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    The Great Library (series) by Rachel Caine (Review)

    From not knowing it was a five-book series when I picked up the first book at the end of last month to devouring all of them in just a few weeks. I cannot recommend The Great Library series by Rachel Caine enough! Imagine a world where The Great Library of Alexandria has survived. Over the centuries, it has become ruthless and all-powerful, gatekeeping what they deem “harmful”, controlling the knowledge that goes out to the masses (it is illegal for anyone to personally own a book). They rule the world through sister Serapeums in every city. This is a world that, on the…

  • The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
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    The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Review)

    The Muse of Nightmares picks up right where Strange the Dreamer ended on a cliffhanger. The first few chapters have this frenetic energy that sucks you in and it’s great to be already invested in these characters. But, then there is the introduction of two new characters in a parallel narrative which was initially confusing and took time away from the main narrative. I started to settle into it a little when that storyline abruptly (seemingly) fizzled out. By the time the two storylines intersected in the final 150 pages, I was past caring. Here is why: The genre inexplicably…

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    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Review)

    The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard.  So begins Spinning Silver. I had heard many good things about Naomi Novik’s Uprooted for me to put it on my to-read list for this year. But as these things go, I came across this more recent release of hers on the Boston Public Library’s Lucky Day shelves and couldn’t resist picking it up. Strong leading ladies, magic, fairy-tale retellings–what more does one want. The start was slow, but I enjoyed the gradual unfolding and introduction to the character of Miryem, supposedly the main protagonist, as she and her…

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    The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Review)

    “I have plucked snowdrops at Midwinter, died at my own choosing, and wept for a nightingale. Now I am beyond prophecy.” The last in a series are hard books to get right. More fail than not. So, I was certainly apprehensive about reading the last book of a trilogy I had loved until then. But, as it turned out, I shouldn’t have been. Katherine Arden nails it with The Winter of the Witch. In the book preceding this, Vasilisa “Vasya” Petrovna has accidentally caused the destruction of a large part of the city of Moscow by releasing the mythical firebird;…

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    The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente (Review)

    The Glass-Town Game is a middle-grade novel by Catherynne Valente. Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Brönte grow up in their small Yorkshire parsonage. They spend their free time in a make-believe world called Glass Town which helps them escape the fact that Charlotte and Emily must, at the end of summer, return to their evil boarding school. The world they create for and submit their toys to includes real-world personalities like Napolean Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington. Branwell, as the only brother, is tutored at home, as is Anne who is too little to go to boarding school. Their…

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