Tag: debut novel

Darcey Bell-A Simple Favor

You never know what occurs behind closed doors.

Melissa Albert-The Hazel Wood

Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows-The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Themes Explored: magic of reading, self-discovery, loyalty, courage, standing strong in the face of danger, meeting the Other, endurance, cruelty, war, belonging, Synopsis: January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her…

Susanna Clarke-Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Themes Explored: magic, Englishness, friendship, reason and madness, historical otherness, ritual magic, narcissism, social awkwardness, romance, good versus evil, apprentice and master, new versus old, ritualistic versus natural, Napoleonic wars, academia, theory versus practice Synopsis: At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very…

Maria V Snyder-Poison Study

Themes Explored: loyalty, family, adventure, poison, taste testing, military regime, superstition, magic, lore, myths, kidnapping, slavery, death, love, secrecy, intrigue, spying, romance, destiny, self-reliance, self-preservation Synopsis: About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have…

Beatriz Williams-Overseas

Themes Explored: time travel, family, love, relationships, romance, war, death, mystery, skepticism, loss, memory, longing, depression, greed, temporal paradox, attraction, meaning of life, joy Synopsis: When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting,…

Victoria Aveyard-Red Queen

Themes Explored: dystopia, teenage angst, magic, totalitarianism, war, poverty, privilege, caste society, family, sibling relationships, anger, self-reliance, rebellion, perseverance, mind-games, manipulation, seduction, betrayal, loyalty, romance, infatuation, mutation, court intrigue, gladiator fights, terrorism, discrimination Synopsis: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule…

Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl-Beautiful Creatures

Themes Explored: adolescence, southern culture, parental abandonment, bullying, teenage angst, high school, magic, witch lore, good versus evil, free will versus predestined future, love, hate, destiny, romance, growing up, coming-of-age, family dynamics Synopsis: In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There…

Julia Suzuki-The Gift of Charms

I was given a free copy of The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki’s publicist in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in the review are mine alone and were not in any way influenced by the author or her publicist. Themes Explored:…

Cristin Terrill-All Our Yesterdays

Themes Explored: time travel, dystopia, politics, genius, psychosis, friendship, first love, morality, ethics, right vs wrong, torture, sacrifice Synopsis: If you could go back in time, what would you change? Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next to…

Emily Croy Barker-The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

Themes Explored: cultural identity, illiteracy, wizardry, magic, earth magic, fairy culture, independence, feudal society, illusion vs reality, the meaning of life, fragility of the human spirit, romance, morality, political intrigue Synopsis: While attending a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and somehow walks into another realm….

Brandon Sanderson-Elantris

I finished Elantris  in two days. It is one of the better stand alone fantasy novels I have read in a long time. Themes Explored: politics, religion, religious fanaticism, imperialism, superstition, courage in the face adversity, political marriage, immortality, magic Synopsis: Elantris, the capital of…

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