Time for A Little Magic

Storm and Fury

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Story Line:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…


Bone Crier’s Moon

By Kathryn Purdie

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Story Line:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


How To Defeat A Demon King in 10 Easy Steps

By Andrew Rowe

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Story Line:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For thousands of years, there has been a cycle: a Demon King rises and conquers, and a Hero is reborn a hundred years later to defeat him. Each time, civilizations are ground to dust beneath the Demon King’s hordes, but humanity has remained secure in the belief that a Hero of legend will always save them. There’s just one slight problem. It’s only been 23 years since the Demon King’s latest rise, and this time, he’s already conquered more than half the world. If humanity simply waits for the Hero’s return, there may be no world left for him to save.

And so, Yui Shaw sets out with an ambitious plan. A 10-step plan.

She’ll find a way to obtain the Hero’s legendary sword. She’ll earn obscure classes, gain levels, and increase her skills. She’ll travel to the meticulously-crafted dungeons that seem designed for one specific Hero to complete. And, if she’s truly unfortunate, she might even find a fairy.

She might not be a Hero—but if she can fake it long enough, she might still be able to save the world. 


Sword of Truth Series

By Terry Goodkind

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Story Line:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are 15 books in this series! I just finished the 1st book. So this rating is based on how far in the series I am.

Below is a taste of what Book 1 is like.

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more.

His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them—for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword—to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.

This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend. 


Hunted

By Meagan Spooner

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Story Line:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman.

But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin, or salvation.

Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


Legend of Drizzt Series

By R.A. Salvatore

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Story Line:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are 23 books in this series! I am currently on Book 3. So this rating is based on how far in the series I am.

Below is a taste of what Book 1 is like.

Below the surface there is a race of dark elves, called the drow, that are hardened against any type of love and emotions other than anger or greed. They are full of power hungry individuals who only care about status in the world of Menzoberranzan. They survive in this vicious realm where the strongest survive and the weakest are killed or sacrificed to their wicked deity, the Spider Queen. Lost to the darkness, the drow females rule over the race and the males are practically slaves, there to simply serve their families. But such is the ways of the drow.

Drizzt from a young age understood that the race he was born into never completely fit into his ideas of life. He always tried to reason for the brighter side of situations, which was in complete opposition to the nature of the drow. Now, grown and a praised and skilled warrior, Drizzt uncovers more and more things that makes him question why the drow are the way they are. But when war comes, Drizzt is faced with choosing between the wishes of his evil family or his personal codes that have gotten him into nothing but trouble. Drizzt is balancing of the edge of a scimitar and if he isn’t careful things can get very bloody, very quick.


Sorcery of Thorns

By Margaret Rogerson

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Story Line:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


The Bone Houses

By Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Story Line:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves. 


Spellbound Series

By Cara Lynn Shultz

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Story Line:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

World Building:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

There are 2 books in this series! This rating is for the whole series.

Below is a taste of what Book 1 is like.

Love spans through time itself especially when assisted by magic. But what if that love could be the death of you?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

It’s a story written centuries before them to be played out time and time again. Until one day they both survive the curse. One has to be stronger, one has to be faster, and one of them has to be selfless. If not, then all is lost for them both.