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I want to read all the books. I do read many of the books.

The Star Scroll, and Sunrunner Prince, by Melanie Rawn

Following my reread of The Dragon Prince, I continued on with the trilogy, reading the next two with quick succession, reading Sunrunner Prince as an e-book on my phone because I was on a camping trip and *gasp* hadn’t packed enough to read. (I left my kindle at home, too). 

One thing that I love about epic-anything is family sagas. Large, complicated, ridiculous family sagas. These books have so much of that and more. Dragons, magic, sun/moon/star light weaving, evil high princes, super evil disgruntled princesses… 

I don’t really know what to say about these books overall. I enjoyed them, and would recommend them to anyone who wanted to read some epic fantasy featuring a number of intelligent ladies, alongside the powerful men. I will definitely keep up with the tor.com reread of them, to think about them a little bit more.

I started to read Stronghold, the next book in the series, but it isn’t grabbing me the way the first three did, so I’ll probably leave them alone for now and read other things, like sad cancer books.

Sad Cancer Book Is Sad

The back of this paperback describes the protagonist’s love interest as “a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters.”

I liked the scenes in Amsterdam, and the writer’s assistant was great. I read this over the course of my bath water getting cold, and it made me tear up once.

I would recommend this to students who love weepy tragedies, but it’s not really my genre of fiction, even YA fiction.

Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn

I picked this up because tor.com started a reread of it. I read it the first time when I was in high school, and deep in the midst of reading every piece of fantasy I could put my hands on. 

Rereading it, I’m happy to say I enjoyed it, though like the reread on Tor, there are parts if it that now-me and high school-me feel differently about. 

One thing that impressed me was how women are given places of power both in the noble ranks and the common. The beautiful bride if the Dragon Prince is, of course, beautiful, intelligent, and powerful. But the captain if the guard is also a woman, and the archer in the field of battle is a woman, and the person who helps study the habits of the dragons is a woman. While the bulk of the epic power play hinges on male heirs vs female daughters, women in their day to day life are involved in all walks.

Cress, by Marissa Meyer

So, when Cress first came out, I was super excited and wanted to read it right away, and then I reminded myself that I would read it in like a day, and then have to wait forever for Winter to come out…. But then I checked it out from the library and read it in two days, and now I have to wait till Nov 2015 for Winter to come out. 

November? That’s more than a year from now! Ugh! 

(spoilers)

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The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

This book is so good! 

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Trickster’s Choice & Trickster’s Queen, by Tamora Pierce

In a continuation of binge-reading all the Tortall books, I have just finished the Daughter of the Lioness duo. (spoilers, of course)

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Bloog!

Tumblr has informed me that the Bloog is three years old today.

diversityinya:

epicreads:

25 YA Books For GAME OF THRONES Fans via @EpicReads! (Click the link to view it in a larger size!)

Malinda and I are tickled to see both Huntress and Silver Phoenix featured on this great list of young adult fantasy reads. I spy quite a few I’ve read that feature diversity (besides our own), including The Demon King and The City of a Thousand Dolls. Check out this great summer reading list!

I’m putting this here because I want to read all the books.

diversityinya:

epicreads:

25 YA Books For GAME OF THRONES Fans via @EpicReads! (Click the link to view it in a larger size!)

Malinda and I are tickled to see both Huntress and Silver Phoenix featured on this great list of young adult fantasy reads. I spy quite a few I’ve read that feature diversity (besides our own), including The Demon King and The City of a Thousand Dolls. Check out this great summer reading list!

I’m putting this here because I want to read all the books.

The Protector of the Small, by Tamora Pierce

Following up my two favorite series (serieses?) from childhood, I moved on to the next quartet set in the Tortall universe. This is not something I read as a middle schooler, as it was not written until I was in high school, and much to old for such things (mostly, all I did in high school was read Anne Rice).

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The Immortals, by Tamora Pierce

I’m on summer vacation, and while my goal was to read some YA that I haven’t read in the past (I’m a middle school teacher. Reading YA is kind of like work), I have actually ended up reading all the books I loved as a middle schooler, namely Tamora Pierce. 

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