Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Deli Publishing Company
My Rating: 4.8/5
This book is a vastly popular Historical Fiction novel. One of few grown up books I’ve actually enjoyed haha. This book is an epic story of Claire Randall and James Frasier. Based partly in 1945, the majority of the book is set in 1743 Scotland. This book, and all books in this series, is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a very long book with many words on every page. I quite enjoyed reading this book a little each night so that I was slowly exposed to the story bit by bit. I would compare this series to that of Game of Thrones, it has the same amazing character and world building. I think it is actually better than Game of Thrones because it focuses on the same main characters the entire book, so it is easier for the reader to really know the characters. If you are interested in a wonderful story that is based in historical facts, I highly recommend this series!
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt
My Rating: 5/5
Time travel! This book is so cool! It is set in present day London and the dialect is wonderful. This book consists of secret societies, time traveling, centuries of family relations, romance, and coming of age. I highly recommend reading the audiobook because wow the accents make it so much more interesting. I instantly fell in love with this book. There are many trips back in time to different centuries where you learn a lot of history and actual facts. This book is based in actual fact as well as an imaginary, secret world. The main character is entirely relatable and funny. I highly recommend reading this series. I am currently in the middle of the second book and I can honestly say, it only gets better!
Author: Maria V. Snyder
My Rating: 5/5
This book is very refreshing. I have yet to read something even close to along the lines of this plot, so I was thoroughly impressed. The main gist of it is, the main character, Yelena, gets a second chance at life by being offered the job of the commander’s food taster. The commander is basically the “king” of this world. So many assassinations are attempted via poison. The book provides imaginative and inventive knowledges of poison. It also combines elements of magic that create another factor in the plot. This story is told wonderfully and, set in a completely new world, does not fail to impress. I will certainly continue the rest of this series and recommend it to all.
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Harper Collins, HarperCollins Publishers
My Rating: 4/5
I was extremely excited about this book because I read the description of it long before it was released and saw that it was definitely the kind of book I like to read. It encompasses all my favorite things, such as beautiful world building, character building, female heroines, and a bit of romance. Raasch is an excellent story teller. One way or another the story did get told. I however would have preferred for it not to have taken so long. Whenever actual action and major events started happening, I was well past the 3/4 mark and confused at what took up the entire first half of the book. I believe it is intentionally slow paced, but combining that with my dislikes of the main character Meira, and I was not entirely impressed. Meira is impulsive, reckless, and immature. It is hard to relate or understand why she does the things she does when there is never a rhyme or reason. But, overall it is a great book, I recommend picking it up!
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
My Rating: 5/5
This book is the third book in this six book series. It was released on September 2, 2014. It perfectly continues the story of “Throne of Glass” and “Crown of Midnight”. If the covers of these novels scares you off, I urge you to be open-minded. The books are a beautiful fantasy tale of monarchy, witchcraft, female heroines, and coming of age, as well as being full of action. This series is never boring. I would compare Sarah J. Maas’ writing to that of (dare I say) J.K. Rowling. In the way that they can make a later book explain a detail in the first book you didn’t quite understand and vise versa. The story continues to build so intricately without confusing the reader. I highly recommend you start reading this beautiful series. There, I did it, NO spoilers! *high-fives self*
The second and third books, “Clockwork Prince” and “Clockwork Princess”, perfectly continue the story. They are paced just right. If anyone has read her previous books and not been all that impressed, I urge you to try out this series! You will not be disappointed. And for anyone who has yet to read any of Cassandra Clare’s books, this is where you need to start off. I cannot talk about this series enough. I don’t know what else to say without giving away too much of the plot.Enjoy the book descriptions from each:
Magic is dangerous–but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by–and torn between–two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.