A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Published by Titan Books on February 27th 2015
Kell is Antari, one of the last of his kind, living among humans who possess a lot of magic, a little, or none at all. He lives in a city where magic thrives. A smell of rose perfume engulfs the air, where the red glowing river flows throughout. The place Kell calls ‘Red London’, because there is more than one London. In fact, there are four, living side by side in a different universe, where only some know of their existence. Red, the color of magic so pure and balanced. Grey, a bland color, where no magic is left. White, the color of a place that smells like ash, slowly falling. Black, the color of destruction, succumbed to its own power.
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,A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Series: A Thousand Nights #1
Published by Disney Hyperion
“If you listen long enough to the whispers, you will hear the truth. Until then, I will tell you this: the world is made safe by a woman. She bound the monster up and cast him out, and the man who was left was saved.”
A Thousand Nights was so much more than I expected it to be. It was a beautiful and original story about family, feminism and magic and I’m glad I’ve read it. The setting was simple but amazing: a dangerous court surrounded by an even more dangerous desert and a girl who has the will to survive both. Continue reading “A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston”
Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert
Series: Quests of the Kings #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Published by Diversion on March 14th, 2017
Source: Netgalley ARC
Nathalie, a sixteen year old girl works hard to keep her family alive. She has many different jobs during the day, not wishing to marry to a man. Not like the other girls. In fact, she hates to be a woman because of the way they are treated by society. The life of an adventurer, the ones who take up perilous quests the king offers in exchange for gold and influence, seems very far away. Yet, somehow Nathalie manages to get on the evil adventurer Brago’s bad side. Running from this threat to her life, she finds Sir Edris. A gallant man. In his care, her life takes a whole new direction.
I felt that this book had more potential than it lived up to. Nathalie, for example, hates the divide between men and women in this society. The author makes sure you know this, especially through the first few chapters. It was a little bothersome to read every now and then. Continue reading “Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert”
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Retellings
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Lady Catherine Pinkerton is a daughter of a marquess in the Kingdom of Hearts. The Kingdom we know from Alice in Wonderland with it’s terrifying monarch. In such a position certain things are to be expected of you. For example, when the king proposes to you, you shall accept and a rich, happy life for you and your family lies ahead. You shall not indulge in hobbies that are below your position in society. Such as baking, preposterous!
Sadly, Catherine loves baking and wishes to open a shop to share her pastries and confections with the Kingdom. Something a queen surely cannot do. Meeting the court’s new jester makes accepting the proposal even more impossible, Continue reading “Heartless by Marissa Meyer”