V. E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

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A smuggler with magical powers and a thief on the run join forces in this fantastical adventure. Kell, the smuggler, uses blood magic to travel across three alternate Londons: Red, White, and Grey. White London, the dullest of them all, is home to King George III (yes, “You’ll Be Back” King George). Although the other Londons have their own unique histories and rulers, they all feel distinctly European and familiar. Add an addictively fast-paced plot and characters to root for, and you have a fun fantasy novel fit for both teens and adults.

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A Gathering of Shadows: A Novel (Shades of Magic)

A Gathering of Shadows: A Novel (Shades of Magic)

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I have the paperback stacked by my nightstand. From NPR: "Compulsively readable…her characters make the book." Publishers Weekly says, "This is how fantasy should be done."

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

I read and enjoyed my advance review copy ages ago, and I'm so glad it's finally here! The story begins in France, 1714: a girl is running for her life. She's been warned to never pray to the gods that answer after dark, but she's desperate to escape an unwanted marriage—and so makes a deal with the devil. In doing so, she gains immortality—but only slowly does she realize that she's given up the possibility that anyone will remember her, ever. Not her legacy, her existence, or even her name. Over the next 300 years, she learns to work within the confines of her curse, moving through a world where she cannot leave a mark. Until one day, in a Manhattan bookstore (it's called The Last Word, and boasts a bookstore cat named Book), she encounters a beat-up copy of Homer's Odyssey and a man who offers her the kind of hope she hasn’t felt for 300 years. An imaginative, absorbing, genre-busting read sure to land on my personal best-of-the-year list.

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The Near Witch

The Near Witch

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From the publisher: "Victoria Schwab's long out-of-print, stunning debut. The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. There are no strangers in the town of Near. These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy. Part fairy tale, part love story."

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