Book Genre: Fantasy

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Gail Carriger
Stacey G.
4

While marketed as young adult novels, the entire Finishing School series is one that will also appeal to adults, especially those who enjoy steampunk settings. This fourth novel in the Finishing School series has Sophronia in her last year of finishing school. She’s expected to use her deadly...

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Brian Staveley
Emily
4

This was a great epic high fantasy. Beautiful writing, original plot (usual tropes but uniquely executed), complex world, well built characters. We are introduced to this world by seeing that the humans populated it are considered demented plague rats by the gods who gave birth to them, and the...

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Victoria Schwab
Stacey G.
4

The followup novel to A Darker Shade of Magic, this second novel in the series concerns itself less with the different elements of the magical Londons and more with the people who live within the cities. A tournament is the driving force of the book, pushing Rhy, Kell, and Lila toward...

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Neil Gaiman
Bailey
5

The town Wall is named after the large wall that resides there. This wall only has one opening, which is guarded day and night by the townspeople as no one is allowed to go through from either side. The other side is not a competing neighbor, but a magical land called Faerie. Ordinary folks,...

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Bradley P. Beaulieu
Stacey G.
5

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is a beautifully built fantasy novel. It’s a fresh read in the fantasy genre, which usually relies heavily on the familiarity of creatures such dragons, elves, and witches. Instead, Twelve Kings is set in the desert and follows the journey of Çeda as...

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Naomi Novik
lisab
4

Uprooted is the story of a wizard who every 10 years chooses a girl from the village of Dvernik. The latest is Agnieszka, who turns out to be a witch with a lot of unique powers.  Along with the wizard she must protect the land from the Wood which corrupts and can swallow people in what are...

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Anne Bishop
Emily
4

Meg Corbyn has been tasked with finding a way to save the other cassandra sangue from their "death of a thousand cuts". Meanwhile Hope is adjusting to life outside the compound, enjoying her wolf pack and her art but the things she draws lately have been frightening. Those Others and humans who...

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L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
Porscha
5

This is a special book review for me, as I am a big fan of the Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. Patchwork Girl of Oz is my favorite in the series and features the introduction of Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz.

Originally created to aid the Crooked Magician’s wife Margolotte with housework...

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Charlie Anders
Becker
4

Not just for fans of genre fiction, this mash up of science and magic will appeal to anyone who likes a well told story about choices and the fate of the world. Patricia and Laurence meet in middle school--both awkward in their own ways, Patricia connects with nature on a deep level, and...

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Sara O'Leary
Kristen M
5

Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings that take...

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Anne Bishop
Emily
4

I just love these books, and I can't quite put my finger on why but they surprise me every time.

Meg is tasked with writing a blood prophets survival for dummies guide and as she works on this relations continue to sour between terra indigene and humans. Montgomery's daughter Lizzy...

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Anne Bishop
Emily
4

Meg Corbyn is still adjusting to life "on the outside" and the Courtyard is still adjusting to having a human pack, Meg and the women who have popped up because of her. But Thaisia is struggling with some growing pains, humans have reneg'd on their agreements and the fine line between being...

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Erin Bow
Emily
4

The Children of Peace are the result of  a series of world wide wars that nearly wiped out humanity until an AI named Talis said "Hey, you humans need to cut this stuff out so here, I'll do it for you" and he blew up a few cities until humanity stopped and listened. What he proposed was...

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Daniel José Older
Hope H
3

The once-vibrant murals in Sierra's Brooklyn neighborhood are fading. What's even stranger, their painted smiles are turning to looks of sadness and even terror. Her stroke-addled grandfather is apologizing for something he won't explain and rambling about something called shadowshapers,...

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Sarah J Maas
Emily
4

Celaena Sardothien was knows as The Assassin of Ardalan, but now she’s just another prisoner in the salt mines of Endovier, a place where life expectancy is shorted to weeks and days, Celaena has been in Endovier for a year. Now plucked from the hard labor and day to day dangers she is cast into...

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Holly Black
Emily
4

The Darkest Part of the Forest is a stand alone dark contemporary fairytale about the town of Fairfold and the forest that surrounds it. Ben and Hazel are brother and sister, the half-wild children of artists, compounded with the fact that they live in a town surrounded by a magical forest. Deep...

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Kristen Callihan
Emily
3

Regency Romance Fantasy with a mystery, a firestarter and implications of werewolves, I mean com'on how could I not love it?

Honestly though I was surprised at how much I liked it. It's a solid little paranormal romance. Miranda Ellis is tired of being her father's little thief, always...

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia
extra medium
5

Mexico City, 1988- Meche, Sebastian, and Daniela are pegged as unpopular in their school because they’re not pretty, wealthy, or boring enough to hang with the popular kids. When Meche plots revenge on the school bully while listening to the Doors and it works, she discovers that she can use...

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Kate Forsyth
L.F.
5

Kate Forsyth set out to pen a dark, gothic retelling of a dark, gothic tale. In the resulting novel, Bitter Greens, she strips away the once-upon-a-time distancing one expects from fairy tales and draws you into a delectably dark, haunting work of historical fiction where factual...

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Elizabeth Bear
Becker
4

I'll admit it--this was my first steampunk book. And I will certainly be reading more! Bear doesn't go into a ton of detail describing her world (an old west/mad scientist version of Seattle), but there is plenty of flavor to spark the reader's imagination. The real treasures here are Karen's...

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Holly Black
lisab
4

As long as most of the residents of Fairfold could remember there was a horned boy in a glass coffin in the woods and now he’s gone.  His disappearance starts a cycle of mysterious events, more mysterious than what usually happens in Fairfold.  Brother and sister, Ben and Hazel Evans...

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S. E. Grove
lisab
4

What an interesting premise - a time disruption has caused the world to evolve into different eras and now Sophia, the niece of Shadrack a cartographer, has to save the world. And there are maps – lot’s of lovely different kinds of maps – water maps, glass maps, sand maps, ice maps all in...

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Jonathan Stroud
April
5

The audio book version was terrifically performed!  Imagine an England with a Problem: it's over-flowing with "Visitors," otherwise known as ghosts, wraiths, ghouls and the like.  Agencies have been developed to deal with the Problem, mainly employing children and young adults because...

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David Almond
Hope H
3

At first glance, The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon is a short and surreally silly story about a boy named Paul who does just that, aided by a colorful cast of characters who encourage him in his silliness. But Paul's idea that the moon is not the moon but rather a big hole in the...

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Amber Lough
Hope H
3

The war between jinn and humans has been raging for fifteen years, with no signs of stopping. Jinni Najwa has trained all her life as a spy, and discovers that she is the only one among her people who can enter the heavily warded palace of the Caliph. Meanwhile, the human, Zayele, is chosen as...