28 Jul

Michael’s Picks!


Vicious by V.E. Schwab - This book has: unconventional superheroes! Moral ambiguity! Resurrection! (*mild spoiler*) A dog that does not die in the end! Other stuff! This book does *not* have: two-dimensional characters! Tropes! A sequel! Though, really, it should.


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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - An urban fantasy that has elements of both Neil Gaiman and China Mieville (who are two other authors you should obviously be reading). There's a swashbuckling, gender-bending lady pirate, an inter-dimensional blood magician, AND A WHOLE LOT OF MAGIC. And queer characters. Winnnnnnn.

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Seraphina & Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman - Dragons, mostly, with a Game-of-Thrones-esque attention to world building. The titular character here is a sassy flautist with psychic abilities and she COMPLETELY steals the show. Can I compare this series to Game of Thrones again? Fine, I think I will.

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Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo - More magic (are you sensing a theme here?). Elemental magicians, alchemists, and shadow- and light-wielders fight and flirt in this Russia-inspired trilogy about a nation divided by dark magic. The characters are basically sexy versions of Hogwarts students. So, yeah.


Railsea by China Mieville - A Moby-Dick retelling set in a vast desert instead of the open seas. Giant burrowing owls and massive moles terrorize anyone caught out in the sand. There's also a legend about angelic trains that guard the railways and protect travelers from danger. Need I continue?

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So, what do you think?