GATHERING OF SHADOWS (SHADES OF MAGIC #2)

A Gathering of Shadows

Written by: V.E. Schwab
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Book #2 / 3 of the Shades of Magic series

Please do not read if you have not finished A Darker Shade of Magic (SOM #1) *

Summary: Four months after Prince Rhy nearly died, Kell became bonded to him, Lila Bard sailed off into the sunset, the Danes of White London fell, and Holland disappeared into the rift of Black London, the heroes of A Darker Shade of Magic are all a little stagnant. Restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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ARTEMIS

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Written by: Andy Weir
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

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DARK MATTER

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Written by: Blake Crouch
Rating:
 3 / 5 stars

Summary: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.  Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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KING’S CAGE (RED QUEEN #3)

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Written by: Victoria Aveyard
Book # 3 / 4 of the Red Queen series
Review: 3 / 5 stars

*Please do not read for risk of spoilers unless you already have finished Red Queen (#1) and Glass Sword (Red Queen #2).*

Summary: Following her surrender to the Nortan king Maven Calore, Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Despite his mother’s death, Maven Calore continues weaving her web in an attempt to maintain control over his country, and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone, and the absence of her power, in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Red rebels continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back – even if it means attacking the brother who betrayed him.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES (ACOTAR #1)

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book #1 / 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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CRESS (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #3)

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Written by: Marissa Meyer
Book # 3 / 4 of The Lunar Chronicles series
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

*Please do not read unless you have also read Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2).*

Summary: Cinder and Captain Thorne are now fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC (SHADES OF MAGIC #1)

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Written by: V.E. Schwab
Book #1 / 3 of the Shades of Magic series
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. He was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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