The Bone Queen-Alison Croggon

Themes Explored: regret, magic, mistakes, pride, love, forgiveness, fantasy, magic, youthful rage, good versus evil, antihero, redemption Summary: Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most powerful Bards of his time, has been exiled from the School of Lirigon for a grievous crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen. Isolated and guilt-ridden, he is burdened … Continue reading The Bone Queen-Alison Croggon

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Erika Johansen-The Fate of the Tearling

Themes Explored: dystopia, monarchy, romance, vampires, death, destiny, fate, time, fantasy, fiction, evil, hope, civilization, hopelessness, magic, swordplay Synopsis: In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she … Continue reading Erika Johansen-The Fate of the Tearling

Sarah J Maas-Empire of Storms

Themes Explored: fantasy, romance, love, magic, battle, fire, mythology, sacrifice, death, joy, despair, relationships, piracy, evil, prophesies, demons, possession, witchery, illusion, elves, immortality, ancestors, descendants, premonition, deception, shapeshifting, legacy, assassination, training, loyalty Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been … Continue reading Sarah J Maas-Empire of Storms

Sarah J Maas-A Court of Mist and Fury

Themes Explored: fantasy, faire realm, faire mythology, legend, magic, curses, uprisings, rebellions, war, ancient mysterious, inter-realm travel, Stockholm syndrome, post-traumatic stress, regret, remorse, self-loathing, self-hate, freedom, oppression, family, sibling relations, evil, monsters, death, rebirth, romance, sacrifice, betrayal, inter-species relations, secrecy Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. … Continue reading Sarah J Maas-A Court of Mist and Fury

Caragh M. O’Brien-The Rule of Mirrors

Themes Explored: identity, existence, life, ethics, morality, split-personality, pregnancy, familial relationships, romantic entanglements, mystery, intrigue,  dreams, boarding school, reality television, reality Synopsis: At the remote, exclusive Chimera Centre, families of coma patients come from all over the world seeking miracles. When Althea Flores wakes up from a six-month coma, her recovery defies the limits of … Continue reading Caragh M. O’Brien-The Rule of Mirrors

Claudia Gray-A Thousand Pieces of You

Themes Explored:  inter-dimensional travel, physics, family, love, relationships, longing, father-daughter bond,  adventure, science fiction, alternate realities, reality, technology, jealously, death, science, genius, attraction, intelligence, drug abuse, fate, destiny, corporate espionage, intrigue, consciousness Synopsis: Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into … Continue reading Claudia Gray-A Thousand Pieces of You

Marie Rutkoski-The Winner’s Crime

Themes Explored: loyalty, family, famine, empires, conquering, economics, mind games, political smarts, negotiating, court intrigue, forbidden love, manipulation, deception, death, happiness, love, father-daughter relations, strength, military strategy, fantasy, power, culture clash Synopsis: A royal wedding means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage … Continue reading Marie Rutkoski-The Winner’s Crime

Marie Rutkoski-The Winner’s Curse

Themes Explored: fantasy, romance, young adult, historical fantasy, high fantasy, war, social hierarchy, slavery, forbidden love, mistress-slave dynamics, parental expectations, parent-child relations, conquest, friendship, longing, music, rebellion, regret, homesickness, independence, torture Synopsis: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love... As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and … Continue reading Marie Rutkoski-The Winner’s Curse

Sabaa Tahir-An Ember in the Ashes

Themes Explored: exile, fantasy, magic, slavery, political dynasties, family politics, father-daughter relations, prophesy, legacy, fate, longing, angst, military state, assassinations, romantic relations, espionage, destiny Synopsis: Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the … Continue reading Sabaa Tahir-An Ember in the Ashes

Rachel Caine-Ink and Bone

Themes Explored: books, history, library, totalitarian government, libraries, romance, fantasy, dystopia, magic, smuggling, book thievery, black markets, bibliophiles, though control, mind control, student-teacher dynamics, angst, civil war, starvation, terrorism, death, alternate history Synopsis: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the … Continue reading Rachel Caine-Ink and Bone