Special Editions (AKA Why I’m Broke)

For readers and fangirls, there’s nothing more exciting than the words ‘special edition’. There’s something so magical about getting your hands on one of your favourite books that has a whole new design, or graphic unseen before, or extra content. For me, special editions are the death of my bank account, but I don’t think I’ll be able to stop buying them anytime soon. It’s kind of the same addiction as when you buy books because you think they’ll look good on your shelves — and I’m not even sorry. My special editions are gorgeous, and even my bank account cursing me out from the grave won’t make me regret my decisions.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

34496775Kell is one of the last Antari―magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes―Red London―and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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Pirates, Time Travelling, and SO MUCH SASS!

The Girl From EverywhereNix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

After falling in love with V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series, The Girl From Everywhere is the book I’ve been needing in my life. A Conjuring of Light left a Kell and Lila-sized hole in my heart, but The Girl From Everywhere was the first book since reading Schwab’s series that was able to fill that whole. While my love for this series in no way surpasses my love for A Darker Shade of Magic, it was something that definitely came close. Complete with pirates and time-travelling and thieves, The Girl From Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time will take you on an adventure that you won’t want to end.Read More »

Magic, Shadows, and Light

Question: How do you write a review for your favourite series? Answer: SHRIEK AND RUN AWAY BECAUSE IT’S TOO HARD. Ever since finishing A Conjuring of Light, I’ve wanted to write a post about my love for A Darker Shade of Magic and just V.E. Schwab in general (and how I kind of daydream about us marrying but MEETING HER would be a start), but like… WHERE TO START? What can I say except that this series enveloped me and I fell utterly in love with the characters and I was left a sobbing mess by the end? HUH? Is it even possible?

If you don’t know what A Darker Shade of Magic is… WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? THIS IS ABSURD. THIS IS MADNESS. But just because I’m kind, I’ll shed some light on it for you. This series is full of magic and different Londons and awesome coats and thieving pirates — and that’s basically all you need to know! Seriously, this is a one-of-a-kind adventure and V.E. Schwab has a special place in my heart. She’s the only author that’s made me lie on the couch for three days straight reading and rereading this series, and then three more trying to recover from the ending. THESE BOOKS WILL RUIN YOU. But, you know, in a good way. I promise.

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