The Magicians 

The Magicians by Lev Gossman (#1)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fantasy 

It’s like he’s opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what books always promised to do and never quite did: get you out, really out of where you were and into something better.

So I’ve been told to read this one by my house mates. And then I’m supposed to watch the show based on these books. I was told that it was like…a Harry Potter for adults but instead of primary school, it’s a wizard college. 

Quentin Coldwater has never felt right. Until he gets a mysterious acceptance into a magical college that seems like right out of his favorite childhood story. He proceeds to learn magic, make friends, and be awed by the world that has finally accepted him. Until he graduates and learns that stories are, in fact, real. And straight out of Narnia-esque setting, find himself with his friends overthrowing an evil tyrinical overlord in a magical land. 

I did like this one, despite feeling rushed as Quentin and co. went through school. I love books about books and this was no exception. Luckily I have the entire series on hand and look forward to reading the rest of it. 

I do recommend this to people who like fantasy and books about books. It was quite good.

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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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Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

My whole life, I felt like I was destined to do something important, but I was only ever good at video games, which I always figured would be completely useless. But it’s not useless, and neither am I. I think this is what I was always destined to do with my life. I just never knew it.

I only picked this one up because I LOVED Ready Player One. I wasn’t disappointed. 

Zack Lightman is your supposed typical gaming teenager. He lives with his mom (his father passed away in a strange accident after he was born), he works in a used video game store, and he has his nerdy best friends. But one day he sees an alien spaceship in the sky and his whole world is turned upside down. What if video games weren’t just for entertainment? What if they were actually training simulations put in place by the government to ward of an impending alien invasion? Zack learns alot about himself, the world he thought he knew, and the father he thought he buried by investigating his journals and taking the step towards saving the world.

This book was your typical campy scifi adventure. Brain fodder, so to speak. It screamed Enders Game  and Robotech and touched on just how important gaming could be. It posed a question that has been asked before and was overall, a good read. The characters were a bit cut and dry to a mould, but Zack himself is a misfit in a land of misfits trying to find their place in the world. 

If you want a fun, quick, super scifi book with a happy ending, pick this up. 🙂

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A Wrinkle in Time 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016 

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Classic 

I read this once as a kid and I couldn’t get my mind around it. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t much like it either. I remeber trying to start the second one and then never finishing it. 
As an adult, I find my opinion hasn’t changed but it makes more sense to an adult mind. I didn’t much care for Meg, I still skipped over the religious bits, and wasn’t left with much at the end. 
It’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong. It’s very good at defining love as the ultimate master over darkness. And what is darkness? Is it the devil? Is it hatred? Is it ill will in general? Is it the government? Who knows what IT is. 
I have placed the second book on hold and we’ll see if it makes a difference for me.

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The Outsorcerers Apprentice 

The Outsorcerers Apprentice by Tom Holt 
☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fantasy/Scifi 

I really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get into it. Then again, it was the 3rd in a series and I dunno if that would have helped. 
It was a Pratchett knock off and was hard to follow. It was funny in parts, but overall dragged on forever. And whereas Pratchett is highly readable, it seemed like Holt was trying too hard. 
I do have another of his books on hand and I’m willing to give him another go. So we shall see.

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Hunter (#1)

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

☆☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

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Imagine a post apocalyptic Hunger Games but instead of kids killing kids, Katniss Everdeen goes to the capital to be part of the elite force of kick ass hunters who fight….

MYTHICAL CREATURES

That’s pretty much this book. It was amazing in every sense of the word. Joy is an unusual Hunter (magic user and has Hounds) who travels from her small and mountainous monestary to live with her important uncle in the Apex, the most protected area in the land. Diseray was brought upon by religious fanatics/terrorists who used nukes which caused a cataclysm of events (they figured rapture and apocalypse) and opened the doorway to the ‘Otherworld.’ Joy stays on top of things in her humble manner (while kicking ass) while trying to uncover a plot of conspiracy.

Some may not like this book because it’s bogged down by world building and info dumps. I LOVED THAT. It made things make more sense and I don’t feel like it pulled from the plot at all. The magic was beautifully explained and the WHY. I was rather taken aback by the amount of background provided that I could weep with happiness.

Plus there was no love triangle. Love interest, yes. 🙂 Joy is overall a brilliant female heroine. Plus, did you read the part about mythical creatures? Tommy Knockers, Kelpies, Red Caps, Draken, Weyrvyn, Gazers, Fair Folk, I was practically squeeing with all my mythilogical nerdiness.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I will be impatiently waiting for the next installments.

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