Book Review: The Library of Fates

Title: The Library of Fates

Author: Aditi Khorana

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: eBook

Published: By Razorbill on July 18th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781101999035

Grade: Acceptable

Library of Fates (Book Review)


No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates.

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Book Review: The Ship of the Dead

Title: The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle grade mythological fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Disney Hyperion on October 23rd, 2017

ISBN13: 9781423160939

Grade: Outstanding

Ship of the Dead (Book Review)


Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

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Book Review: A List of Cages

Title: A List of Cages

Author: Robin Roe

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Format: eBook

Published: By Disney Hyperion on January 10th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781484781098

Grade: Exceeds expectations

A List of Cages (Book Review)


When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

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Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)

Author: Julie C. Dao

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: eBook

Published: By Philomel Books on October 10th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781524738303

Grade: Exceeds expectations

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Book Review)


Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.
Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her.

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Winter BiBib Day #6: Most Memorable Read of 2017

Well, I missed a day. Sigh. I knew that if I didn’t schedule them earlier on that this would happen. Trying to juggle a busy work life and a read-a-thon is really hard, okay? But I missed one of my favourite challenges in the Bibliothon, which is why you need to imagine my face as a sad emoji now. With that out of the way, let’s get into today’s post. The challenge is hosted by Gabi from A Bookish Gal and the prompt is to talk about the most memorable read of 2017. That sounds easy on the surface level, but it’s actually next to impossible to pick one favourite. So, I’m just going to post my review (as per the usual schedule) of what I have, with great difficulty, chosen as my most memorable read (which, strangely, was the next book I was going to review anyway), and I’ll leave some honourable mentions afterwards because they were all awesome!

Winter BiBib Day 6

Title: Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)

Author: Heather Fawcett

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: eBook

Published: By Balzer + Bray on September 5th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780062463401

Grade: Outstanding

Even the Darkest Stars - Book Review

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Book Review: Origin

Title: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Adult mystery-thriller

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Bantam Press on October 3rd, 2017

ISBN13: 9780593078754

Grade: Acceptable

Origin (book review)


Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever’. The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.

But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

In order to evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.

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Book Review: Long May She Reign

Title: Long May She Reign

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: eBook

Published: By HarperTeen on February 21st, 2017

ISBN13: 9780062418708

Grade: Outstanding

Long May She Reign (book review)


Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

She may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, she knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom—and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisers. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

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