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Favorite Books of 2017

“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”

– Lloyd Alexander

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Adult, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Five Stars, My Favorites, Series

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)


A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books on February 23, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Adult

Pages: 512

“Everyone thinks I have a death wish, you know? But I don’t want to die – dying is easy. No, I want to live, but getting close to death is the only way to feel alive. And once you do, it makes you realize that everything you were actually doing before wasn’t actually living. It was just making do. Call me crazy, but I think we do the best living when the stakes are high.”

Although A Darker Shade of Magic ended nice and neat, A Gathering of Shadows definitely did not. Continue reading “A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)”

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Five Stars, My Favorites, new adult, Series

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books on February 24, 2015

Genres: Fantasy, Adult

Pages: 400


“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”


This was my first Victoria Schwab book and after reading this, it definitely won’t be my last. Continue reading “A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)”