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 Everything Box 

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi 

What I want to leave you with is a thought: with all the wonders of the world at your disposal, the one thing you shouldn’t be is boring.

I picked this one up because it looked interesting. Turns out its a favorite author of Meridiths and she’s currently reading it too. 

This one reminded me of a knock off of Good Omens by Pratchett/Gaiman. It was a witty satire about the apocalypse. In which an angel loses the Pandora of boxes meant to destroy the world. Fast forward to modern times where con man Coop gets hired to steal the box. Adventure ensues of apocalyptic proportions. 

This wasn’t a bad book. It was really witty, satirical, made me laugh upon occassion, and that was the first half of the book. Then it wouldn’t end. And got repetitive and I dreaded reading it and it took longer than it should have. 

I do recommend it, especially if end of the world satire is your thing. 🙂

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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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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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Untold

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan (#2)

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

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This one picks up after the last one let’s off where Kami willingly cut her mental ties with her once imaginary friend turned real, Jared. Rob is the baddie and he is intent on purging Sorry-in-the-Vale of sorcerers and wants to be the man in charge. Standing in his way are Kami and Co. as they try to figure out how to deal with him. And Kami and Jared are trying to figure out each other and what they mean to each other.

Not a whole lot happened in this one. It was alot of scrambling around, yelling, and not accomplishing much. More history of the town cropped up as they search for answers and it’s left on a cliffhanger.

I’ll keep reading because I want to know what happens. Recommend to fans of Beautiful Creatures.

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Unspoken

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

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

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This book wavered between 2 and 5 stars for me. It was brilliant but parts of it came off as a bit juvenile, long winded, and unnecessary.

Kami Glass lives in a little English town called Sorry-in-the-Vale. She’s a bit strange and is intent on digging up the secrets of her little town, especially those concerning the Lynburns, the towns oldest reigning family. When they return to Sorry-in-the-Vale, mysterious things start happening and she’s faced with murder, intrigue and magic. And most confusing of all, her lifetime imaginary friend comes to life in the form of bad boy Jared Lynburn. Armed with her best friend and people hating Angela and the gorgeous “got boobs at 11” Holly, and Jared, they are intent on digging up the secrets from the cellar. Even if it means betraying your family.

This book had brilliant dialogue. The word play between characters was astounding and it helped form the connection between certain characters, especially Kami and Jared. Angela came off as a bit eh but she grows on you. The only issue I had was mainly the juvenile aspect. I thought things could have been explained better and there were some parts that jumped around and made no sense to the actual plot. (For instance there is a scene where Kami and Co are investigating a hotel and her and Jared randomly decided to go swimming in the pool.) The mystery aspect was interesting and you can’t help but like Kami. 🙂

I plan on continuing the series. It’s quite a bit similar to Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments and has elements that trap you in. I’m hoping the series gets better with each book. (I believe it’s a trilogy). I highly recommend it to people who enjoy YA Paranormal books. This book was focused around magic and sorcerers.

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Unbound

Unbound by Jim C. Hines

☆☆☆☆/5

14/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy
Just Because Book

There

was magic, and there was magic. Thanks to Guttenberg, I could no longer pull wands, potions and light sabers out of books, but when it came to research, give me a well stocked library and I was god-damned Merlin.

Still think this is a brilliant combo of Harry Dresden and Thursday Next.

This one picks up shortly after the last one ended. Issac has had his magic blocked by Guttenberg and he’s trying to make his way through without the comfort of his magic. He begins researching into the Ghost Army and wants to find his apprentice/student Jenneta. With the help of Lena, her therapist girlfriend and a whole cast of characters both old and new (god, I love Ponce de Leon) they take on the greatest threat known to Libromancy and it may not be who you thought it was.

This was a great addition to the series and was just as good as its predessors. I really felt for Issac as he struggled to find himself without his magic. This one was chaotic and brilliant and a whirlwind of action not unlike Harrys misadventures in Chicago. This one took the adage of good vs evil and blew it out of the water.

I highly recommend this series. 🙂

I had heard before that all stories were magic. It had never occurred to me that all magic were stories.

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