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Adult, Features / September 13, 2016

Today I am excited to highlight three of my favorite romance authors!

I  live for fantasy. I read tons of it. Romance is what I turn to when I need to detox. The time always comes when I need a break. I want to be free of magic, special snowflakes, and worlds that need saving, so I can come back refreshed.

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By: Diane
Blog Tour, Bookish Firsts, Interview / July 29, 2016

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Please welcome debut author Julia Gray to the blog, to celebrate the release of her book, The Otherlife.

Bookish Firsts

with author Julia Gray

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What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?littleprincess
The first book I ever read on my own was Five Run Away Together, the third book in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series.

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By: Daphne
Features / July 26, 2016

Fantasy has long been my favorite genre, and while I have dozens of favorite individual books, I wanted to give some focus to overall favorite authors in the genre. People who I have read and loved more than one book/series and from whom I am always wanting the next story! 🙂

  1. Juliet Marillier: My absolute favorite out of all Marillier’s work is the multi-generational Sevenwaters Trilogy, which kicks off with Daughter of the Forest, a beautiful retelling of the fairy tale The Wild Swans. The second book in the trilogy is Son of the Shadows and features one of my all time top book boyfriends (BRAN)! The entire series is gorgeous. She also has a beautiful beauty and the beast style retelling titled Heart’s Blood that I adore. Her current series is Blackthorn & Grim, featuring the journey of two prison mates, the healer woman Blackthorn and her devoted shadow Grim, after their escape. These all read like historical novels with magic/mysticism woven in.
  2. Patricia McKillip: I am a huge fan of books that feature faeries. To me, no one does this better than McKillip. Frequently the fay are written as little more than what humans would be like if they were immortal, deadly beautiful, and possessed magic powers. It doesn’t seem to be easy for an author to capture that necessary alien quality they should have. At the end of the day I feel these beings should be incomprehensible and totally other. Mckillip gets this. Part of her success comes in that she does not over-expose them, her books are not set in fay worlds. When they influence the story it is always with that distinct and chilling feeling of how remote and unknowable they and their world are. The Book of Atrix Wolfe and Winter Rose are two favorites.
  3. Brandon Sanderson: Prolific and consistently good. I feel The Stormlight Archives are the best even if it is not necessarily the best series for a newbie to his universe. There are plenty of worthy starting places though, his Mistborn series being the most famous.
  4. Scott Lynch: Okay so he is still in the midst of his first series, so I can’t point towards a diverse body of work yet. But seeing as The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my absolute favorite books of all time and I continue to devour The Gentlemen Bastards series, I could not leave it out.  Stories set around thievery and heists are one of my favorite themes as they inevitably feature the intelligent and morally grey characters I adore (warriors often get away with being thick as mud) and there is no character I love more than Locke.
  5. Laini Taylor: I loved both her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and the lesser known Dreamdark series (which I desperately hope she will one day finish!). She maintains a wonderful balance between consistent characters that are easy to invest in, unique world building, and a heart centered plot. In all her works there is something so unique in the manner which she weaves all three.

Honorable mention for fantasy stories by other authors I have loved over the past year: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

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By: Diane
Book Tag, Miscellaneous / July 25, 2016

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The Pokemon Go book tag was created by readatmidnight. Following the extremely popular release and play of Pokemon Go, I thought I’d participate as I LOOOOOVE Pokemon Go!

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I’ve always loved reading, and my parents used to read to me when I was younger, but my favourite books when I was small were the Rainbow Magic books which is a series all about fairies and two human girls. I started reading them when the first series was out, but the series is now MASSIVE.

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By: Vicky
Features / July 4, 2016

This time next week I will be in New York celebrating the 4th of July celebrations – quite a funny fact, considering it is a day to celebrate Independence from Great Britain, and that is where I am coming from! Regardless, I’m looking forward to the fireworks and getting to experience the celebrations myself! This is my first time going to New York, and it has been on my bucket list of places to go for as long as I can remember so to celebrate the fact that I’m finally going there (hooray!), I’ve compiled a short list of books that I’ve read or want to read that are either set in New York or feature New York!

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By: Vicky