Since I’m getting back into the swing of things, I figured I would get back onto the T5T train! This may be one of my favorites so far. I feel like most of the books I’ve read lately involve magic in some way. Thank you Bionic Book Worm!
- 1. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
“It’s hard not to enjoy Shea Ernshaw’s writing style. She has a way of giving you the creeps, but also capturing you in the net that is the town of Sparrow. I couldn’t put this one down for long before my mind wandered back to the story of the Swan sisters.”
The Wicked Deep is one of my favorite reads so far this year. I read it on my honeymoon and can say I thoroughly loved the witchy vibes and magic this book had to offer. You can read my review here! If you haven’t picked it up yet, do it now! October is the perfect month to read it.
- 2. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
“In the Astonishing Color of After, sixteen year old Leigh is dealing with the aftermath of her mother’s suicide. Although her mother suffered from depression for many years, Leigh believed strongly that she would get through it. Leigh becomes extremely lost after her death, and when a mysterious red bird shows up on her doorstep sounding exactly like her Mother, she decides she must figure out why. ”
You can read the rest of my review here!
This book was a bit darker than I anticipated. It was beautifully written and full of magical realism. I loved listening to Emily X.R Pan’s podcast episode on First Draft… she poured her heart and soul into this novel and it was so evident. Definitely not for anyone who doesn’t like flowery writing! There are several trigger warnings including suicide and death of a parent.
3. Circe by Madeline Miller
Once in awhile, a book comes out that I know is going to be on my favorites list. One that I know is meant for me and my reading tastes. This year it was Circe by Madeline Miller and mannnnnn was I right.
“When I finally picked Circe up, I was completely enamored with it. Not only is this book about learning to overcome your faults, it’s about being a strong woman, facing your fears, and the journey of motherhood. ”
Read the rest of my review here!
Circe is a magical book written in the time where Greek Gods were the norm and beauty was the number one priority. Circe didn’t quite fit in to the “god-like” beauty norm, but she was one of the strongest, most bad ass witches around. And you KNOW that made her one of my all time favorite characters. If you enjoy anything Greek mythology related and or witchy, this is a must read.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
“And for the first time, Kell saw Lila. Not as she wanted to be, but as she was. A frightened, albeit clever, girl trying desperately to stay alive.”
Read my review here!
Talk about magical! I just recently read my first V.E. Schwab book and I can definitely see why so many people love her. She’s extremely talented and the world building is fantastic in this book. I’m not sure I’ll be continuing the series, but I do have many people telling me I should. I’m reading her middle grade novel City of Ghosts right now and it’s adorable so far!
- 5. Enchantee by Gita Trelease
“Camille Durbonne will do anything to help keep her sister alive — including using magic to turn scraps of metal into money. She finds a dress stowed away in a trunk in their house and finds out it can magically transform her into someone else… someone who fits in at the royal court. When she realizes she can no longer pay rent and her drunkard brother has stolen their money and valuables, she decides to turn to Versailles and its card tables to make ends meet. Camille soon realizes she has grossly underestimated Versailles and its royalty. She meets several interesting characters along the way, including Lazare, a man she falls in love with and Chandon, a man who holds the same magical power she does.”
Read the rest of my review here!
I had incredibly high hopes for Enchantee. I was ecstatic when I got approved an ARC on Netgalley. The thought of a Marie Antoinette era magical YA book had me incredibly excited! The premise was okay, but I just could not get into it. I didn’t love characters. The magic system was interesting, but it wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but it may be for someone else!