Book Review (ARC): Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) – Sylvain Neuvel

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By: Sylvain Neuvel
Expected Date of Publication: April 4, 2017 by Del Rey
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 320
Genres: Science Fiction, Adult
Rating: ★★★½

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Summary:
As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars

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Book Review: Caraval (Caraval, #1) – Stephanie Garber

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By: Stephanie Garber
Published: January 31, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 402
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: ★½

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Summary:
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Book Review (ARC): The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3) – Samantha Shannon

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By: Samantha Shannon
Expected Publication Date: March 7, 2017 by Bloomsbury USA
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 384
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Rating: ★★★★

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Summary:
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

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Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) – V.E. Schwab

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A Conjuring of Light

By: V.E. Schwab
Published: February 21, 2017 by Tor Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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Summary:

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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Book Review: Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #4) – Robin Hobb

33526543Blood of Dragons

By: Robin Hobb
Published: March 14, 2013 by Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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Summary:

Dragons will fly over Kelsingra once more

Attacked by hunters, Tintaglia is dying of her wounds. If she perishes, her ancestral memories will die with her and the dragons in the ancient city of Kelsingra will lose the secret knowledge they need to survive.

The dragon keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the lost Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to co-exist.

But war is coming: war between dragons and those who would destroy them.

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