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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I have always been a sucker for real life puzzles and cryptography. I am also a fan of realistic fiction. Jennifer Lynn Barnes captures both of those qualities in her excellent book, The Inheritance Games. I have heard that this book has lots of aspects of Knives Out, and while I “own” that movie, I haven’t watched it yet, so I can only say that it has some Clue vibes to it, without being tropey.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

What is the difference between a dream and reality? Does our subconscious mind have the ability to alter the physical world around us? If so, then how do your thoughts affect dreams, and what affect does that have on your physical reality? When I read fiction, these are the types of questions I want the author to evoke from my mind, and Maggie Stiefvater has done just that with her four-part series, The Raven Cycle.

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg is a must-read for fans of HBO’s WestWorld. If you haven’t started watching WestWorld yet, don’t have HBO, don’t understand or approve of piracy, and want to watch in the best quality, you can use this link to get the BluRay for the complete first season from Amazon.

This is also an excellent read for people who don’t want to get involved in the whole convoluted series of WestWorld (especially Season 3, which takes things to a whole new level). This book is a good stand-alone that gives you the main idea all at once without having to get invested in a series.

The premise between The Kingdom and WestWorld is basically the same — a female protagonist, who is a realistic, humanoid robot with an evolving artificial intelligence that is becoming more conscious of itself and the world she is trapped in.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints was a buddy read with my wife, Shannon. Somehow, she ended up with two copies of this book, so we both read them at pretty much the same time. Shannon has since received an e-arc from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the sequel, Ruthless Gods, which she posted a review for earlier today.

This was Emily A. Duncan’s first book, and to be brutally honest, it started off reading like one. I absolutely couldn’t stand the foreign names that we difficult to pronounce even in my head (like why could Tranavia have not simply been Travania? — which would have made much more sense from a reader’s perspective). It took me a long time to get into this book (nearly halfway-through), but once it started getting good, it got good quick. The magic started flowing, and it turned out to be a really solid read.

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Personally, I feel like Neal Shusterman really created a masterpiece with The Toll. I really enjoyed Scythe and its follow up, Thunderhead, but The Toll was the grand finale that tied up all of the loose ends and ultimately brought the series to its full and glorious completion.


There appear to be two distinctly separate camps when it comes to readers of this book. There are those who loved Scythe and Thunderhead who happened to be very bored and underwhelmed by The Toll, and this camp seems to actually hold the majority. On the other hand, there are readers who believe The Toll completely stands apart from the first two books in the series and truly deserves more credit than people are giving it. I happen to be a member of this second camp, as this book “resonated” with me pretty deeply.

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