Top 5 Books on my To-Read List

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My reading list grows by the day, mainly because of my slow reading speed, but here are my top 5 for this year.

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    I’ll admit: this is a book I only heard of because a good friend of mine, Stef, loved it. The cover is eye-catching, although the title doesn’t seem to give anything away.
  2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
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    Again, one that caught my eye by cover alone. I have no idea what it’s about but, darn, is it beautiful. I’m in the majority of “judging a book by its cover” for sure.
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    Okay, so this came as a word-of-mouth from a lot of my Wattpad friends and readers. Then I saw the selling line of “What if Cinderella was an assassin and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?” The line certainly caught my attention, but not in a good way — my immediate answer was “Well, doesn’t sound much like a Cinderella retelling then, unless you still have the horrible step-family and fairy godmother” (read the published blurb — doesn’t sound like it does). But I heard raving things, so I’m going to check it out.
  4. The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
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    I really enjoyed Holmberg’s The Paper Magician trilogy with its steampunk feel and magic system, (reviewed here) so I was excited to hear there was a spinoff set in the same world. Eagerly awaiting my own copy!
  5. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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    I’d read The Rithmatist by Sanderson before and, man, what a world. I loved it. Exciting, immersive, and left me breathless after I’d raced through the entire book (*spoilers* disappointed the MC didn’t succeed but never mind! *end spoilers*). I got a copy of this from the library and this brick is sitting on my nightstand right now.

What are your to-reads this year? Any recommendations?

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Win 10 Bestselling YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books!

My good friend Maaja Wentz is hosting a draw for 10 bestsellers on her website! Check it out here!

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I have to say I have only read one and a half of them. Cassandra Clare’s work I really don’t care about, but I have heard The Gender Game is one of the hottest Dystopian Sci-fis since The Hunger Games, and I have read The Paper Magician and loved it. Yes, the research is a tad dodgy and the first book is slow in terms of the main character being the centre of action and story progression, but there are some heartwarming characters, quirky lines, and a great magic system — the last of which makes this Fantasy a must-read. Check out my review of The Paper Magician here.

 

 

 

The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg

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I read “The Paper Magician”, the trilogy, about a month and a half back. I’m not usually a steampunk or Victorian fiction fan, but I do love fantasy and magic and I bought the eBook when the first in the series was free. My memories of the books’ events are a bit hazy now we’re six weeks or so on from when I finished it, but I loved the series. It was time and money well spent (I bought the subsequent two in the series) and I chased the story, page after page, sequel after sequel.

It centres on a girl called Ceony, who graduates at the top of her magic school, only to become an unwilling apprentice in the art of paper magic due to lack of interest in the area from general magicians. Her tutor is a quirky but talented magician named Emery Thane. Her training doesn’t go as expected — just like any good story! — and we are catapulted into an exciting adventure when Emery’s ex-girlfriend (literally) rips his heart out.

Contains a bit of spoiler for all three books.

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