Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shade of Magic #1)- V.E. Schwab

Kell is an Antari, a magician that can travel between parallel worlds. Kell also has a smuggling problem, despite the fact that carrying objects from one world to another is considered illegal. When in White London on an official trip, Kell is approached by a frantic woman, and is handed an object that he soon realizes he cannot give up, lest it fell into the wrong hands.

Why this book?: I’ve already had the joy of reading A Darker Shade of Magic once, but when the third, and final, book, A Conjuring of Light, was released, I decided I needed the full affect, and reread the first two before finishing the series.

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Review: Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

Following half-sisters Effia and Esi, they are separated from their home-villages early in their lives. Effia is married to a British slaver, but stays in Ghana — Esi, however, caught by slavers, is sent to America’s plantations as a slave. Homegoing follows Effia and Esi’s descendants, one through the wars for independence, and the other through the Civil Rights era.

Why this book?: Mainly because it’s the Keep It Diverse choice for Black History Month.


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The Worst Middle/Second-Book Syndrome Victims

the-1We’ve all run into this problem, and it’s also something the author always fears will happen after writing their second book, whether it be second in the series or of their publishing career.

The “Middle Book Syndrome”, sometimes referred to as “Second Book Syndrome”, is what happens when the second book is a HUGE disappointment compared to the amazingness of the first book. Here are a few books, some books from my favorite series, that just have unfortunately fallen victim to this terrible event.

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