fantasy

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Imprudence

This is the second in the author’s Custard Protocol series, following up on last year’s Prudence. This time, in addition to the usual silliness I adore, we also get some bittersweet moments as Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama -  or Rue to her friends - faces serious issues with her birth par ...

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The Burning Sky

Most readers probably recognize  Sherry Thomas as an author of superb historicals.  The Burning Sky, set in an alternate world that intersects somewhat with 1880s England, marks her first foray into YA. I enjoyed the characters and the world created for them, and this book would definitely go on m ...

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Lonen's War

This is the first story in the Sorcerous Moons series. It's a planned three-book trilogy and Lonen's War sets the stage for the romance between Oria and Lonen. It can be read as a standalone but the story arc is clearly meant to continue in the next two books. Clearly much thought has gone into this ...

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The Siren

The Ocean Herself saves Kahlen from drowning in a shipwreck and promises her a century free of aging and disease. All Kahlen has to do is join her sister Sirens in singing humans and ships to a watery grave when the Ocean’s hunger becomes overwhelming. With twenty years left to her service and a m ...

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The Immortal Heights

The Immortal Heights is the final book in Sherry Thomas’ YA fantasy Elemental Trilogy, and brings to a very satisfying conclusion the story of Prince Titus of the House of Elberon and Iolanthe Seabourne begun in The Burning Sky and continued in The Perilous Sea. I don’t normally read Young Adult ...

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End of Days

This was my most anticipated book of 2015 and I am so pleased to say that it lived up to my excitement. Ee created a wonderful and terrifying angel apocalypse and then used it to show how humanity – both the good and bad of it- continue on after a catastrophe. Since neither of the previous two ...

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Graceling

On the one hand, I want to describe the intricate plot of Graceling so you’ll understand just how captivating this book is. On the other hand, I can’t bear to spoil even the few earliest twists and deny you the experience of learning them firsthand. So please, just make life easy for me and go r ...

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The Iron King

I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, but when I discovered this received a nomination for best first book of 2010 in the Rita nominations, I decided to take a chance on it. I’m glad I did because I loved this first entry in the author’s Iron Fae series, and am eager to read the rest. ...

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Prince of Ice

Isn’t it great to come across a really erotic book with wonderfully real characters? Even when…um, the book is essentially a fairy tale. Though Holly sets up a semi-complicated mythology involving a demon race of superior creatures living in a remote area discovered by humans during the Victo ...