15. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (a re-read) ★★★★
Upon second reading it gave me the opportunity to love certain characters more, and like certain characters even less. The normal world becomes mundane and boring in this tale, and so does the magical world until, as per usual, something is at stake. While embarking on this re-read I was still drawn in by the descriptive and encompassing prose, though I found myself wishing for it to pick up. I do look forward to continuing my read of the second book (for the first time).
16. Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
This anthology is dedicated both to major and minor characters, and I can never fault the way Patricia Briggs writes so lovingly about those she has created. This is a delicious look into the characters I’ve grown to love, and those I wanted to know more about. It should not be missed by anyone who loves Mercy Thompson, or the characters of Alpha & Omega.
“Change is neither good nor bad. It’s just change. Frightening, but survivable.”
17. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This books is a loving, wonderful tribute to the misfits and if it’s not I refuse to see it otherwise. It’s about the peculiar children of the world, only instead of casting them out the author gives them extraordinary abilities and makes them something more than the fodder of mockery. The plot is delicately woven to the point that I pretty much thought that the main character was insane, but then it twists and turns and becomes something so much more suspenseful. I hemmed and hawed over reading this book for so long and am certainly glad I picked it up.
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”