REVIEW: a conjuring of light by v.e. schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Published by: Tor Books on February 21st, 2017

Pages: 624

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Series: Shades of Magic Book 3

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★★★★★

 

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive? Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Episode 3

Hey, everyone! Today, I am here with a different kind of post, and that is one focusing on what is probably my biggest guilty pleasure: The Bachelorette! I’m sure that everyone knows what this show is about, but this season’s Bachelorette is 31-year-old Rachel Lindsay, an attorney from Dallas, Texas, who also happens to be the first black Bachelorette ever. AND I LOVE HER. So without further ado, let’s get started on this episode’s recap! Just a note, these posts are going to be pretty informal, since it’s reality TV 🙂

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag!

Hey, everyone! Today I’m back for a tag that I’ve seen circulating around Booktube, the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag! I’ve been on a review binge lately, so I decided it was finally time for me to post a tag again. I actually did this tag last year on my old blog, but I’m not going to link that because it’s too embarrassing, lol. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

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REVIEW: a gathering of shadows by v.e. schwab

20764879A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Published by: Tor Books on February 23rd, 2016

Pages: 509

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Series: Shades of Magic Book 2

Amazon // Goodreads

★★★★

 

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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REVIEW + DISCUSSION: winter by marissa meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Published by: Feiwel & Friends on November 10th, 2015

Pages: 823

Format: Hardcover

Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 4

Amazon // Goodreads

★★★★★

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

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REVIEW: cress by marissa meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Published by: Feiwel and Friends on February 4th, 2014

Pages: 550

Format: Hardcover

Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 3

Amazon // Goodreads

★★★★★

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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REVIEW: scarlet by marissa meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Published by: Feiwel and Friends on February 5th, 2013

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 452

Format: Hardcover

Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 2

Amazon // Goodreads

★★★★★

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AHEAD (Although there will be spoilers from the first book, Cinder).

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