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Articles / October 2, 2019

It’s October! Yay! My spooky self is so ready. But this also means there are only three months left of 2019 and they’re stupidly packed with holiday obligations, which aren’t my favorite things. Are you a fan of October? Or are you more like my boyfriend and think the best weather is summer weather? … Did you see we made O, The Oprah Magazine‘s online list of 21 best book podcasts?! The list is fantastic and we’re honored to be named alongside some awesome podcasts. … Frolic Media has teamed up with Tapas to launch an adorable webcomic 100 Days in Europe! The artwork is super cute, though I wish the display wasn’t just one big image. … I had a good cry reading the profiles of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring. A majority of the dogs were adopted out and lived out the remainder of their lives in comfort. … Did you see that we’ve launched our BookFinder? Now, you can search our database of over 7,000 books to find your perfect catnip cocktail. … Have a moment of zen with these photos of Mister Global contestants. I’m so disappointed in USA’s choice of costume, but…what up,…

Hockey, Beowulf, & More
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Articles / October 2, 2019

Kill the Queen RECOMMENDED: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep is $1.99! Elyse read this one and gave it a B+: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep is the first book in a fantasy series that features a badass female gladiator on a quest to reclaim the throne from her murderous cousin. It’s tremendous fun, although it wraps up quickly.   Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance. In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of…

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
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Articles / October 2, 2019

C+ The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith October 1, 2019 · Ace Science Fiction/Fantasy My experience of The Library of the Unwritten was one of disappointment. However, there’s no such thing as an unbiased review, and I struggled through this book during the worst possible time for me to be reading a book with complicated angst. So even though I wasn’t crazy about this book and will explain why, I think some of you might enjoy it anyway. This book, which is one of several “library” themed fantasies out recently, involves Claire, the librarian in Hell. Her job is to care for and protect books, especially the unwritten ones, and sometimes return characters to their pages: There were two parts to any unwritten book. Its words – the twisting, changing text on the page – and its story. Most of the time the two parts were united in the books filling the Unwritten Wing’s stacks, but now and then a book woke up. Felt it had a purpose beyond words on a page. Then the story made itself into one of its characters and went walking. As the head librarian of Hell’s Unwritten Wing, it was Claire’s job…