Lady Midnight 

(The Dark Artifices #1)

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Cassandra Clare

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

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All the Birds in the Sky

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Charlie Jane Anders

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

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The Raven King

(The Raven Cycle #4)

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Maggie Stiefvater

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

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Carry On

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Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

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Magonia

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Maria Dahvana Headley

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

(The Raven Cycle #3)

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Maggie Stiefvater

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

 

Eliana’s Opinion:

4 Stars

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is as witty as it is devastating. She once again manages to deliver writing that is not only filled with hidden meanings and clues, but also layered in beautiful prose. The humour is subtle and the snarky comments are never overstated. Even with an omniscient point of view every character has a unique voice.

Adam is so deeply flawed, he is written almost tragically. I am extremely fond of Adam, his work ethic, his ambition, his pride but also his feelings of isolation, self-loathing and low self-worth. That is to say Adam is not a well-rounded good person, I admit I actually disliked him in the second novel, but that is why I love reading about him. His character development throughout this book was staggering, and Maggie Stiefvater writes him brilliantly. Building him up and tearing him down until all I want to do is swath him in blankets and lock him up with a mug of tea until all the scars fade.

Ronan is just as reckless and uncontrollable as always. Ronan reminds me of a caged tiger, ferocious, unpredictable, angry and always on the edge of biting someone’s head off. Ronan is enamoured with Adam, he does not quite know what to make of Adam but he desperately wants to know how to make Adam open up. I am desperately hoping for some semblance of a happy ending for these two.

I actually do not have too much to say about Gansey. He is well loved, easy going and seems to know exactly what he wants out of life. Which is to say Glendower. His loyalty and his faith in his friends and his mission are admirable. However, Gansey seems uninteresting in comparison to the shambles that are Ronan and Adam, until you remember his impending death and all that it entails.

All these amazing characters would not work nearly as well if Maggie Stiefvater did not know how to flawlessly craft eccentric group dynamics. Between the Raven Boys and Blue, the women of Fox Way and the villains, I was torn between laughing and cringing as the relationships evolved and characters shared moments and went through epiphanies. Blue and Gansey’s relationship evolved, battling heavy emotions and their inability for intimacy weighed heavily on them. Even Ronan and Adam’s strange friendship was elaborated upon, complete with the abundance of disagreements that came with it.

Needless to say I really did enjoy the novel, while the plot does grind to almost a complete stop at some points I was too caught up in the characters and writing to really mind.

 

The Ruby Circle

The Ruby Circle

(Bloodlines #6)

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Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

 

Eliana’s Opinion:

3.5 Stars

The Ruby Circle is the final instalment in Richelle Mead’s best selling Bloodlines series. This series feels like a rollercoaster I am not quite ready to get off of. Nevertheless, the beauty about books is you can always dust them off and reread them.

The book is centered around two protagonists, Adrian and Sydney Ivashkov. In the last novel Sydney and Adrian attempted a dangerous mission to spring Sydney from re-education, which led to them fleeing from the Alchemists. Sydney’s ticket into Moroi court and the safety it offered was through a hasty wedding ceremony in Las Vegas while on the cusp of being kidnapped by Alchemists. Breaking one of the oldest taboos and rocking the foundation of both Moroi and Alchemist beliefs. To put it lightly, Sydney and Adrian were not exactly welcomed with open arms back into the fold of the Royal Moroi court.

This last novel of the series while probably the shortest is fast paced and unrelenting in its plot twists. With Jill missing, all our favourite characters are desperately searching for her. Surprisingly, event though the point of view was split, I felt that most of the novel was in Adrian’s point of view, mainly because he had the most internal struggles. Dealing with spirit and its side effects was brought up a notch because in their distressed searching medical help was needed via spirit. More so, Adrian in his attempts to help another spirit user and battle against a dangerous enemy exhausted his magic and almost caused him to lose himself.

Furthermore, Adrian and Sydney both struggle a little with their relationship, coming to terms with what they will have to give up in order to make their marriage work takes a toll on them. However, this is all pushed to the back of their minds when confronted with a fast paced series of events to rescue Jill.

Many old characters and plot lines come into play during this instalment. Also did anyone else miss our favourite dangerous Dhamphir duo? Rose and Dimitri are always a force to be reckoned with, so I felt a little safer knowing Adrian and Sydney were using guardians for backup. For all their strengths Adrian and Sydney are not fighters in the traditional sense, they have no physical prowess in combat. And while this has never been an issue beforehand, because they both make up for their lack of battle skills in other areas, it is strange how excluded you feel from the heart of confrontations when you take out the fighting.

It was bittersweet, I am at once both thrilled and crestfallen in the aftermath of this novel, but I am in no way disappointed. Also I feel I should warn you the epilogue was so sickeningly sweet and adorably domestic it might cause uncontrollable squealing or giggling. I cannot wait to see what Richelle Mead comes up with next.