Carry On

Author  Rainbow Rowell
Date Released  6 October 2015
Rating ★★★★★

Another re-read! Haven’t had much time to search for any new books. Any suggestions?

Quick intro: **This story was inspired by another of Rowell’s books, Fangirl, in which the main character, Cath, writes an extremely popular fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz Pitch, apparent archnemeses.** Simon Snow, orphan, is the most powerful mage/sorcerer dude in the world and arrives in the magical world just as a powerful evil being they call the Insidius Humdrum begins creating spots around the country where magic is absent. Simon goes to a magic boarding school during the school year and his roommate is suspected vampire Baz Grimm-Pitch, the son of the magical boarding school’s previous headmistress, who was killed in a vampire attack on the school when Baz was little and shows up as a ghost to Simon at some point in the book. Baz and Simon hate each other’s guts (Simon thinks Baz is trying to steal his girlfriend and thinks he’s a monster/vampire (vampires aren’t allowed at the school), Baz thinks Simon is an idiot (he kind of is)), but they have to work together to find out what’s going on with Baz’s mom and what’s up with the Insidius Humdrum. Simon really can’t control his magic, like, at all, so it just kind of explodes in huge powerful bursts sometimes. As Baz and Simon work together, they realize some things about their relationship.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.”

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The Realms of the Gods

Author  Tamora Pierce
Series  The Immortals
Date Released  1 January 1996
Rating ★★★★★

I reviewed Wild Magic, the first book in The Immortals, a few days ago. The Realms of the Gods is the THIRD book in the series, and the reasons I’m skipping Wolf-Speaker for now are a) I don’t own it because b) Realms is my favorite book in the series because Daine is so clueless sometimes that it’s hilarious.

Quick intro: Teenage Veralidaine, who has “wild magic” (she can talk to and heal animals), and her teacher, super-powerful mage Numair, are dragged into the Divine Realms by Daine’s parents (father = hunting god, mother = human turned healer goddess) in the middle of a battle against evil immortals fighting for the goddess of Chaos, which they are losing. After spending some time with Daine’s parents (she’d never met her dad before, and her mother had been killed (as a human) a few years ago), Daine and Numair travel across the Divine Realms, where all the plants and animals are gods, and all are involved in a war against Uusoae, the Queen of Chaos. They acquire some interesting little beastie friends that can spy on their enemies in the Mortal Realms. Daine & Numair go through some changes in their relationship (SPOILER: Daine is so oblivious that Numair has been in love with her for a while, but he’s 11 years older than her so he thought she might think he was weird or something). They get a ride out of the Divine Realms from some dragons because Daine’s been taking care of a baby dragon so they trust her a little bit, and they fight some battles against the evil immortal dudes. I won’t tell you how it ends, but there’s a fourth book…

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A Court of Mist and Fury

Author Sarah J. Maas
Series A Court of Thorns and Roses
Date Released 3 May 2016
Rating ★★★★★

After writing yesterday’s review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, I realized that Wednesday and Thursday, when I reread ACOTAR, which has a red, white, and black cover, I wore a red shirt and red shoes, and yesterday, when I reread A Court of Mist and Fury, which, as you can see, has a blue, white, and black cover, I wore a black and white shirt and blue rainboots. Honestly, completely accidentally 😏

Quick intro: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, where she has trouble adjusting, leading to some relationship issues with High Lord #1, leading to some quality time with my favorite character, Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, as he rescues her from a new kind of prison, using the Fae bargain Feyre made during Amarantha’s Reign of Terror. Upon spending more time at the Night Court, Feyre makes friends, learns to enjoy life again, and finds out some interesting things about her new self. CAUTION: There are total Feysand feels events in this book (of course I ship it).

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