Category: fantasy

What I’ve Read – February 2016

First off, where did February go?! This past month I decided (too late in the month) that I would try to read more books by ethnically and racially diverse authors. Reading diversely is something I always try to do; according to my reading spreadsheet for this year so far I’m at 62% female authors so far this year, and that’s without really trying. But my reading of POC authors is a bit low, so I will slowly rectify that situation.

In February I read:



Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication date: January 5th, 2016

Passenger is the story of 17-year-old Etta and her discovery of family secrets and her role in them. In the beginning of the book she is preparing for a performance (she plays violin) when something strange happens and she finds herself in 1770-something on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic. She has no idea what is going on and meets two people, Sophia and Nicholas, who know much more than she does. As she travels she learns about a family, the Ironwoods, who have a lot of control over people who can move through time (travelers). They want something from her, which ends up revealing some secrets about her mother and father. Etta, Sophia, and Nicholas have complicated relationships with the Ironwood family and each other, and at any moment it is difficult to know who to trust.



November wrap-up

Well clearly since it is December 4th and I am just now writing this I have been a bit busy lately. I read four books in November, another banner month considering my responsibilities and commitments.

In November I finished up the All Souls Trilogy, read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time ever, and read The Queen of the Tearling.

Book of life
The final (and best) book in the All Souls Trilogy



Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Published: May 19th, 2015
Format: Library/Hardcover
Genre: Fantasy

A quick summary: in a valley surrounded by the Wood, every ten years a wizard called the Dragon choses one girl to take from her family. When she returns ten years later she is refined, learned, and he has given her a small fortune, but no one wants to marry the girls that the Dragon takes, and they no longer feel like they belong in the valley. The year that the Dragon will come chose a girl is approaching, and everyone knows that he will take Kasia because of her beauty and bravery. In fact, since birth her mother has been preparing her to be chosen. However, he ends up choosing her plainer friend Agnieszka. The whole book is told from Agnieszka’s perspective, and though the process of choosing a girl is mysterious to the people in the valley, once Agnieszka gets to his home it becomes apparent that the Dragon takes girls who have the gift, and he trains them to become witches. (I swear I’m not spoiling anything – you learn all of this information by page 25 of 438.)