I’ve discovered where I would argue that the second or subsequent books are better than the first, and absolutely worth holding out for. Continue reading

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Top Ten Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday covers the most unique books I’ve ever read. Or, if we are choosing to be nit-picky with grammar, Top Ten Unique Books I have read, as “unique” cannot be modified by words like “most” and “very” since it already implies something that is singular, standing alone in it’s style or category.

Grammar aside, this list seems like a tall order and one that can be broadly interpreted. Does that mean top ten strangest books that I’ve read? Did I have to like the book? Is unique a good or a bad thing? I think I finally decided to boil it down to most unique books in terms of concept and/or characterization in books I’ve read in the past 3-4 years. So here we go. Continue reading

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

29939230Genre: Fantasy
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

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

the-archived_finalcoverGenre: Fantasy, YA
4.5 stars
Wow. I finished this book about five minutes ago and am blown away. The world. The writing. The characters. The story. All of it was enthralling. While the beginning is a bit slow, I highly encourage you to push through, because the concept is unlike anything I’ve encountered before. It reminded me a lot of Garth Nix, and I’ve always been a fan of his books and feel. Continue reading