Synopsis: “Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover a situation far more complex—and far more dire—than anyone had envisioned.
Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Neitherlands, and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers buried secrets and hidden evils and ultimately the key to a sorcerous masterwork, a spell that could create a magical utopia. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must face his fears and put things right or die trying.”
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Synopsis: “Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Divani. Officially, the quiet mousy woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters-dispatched to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues the mystery through the ever-shifting physical and political geography of the city, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem-and that her own abilities might be touched by the divine as well.”
This book started off kind of slow, but soon after it began to pick up and became really interesting. I didn’t know what to expect from City of Stairs as I read through pretty much the entire thing. Nothing was predictable, absolutely nothing. There were times, although, where I was confused about the setting and whatnot.
I liked the story and I was surprised because at first I was believing I wasn’t going to, due to the slowness of the book in the beginning. I liked how almost all the characters were portrayed. My favorite character was not the main character at all (hardly ever is). I felt indifferent about Shara to be honest. It was Sigrud. He was a total badass. Absolutely loved him. Sigh. As for the ending, I’m wondering, is there going to be a sequel? Because I hate when books just end without fixing all the problems presented in the story.
All in all, I think City of Stairs is interestingly written and original. I would rate it about four out of five stars.
Should you read it?
Yes, if for nothing else. Read it for Sigrud.
~I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Synopsis: “Clive and Martha have been a couple since they met at university; they now have a young daughter, Eliza, and on the surface, all seems well in their family. Then a woman from their past reappears in their lives: the enigmatic Eliot Fox is Eliza’s new piano teacher and young Eliza is charmed. But Eliot Fox knows that Clive has a secret–a secret that he is desperate to ensure Martha never finds out, and that could destroy his perfect family.
With shades of Joanna Briscoe, Poppy Adams, and Patricia Highsmith, in prose that is as elegant and vivid as it is surprising, Olivia Glazebrook demonstrates how apparently ordinary lives can contain–or fail to contain–extraordinary acts of destruction.”
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So it begins.
On Monday, my semester at college starts once again and I will be burdened with homework. I will probably drown in it because I am taking six classes instead of the usual four. For the curious, if any, I’ll just list my classes here and weep. I am taking yet another Math class, Intro to Computers, Intro to Biology Lab, Intro to Literature, World Politics, and French I.
I will have less time to read, but that won’t stop me. Right now, there are two books I have planned to read this month. City of Stairs and The Magician’s Land. This blog won’t be abandoned, unless something happens to me or the internet.
There is an upcoming giveaway for an ARC of Never Mind Miss Fox, which will start soon(within the hour). So check back on the giveaway page if it sounds like a book you would like.
“One of the most powerful practitioners of these mysterious arts is Rav Hisda’s daughter, whose innate awareness allows her to possess the skills men lack. With her husband, Rava–whose arcane knowledge of the secret Torah enables him to create a “man” out of earth and to resurrect another rabbi from death–the two brave an evil sorceress, Ashmedai the Demon King, and even the Angel of Death in their quest to safeguard their people, even while putting their romance at risk.”
Well researched, detailed, beautiful and even magical, Enchantress is truly unlike any other book out there when it comes to Jewish literature. While it is not a fast paced read, it is entertaining and thought-provoking. The book includes a helpful time line of events (which I appreciate) and a map of Roman Palestina and Persian Babylonia, and again, a helpful glossary for those of us who don’t know the meaning of Hebrew words thrown around in the story.
I liked the final lines of the story and how she proved herself to be more of a prophet than what everyone imagined. I would give this book four out of five stars. It is on sale September 2nd.
This book is 549 pages long, but it was still too short for me. I was extremely entertained with Grave Mercy, more than I originally thought I would be. I could not put the book down and focus on other things, instead I needed to know what was going to happen next. Usually, I find that first books in a series don’t hold my interest enough to continue on to the second and third volumes, but I will be most definitely buying the entire series. I am thoroughly impressed with Robin LaFevers.
I loved all the characters, even the baddies. I especially loved Beast and his last scene with Ismae. Characterization in this book was so good. I cannot stress it enough. The writing is beautiful, but not pretentious, and keeps you guessing until the very end. I would give Grave Mercy five out of five stars.
If you like stories about strong women, this book is for you.
Based on over two hundred accounts of women disguising themselves as men and enlisting into the civil war, I Shall Be Near to You brings to life a story that is so often overlooked and forgotten about in history. Women did not always sit back at home and wait for their soldiers to come home. Some put on britches and became soldiers themselves, despite the dangers.
This story is full of emotion. I honestly cried and that, I must admit, is a rarity when it comes to books. I could feel Rosetta’s pain and even her fear. I Shall Be Near to You really makes you think about how truly hard these people really suffered and the losses they had to endure all in the name of war.
Beautifully written, inspiring, and devastating, this is a book I would recommend to all. Five out of five stars.
-I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
“A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.”
I wanted to ESCAPE® from having to read this. There was nothing tense, alluring, nor mysterious about Elusion at all. I was not left breathless. I remained unimpressed and annoyed with Regan. The writing was fairly good, but nothing in this story was able to interest me.
The idea of the story sounded pretty unique and totally cool. I would so enjoy escaping from reality for a little while, but it feels like I’ve read this story and put up with this dumb girl before and all the clichés that seem to come hand in hand in these sorts of books.
There were supposed to be plot twists, apparently.
Elusion seemed pretty darn predictable to me.
I hated Regan after the whole…’I wanted to kiss Josh again’ crap. Like hello, you have other important things to do. Focus on something other than a boy you’ve only known for about a week. A boy who hasn’t exactly been 100% honest with you on certain details.
I didn’t really like any characters. I didn’t like Patrick and I definitely did not like Josh. There was just something about him and ugh.
Stuff happens, but nothing really happens. It tries to pick up at the very end. But there’s no way I would ever bother picking up the next book.
I would give this book about two stars. I didn’t hate it, but I found nothing likable.