Due to a bathroom remodel, my husband and I slept in our front room, where all our bookcases are, and when we finally went back to our bedroom a stack of books was unearthed with A Darker Shade of Magic sitting on top. This book was my introduction to author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, also known for the Monsters of Verity duology and Vicious. I devoured the story and highly praised it in a previous Cannonball. My TBR list is intimidating, so even though I often find comfort in re-reading, I’ve been making a conscious choice not to in favor of new books. A […]
Bingo 23 Banned Book The Harry Potter series has been challenged for many things including glorifying witchcraft, encouraging bad behavior like disobeying rules and lying, and for being un-Christian. This recent ban though is almost laughable, but it did make the international news (click for link): Reverend Dan Reehill, head St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, apparently decided that the spells presented in the series were real. He supposedly consulted the Vatican on this, and had the books removed from his school library so that his students could not use them to summon evil who knows what from the […]
Summer had barely begun and already the city of Janloon was like a spent lover–sticky and fragrant. (Kindle loc. 125) And with that line, Fonda Lee’s book grabbed me at the end of the first paragraph and didn’t let go.
Witchlight is a contemporary graphic novel that deals with women’s issues of gender and what is their place in the world. A strong 12 & up (but more likely 13 to 15, and of course, adult) reader would find something here to relate to and/or enjoy. The main characters are a witch, her friend and the struggles they endure while trying to find peace from their past. Lelek is a witch and Sanja a village girl who is not appreciated by her family. When Lelek and Sanja develop a deep bond, a love for each other, they find the family […]
I was keenly intrigued upon reading both the Pajiba post about this one and I think also possibly Big Idea on Scalzi’s website but I’m not certain about that. I just know I saw a fair amount of press and was very interested in reading James’ take on an epic fantasy world beginning from an African perspective. “Children cannot help how they are born, they had no choice in it. Choosing to be a fool, though . . .” (Kindle loc 1020) Unfortunately, I am not the right audience for this book, because in this case “epic fantasy” also means […]
#CBR11 Bingo: Listicle (on a bunch of best of 2018 lists, including NPR, Bustle and Bookbub). Would also work for “Award Winner”, as it’s won a Locus Award, and ALA Award and an Audie, or “Remix”, as it’s a fairy tale retelling. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of Jewish moneylenders, but her father is a dreadful one, who doesn’t have the heart to actually claim back the debts that the villagers owe, even when his daughter is starving and the long, cold winters are making his wife sicker and sicker. Miryem refuses to see her mother die due to her father’s weakness, hardens her […]
Verity (“Very”) Price has more going on than you’d think. In addition to working as a waitress at a strip club, subletting semi-legally, preparing for a dance competition, and generally trying to keep a roof over her head (and those of her colony of Aeslin Mice), she’s also responsible for keeping tabs on New York’s cryptid population. Which doesn’t leave her much, if any, time for dating.
Bingo 10 (Listicle) I have seen Libriomancer suggested in a few places, but I decided to go ahead and actually acquire and read it when I noticed its presence on “Seanan McGuire’s Personal Top Ten Urban Fantasy Books For Adults” on Tor.com. I have not read any of this author’s work, although I do have their Middlegame on my TBR shelf (on the floor near the shelf actually since the book wouldn’t fit). Anyways, this list provided me with the perfect excuse to pick up the book from the local libray. It turns out Libriomancer is also recommended by Patrick […]