Librarians Like No Other (The Librarians and The Lost Lamp – A Book Review)

The Librarians and The Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox
Published: 2016


My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

The Librarians, Jake, Cassandra, and Ezekiel, are back to solve the mystery of Aladdin’s lamp. Yes, that one.  Like so many other stories this one is real and the Library could be in some serious trouble. And the Forty AKA the forty thieves of The Arabian Nights are hot on the Librarians trail. With legendary creatures, high-tail adventure, a little gambling and a flying carpet, the Librarians look to find the lamp that Flynn Carsen (The Librarian before the three arrived) lost ten years ago before a powerful Djinn can be released to seek revenge on those who wronged him.

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First off,

PUNNY!

Being a major fan of the movies and the TV series, I was beyond excited to get this book. And I have to say, it does a magnificent job of following the tone of the show. The imagery was phenomenal, just like watching an episode of the show. And since the show hasn’t started the new season, this was perfect to tide me over for the time being.

The book carries each of the characters’ POV very well. I was surprised. The amount of detail didn’t feel overwhelming at all, though a little longwinded from time to time. I did feel like I learned a ton, like I always do with the Librarian(s), and I couldn’t control my geek-out. I’ve actually found myself wanting to be a Librarian. Just adding it to the list of things I want to be when I grow up. And yes, when I grow up. You only have to grow up when you want in my opinion.

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The pacing was very quick, but not in the sense that the story was rushed because it most certainly was not. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat with all of the action, proving that librarians are more than just books.

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Something else I enjoyed about this book, for those who’ve not seen the TV show, you are given a great overview of who the characters are, and what the Library is all about: finding magical artifacts of the world and protecting them.

With adventure, wit, and those darn one-liners, it’s easy to get hooked. I recommend this book for those who have a love or even a guilty pleasure for each of these things.

 

Quotables:

“If there was one thing he’d learned as the Librarian, it was to check his twenty-first-century skepticism at the door when it came to fantastic stories from bygone days.” (Flynn, p. 56)

“Trust me on this, Colonel, Luck is anything but a lady. More like a two-faced trollop who will stab you in the back and break your heart when  you least expect it.” (Jenkins to Baird, p. 81)

“Didn’t anyone tell you it’s not polite to skip ahead to the end of the book?” (Shirin to Flynn, p. 147)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Off We Go by Trent Dabbs.

Ever the Cursed (Shadowland – A Book Review)

Shadowland (The Immortals)
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 2009

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

This book is third in the series: The Immortals which follows Ever Bloom and Damen Auguste, two teenagers who have struggled to be together over the centuries. They face constant obstacles that threaten their true love.

Shadowland leaves off shortly after Blue Moon. Ever and Damen have been cursed by Roman. And there’s nothing like a good curse to keep lovers apart.

They can never touch each other, not kiss or even a brush of fingers. Should they touch, Damen could die. Ever is determined to find a way to break the curse and has little regard for the rules of magick. She’ll break all of them if that means she and Damen can finally be together. But will she stop when it risks the life of her best friend?

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This was certainly the best one that I’ve read out of the series so far. I’m not sure if that says very much though. Ever is still full of assumptions about people and self-pity. Both qualities are nasty, but! There’s a but! She’s given a purpose in this installation I feel. She wants to save Damen from a curse that is technically her fault so there’s more than just her wallowing and unending longing.

Ever thinks she knows everything which only gets her into more trouble. It’s terribly frustrating. I’ve yelled at this book a couple of times. And you know the saying about assuming. She makes an ass of herself A LOT.

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The love between Ever Bloom and Damen Auguste is what I would describe as all consuming. And while that is something to behold, it is also utterly consuming. By that, I mean that is Ever points it out constantly. While eternal love is the subject of this series as well as the complications of being able to have it, I wish it hadn’t been so repetitive. There has to be more than just being told about this everlasting love right?

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(Love this guy by the way. He’s fantastic.)

Moving away from the everlasting love (much like the song that never ends even though you wish it did), I have to mention Ever’s friends. I have to mention them because while Ever deems them her best friends, they act like anything but. To them it appears like she’s a burden. Like she’s only good enough because of the house her aunt owns. It’s pointed out that she’s a freak over and over. They might as well join in as antagonists because the actual friend moments are so small you need a microscope for them. It’s tragic.

The story is fast paced with twists and turns that’ll certainly keep you reading even though you’ll be shaking your head, wondering how the heck Ever Bloom made it this far. On top of that I found myself wondering why three-fourths of the details in the book was listed off. Personally, I don’t feel like you can see everything better by reading off a list. It’s less natural. Less smooth.

More so, the story is all over the place. It feels like you make a sharp turn at fifty miles an hour when you shift from one problem the character faces to another one that she nearly forgot about.

While I do believe it’s the best one in the series, I still couldn’t get on board with this book though it did better in adding drama. The writing still felt stiff because it kept  telling me what was happening instead of showing me. There wasn’t a lot happening and the way the characters came across was deeply unappealing.

Quotables:

“And even though you prefer not to believe it, take it from someone who’s been there all along. Damen waits for no one. And he certainly never waited for you.” (Roman to Ever, p. 25)

“We always want what we can’t have. It’s human nature. We’re hardwired that way…” (Roman to Ever, p.80)

“I’ve already tried a life without you, when I went back in time, and guess what? Fate sent me right back!” (Ever to Damen, p.238)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Eternal Flame by The Bangles

It Calls Her… (The Siren – A Book Review)

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 2009 (though I read the 2016 edition)

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

A girl, Kahlen (which is pronounced Kā-len not KAh-len, and I didn’t know this until near the end of the book), is saved by the Ocean when the ship she is on sinks into its waters and takes away her family. For decades she has served the ocean in repayment for its mercy by singing and brings boats and ships to their doom. But while staying in Miami, Florida, she goes out exploring and meets a young man, Akinli. She doesn’t mean to be, but is taken with him instantly and even though she can’t speak, he is as well. But there’s a problem. She is not allowed to love anybody, but her sisters and the Ocean. It is simply forbidden otherwise. This doesn’t stop her from contemplating her loyalties and duties to the Ocean.

After only a couple of encounters, she can’t get away from him and her heart can’t bear it. With a couple decades of repayment to go, what can she do? What will she do?

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This book was so sweet and cute, which is odd for a book about a siren since their looked at as horrible creatures that yearn for nothing more than to drown men. So it was refreshing and new. I never would’ve envisioned sirens in a light where they’re actually good. That being said, I did feel like it was too much like a fairytale book. There wasn’t enough time interaction between Kahlen and Akinli. I ached for more and for deeper emotional attachment.

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More so, I just couldn’t fully dive in. I just felt like there wasn’t enough to keep my attention half the time and I feel like that’s because it felt drawn out just a tad too much.

BUT!! There is a but. Because I did find this book to be lovely contrary to previous words.

The tone & style of the story was my favorite thing about this entire book. It was light and beautiful and I swear I could see it all perfectly. It made me miss the ocean and wish I could sink my toes into soft, white sands. Kiera Cass created a breathtaking tale of love spanning more than just time, but across oceans. And the bond of family that Kahlen has with her sisters is something to behold. A bond such as that is certainly unbreakable and can weather anything and Miss Cass really gave me that. That alone is magic in my eyes.

It’s a book I enjoyed reading this summer. It really opened my eyes to the idea that even deadly creatures have capability to love and the struggle with living among humanity and yearning for that life. I’d recommend this for anyone who is looking for that love at first sight kind of book that’ll make your heart float, you know, much like that one scene from Titanic when Jack sees Rose up on the deck and not even his friends can break his gaze.

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Quotables:

“I smiled. For a minute, I admired myself, too. He didn’t know how deep my problems ran, but he was right all the same. It was no small think to try, to find out what you care about in life. Even this moment, with this wonderful, temporary boy beside me, was a tiny miracle. I ought to give myself some credit.” (Kahlen, p. 72)

“I couldn’t stay forever. But at least I could stay for a day.” (Kahlen, p. 161)

“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in a door.” (Padma, p. 307)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Gemini Feed by Banks.

Living Forever Isn’t Everything (Evermore – A Book Review)

Hello, my clan of bookworms! Hope all is well. Truly. Today I’m looking at Evermore by Alyson Noel.

Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 2009

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Spaz. Freakazoid. These are names that Ever Bloom has become accustomed to hearing from her classmates and even her friends. They’re not wrong. If they knew why she spaced out half the time or tuned out the world with music on high blast then they might understand. Might. After a near death experience and leaving everything behind that she’s always known, Ever hides under a hood, wishing she couldn’t hear people’s thoughts or see their auras or have them touch her, allowing everything about them to be known to her, even what they had for breakfast. Nobody wants to know these things.

Damen Auguste is the new kid of Laguna Beach and has all of the girls fawning over him, but he only has eyes for Ever. He’s always giving her red tulips and finding reasons to talk to her. There’s something off about him right from the get-go though. Unlike everybody else, he doesn’t have an aura. The more time she spends with him, the more she wonders if he knows about what she is capable of, but she can’t seem to stay away from him. He has secrets too and she’s determined to figure them out regardless of how drawn to him she is.

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Symbolism stuck out to me the most in this book. There was so much of it from the auras to the meaning of flowers to the status of the high school hierarchy, and I enjoy that every once in a while. I wish there had been a deeper meaning to bits of these parts however. I only felt like I was at the brim and that there should be more to the tidbits I did get.

The book holds so much originality. It’s not your typical love story. There are blockades keeping it from happening and the story behind it all makes it quite beautiful. That being said, I had trouble with the style in how it was written. It felt like there wasn’t enough said. Whenever I felt like I could’ve used more information, the character moved on with a simple “blah blah” and “this is hokey”. If you tell the reader it’s hokey then they can’t believe in the magic you’re trying to create. And it was so beautiful and fantastical. I just wished for more, kind of like Peter Pan when he calls out, “I do believe in fairies!”

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This book had me hitch of some parts, but the story itself truly was special. Like a dream of elegance and heartache and loss. The bits I did get caught on didn’t stop me from continuing the series. However, I can’t say I’ll return to it in the future.

 

Quotables:

For those of you just joining in reading my reviews and craziness, this is where I give you a couple of quotes that really stood out to me in the book and made an impact on me. I feel like they can help make a difference in whether you want to read a book because it doesn’t give the book away, but it doesn’t give a small piece of its heart.

 

“Before Damen came along, I’d resigned myself to a solitary fate. Not that I was thrilled with the idea of never having another boyfriend, of never getting close to another person again. But how can I date when touch feels so overbearing? How can I be in a relationship when I’ll always know what my partner  is thinking? Never getting the chance to obsess, dissect, and guess at the secret meaning of everything he says and does?” (Ever, p. 78)

“…Sinking down into a happier place. A world without memories. A home without loss. A life where I only see what I’m supposed to.” (Ever, p. 228)

“I hold on to that moment, cradling it in my mind, experiencing the feel, the scents, the sounds, the emotions, as though I’m right. Wanting this to be the last moment I see before I go, reliving the last time I was truly happy.” (Ever, p. 242)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Idle Worship by Paramore.

Fairytale in the Big City (Valiant – Book Review)

Valiant
Author: Holly Black
Published: 2005

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Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Valerie, betrayed by her mother and cheated on by her boyfriend, runs away to the city that never sleeps. New York City. Slumming in an abandoned subway with a group of squatters, she tries a new drug. One that nobody knows about and is referred to as Never.

“There are three rules: Never more than once a day, never more than a pinch at a time, and never more than two days in a row.”

Its seductive pull is addictive and magical, making almost anything possible with a little glamour. When going out to find some more of the Never, one of Val’s new friends is put in danger by a monstrous creature she only knew to exist in books. In exchange for her services, he lets her friend live.

Soon enough Val discovers there is a thin veil between the realm of faerie and the realm of ordinary humans. The more she grows closer to her monstrous employer, who turns out to be more different than she imagines the more she becomes submerged in all of the magic around her and the more she begins to forget about her previous life.

This is a tale I come back to from time to time. It’s a beautiful twist on the fairy tale creatures that we’ve come to know as children. Trolls in the subway system. Fairies in Grand Central Park. This book brings us back as young adults to such fantastical magic, and for yet another lesson that only fairy tales can bring. Only this time it’s not about a moral code. It’s about the complications we begin to face when we begin to come out of childhood, heartache and acceptance.

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This tale was just what I needed when I was in high school and there are times when I need it these days. I was such a sucker for magic and to this day I still am. Bold, strong and determined, Val became the unsung heroine of the iron city. While she’s no Buffy, she could certainly compete.

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(And I’ve realized that I’ve gotten carried away with the Buffy gifs. I couldn’t help myself.)

I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tales, magic and even true love. I believe that this is the magic we all need in our lives to help us find ourselves as we continue to grow because even though we grow up, fairy tales still have a lot to teach us. Holly Black did a beautiful job in creating one where the monster is capable of love and the ordinary is capable of being a hero.

 

Excerpt Favorites:

“You know,” Lolli said, “the thing about drugs is that they make things kind of shift, go leftwars and sideways and upside down, but with Never, you can take everyone else upside down with you. What else can do that?” (p. 96)

 

Were they sweet tooths? Human thralls willing to do anything for a taste of Never, not even knowing what it was to stick it in your arm or burn it up you nose.tick it in you arm. (p.226)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Today’s song? Real Life Fairytale by Plumb.

It’s a God’s World (American Gods – A Book Review)

American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2001

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Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Shadow Moon is released from prison a couple of days early due to losing his wife and best friend in a car accident. With nothing left for him in his hometown of Eagle Point, Indiana he accepts a job from the grifter, Mr. Wednesday, not questioning anything so long as he doesn’t have to kill anybody.

“You work for me. You protect me. You help me. You transport me from place to place…In the unlikely event of my death, you will hold my vigil…” (p. 47)

Things get strange quickly. He starts having dreams of a man with a white buffalo’s head. A leprechaun teaches him some new coin tricks. But, for Shadow it doesn’t feel so strange. His encounters with gods do not faze him so much as does his dead wife who comes to visit him on occasion.

Shadow drives across the U.S. with Mr. Wednesday to talk to people or rather, gods, about a coming storm, a war and it’s between new gods and old gods. From a museum to a funeral home to a small town where nothing bad happens ever, Shadow is meeting all sorts of Gods, like Easter and Horus.

Simply put, this story is phenomenal from the first page to the very last. The intertwining of mythologies with the modern age, which is always changing, creates a brand new magic all its own. Over and over again I found myself saying, “What the eff?”, but in such a good way. I haven’t been so surprised or educated by such originality in years. My brain was completely blown out of my skull.

For those who are lovers of mythology, and epic detail similar to Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, this is most certainly for you. The imagery pulled me into this book just like the movie The Pagemaster.

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Books like this remind me of why it is that I write. They evoke more than just emotions or relatability. They pull me into a whole new world. I’m definitely going back and rereading this again sometime. I still feel like there’s so much more I don’t know that happened within the book and that makes me even happier.

Now, the show adapted from the book started on April 30th, 2017 and if you haven’t read the book it’ll be confusing at first. The show is an instant attention grabber. And Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow? *faints*

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I can’t wait to see who comes in to portray Sam Black Crow. She’s is my favorite character. She’s got a lot of spunk and is one of the few normal friends that Shadow happens upon.

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Tune in to Starz on Sunday at 9PM if you are ready for this.

 

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Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the book. If you consider excerpts/quotes to be spoilers then do not read any further.

 

Wednesday looked at him with amusement and something else—irritation perhaps. Or pride. “Why don’t you argue?” asked Wednesday. “Why don’t you exclaim that it’s all impossible? Why the hell do you just do what I say and take it all so fucking calmly?” (p. 433)

Definitely a question I asked during this whole book.

 

“What the hell? We’ll always have Peru ,” he said, under his breath, as Sam walked away from him. “And El Paso. We’ll always have that.” (p.729)

 

“Hey, Sweeney,” said Shadow, breathless, “why are we fighting?”

“For the joy of it,” said Sweeney, sober now, or at least no longer visibly drunk. “For the sheer unholy fucken delight of it. Can’t you feel the joy in your own veins, rising like the sap in the springtime?” (p. 55)

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Today’s song? Don’t Fear the Reaper, version by Denmark and Winter.

Let’s Binge Read!

Sometimes it’s nice to read a book series that feels like it’ll never end just like watching a long TV Series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Grey’s Anatomy). Here, for you dapper bookworms, I have a list of fifteen book series that range in interest and genre. Odds are you’ve heard of a majority of these series, but there’s nothing wrong with reminding you and possibly convincing you to go back and relive the adventure.

So, here we go.

 

Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling
Books: 8

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“You’re a wizard, Harry.”

– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter, boy who lives under the stairs, discovers that he’s a wizard and goes to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. Him an his friends go on a magical journey to stop the most evil wizard in the world.

 

The Morganville Vampires
Author: Rachel Caine
Books:  15, but then there’s Midnight Bites, a collection of short stories.

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Welcome to Morganville. You’ll never want to leave. And even if you do…well, you can’t. Sorry about that.

-Intro to nearly every book of the series

A sixteen year old Claire Danvers discovers that vampires run the town she goes to college and her smart brain gets her into trouble with them. Thankfully, her friends have her back even if nearly gets them all killed.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
Books: 13

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But happy moments came rarely and unexpectedly in the Baudelaires’ lives, and the three siblings had learned to accept them.

-The Austere Academy

Following three orphans who try to get away from the nefarious Count Olaf and his evil henchmen who want their fortune. Along the way, the children try to discover what VFD is and how their parents were involved.

 

The Shadowhunter Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare
Books: 12

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We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

-City of Heavenly Fire

Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the supernatural when she witnesses a murder at a night club and then her mother disappears shortly after. She has to learn fast about demons and the other creatures that linger in the dark if she hopes to find her mom and stay alive.

 

Maximum Ride
Author: James Patterson
Books: 9

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I don’t damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much.

-Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Known as bird kids, this group is always on the run from the crazy facility that created them known as The School. They have wings and that’s only the half of it. Apparently they’re supposed to save the world.

 

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels
Author: Charlaine Harris
Books: 13

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“Some might think you suicidal.”

“Well, ‘some’ can stick it up their ass.”

-All Together Dead

In small town, Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse finds herself attracted to Bill Compon, the first vampire to come to the town since vampire came out of the coffin. This only spells trouble, especially since she can’t hear his thoughts.

 

The Walking Dead
Author: Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
 Books: 27 Volumes so far and 8 novels

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In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

-Vol. 1, Days Gone Bye

They’re graphic novels, I know, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a fantastic binge. You have zombies, guts and a whole lot of trauma. You can binge both the show and the graphic novels!

The Women’s Murder Club Series
Author: James Patterson
Books: 16 and counting

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Hope attacking doubt. It seemed crazy.

-1st to Die

A collection of murder mysteries with the leading ladies, Lindsay Boxer, Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn and Jill Bernhardt. Follow their stories, solve the murders.

 

The Otherworld Series
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Books: 13

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I’ve spent the last decade learning to stand firm and face my problems… or at least batter them until they’re unrecognizable.

-Frostbitten

Starting with werewolf, Elena Michaels, follow the Otherworld women and discover witches, ghosts, necromancers and more as they try to live in the ‘real’ world. The struggle to survive is real when there are dangers around every corner threaten their ways of living that will test the women of this series.

 

Daughters of the Moon
Author: Lynne Ewing
Books: 13

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Without hope, people become desperate to escape the pain. They seldom see the rhythms in their own lives, how dark phases come before new beginnings.

-Goddess of the Night

Discovering your a moon goddess? Not as easy as you think in high school. Trying to defeat a dark evil known as The Atrox? Also not easy. When you’re a daughter of the moon you have until you’re seventeen and then you make the most important decision of your life. For the five girls in this series, they do battle with more than just evil. they struggle to keep their normal lives.

 

The Dark Tower
Author: Stephen King
Books: 7

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A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.

-The Dark Tower

Join the legendary ‘gunslinger’ Roland Deschain as he treks to the Dark Tower, the heart of all worlds, to try and save it from the evil corrupting it only known as The Man in Black.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia
Author: C.S. Lewis
Books: 7

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Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.

-The Last Battle

Travel to the fantastical Narnia through unimaginable portals and follow four siblings on a journey to become kings and queens of a magical kingdom where animals talk and and evil queen has an icy hold over the land. The series leads you over epic battles of good vs evil and show you magic unlike you’ve never seen.

 

Star Wars
Author: Timothy Zahn, Drew Karpyshyn, James Luceno, Matthew Woodring Stover, John Jackson Miller, Paul S. Kemp, Karen Traviss and many more
Books: Too many to count

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Revenge is little more than an adolescent concession to personal vanity.

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The release of the original Sci-Fi movie Trilogy didn’t just lead to new stories in film such as The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but also across pages. There are so many untold stories and in this series you’ll never feel like there’s an end. The Death Star was only the beginning.

 

Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Books: 8 soon to be 9 with Seven Stones To Stand or Fall coming out soon and then there are also the novellas.

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Sometimes our best action result in things that are most regrettable.

-Outlander

Time travel from 1945 to 1743 with Claire Randall in this romance series where she is caught up in the middle of a Scottish war. She soon goes to war with herself as she struggles with having just gotten her husband back in 1945 and falling for the Scots warrior who’s helping her discover the world of 1743.

Odd Thomas
Author: Dean Koontz
Books: 10

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I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it!

-Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas has only known one thing. That he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever. That and he sees ghosts. So that’s two things. Throughout this series he tries to help ghosts cross over by bringing their deaths justice. There are cameos by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Alfred Hitchcock.

 

Craving a binge yet? I think I’m going to go back to Morganville. I like it there.

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Todays song? Leave My Body by Florence + The Machine