Top Ten Tuesday: Books Every Magic Lover Should Read

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is books that every ___ should read. We got to pick the kind of person we wanted to recommend books to, and I chose people that enjoy reading about magic!

 

1 . Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Honestly, did you not expect this to be on the list? I find that the magic in this world is something that we, as children, definitely wanted to have when we were younger. And we’re all still waiting for our letter.

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. This story has a different sort of magic that relies on wishes and incantations. Though it’s mostly magic of a different kind, there are still elements and hints of a deeper kind of magic throughout the world.

3. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. This trilogy has a different kind of magic system that focuses on Allomancy: the use of metals and the different types of metals having a different effect.

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I think that the magic in this world is so complex and so interconnected to everything around it that it’s just really kind of cool. A lot of it is elemental, but there are some that are different and deeper like truthwitches, bloodwitches, threadwitches, etc.

5. Air Awakens by Elise Kova. This series has a lot of elemental magic of varying levels and degrees and I just love, love, love it.

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. You guys know me by now. Though the magic doesn’t really appear until the third book I find that when it’s used by people that it’s intimidating and strong.

7. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. I haven’t read or watched Sailor Moon in a bagillion years, but this classic magical girl story is one that should definitely be appreciated by anyone who wants silly, fun magic in their lives based off of the planets.

8. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. If you love faeries and fey magic then definitely pick up this series. I need to reread it soon because I remember loving it and the magic in it.

9. Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase. As my all time favorite manga series, I had to include this. The magic in this book is subtle and not too often, but it involves the main character being sucked into a book and having to live through a lot of things. Some magic does happen, but it’s a mysterious kind.

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10. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The writing itself may as well be magical, but this is another faerie story with a lot of faerie magic, tricks, and turns. I love this book and the beauty within it.

There you have it! Ten books that I think people who love magic should take a peek at. Some have more magic than others, and some vary in the kind of magic used, but I definitely think all of them are definitely worth checking out.

What books did you recommend today? What kind of magic books would you recommend to me? Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Buzzwords

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Lainey of gingerreadslainey over on YouTube. Today’s topic is about the top five buzzwords that turn us on to books. These are the words that will draw us to a book no matter what the book is actually about.

I had to seriously think long and hard about my buzzwords because I’ve never really thought about it before, but here are my top five words that get me buzzing:

5. Magic/Super Powers

Who doesn’t love a little bit of magic in their lives? I love magical elements in books, whether they be elemental, mind powers, super strength, Allomancy, or whatever the case may be: I love magic. I think it’s mainly because magic doesn’t really exist in the real world, at least not the way it does in books, and I wish it did. If I could choose any magical ability it would be two things: the ability to fly and the ability to control the elements, kind of like the Avatar. Some of my favorite books with magical elements are: the Mistborn trilogy, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, the Shatter Me trilogy, and the Kate Daniels series.

4. Female Protagonist

I love females in the spotlight! Seriously, almost every book I read now features a leading lady at the forefront and I love it. Women are very strong, capable beings (and don’t get me wrong; male protagonists are cool, too!) and I highly enjoy seeing them in a position of power, so to speak. Some of my favorite heroines include: Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series, Lia from The Remnant Chronicles, Karou from the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Cath from Fangirl, and Vin from the Mistborn trilogy. All of these leading ladies have a huge role in the stories that they’re in, but they’re also flawed which I think makes them even more amazing.

3. Faeries

Okay, here’s a weird one, I guess? I love faeries. I love reading about them, seeing how they act in different worlds and stories, and though many of them are the same: cold, inhumanly beautiful, cunning – they are all just incredible. Each has their own personality and each has their own way of life. I love the diversity of the species and types and that not all of them are beautiful, but some are actually grotesque or cute or huge or tiny. There’s so much variety in them. Plus, I love the lore behind them and I find myself drawn to them in ways that’s hard to explain. Some of my favorites include: the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, Trolls by Brian and Wendy Froud, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

2. Fantasy

This is a fairly broad and huge category, don’t you think? But if you honestly didn’t see this coming then where have you been since I started blogging? I love fantasy, whether it be high fantasy, urban fantasy, a touch of fantasy, whatever; if it’s fantasy, I’m all over it. Now that’s not to say that I love every fantasy book that I read, but I do enjoy a great deal of them and how authors are able to come up with such beautiful, vivid, detailed worlds. Some of my favorites are: the Throne of Glass series, the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the Remnant Chronicles, the Song of Ice and Fire series, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, the Harry Potter series, and the Mistborn trilogy.

1 . Romance

Again, another broad topic, but this is my number one buzzword for books because, well, I love love. Love, and particularly romantic love, is one of the best things, in my opinion, in the world. Not just books, but the world. And to read about different types of romance is an extreme pleasure of mine. Honestly, if a book doesn’t have romance in it at some point then there better be a damn good reason as to why I’m reading it. I just love being able to see two characters come together and realize their feelings and how I see it happening from an early part of the story and it just makes it that much sweeter. Some of my favorite romances are: the Starbound trilogy (all of the romances are amazing), Jace and Clary from the Mortal Instruments series, Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels series, Cath and Levi from Fangirl, Tamahome and Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi, Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and so, so many more that I don’t want to list them all for fear of dragging this post out for too long.

So yes! Those are my top five buzzwords when it comes to books. Each one is very precious to me in its own way and I am pretty happy with that.

What are your top five buzzwords when it comes to books and why? Let me know!

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The Raven Boys Book Review

theravenboysTitle: The Raven Boys
Series: Book 1 in The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Pages: 408
Format: Gifted Paperback

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

This first installment of this series was, in my opinion, amazing. I thought that the premise of it being about psychics and some huge mystery was actually very unique and exciting. In fact, I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did for some reason, and I’m not sure why.

I thought that the plot itself was driven by the characters and their actions, but also just by the sheer fact that they exist in the universe that they exist in. It’s hard to explain, really, but I thought that the plot kept moving forward, even though some of the slow times, as if those times were purposeful and meant to be there.

At the end of each chapter I wanted to continue to flip the page, to find out more, to have answers to my unanswered questions. I just feel like the plot really delivered, and I think a huge part of that had to do with the characters.

When I first read about Blue, I thought that she was just… different. She, herself, was unique in this unique setting, and I found it to be entertaining where she lived and who she lived with. Her personality was subtle, a little sheltered, but still one that was down to earth and in control of her emotions. She understood more than what many might not, especially given the circumstances for which things were happening. She was strong, but not overpowering, and I thought that she was actually kind of cool in her own way.

Gansey was super formal and tried too hard to please others, I think. He always had a mask on and would only let it slip on occasion, so I’m really interested to see how much that mask falls off later down the road. And even though he was the “leader” of the Raven Boys group, he didn’t really act like he had all of the power and the most money; he was just trying to be helpful. I think part of his personality bordered on innocent, while the rest bordered on, well, an excited teenaged boy on an adventure. I think that he’ll definitely grow in the future books and I’m intrigued to see what happens with him next.

Ronan was the badass of the group, and rightfully so. His whole posture and demeanor screamed “troubled teen,” but he also surprised me in more ways than one. Not only was he a badass with daddy and sibling issues, he also holds dark secrets and he has a soft side. I mean, what more can you ask for? Frankly, I just want to be his friend because he proved himself more than just once in this book that he cares greatly for his friends, even if he doesn’t always show it.

Adam was like the outsider of the group – the one who was raised in a different situation than the rest of the boys – but I think that really humbled him. He was kind and generous, but he also had a lot of moments where his pride took over. I thought that he was trying so hard to be so strong, when really, he was crumbling on the inside. I am interested to see if certain events take place and how he pans out as a character, but so far I like him.

Noah was the super quiet, mysterious one, that you almost forget is that. And, hell, that’s how he’s even described as in the book! I figured out who he was a few chapters before it was found out, and I loved that whole mystery around him. I think that he adds a definite calming aura for the group, as well as just a little bit of light when it’s needed. I hope there will be more of him in the future because he just seems like one of those characters you can’t help but love.

There were also the side characters of Maura, Persephone, and Calla, who were all fun and witty and each their own person and I liked greatly, as well as Neeve, who was mysterious and creepy. And then there was Whelk, who, well… I didn’t really like. I wonder what will happen in future books with some of these characters?

So, all in all, I really loved this book. I only I had a few problems, which were a few typos and the big resounding question of why anyone is actually going along with these things that take place without asking more questions, but alas, maybe those questions will be answered later on, or maybe they won’t. But overall, I think that this was a really enjoyable read and I would recommend this to those who love paranormal, mystery, and books that keep you wanting to turn the page.

I give this book a 4.5/5 stars.