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Five Star Book: Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn’t know why.
The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm “inside” their classroom.
Jarrod doesn’t believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her “hocus pocus” notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate’s theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod’s family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.
I first read this book when I was eleven or twelve, it was something I checked out of the library just because of the title. And to be honest, this book left a huge impact on my Fantasy reading and writing! Aspects of the magic system, and elements inspired by the story, still make it into my stories. I also can never seem to get the story out of my head, and I love its Fantasy atmosphere!
Always Going to Recommend: Ash by Malinda Lo
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
I adore this retelling. It has LGBT+ themes, and it’s one of the most compelling Cinderella stories I’ve ever read. Ash has a full range of emotions and her grief is poignant and real. The fantasy world this book takes place in is at times more like a pseudo-medieval European world, but there are definite elements of true fantasy blended in. I regularly recommend this book, as it’s stuck with me ever since I read it as one of my favorites.
Own it, but haven’t read it: N/A
As I don’t have access to any of my physical books, and I don’t own most of the books on my Kindle (I’m a renter) I….don’t know what books I have that I haven’t read?
Would Read Again: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and tge advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.
This was my introduction to fantasy as a genre, and I still love these books today. I convinced my husband to listen to the audiobooks, and he also loved them. I have a signed copy of Inheritance, the last book in the series, and the special anniversary edition of Eragon as well as the exploring the world book (it’s like that Dragonology book from when we were kids but specifically about Inheritance Cycle).
In Another World: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall—named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining…
So I definitely saw the movie for this one before reading the book, but both of them are so good in their own ways! I think that this book has some wonderful aspects of fantasy, and both stands as a great work within the genre and defines a few pretty great things that I’ve actively sought out in other fantasy books. The witches! The stars! It’s all so wonderful!
And Back on Earth: The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.
For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.
Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.
The Vine Witch is set in historical wine country, France, but is absolutely a fantasy novel. It looks into the life of vine witches who use their magic to grow excellent grapes in order to make even more excellent wine. Witches come in all shapes and sizes in this take on history, working under their own laws and secrets to ensure that they stay hidden from the eyes of the public.