Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 427
Related Words: monsters, cities, dark, light, songs
Rating: 5/5

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Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father, to prove she’s worthy to stand besidehim and lead their city. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. His own father’s secret weapon. 

Their city is divided. Their city is crumbling. Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something. But how do you decide whether to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which? 

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 398
Related Words: magic, parallel dimensions, dark, evil
Rating: 4/5

Welcome to Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, with one mad king– GeorgeIII. Then there is Red London, where life and magic are revered, and darkerWhite London, a city slowly being drained through magical war, down to its very bones. And once upon a time, Black London… but no one speaks of that now. 

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler– one of the last magicians who can travel between the worlds– acting as ambassador and messenger between the Londons, in service of the Maresh empire. Unofficially, he’s a smuggler, which is a dangerous hobby for him to have– as provided when Kell stumbles into a setup with a forbidden token from Black London. 

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and the forces Kell to spirt her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 462
Related Words: criminals, crime, prison, crows
Rating: 5/5

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of internatioal trade where anything can be had for the right price– and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revengesix

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift of unlikely escapes

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Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 402
Related Words: magic, legend, mystery, scavenger hunt, games
Rating: 4.5/5

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tell, live with their 27883214powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval– the faraway, one-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show– are over. 

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. 

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever. 

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Book Review: Ruined by M.C. Frank

Author: M.C. Frank
Genre: Historical Fiction, Retelling
Pages: 312
Related Words: retelling, Jane Eyre, governess, romance
Rating: 4/5

The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans 32181020.jpgmurder. He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence. How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did. What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour. The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her. Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely. Ruined. A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.

– M.C. Frank

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