Summer reading – had me a blast!

I love reading! So for all my fellow book lovers out there, here are a few of the books I’ve been reading this summer. There’s more that I haven’t quite finished the series for yet, so we’ll get to those later.

I stumbled upon these books that are a prequel for The X-files, written by Kami Garcia and Jonathan Maberry.

In Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia, we follow Fox Mulder in the year 1979 when he is still a teenager and finds himself tracking down a serial killer after a local boy turns up dead and another is abducted. This is the first time he helps solve a case and what sets him down the path to becoming the agent Fox Mulder we know from the X-files.

 

Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

 

In Jonathan Maberry’s book, Devil’s Advocate, we follow the story of  Dana Scully as she starts having dreams and visions of teens who have died recently at her school. She begins to investigate and uncovers more suspicious deaths. As she learns to use her new found powers, she has to figure out quickly who she can trust – often times putting herself into harms way to help solve this mystery.

 

Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

 

I forgot how much I love a good mystery until I started reading these two books. Trying to figure out who did it can be fun even if you’re wrong.

Next up, we’ve got Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare. This author has a whole slew of great books. This one follows Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn as they delve into the mystery of why the bodies of humans and fairies keep turning up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were. The race is on to stop a demonic plot to take over Los Angeles, with Emma out for revenge, and Julian trying to get back his brother, Mark, who is being held prisoner in the fairy courts.

 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 

The next book in this series is Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare. Let me tell you, this was one big book – and I cannot lie! So if you like big books, this one is for you.

Emma learns that the love she has for her parabatai isn’t just forbidden, it could destroy them both. So she pushes Julian away and pretends to have a relationship with his brother Mark. Meanwhile, the Unseelie king is tired of the Cold Peace and rises up against them, while tensions between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders cause a group of Shadowhunters to form the Cohort and try to take over the Los Angeles Institute. As danger arises on all sides, they take off in a quest to find the Black Volume of the Dead – their only hope in getting out of this mess.

 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 

Next up, we’ve got the Reliquary series by Sarah Fine. In the first book, Mattie Carver learns that magic is real after her fiance, Ben, is abducted. As Mattie sets out to find him, she runs into his Asa, his estranged brother, only to learn that she is a reliquary – someone who can carry magic in their own body undetected. Asa agrees to help her find her fiance, but only if she’ll carry magic for him to assist his smuggling operation. Will they find Ben before it’s too late?

 

Reliquary by Sarah Fine

Reliquary by Sarah Fine

 

In book 2, Splinter, Mattie tries to leave the world of magic and go back to her normal life, but her talents as a reliquary make her a valuable commodity. Forced back into that world by a painful betrayal, Mattie must again join forces with Asa. Struggling to endure the magic that is inside of her, Mattie travels through Chicago then on to a traveling circus, chased by the mobsters who wish to use her powers, all while trying to withstand the effects of the magic inside of her.

 

Splinter by Sarah Fine

Splinter by Sarah Fine

 

Mattie partners up with Asa in Mosaic, and although she’s determined to keep things professional, her partner, Asa Ward, is a temptation she finds increasingly hard to resist. She struggles with telling him her feelings because he hates being caged, but then a black market magic exchange goes wrong and she teams up with an unlikely ally to try and save him. But will there be anything left to save?

 

Mosaic by Sarah Fine

Mosaic by Sarah Fine

 

I currently just finished reading all the books I have checked out from the library and always feel kind of at a loss until I get new ones. I have 8 books on hold at the library right now. Four of which are on order for whenever they are released. But with four more that are in at other libraries in Multnomah County, hopefully I’ll be getting a few in soon, so I can start a new one. Must have books…

 

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Finding magic in the world around you

Do you ever find yourself out in the middle of nowhere letting your imagination go wild? I often times find my mind wandering to various stories I’ve read and seeing the magic of them coming to life as I go out on a nature walk.

Last week, I hiked to Angels Rest with my son, and found myself imaging seeing remnants of giants on the path before me, the trail to Mordor, an Elvin Fairies throne, the rabbit hole to Wonderland, the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, and tiny fairy clothes in the flowers on the side of the path.

I once had someone tell me they didn’t like Alice in Wonderland because it was too weird and none of it made any sense. I told her it was an imaginary world and it wasn’t supposed to make sense. She didn’t agree. She just didn’t get the story line. I didn’t argue with her, I just thought: How sad it is when someone can’t see the wonder and fun in a made up world. I hope I never become that person. I have a whole board dedicated to imaginary things titled Mystical and Magical on Pinterest. It’s just too fun to imagine a world different than our own to live in.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy acting so much. For a while, you get to be someone other than yourself. Jump into a different world, then bring that world to life for others to see. 

Next time you’re out in nature, open you mind to the magic of the world around you, let your thoughts wander to imaginary things. After all, this world is what we make of it. Why not let it be fun?

 

The pelvic bone of a giant

The pelvic bone of a giant

 

The path to Mordor

The path to Mordor

 

The elven fairies throne

The elven fairies throne

 

Fairy clothes

Fairy clothes

 

Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland

Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland

 

The caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland

The caterpillar from Alice in wonderland

 

 

 

 

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