Thank you, whoever my Book Exchanger is! Neither of these was on my radar, and both of them sound awesome. I have to decide which one I want to start on my plane ride home for the holidays. I can’t wait to get started on them! Thanks oodles! UPDATE! Part 2 has arrived, with a bookmark (from The Strand, ooh aah!) and a lovely card from KatSings. Thank you, Katie!
CBR10 BINGO: And So It Begins I added this to my hold list at the library months before the publication date and I STILL had to wait a month for it. Behold the power of Victoria Schwab! I loved her Shades of Magic series (as V.E. Schwab) and liked her YA Monsters of Verity series so it was a no brainer for me to snatch this one up. After a near death experience where she is “rescued” by a ghost, Cass is able to sense and see ghosts in the real world. Her ghost guardian angel, Jacob, sticks with her […]
I picked this one up after narfna’s rave review, and while I liked it, I didn’t love it as much as her, potentially because I had set my expectations a bit high. I also think this is the second book I’ve read in the past month where a character rushed to call another character a murderer for what was really more of an accidental death. I guess I am more technical than the characters, and in the accuser’s defense just because it was an accident doesn’t mean the other characters weren’t partially to blame. Anyway, as the novel starts, it […]
Well, it’s no wonder this is the book that propelled her to the bestseller list. It feels like one of those books that just falls out of the author’s pen (or keyboard, or whatever), practically telling itself. (Of course, I know that doesn’t really happen. But sometimes a story finds the exact right author at the exact right time, and it feels inevitable and effortless, even if lots of work behind the scenes is actually making it look that way.) If you were to try and narrow it down, one might say that Vicious is what would happen if a book about […]
The Shades of Magic series continues to be a delight. A Gathering of Shadows picks up a few months after the end of A Darker Shade of Magic, with Lila maybe going down with a sinking lifeboat. “I am Delilah Bard, she thought, as the ropes cut into her skin. I am a thief and a pirate and a traveler. I have set foot in three different worlds, and lived. I have shed the blood of royals and held magic in my hands. A ship full of men cannot do what I can. I don’t need any of you. I […]
4.5 stars. In general, I’m not someone who rereads books. There are just SO many good books out there waiting to be read that I have a hard time going back. Even if it was a book I liked, there’s always the fear that I might not like it as much the second time. I want to keep my memory of that book pristine. The problem is, instead of remembering plots and characters, I tend to remember how I felt about a book and that is not great when you’re reading a series. I finally had to admit to myself […]
I was good. I really was. I didn’t peek at any reviews or sneak a look at the last page or two. I really enjoyed the first two books of the series and I didn’t want to ruin this last one. I did see some comments on social media from people who had read the book before me, and all of them were pretty similar. Everyone I’ve seen who posted about A Conjuring of Light on Twitter, Goodreads, etc. said something along the lines of “This book turned me into an emotional wreck. I loved it!” My reaction: nice ending […]
In 2015 I was introduced to V.E. Schwab through her book A Darker Shade of Magic, which I devoured and then a year later was pleasantly surprised to find out it was the start of a trilogy. Each time I chatted with the booksellers at my favorite bookstore and ADSoM came up they always asked if I had read Vicious. I kept admitting that I hadn’t and they would always chime back about how good it is. This year for our family holiday book exchange I put Vicious on my list of desired books and got it. I’m happy to report that it […]