The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

If someone had asked Jared Grace what jobs his brother and sister would have when they grew up, he would have had no trouble replying.

Plot

It all starts when Jared Grace finds their great uncle’s book, ‘Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastic World Around You’ and the Grace kids realize that they are not alone in their new house. Now the kids want to tell their story but the faeries will do everything they can to stop them.

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The Immortal Circus by A.R. Kahler

The Immortal Circus

Rating: 2.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

“Who the hell did this?” Kingston whispers, staring at the corpse.

Plot

Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader, Mab, is the Faerie Queen of legend—and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant, Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargained for.

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed.



Plot

Artemis Fowl is twelve years old and a criminal genius. His father has vanished on sea, his mother barely gets out of her room and Artemis is left to fend for himself. Determined to restore the family fortune, he has an unconventional idea: He will steal gold from faeries.

To that end, he kidnaps Holly Short and holds her for ransom. What he doesn’t count on is that she is a member of the elite LEPrecon force and her friends, including genius centaur Foaly and Commander Root, are determined to get her out of Artemis’ hands.

The whole force of the faeries is coming down on him and all Artemis has is his sharp mind and his bodyguard Butler.


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A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.



Plot

Since the war between humans and fae, the world has been divided in two, with a barrier between the realms of humans and those of the fae. Few dare tread close to that barrier, but Feyre has to hunt in these woods to support her family.

One day, she kills a wolf that turns out not be a wolf at all. And one of the Fae demands her life in return. He takes her to Prythian, where everything is not alright. There is a dark force at work, determined to shatter the barrier and conquer humans once again.
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Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Grave Witch

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.



Plot

Alex Craft is a grave witch. It means she is closer to death than others and can raise the shades of the dead. In a world where magic and the fae are known, but witches are viewed sceptically, her powers make her more suspect than most.

Alex mainly uses her powers to help relatives – and the police. But when a new case comes her way, she is in over her head: someone is using very dark magic to kill magic-users.

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Dog With a Bone by Hailey Edwards

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Rating: 1.5 Stars

Burnt ozone tingled in my nose.



Plot

Thierry is half-fae. Her father is the famous Black Dog, a death omen working for both the Seelie and Unseelie court. For Thierry, it means that she has the power to kill people with a touch. She is taken in by the magistrates and trained to use her power to be a marshall: the fae police in the human world. When fae go missing, Thierry investigates the case. Together with her hot partner Shaw, who happens to be an incubus.

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The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



Rating: 4 Stars

The London air was full of smog and filth. Kai’s senses were better than those of a human, though he tried not to be too self-indulgent about it. But even he couldn’t see down a dark alley any better than the average Londoner.



The Plot

Irene and her apprentice Kai have settled into their lives as librarian-in-residence in a world of Fae, brilliant detectives and airships.

But then Kai is abducted by the Fae. He’s not even in this particular world anymore. What’s worse is that, since he’s a dragon of royal blood, his abduction could spell war. With dire consequences for whole worlds.

Determined to rescue her apprentice and prevent a war, Irene follows Kai into a world dominated by the Fae, where everyone wears masks and danger lurks around every corner.


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