TTT: Books that Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Books that Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. Here are some books that make me want to travel to other worlds and places.

1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – The classic story of traveling to another land. Whenever I hear about the land beyond the wardrobe, I want to travel there!

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – This book was one of my favorite reads of 2017! The tale of Lazlo Strange traveling to the lost city of Weep was so enchanting it made me want to travel to the city myself.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab – The ability to travel across dimensions to different versions of the same city is such an interesting concept that would be amazing. Being an Antari would be amazing.

4. Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol – Kricket’s travels through a wormhole to an Alien planet that she is destined to save made the universe seem so much bigger and more attainable!

5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Stumbling into an entire fantasy world while going to visit family sounds absolutely magical (although a more friendly entry into the Shadowhunter world than Tessa’s would be nice).

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – The island of Thisby sounds like an amazing place for a vacation, and I would totally love to journey there to watch the Scorpio Races.

7. The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding – The world of this duology (Dragonfly is the first one) by Julia Golding is one that I stumbled into by accident and consequently could not put down. I love this fantasy world and it is one of the series that I’m constantly drawn back to. There is just so many places in the world to explore and I hope more books come out eventually.

8. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – This is the second book in the Six of Crows series, but more traveling occurs in this one that makes me want to travel all around the Grishaverse (from Ketterdam to Fjerda and back!).

9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – A more low-key traveling story, but Catherine’s adventure to the Abbey was so funny and enthralling that it made me want to travel to an abandoned building in the country.

10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – All of the space travel that happens throughout this series makes me want to travel throughout the solar system! I’m still waiting for a moon base vacation to be available.

What books make you want to travel?

Marvel Avengers Book Tag

I saw this tag at Life of a Literary Nerd, and had to do it because I’m a Marvel fangirl! With Infinity Wars releasing today, I though it would be the perfect time to let the Marvel flag fly (I saw it last night and very much enjoyed it!).

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Favorite First Book

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite first books.


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Book that Takes Place in a Different Time

The Song of Achilles by Mais one of my favorite reads of the year so far! I absolutely loved this retelling set in Ancient Greece.

 


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A Book Character You Liked More After They Were Casted

 

Murtagh is a character from Outlander that was always fun to have around in the books, but the character in the TV show (played by Duncan Lacroix) is just absolutely amazing. I’m glad that they changed his storyline a little so he has stuck around!


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A Book With A Sibling Duo

The duo that immediately comes to mind are the Dane twins from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, who are absolutely evil.


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A Villain That You Love and Can’t Help Being Attracted To

I think I speak for the majority of the Grisha community when I say I love the Darkling from the Shadow and Bone series. I still haven’t finished the last two (I skimmed the second one a while ago cause I wasn’t a huge fan), but I am planning on reading them all this year!

 


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A Book I’ve Been Meaning To Read

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman has been on my TBR since it came out! I’ve been reading to read this forever (and own the entire trilogy!) so hopefully I’ll be picking it up soon.


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A Book You Can’t Talk About Without Getting Angry

I try not to be super negative when talking about books, because each one is a work of art that can be interpreted differently by others! But…one book I always feel a little disappointed in is Red Queen, which had a lot of elements that weren’t my cup of tea.


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A Side Character That You Wish Had Their Own Book

I really love Elain Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I feel that she is such a nuanced character that we don’t know much about and who needs a bit of a redemption. I know there are a few more books planned in the ACOTAR series, and I hope that she is featured in one of them!

A Gathering of Shadows Review

20764879A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

Series A Darker Shade of Magic #2

Published February 23, 2016 by Tor Books

Rating 5/5

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

If you’re interested in my thoughts on the first book in this series, check out my review for A Darker Shade of Magic HERE.

The second book in the Darker Shade of Magic series did not disappoint! I am a mega-fan of any and all tournament scenes and this book provided one of the biggest championships of them all. 

Out of all the new characters introduced, Alucard Emery quickly became one of my favorites in the entire series.  Everyone loves a swash buckling pirate, and Emery embodies all of the best parts of the character. With an adventurous pirate, comes a wider world to explore.

Not only do the adventures of Alucard contribute to this massive expansion of knowledge of the Arnesian world, the tournament brings people from all walks of life (and countries) to the magical city of London. The explanation of the different people and the world in which they come from was very intriguing–it’s always one of my favorite parts of fantasy worlds.

Of course, the romance between Kell and Lila develops a little more (although it took sooo long to get to this part!). My favorite blossoming romance, however, is Rhy’s and someone who shall not be named (because it’s a spoiler and you need to go read this series immediately).

This is shaping up to be one of my top 10 favorites series EVER, and I totally recommend it. I’ve even put this beautiful bracelet in the shop, for an other Shade of Magic super fans out there! You can check out my Etsy by clicking HERE or going to the bar above!

Thanks for reading!

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Coming Soon!

I haven’t really been finishing any reviews for books lately (there’s been a lot of romance/pool reads for me the last month), so in an attempt to break the posting dry spell I’ve compiled this list of books soon to be released that I’m excited about!

NEW BOOKS

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas    B&N     Target (not up yet)

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One of my favorite series, I’m super excited for this release! I can’t wait to see Chaol’s adventures in the Southern Kingdoms. The Target exclusive edition is going to have fan art on the end papers whereas the Barnes and Noble edition will have a pages from Maas’ writing journal. I personally will probably end up with both but the fan art for these books is always super awesome.

 

Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles #2) by Jay Kristoff      B&N

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I’m currently reading Nevernight right now and it’s an action packed with assassins. I’m already excited or the next book to release, and can’t wait for the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition which will have fan art on the endpapers, and will be signed! I just love seeing characters brought to life in illustrations.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo      B&N

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I was originally leery about the DC Ya Novel Series, but then I saw the list of killer author’s representing the best superheroes! I can’t wait to see how Bardugo represents Diana. Right now they have a signed edition of the book available for preorder at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE EDITIONS

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare   Amazon

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The 10th anniversary edition of this book looks awesome! There will be illustrations and fan art throughout the book and it’ll be beautiful with gilded edges and cloth bound. There will be four stories previously available only in limited distribution (and a brand new one!). Even though I already have this book in paperback (signed no less!) I’ll definitely be picking up this edition of one of my favorite series.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab   Amazon

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I just finished this book recently and can already tell it will be one of my favorites (see my review HERE). I don’t own it physically yet, so this edition is perfect for my collector (and bookstagram) needs! It’s the negative of the original cover (and foiled!) with a glossary of terms, an interview with the author, and best of all it will be SIGNED! Though there aren’t any plans for the rest of the series to have collectors, if this one sells well they will likely do it. So go support my crazy collector needs and preorder it today!

Thanks for reading! I’ll hopefully have more reviews to post soon!

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A Darker Shade of Magic

22055262A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Series A Darker Shade of Magic #1

Published February 24, 2015

Rating 5/5

Goodreads       Amazon

Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in ArnesRed Londonand officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book! I actually recommended this series to two people I knew would enjoy it, and they ended up reading all three books before I picked the first one up myself! The world of the four Londons is enrapturing. Schwab’s exploration of the differences between the planes of existence is seamless and leaves the reader feeling as if they’ve lived in the world for years.

Kell is the perfect morally ambiguous hero, with his straight-laced job and dangerous compulsion to break the rules, which makes him the perfect partner for Lila (or is the partnership supposed to be the other way around?). Lila’s desire for adventures is a lure that pulls at the soul of the reader, urging them to embark on adventures with her. While Kell is my magical ginger baby, Lila is the knife’s edge that draws the attention. I probably love her so much because she reminds me of another one of my favorite characters, Aelin from the Throne of Glass series, with her sassy remarks and take-no-prisoners attitude.

The magic system is unlike any I’ve read about before. The way the different cultures perceive magic was very interesting, and left me with many questions I hope to find answers to in the later books. And I will definitely be reading those soon! I already own the next two thanks to luck at a used bookstore and Bookcon sale 😉 and they’ve rocketed to the top of my TBR pile. Definitely check these books out if you haven’t already! I can’t wait to read all of Schwab’s other books.

Thank you for reading!

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