Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

9780765376466Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor Books

Rating: 5/5

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.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.


I’m not quite sure how to put what I’m feeling into words.

This book was everything I’d hoped for when I picked it up; action-packed with something new and unexpected at every corner. Amazing.

The concept in itself was brilliant. I loved it, it was just so unique and gripping.

A phenomenal read, go pick it up.

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Something new

So I saw this WordPress Daily Prompts thing and I thought I’d try it out. I think this is how it works: they select a theme and you write a blog post on your interpretation of the theme. I think it’s a great idea to get me out of this blogging slump and to venture into something new. Instead of just posting book reviews and wrap-ups, I’ll do one of these prompts. It’ll be fun and since I have a week left of school, I’ll have way more time to work on blog posts and widening the content.

What I’ll do is take the theme, interpret it in my own way and then somehow link it to books I’ve read, concepts in books, something book related, or I might even right a short fic. I’m really excited for this and can’t wait to do this more often and expand my horizons on what I can write about.

April Wrap-Up

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Review: Fangirl


Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 5/5

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I tried to take my time with this one. I wanted to take my time and enjoy everything in this book; to relish in the beauty of it, but I couldn’t. This book was so amazing, it had my eyes glued to the pages and I could not let go. This was such a good contemporary book.

This book was absolutely fantastic. Read it

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