review-ish-thingies: lazy lists about really great books

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley


look how gorgeousssss they both are

  1. funny but also serious
  2. emotional
  3. well-developed, very realistic, and relatable characters
  4. unique world and mythology
  7. really, really, really great prose and style
  8. “Because every time someone finds a new animal, or a new amazing thing on earth, it means we haven’t broken everything yet.”
  9. sky pirates need i say more
  10. “Something has happened above the clouds that man has not yet accounted for.”
  11. once you read this book, you will never look at clouds the same way again
  12. “You’ve never seen surprise until you’ve looked into the eyes of an ascending bovine.”

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

I don’t really have a list of stuff for this one, since I’m not really sure how to review short stories + I don’t want to spoil anything, so here are my basic thoughts on the new stories, spoilers removed:

The Keeper showed Scarlet’s life when she was younger, and added more depth to her family, ‘specially her grandmother. Little Scarlet was cute.

After Sunshine Passes By was super sad AND POOR CRESS THAT IS NO LIFE FOR A NINE-YEAR-OLD.

The Princess and the Guard showed the evolution of Winter and Jacin’s friendship and it was SUPER CUTE AAAAH but also really dark at parts.

The Mechanic . . . well, KAIIIIII. That is all.

And Something Old, Something New included Thorne being ridiculous and everyone being cute and OH MY GOSH. That one was my favorite, of course, along with The Princess and the Guard.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene


  1. you totally can’t tell from the title, but it’s dark
  2. “Kell wore a very peculiar coat.”
  3. parallel Londons
  4. unpredictable, awesome plot, but with lots of foreshadowing and lots of space for theories about the next book
  5. so much action and really high stakes
  6. splendiferous worldbuilding
  7. Lila Bard, the girl who’s a pickpocket and a PIRATE, sort of
  8. Kell, the adopted prince who can travel between worlds and is unofficially a smuggler
  9. Holland, the scary dude
  10. the poor guy though
  11. lots of different settings with different feels to ’em
  12. seriously Victoria Schwab is so good at settings

(warning: technically A Darker Shade of Magic is an adult book.)


Corsair, which is another word for . . . *drumroll* . . . pirate.



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