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This week’s topic is books you want to read before the end of the year. These are not necessarily books that are coming out this year, just the ones I most want to be sure I get to by the end of 2016.
Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley (Book 2 of The Checquy Files series)
In this spirited sequel, The Rook returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic—and slimy—supernatural war... But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women, who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war. STILETTO is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I am very excited to start it. However, it’s a little large and unwieldy. I’m so spoiled with my light Kindle. It’s hard to get back to lugging around a big old hardcover book. I really need to get around to reading it though. I loved the first part of the series so much!
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
This one has been on my TBR since it first came out. It’s about a school for children who have had fantastical adventures, trying to help them cope. A school for Dorothy Gale, Lucy Pevensie and such. It sounds fabulous!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
I know that Neil Gaiman has a wonderful reputation but I’ve only read two of his books, Stardust and Neverwhere. They were both excellent and odd. Which I’m told is one of his defining qualities. I’m excited to try this recent book by him.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Sounds terrific right? I’ve been reading some reviews by fellow bloggers and it looks great.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.
I keep hearing such good things bout this author, from fans and other writers. I’m excited to start reading her books. I’m not sure if this new series is a good place to start but we’ll see.