Genre: Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Delilah Bard stole my heart. While I am a fan of excellent heroines, very few capture me the way Lila did.  The minute she swooped into this book, speaking of her swashbuckling dreams, I was entirely on board. A Darker Shade of Magic isn’t about Lila, though.  Not really.  It’s about Kell and the Antari who travel through worlds, and a bit of corrupted Black London that has found its way into his unwitting hands.  It’s about danger and sacrifice and courage and stubbornness and Lila is very much just along for the ride.  And who came blame her?  With London […]

Posted December 26, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
First Test by Tamora Pierce

First Test by Tamora Pierce

Keladry, I have been missing you all my life. First Test is about Kel of Mindelan, the first girl to apply for pageship since Alanna the Lioness became the first lady knight.  Kel is allowed to enter the program on a one year probation to prove herself – not as an individual, but to prove that girls can do whatever boys do.  She trains hard, works hard, and suffers hazing just like the boys – but she is not without her allies. I cannot believe I waited twenty years to read this book.  Yes, twenty.  My first Tamora Pierce book was Wild […]

Posted December 21, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Something strange is happening at the bookshop across the street. Sophie watches through the window of the tea shop as a magical battle ensues.  By the end of the hour, her and her twin brother finds themselves wrapped up in an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.  There are warlocks and golems and alchemists and ancient people.  One small problem?  Sophie and Josh just want to go home.  They’re only 15 and a half and this is an awfully big adventure. What they want doesn’t matter, however.  There is something deeper, something far more important going on, and the twins may […]

Posted December 21, 2017 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

This isn’t a mermaid book. I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise to me since it never explicitly promises mermaids?  I think I read a couple reviews that implied there would be mermaids…  but I just want to get this out of the way in case anyone else is wondering – nope, no mermaids in this book.  Also, that wasn’t a bad thing. What this book is about, is a myth about Atlantis. Therefore, this review will require GIFs from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Which also has no mermaids. Teardrop starts with a car accident. In this accident, Eureka loses her […]

Posted December 10, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Kate’s just a mercenary. She dropped out of school, and is living her own life, relying on odd jobs to make her ends meet.  At the beginning of the story, she only has about $1500 to her name, but that’s okay.  Why?  Because she’s good at her job even if she’s a little cheeky, and things always work out in the end. When her mentor is killed, Kate is brought in to investigate the case by one of the three magical law enforcement factions.  Her search leads her to the underbelly of the city, where she meets and befriends the […]

Posted December 9, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Violet wants to be the best princess for her people. Violet is not a beautiful princess.  Not a “proper” princess.  This is made abundantly clear to her in whispers and misspoken quips.  It eats away at the girl, whose hair is not shiny and whose eyes are not symmetrical.  Her father is bold, her mother is kind, and Violet is just… Violet.  She accepts this with a princess’ grace, but still, it eats away at her.  She tries to distract herself with her friend, Demetrius, and exploring their mysterious castle. Our course, the castle has more than meets the eye, […]

Posted November 16, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //