Book Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) – Leigh Bardugo

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By: Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 27, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 546
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★


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Summary:
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

 

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Book Review: Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #1) – Robin Hobb

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By: Robin Hobb
Published: June 25, 2009 by Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Summary:

Too much time has passed since the powerful dragon Tintaglia helped the people of the Trader cities stave off an invasion of their enemies. The Traders have forgotten their promises, weary of the labor and expense of tending earthbound dragons who were hatched weak and deformed by a river turned toxic. If neglected, the creatures will rampage–or die–so it is decreed that they must move farther upriver toward Kelsingra, the mythical homeland whose location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.

Thymara, an unschooled forest girl, and Alise, wife of an unloving and wealthy Trader, are among the disparate group entrusted with escorting the dragons to their new home. And on an extraordinary odyssey with no promise of return, many lessons will be learned–as dragons and tenders alike experience hardships, betrayals . . . and joys beyond their wildest imaginings

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Book Review: Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

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By: Haruki Murakami (trans. Jay Rubin)
Published: September 12, 2000 by Vintage
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
389
Genres:
Adult, Literary Fiction
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary:
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

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Book Review (ARC): Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) – Ilona Andrews

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By: Ilona Andrews
Expected Publication Date: September 20, 2016 by Ace
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★¾

Summary:
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

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