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 […]
I didn’t intend to buy this. I wasn’t a big fan of the main character in the main series whence this springs. He was just there, without much detail, mostly a stereotype. Until the end in which he does something that’s supposed to be self-less and brave, but ends up seeming pointless and meaningless. But there was a display of V.E. Schwab’s stuff, since she had a re-release out and the first volume of the Shades of Magic prequel/comic: The Steel Prince. It was pretty, and I was weak. After having read it, I regret nothing. You win V. You […]
I have a cute model, so here you go. 🙂 I got this from Ale as part of the Cannonball read book exchange. I read it only in the daytime, because I am wimpy. Vicious tells the story of two college boys Victor and Eli who start experimenting with cheating death to become EOs, people with extraordinary abilities. There are a lot of interesting ideas in here about good and evil and souls. Eli gets his abilities and becomes a vigilante, killing other people who have extraordinary abilities. Victor ends up in prison for a long time. He’s not the […]
I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. Schwab is a great author (wrote the Shades of Magic series set in multiple parallel Londons). I believe this is one of her older books which recently was republished in the US. The idea is that some people are EOs – extraordinary – have a “superpower” that resulted from a near-death experience. The powers are varied – healing, controlling people, raising the dead, etc. College roommates Victor and Eli set out to study EOs by turning themselves into EOs. They accomplish their goal, but there is […]
I actually read more books this year than I have since I can remember. I just don’t have the energy to review them all for various reasons. Last year I did a round-up of all the books I didn’t properly review, and I’d like to do the same now (I’m only counting this review as 1 book read, because even though it’s lots of books, it’s not a full review for each and there’s no overarching theme like I usually do in my multi-book reviews). Some of these I’ve read over Christmas break and was tempted to save them for […]
I’ve been waiting to write this review for a while, partly because I wanted to review the Shades of Magic Trilogy together and I’ve only just read the third one. (And partly because I’m better at reading than writing reviews…) This series was my introduction to V. E. Schwab, although I’d encountered mentions of the trilogy for a while now in the fantasy world. Part of the reason I finally read them was my reading challenge for the first half of the year: to read more fantasy written by women. (In fact, I only read books written by women for […]
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 […]