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A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab*

I thought about trying to come up with a clever intro statement for this review, but I kept coming back to “it’s really really really good,” so that’s what y’all get. Eloquence has always been one of my defining traits. At any rate, it’s true – A Darker Shade of Magic brings together multiple magical Londons, an infinite coat, a weapon-laden thief girl and some psycho villains to create a tantalizingly complex story full of adventure and escapades.

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The YA Chronicles Unboxing: ACOWAR

Many book boxes are monthly subscriptions that feature a surprise title. And while The YA Chronicles, based out of Australia, does have a monthly service like that, they also occasionally offer one-time boxes for highly anticipated titles, allowing readers to know they’re getting a preorder of what they want plus additional swag. So despite the wallet-draining experience of shipping something from Australia to the US, I jumped on the one-time A Court of Wings and Ruin (by the lovely Sarah J. Maas) box back in February, waited an interminable length of time for the May 2 book release, then waited some more for my box to make its way around the world. BUT IT FINALLY GOT HERE.  Continue reading “The YA Chronicles Unboxing: ACOWAR”

Rec Roundup: SJM Hangover

Sarah J. Maas fans, if you’re not in this position already, you probably soon will be. You finished A Court of Wings and Ruin. All 70 million billion Bible-thin pages of it. And it was utterly fabulous, and now the whole world looks dull by comparison.

What to read next? I just had a friend message me in dire need of SJM-equivalent recs, and I figured she can’t be the only one in this position. So if you’re looking for something that stands a chance of holding up to the glory of ACOWAR, I think the following titles just might do it for you.

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Startup

Author: Doree Shafrir
Releasing tomorrow! (Tuesday, April 25)

I got my hands on an ARC of this as a prize from January’s 24 in 48 Readathon, but it’s also been gaining quite a bit of pre-publication hype as an April Book of the Month selection.

The tech industry has us all convinced that having the latest gadget or hottest app is paramount to survival. Nobody is more prepared to deliver that spiel than Mack McAllister, whose TakeOff app is on the cusp of breaking through into the billion dollar range. So far he’s managed to successfully navigate the instantaneous nature of the social media world, but a single misguided moment in the never-ending stream of data might be enough to derail him with a PR disaster to rival those that have recently played out in real life. What ensues is a scathing look at the “techbro” industry, with razor humor and pacing that had me finishing the book within 24 hours. And the guy in the unicorn onesie on the cover? That’s actually in the book.

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A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Literary siblings often have a way of stealing the spotlight – the Weasley twins, the Baudelaire baby, Aedion Ashryver (well, cousin), Jem Finch LOL JK Scout is way better. In The Star-Touched Queen, Maya’s younger sister Gauri was an unexpected standout, shining with fiery personality and indomitable strength despite appearing in a pretty small fraction of the story. Well, hold on to your hats because SHE HAS HER OWN BOOK NOW. Continue reading “A Crown of Wishes”

What self control?

Whenever I get off work early (as I did last Thursday), my brain immediately presents me with two options: I could go home and enjoy some down time before the Husband Unit gets off at 5…or I could go to that most glorious of establishments, the public library. Which is conveniently on my way home.

You will likely be unsurprised to learn that latter option wins out more often than not. Thus, the following look at how a woman of reasonably sound mind ended up bringing home even more books.

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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

Author: John Scalzi

Despite the fact that this book is indeed very very short (144 pages, 5.2 x 8.2 inches), it took the maximum allotted library checkout time (9 weeks, 3 weeks initial and 2 renewals) to eke its way to the top of my TBR. But once it got there, I was glad it did! This story collection is perfect for fans of humor, sci-fi and especially both taken together. The best comparison I can make is that if you like Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Galaxy Quest, you’ll probably like this. And if you don’t like Galaxy Quest, then I suggest re-evaluating your priorities.

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T5W: TBH My Entire TBR

The official Top 5 Wednesday topic is “Top Science Fiction/Fantasy Books on Your TBR,” but unofficially that basically encompasses my entire TBR list. Seriously, I think my family might pass out if I ever read a non-fiction book, which isn’t likely to happen. But before you think this is about to become one of those annoyingly long 134 item Buzzfeed listicles, fear not. I do have five, and “only” five. Sort of. You’ll see.

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Sirens Reading Challenge

I first heard tell of the Sirens Conference in Book Riot’s post about 20 Reading Challenges for 2017. *click click* Women in fantasy literature conference, you say? *click click* Sounds exactly like me. *click click* IT’S WITHIN REASONABLE TRAVELING DISTANCE?!?! And while I haven’t taken any irrevocable steps toward attending, I’ve crossed a certain mental threshold barring any major scheduling conflicts and have possibly investigated airfare. Possibly. Anyway, they have an accompanying reading challenge that incorporates not only the three Guest of Honor authors who will be in attendance (Zoraida Córdova, N. K. Jemisin and Victoria Schwab), but 22 other titles that go with this year’s theme of “women who work magic.” Sounds divine, right? Continue reading “Sirens Reading Challenge”

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