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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593128480
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Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

The premise is in the title. This is a novel about a school where literally everything wants to kill you, and not only will you need to work hard to graduate, but also just stay alive. This is the first in a new series for Novik, and the world we’re stepping into is that of the Scholomance, a magical school for gifted teenagers. Our protagonist is El, a homeschooled rebel, who wants desperately to be good enough to get into one of the large city enclaves with the savvy city kids upon graduation and be able to enjoy the safety that being a member of that kind of society affords. But, of course, things don’t go exactly to plan, and not everything is as it seems.
A really fun, page turner, and I can’t wait to find out what comes next. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635574043
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The first in a new series and also the first adult fantasy novel from Maas, and it’s as good as we knew it would be. Fans of her Court of Thorns and Roses YA series will find much here to enjoy, we are again in a world inhabited by the Fae, and other mythical races who are in constant battles over power and conquest. Maas is so good at world-building, and the fast-paced roller coaster rides that her novels are but also, the characters are so deeply written that you are fully drawn into the story from page one. This is a big meaty novel you can get comfortable with, and if you like your high fantasy a little racy, and full of conflict, then this is a new series you are going to love! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781497642294
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Published: Open Road Media Science & Fantasy - September 9th, 2014

Originally written in 1983, this book was twenty or thirty years ahead of its time, with a great female protagonist who drives the story and a healthy dose of Chinese mysticism. That makes it maybe ten years behind where we are now, where some elements are handled in a way that you don't quite wince at, but you certainly notice. Still, it's aged better than many of its contemporaries, and is a quicker read that you can often find today. I particularly enjoyed the elegant and eloquent manner of speech between the two main characters, helping to elevate it to a loftier level of enjoyment. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

A wonderfully ingenious tale about time-travel. There's a seat in a tiny, obscure Japanese cafe that takes you back in time. The rules are strict: you need to complete your journey before the coffee gets cold, and no matter what you encounter in the past, you can't change the present. However, you can change you. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Girl and the Stars (The Book of the Ice #1) by Mark Lawrence - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984805997
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Published: Ace - April 21st, 2020

A strong start to a new series by fantasy author Mark Lawrence. Character driven with a touch of mystery, The Girl and the Stars is the perfect novel to pick up if you're looking to get into the fantasy genre. It features a unique world and an in depth magic system you won't want to miss. I loved every second of reading this novel and I cannot wait to see where this series goes next. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

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ISBN: 9780358164081
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 7th, 2020

Veronica Roth killed it with this book, her first novel geared towards adults. The world-building was engaging and not thrown in your face all at once. The reader got the necessary information when it was needed. The characters were some of my favorite characters, especially Sloane. She isn't perfect and makes mistakes, which makes her the "perfect" protagonist in my eyes.

One of my favorite things about this novel was its unique structure. Roth used newspaper articles, interviews, and testimonies from within the world to illustrate to the reader what happened ten years before the events of the present. It built suspense, as well as provided character background. It made for a wonderful reading experience, one that I could easily see myself reading again. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

 


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