Howl’s Moving Castle

I don’t read YA or children’s books much, but I couldn’t bring myself to read a “serious” book after Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, so I finally decided to read my copy of Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy novel Howl’s Moving Castle. I admit that I bought a copy of this book only because of the anime…

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

The long wait is over!  The third and final part of V.E. Schwab‘s Shades of Magic Trilogy, A Conjuring of Light, has been released!  Needless to say, I got myself a copy and read it right away! A Conjuring of Light is the final book in the Shades of Magic Trilogy, which starts with A…

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in my newly discovered and recent favorite fantasy series Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab. It tells the story of the magical and nonmagical inhabitants of four Londons: Grey and nonmagical London; Red, harmonious, and magical London; White, chaotic ,and brutal London; and Black London, the most…

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Like most, if not all readers, I’m always on the lookout for new reads and authors. I subscribe to several bookish sites that regularly feature new and upcoming authors and their novels, look back on best-loved Classics, and recommend books for every occasion/taste. Sometime in 2016, I came across an npr.org article reviewing V.E. Schwab‘s…

Sorcerer to the Crown

I feel a bit bad about not updating my blog. It’s been a while since I last posted a review, though I’ve only finished one book since.  I’ve been a bit busy with some freelance work, and now, with the Holiday season coming up, there’s always something that needs to be done.  But today, I…

The Illusionists

You know how everyone says “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  It’s sound advice, for sure, but come on, don’t tell me you’ve never bought a book because of its beautiful cover.  Ok, how about a beautiful cover and a semi-interesting blurb? That’s not usually how I choose what to read next, but that’s exactly…

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Neil Gaiman recently released two fairy-tale graphic novels, or more precisely, two illustrated fairy-tale short stories: Hansel and Gretel, and The Sleeper and the Spindle; both a remake of sorts of well-know, beloved, classic fairy-tales. The Sleeper and the Spindle is sort of a mash-up of two classic fairy-tales, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, complete with…

The Magicians

In Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Quentin, a 17-year-old ‘genius’ from New York is a young man bored with his mundane life.  Having grown up reading fantasy books, he desperately wishes for something magical to happen to him. He gets his wish, by suddenly being invited to attend a magical college right in New York City,…