The Fall of the House of Cabal 

The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L Howard  (#5)
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘Minty, I’ve been alive and I’ve been dead. Being alive is better, believe me. When you return to life, you won’t remember any of this, but perhaps you’ll remember this much. To have a good life. It’s brief. It’s often troublesome but it’s a great deal better than the alternative. We’re all in the grave, we poor creatures. Make what you can of those years when the spark is in you.’

~Horst to Minty the ghost

All the tears. Hats off to Mr Howard at so thouroughly concluding the series and tying loose ends, so much to that I haven’t been this satisfied since Deathly Hollows

This one picks up right where the last one let’s off. Finally, the conclusion we’ve been waiting for as Johannes journey comes to an end. His quest is at the tips of his fingertips. But first, he needs a little help from his friends. Joined again by Horst, his thrice dead Vampire Brother; Ms Barrow, The Great Detective, and a few new faces, the Brothers Cabal face down their greatest nightmare in all the relms. The Red Queen. And search for the cure for death. Zombies, alternate universes, sexy spider lady, a ghost witch and a young ghost name Minty, are all wonderful additions to the series.

 
I absolutely ADORE this series as a whole. It’s funny, wordy, the author breaks the 4th wall continuously, and its absolutely hilarious, it gets my pick for series of the year. The last book was published in September. SERIOUSLY. YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

 
I will now sate my appetite with beautiful fan art and the novellas.

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The Bell Jar 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction

I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing meant losing all the rest, and as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black…

This was my first venture into Plath. Who both lived and died tragically. I have come to understand why young girls start wearing black, extra thick eyeliner, and flock to graveyards while quoting Plath poems. 

This is a beautifully tragic book. Esther Greenwood has it all. The scholarship. The college. The internship in illustrious New York. The grades. And yet, it isn’t enough. She begins to spiral down into the deepest, darkest hole and loses herself in her madness. It is a perfect replica of depression, anxiety, and hitting rock bottom. 

This one did leave off in a happy moment, with Esther set to leave the asylum. So we’ll leave it at that. It is rumored to be autobiographical as Sylvia refused to have it published in the US for fear of her family. A year after she had it published in England, she commited suicide by sticking her head in an oven. Ending her promising life. 

I do recommend this book but know that it is a hard book filled with hard truths.

I wanted to tell her that if only something were wrong with my body it would be fine, I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head, but the idea seemed so involved and werisome that I didn’t say anything. 

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The Mad Apprentice 

The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler (#2)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Juvinille Fiction

‘You’re very brave…it caused you so much pain, but you kept going.’

‘It’snot courage so much as stubbourness…I don’t like to lose.’

Alice is the newly appointed apprentice to Uncle Greyson, a magical Reader. She is coming into her own and collecting creatures in her arsenal and learning what it means to be a Reader. Then Greyson sends her on an errand. In which she meets several other apprentices, an old friend, and has to travel into the relm and labyrinth of a deranged monster. Will she get the answers she so desperately seeks?

This series is a fantastic read. The magic. The characters. The adventure and the action. Problem solving, strong characters, and best of all: book magic! And cats. This is the second book in the series and I have the third one on hand. I promise not to spoil. XD

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The Forbidden Library 

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Juvinille Fiction 

Indeed, books. They are the ocean in which magic swims.

First of all, this is an adult reading Juvenile Fiction. That does not hindrance my review or opinions in any way.

Alice lives with her father alone in a big house. One auspicious night, her father gets home and as she watches through the crack in the door, sees her father speaking to a fairy. This is just the start of Alice’s adventures. The next day her father leaves on a trip to South America and his ship goes down, and he is believed dead. Alice goes to live with her Great uncle Greyson and his immaculate “library” over run with cats. What Alice learns, will change her life forever.

This book was in the tone of Inkheart and Libromancer and just about every book related book about books and reading. This one specifically focuses on the magic of ‘Readers’ who hold domain over magic books. They can enter different worlds and planes of exsistent. They can also bind book creatures to themselves by conquering the resident in a Prison Book. 

This book was fantastic and appeals to the book lover in me. It was a fun adventure and the author is exciting and it doesn’t lull from the plot at all.

 
I recommend this series to people of all ages. 🙂

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The Forever Song 

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa  (#3)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance


I can’t change what I’ve done, but I CAN try to make things better. I want to live, and I want to spend forever with you.

Jesus my heart. T.T I’ll try to review this one without too many spoilers. 

So this is the end of the Blood of Eden Trilogy. The last book ended off with Jackyl, Alli and Kerin on the hunt after the psychopath vampire Serrin. They fear he’s headed to Eden, the last human compound, armed with a deadly virus that would make the Red Lung virus look like a mere cold. They meet old friends along the way, Alli battles her inner demons, and finds out what it means to live. 

And *SPOILER HUMDINGER * and *MORE SPOILERS * and *ALL THE SPOILERS* and it was AWESOME. 
Kagawa is a YA writer but her fight scenes were vicious and morbid and had you on the edge of your seat. For a vampire love story it WASN’T TERRIBLE and their version of Vampire hanky panky isn’t really sex. XD Jennifer would be pleased to know that vampires act like vampires in this one. 
I highly recommend this series.
And because I was cat less when I took the pic, here’s some prime bean poking for your viewing pleasure:

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H is for Hawk 

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Memior

It was the rage of something not fitting: the frustration of trying to put something in a box that is slightly too small. You try moving the shape around in the hope that some angle will make it fit in the box. Slowly comes an apprehension that this may not, after all, be possible. And finally you know it won’t fit, there is no way it can fit, but that doesn’t stop you from using brute force to try to crush it in, punishing the bloody thing for not fitting properly. That is what it was like but I was the box, I was the thing that didn’t fit, and I was the person smashing it, over and over again, with bruised and bleeding hands.

I read this one because Amanda Palmer recommend it. It’s an award winner and considered one of the best books of last year. I liked it, however, most on Goodreads remain baffled. 
It is a memior. About a young woman who loses her father suddenly and takes up falconry. She gets a Goshawk, which is one of the bigger breeds, and with no hesitation, trains her. Facing depression and the madness of losing her father, she embraces Mabel and her wild side and learns alot about herself in the process. 
There was ALOT about T.H. White and his book about falconry. It runs almost parallel to Helen’s story, and how each faced their own separate struggles. I know alot of people disliked this aspect because it is a memior and not historical fiction. Helen is an accomplished nature enthusiast and Mabel is not her first hawk, but it is her first Goshawk. 
The prose was beautiful in parts as you travel along with Helen, and you can feel her grief in the pages. 
I do recommend this, but keep in mind it’s not for everyone. I learned more about falconry than I ever thought possible. XD

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The Detective

The Detective by John L. Howard (#2 Johannes Cabal)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

I do almost everything for reasons that might be characterized as selfish. I regard my life as a vital thread in the ongoing march of humanity from protoplasm to- I don’t know, to be honest. Something slightly better than protoplasm would be a start. Therefore, anything that threatens my life now or later has to be dealt with. Paradoxically, that often means risking my life to secure my safety. The difference is that I risk it on my own terms.

This is the second book in the Johannes Cabal series. Having just finished up the Carnival, Johannes finds himself in a bit of a pickle. He tries to ‘borrow’ a book and somehow finds himself in the waves of political upheavel. He tries to escape on a zeppelin guised as a pencil pushing government employee, and instead finds himself knee deep in a murder plot aboard the Princess. Begrudgingly, due to an attempt on his life, he attempts to uncover the murderer and uncovers more than he bargained for.
I have loved these books so far. They are funny and even though Johannes is dispicable, you can’t help but like him. Very little necromancy in this one. But lots of mystery. 
I highly recommend this series. 🙂

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