The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

This book is simply outstanding. I enjoy most books, but The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon was something else entirely. Right from the get-go Shannon drew readers into a dark, mysterious world, which only became more mysterious and more convoluted as the pages turned. For every question answered, two more cropped up. This thrilling, fantastical read was anything but boring, and it soared past my expectations.

Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime, dictated by the powerful government know as Scion. Paige serves the Syndicate, an underground crime force of clairvoyants, among which she is a legend. Until she is snatched away to a secret prison, where she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious, and he’s not nearly as monstrous as Paige wants him to be. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

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Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

I am a huge fan of Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic trilogy, so when I saw that she had delved into the realm of YA Fiction, there was no way I was willing to miss out on Court of Fives. As with Elliott’s other books, the plot is riddled with twists and turns, and the end result is nothing like what I was expecting on page 1, or even 10 pages earlier, to be honest. I absolutely love the depth and complexity with which Court of Fives was written, and I was surprisingly pleased by the relationship portrayed in the book as well.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors–one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy–causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’ family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

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MINI REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

I’ll be honest, I’ll forever be disappointed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t a novel, but instead a screenplay. I won’t complain too much though, because it’s a new Harry Potter story and its a wonderful story. First and foremost, this book is a story about a son, Albus Severus, coming to terms with the legacy of his father, Harry Potter, and coping with its inevitable impact on his life. It’s a coming of age story, and a story of the relationship between father and son.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.  As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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August 2016 TBR

Shockingly, I actually read almost everything on my July Reading List, despite working full-time and being enrolled in a couple courses! Despite this, I’ll be keeping my August TBR short, as I will be going to Europe (eek!) for half the month, and likely won’t have a ton of time to read while adventuring!

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The books at the top of my To Be Read list this month are: 

  1. Ink and Bone: The Great Library by Rachel Caine
  2. Paper and Fire: The Great Library by Rachel Caine
  3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  4. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rolwing
  6. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

And let’s not forget that The Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir will finally be released (in Canada) on August 30th! I doubt I’ll be able to finish it in one day though, so I suppose I’ll save that one (officially) for my September TBR!

If you’re looking for more reading inspiration, please check out my other recent Book Lists, which all feature both new releases and some of my all-time (although maybe not as recent) favourite reads!

Happy Reading Bookworms! 

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