Quick Thoughts: “Red Queen”

“Red Queen (Red Queen #1)” by  Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Uppercase box!

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Summary from Goodreads:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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Quick Thoughts: “Sunbolt”

“Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Isle of Blood”

“The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist #3)” by Rick Yancey

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Horror

Source: Library

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Summary from Goodreads:

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can’t let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated–and not convinced.

Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey will take him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky–and will put Will Henry’s loyalty to the ultimate test.

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Diverse Pairings: Graphic Novels

As a library paraprofessional and an avid reader, I’m a fan of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. It can be difficult to get books into the hands of readers if you’re not quite sure how to ‘sell’ the books. I thought I would try out a feature where I pair a book with a companion Diverse* book. If a reader likes one book, they’re sure to enjoy the other one.

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Series to Binge Read?

I’ve been taking it easy this year with my blogging and reading. I wouldn’t say I’m over my blogging fatigue yet but I’m certainly not ready to throw in the towel yet.

One of my resolutions for the year was to allow myself to binge read series when I find one that I like. I just started Blue Lily, Lily Blue and I’m really enjoying The Raven Cycle so far. I think I’d like to try to binge read some more series.

SO do you have any recommendations of great YA or MG series to binge read (or read in pretty close succession)?

DNF: “The Last Dragonslayer”

“The Last Dragonslayer (Chronicles of Kazam #1)” by Jasper Fforde

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

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Quick Thoughts: “Mark of the Thief”

“Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)” by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods — magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

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