Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Six-Gun Snow White seemed like the perfect book for me: From New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente comes a brilliant reinvention of one the best known fairy tales of all time. In the novella Six-Gun Snow White, Valente transports the title s heroine to a masterfully evoked Old West where Coyote is just as likely to be found as the seven dwarves. A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents–a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give...

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) by Deborah Harkness

Anyways, all of this is not to say I didn't enjoy reading the book, and that I am not tempted to power through and read the second tome, just that it was an interesting experience. I would say that if you enjoy paranormal romance this series is a must read. If you don't enjoy long reads with lots of descriptions and a healthy dose of romance then you might be disappointed or tempted to bail out early.

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The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott

Another series I have been enjoying for some time is The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.  And like Sisters Grimm, the series has come to and end with The Enchantress.  And like that series, the final book left me with mixed feelings. Here is the Kirkus summary: Scott tops off his deservedly popular series with a heaping shovelful of monster attacks, heroic last stands, earthquakes and other geological events, magic-working, millennia-long schemes coming to fruition...

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman

In my review of The Magicians I offered this opinion as to what its author was up to: What Lev Grossman attempts to do in The Magicians is both bring this shared love of childhood fantasy adventures into a more adult-like world but also ask the question: “What if something like Narnia really existed?”  These two concepts make up the bulk of the book but they do not always work together. The just released sequel, The Magician King, picks up where this left off and ads the question:...

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