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Book Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (Book 2, The Bone Season)

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(From Goodreads) Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

Shannon jumps into the story with action, interest and questions of how Paige is going to survive that keeps the readers hooked. Paige’s new life is in Scion, as the secrets and darkness that surrounds her are revealed as Shannon’s characters shift, backstab and fall in ways that are as fascinating as the twists and turns of the plot.
The Mime Order is the second book in a new fantasy series.

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Book 6: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Book 6: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.
Lovely story perfect for adults and children to read this Christmas, and meet the wonderful creations of Carroll.

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Book 15: Frostbite: a Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead.

Book 15: Frostbite: a Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

As for those of you who are fans of fantasy, this is a perfect book that combines Christmas and vampires. The second in the Vampire Academy series (Vampire Academy was the name of the first book), Mead brings her beloved best-selling series back into a world of love and jealously of vampires. The book is unique and mesmerizing, with characters that are cleverly written.

Rose Hathaway’s got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian. Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St Vladmir’s on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians – including the legendary Janine Hathaway… Rose’s formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks. This year, St Vlad’s holiday ski trip is mandatory. But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined.

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Book 19: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Book 19: Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published in 1950. It was the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956) and the best known; among all the author’s books. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to buy a gift for a young child this Christmas if you are stuck on what to get them, instead an electronic game for them to play, a book is always a good gift.
Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals (Beavers, Aslan the Lion) and mythical creatures (Mr. Tumnus is a faun) where the White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter, “always Winter, but never Christmas.” In the story, four English children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, live in a big, old country house during their World War II evacuation from London. The youngest, Lucy, discovers Narnia by walking through a Wardrobe in the big old house one day, upon her first visit she meets Mr Tumnus. When she returns Lucy tells her siblings, but no-one believes her. Upon her third visit the other three siblings join her. In Narnia the siblings seem to fulfil an old prophecy, so they are soon adventuring both to save Narnia and their lives.

Lewis wrote the book for, and dedicated it to, his god-daughter Lucy Barfield. The main protagonist is also named Lucy.

 

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