Tis’ the season for dark fantasy and ghost stories! This month’s very ambitious TBR is inspired by the wonderful Victoria (V.E.) Schwab and all of her dark and spooky fiction.
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Author: V.E. Schwab
Goodreads Summary: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Thoughts so far: I flew through half of this book and it is only getting better. It has been able to completely captivate me and make all of my problems go away. I also had the pleasure of meeting Victoria Schwab and getting this book dedicated to me which made it all the more special.
Author: V.E. Schwab
Goodreads Summary: The sequel to Vicious, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.
Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.
Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done
Why it’s on my TBR: Besides being a continuation of a book that I am completely obsessed with. I am so intrigued by the strong female characters in this book. It was completely rewritten from the ground up with the women in mind. Sign me up!
City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Goodreads Summary: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
Why it’s on my TBR: I will read anything by Victoria Schwab… as you have probably already gathered. I am so excited about this Middle-Grade ghost story and I plan to read all of it on Halloween day!
The Last Magician
Author: Lina Maxwell
Goodreads Summary: In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
Why it’s on my TBR: My absolute favorite trope of all time is time travel. I adore characters who are too modern for the setting. This book incorporates time travel, magic, and the city of New York. Three of my absolute favorite things! I can’t wait to see how Maxwell interprets 1902 NYC.
Authors: Neal Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Goodreads Summary: According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
Why it’s on my TBR: This book has been on my TBR for over a year now. I just purchased the audiobook and I’m a few chapters in. The TV adaptation was just announced at NYCC and it has become of an absolute urgency that I read this book! Also, the synopsis is just absolutely amazing.