magical but not much more? | book review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Rating: ★★★☆☆

One magical challenge, two contestants, and a special setting: the circus. Celia and Marco have been pulled into a challenge by their mentors, a challenge of magical skill and vision. However, this challenge quickly becomes more than just a show of talent between them; lives of others are intertwined, feelings evolve, and unforeseen consequences occur. Magical and mystical, this book tells the tale of those involved in the Night Circus.

Recommended if you like:

  • Whimsical, atmospheric settings
  • Un-chronological timelines, jumping back and forth in time and between characters
  • Slow-paced plot and character development

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positutely a delightful read | book review

the diviners by libba bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s 1926, and one Evie O’Neal is hiding a secret: She can learn details of a person’s life by touching an object belonging to them. This “party trick,” as most see it, lands in her a spot of trouble, so she’s shipped off to New York City to live with her uncle Will, who is a professor and owner of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. Just after Evie arrives in New York, a murder occurs in the city, and soon she, Will, and others find themselves drawn into a paranormal murder investigation.

Recommended if you like:

  • Creeptastic, paranormal books that give you the shivers
  • Fun, dramatic, yet realistic teenage protagonists who you root for
  • Atmospheric, richly detailed settings

 

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i am in love with fitz and the fool | series review

the tawny man trilogy by robin hobb

Series Rating: ★★★★★

Within the series: Fool’s Errand (#1), The Golden Fool (#2), Fool’s Fate (#3)

This trilogy reunites readers with FitzChivalry Farseer and his story, picking up where the Farseer Trilogy left off. This time around, his adventures are filled with some familiar faces and some new ones, much political intrigue, magic, majestic creatures and their mysterious history, and fulfilling visions of a certain White Prophet.

Recommended if you like:

  • Character dynamics that rip your heart out and stomp on it
  • Slow, politics-driven plots with adventure interspersed
  • Rich, descriptive writing
  • ROBIN HOBB AND HER BRILLIANCE

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Be warned!

Instead of my usual Spoiler-Free review, today I’m writing a Spoiler-FILLED review. You got it, folks! The review below is absolutely fiiiilled with spoilers. We’ve gotten to the point in this series where it’s very hard to describe anything (other than the synopsis I gave above) without giving away some spoilers for the previous books. I’ll try to keep the spoilers for the Tawny Man trilogy to a minimum, but I do have a lot to squeal over.

So, if you don’t mind being spoiled, read on! If you’d rather avoid spoilers…see ya later.

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