Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas 

  
Published: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 648

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal

You can read the summary of Queen of Shadows here

This will be short, sweet, and to the point:

The Throne of Glass series is one of the best I’ve read. Ever. The world and character building is top notch. The protagonist is a strong, ass-kicking female and the secondary characters are some of my favorites. 

I can gush for days when it comes to this book but I won’t. I’ll only gush for a few more seconds. READ THESE BOOKS. Please and thanks. I’d never steer you wrong. I squee’d when I found out there will be two more books, that’s how much I love this series. 

If you like books with strong characters, evil baddies, magic, fighting, humor, assassins, and all around badassery then this is a series you’ll devour. 

Jackaby by William Ritter

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Published: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Author: William Ritter
Pages:304
Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

You can read the summary of Jackaby here.

I picked this book up at the urging of my friend Stefani, and when she tells me to read a book, I read the damn book. She didn’t let me down this time, or any time for that matter. You rule, Stefani.

So, the cover of this book says Jackaby is a mix of Sherlock and Buffy. I’m gonna say yay to the Sherlock (Cumberbatch) and nay to the Buffy… it was more Eleven than Buffy. The characters in this novel were FANTASTIC! The banter, the charm, the wit, the… all the things… they were great. Even the ghost was lovely. This historical whodunit with a fantastical, magical twist needs to go on your TBR immediately.

The mystery part of the book is a little easy to figure out BUUUUUTTTTTT (and that’s a huge BUT) it in NO WAY takes away from the enjoyment of the story. The second book, Beastly Bones was released September 22nd and you bet your sweet ass it’s already on my TBR shelf waiting to be devoured.

Bottom line: if you like mystery, Sherlock, magic, funnies, old timey junk, and douche canoes who get what’s coming, then this is your book.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

  
Published date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Author: Sarah Dessen

Pages: 417

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

You can read the summary of Saint Anything here.

So, I’ve been seeing Sarah Dessen’s name everywhere over the last year, but I don’t know why it took me this long to read one of her books. I assumed her subject matter was all lovey and light-hearted. Saint Anything showed me how wrong I was. 

Not only are the characters likable (or despicable, depending) but the situations give you a wide array of feels. I felt spent after some chapters, while others had me bubbly and heart eyes. I loved that.  I think it takes an exceptional author to evoke such emotions. 

Anyway, I finished this book last month and I’m quite behind on reviews. I know I’m leaving out stuff but the gist is: I gave this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I loved it. I haven’t been a teenager in a really long time but this book still resonated. 

*adds Dessen books to Amazon cart* Look away. This part gets messy. GIMME ALL THE BOOKS!!!! 

Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure by Mark C. King

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Published date: June 25, 2015
Publisher: Smashwords
Author: Mark C. King
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Steampunk

You can read the summary of Sigmund Shaw here.

Thank you Mark, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What do you get when you cross a thieving good guy and an Empire who is about to strike back? {yeah, I went there}. You get Sigmund Shaw and Britain in the late 1800’s. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when Mark approached me about reading his debut book. But once I dug in, I was pleasantly surprised.

This novel had so many kick ass elements. First, it was a period piece…2) Sherlock-y dudes with a love for gadgets? COUNT ME IN!!…c) there’s sneaky plot twists and fighting and dead guys and stuff. You can’t NOT like this story. Plus, there’s a sequel! And we all know how I love sequels.

Story aside, King’s writing is FANTASTIC (to be said like Nine). The first thing I said to myself was, “Self, this guy gives good prose.” The second thing I said to myself was, “Self, so what you kinda figured out what’s gonna happen…this guy gives good prose so keep on readin.” I’m glad Mark found me and asked me to read this, otherwise I would have missed out on Sigmund and his bamfness. I think you guys should give it a go… you’ll enjoy it!!

Hope you have a great Sunday Funday, Homies. Stay tuned for some upcoming October news!

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd {The Madman’s Daughter #3}

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Published date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
Author: Megan Shepherd
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Horror

You can read the summary of A Cold Legacy here.

I stumbled upon The Madman’s Daughter about two years ago and instantly fell for this brilliant retelling of the classic horror novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. Naturally when the second book, Her Dark Curiosity, was published I fell even harder as Shepherd retold Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In A Cold Legacy, there’s another retelling at hand and this time IT’S ALIVE. *points to previous sentence* That’s my lame ass attempt to hint at the classic being retold.

Guys, these are the only retellings to date that I absolutely love. They are the perfect blend of creep and history and love and bravery. This final installment left me wanting to do a reread. What did it NOT leave me with, you ask? Disappointment. I was so beyond pleased with how everything ended. Including the sadness. It all worked, it all came together with a spark and a bang. No fizzles here…except for maybe when that electricity….wait, you know what? Forget what I just said *looks around* Why don’t you read it and see for yourself.

Oh and another thing {and I’m ashamed to say this} I’ve never read the classic that served as inspirations for The Madman’s Daughter trilogy. I know, I know. Consider them added.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

  
Published date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Tor Books

Author: V. E. Schwab 

Pages: 400

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

You can read the summary for A Darker Shade of Magic here

Have you ever picked up a book and thought, “What in the hell have I gotten myself into?” Only to finish said book and think, “How can I ever forget this book?” That’s what happened here. 

Victoria Schwab is a magical genius, weaving this multidimensional world where magic can mean life or death. I loved her world building, turning a city we know into a world we wouldn’t recognize. The characters are clever and sneaky and scary and charming. I loved the prose, the rhythm, the jumping from one POV to the other. I loved the dankness I felt. I loved it all. 

Everything about this book works. I implore you to read ADSoM and wait with me for the sequel to be released. Misery loves company and all that. But seriously, you’ll love this book. We all tend to like the same books, usually. Sometimes. 

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

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Published Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Touchstone
Author: Felicia Day
Pages: 261
Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

You can read the summary of You’re Never Weird on the Internet here.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Whether you know Day from her days as Vi the slayer on Buffy (my highschool go to show), Charlie Bradbury on Supernatural (our adulthood go to show) or The Guild (which I only just discovered via this book), you can’t help but love her. She’s quirky, cute AF, and hilarious.

Never Weird allows us a behind-the-scenes view of what she went through growing up, from being homeschooled to creating an internet show when the internet was still in its infant stage. You gain so much respect for this actress/smarty pants/gamer/Geek Queen. She struggled…a lot. She busted her ass for something she believed in and I love her more for it.

All my nerds/geeks/dorks need to read this book. It’s fantastic! It’s hilarious! It’s real! It hits home! You won’t regret spending some time Felicia. Trust me.

Ps. you don’t have to be a gamer to read this book. I wasn’t a gamer outside of Xcitebike and Street Fighter, but I’m glad to have gained some perspective into the world of online gaming.

ARC REVIEW: A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

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Expected Publication: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Author: E. K. Johnston
Pages: 336
Genres: Retelling, YA, Fantasy

You can read the summary of A Thousand Nights here.

Thank you NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

I requested this novel based solely on the cover art, because obvious. I was pretty excited when I was approved for this one, even though I had no idea what it was about. Once I got started, I found myself completely enthralled by the setting, the main character, her courage, and the promise of a happy ending. Most of these things did not disappoint.

I think Johnston’s prose was simple yet beautiful. The amount of research the author put into learning this culture and its tradition was extensive and it paid off. At no point did I feel like it was contrived. I really liked the story, the characters, the struggle and the sacrifice. The meat of this story did not leave me hungry. I will admit that I’ve never read A Thousand and One Nights so I have no story in which to compare. Given that this is a retelling, though, I’m certain I can figure out the premise of the original. Still, I feel the need to read it. Consider it added to the endless TBR list.

The only negative-ish thing worth mentioning is the ending. Not the end of the character’s story, that was perfect. Much was left up to the imagination and I liked that. What I didn’t like was the epilogue from the POV of a storyteller, wrapping up the legend of A Thousand Nights up in a philosophical bow. If the story had started out that way, then ending it on the same note would have made more sense. I honestly feel like the last part could be left off and no one would miss it. But whatevs, it’s not make or break…just opinion.

So, there’s my review of A Thousand Nights. Make of it what you will, but my final thought is this: Read it. Then we can compare notes.

The Novice {Summoner #1} by Taran Matharu

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Published Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Author: Taran Matharu
Pages: 398
Genres: Fantasy, YA

You can read the summary for The Novice here.

This was a complete “cover buy” that was picked out by my husband. It promised of magical creatures, summoning, and wicked looking knives. And guess what? It delivered. There was something for everyone in the book. You had your orcs, elves, mages, douche-y noblemen, and valiant professors.

The story itself was pretty exciting, with its demons and battlemage school and magic. But it also offered something more, something deeper. Matharu weaved an allegory of political and racial tension. There’s so much more going on beneath the surface of this magical adventure. And I loved it. I never expected to find this kind of meaning in a story about summoners and such. #pleasantlysurprised

Moving on… I loved the ending! And I am not looking forward to the wait for Summoner #2. Fletcher {the mc} and his buddies are totally likeable, and the evil, douche canoe nobles are totally hateable. You boo and hiss and cheer and YAY when you’re supposed to. And you totally find yourself wishing you could summon a demon. I call dibs on the Salamander, though.

Bottom line: If you like LOTR and all things magic, then you’re going to enjoy this one.

Another Day {Every Day #2} by David Levithan

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Expected Publication: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 300
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

You can read the summary of Another Day here.

Thank you to Netgalley and Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

I read Every Day a while back and thought, “Holy crap! This concept is INSANE.” I’ve linked Goodreads so you can read the summary but here’s the gist: Imagine waking up in a different body every day. Unable to form relationships, this soul -who is called A- moves from body to body trying to leave as little changed as possible. Until the day A meets Rhiannon… The rest is up to you to find out.

Another Day is Rhiannon’s side of the story. And folks, it’s a sad one. She’s stuck in the horribly toxic relationship and the whole time you are thinking things like “just leave the jerk!” and “UGHHH nooo don’t go back…ugh, just…LEAVE!!!” and “YOU CAN DO IT. WALK AWAY!” The normal things you say to yourself…in your head…to a fictitious character. You’re totally rooting for Rhiannon and wanting her to find a love that will build her up. What A does for her is cheer worthy.

David Levithan is brilliant in his ability to make you feel things. I know how lame that must sound. But truly, it’s not easy to move a reader. This guy knows what he’s doing. There were some things, editing wise, that drove me batty. However, if you’re willing to overlook this, then you’ll enjoy this book.

If you liked Every Day then you will most definitely want to see how things were going for Rhiannon on the other side of this mess. And if you haven’t read either book, then I suggest you get busy! NOW! Just kidding.