My Five Best Fantasy Novels for 2017

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling



A year ago I took a reading challenge but sad to say I failed it this year. I read about thirty books and fantasy actually did consume me. Ever since I was a kid I was imaginative, animated and so I chose the most magical ones. It made me dreamy on those long hours of commute and the best part was that it made me feel young again.  I took most of my time imagining and reading about faeries, fire breathing assassins and those Beauty and the Beast retelling novels. I was pretty excited sharing these books because these are the ones that made my heart stopped, made me cry a river and made me fall in love over and over again. If you are reading this and looking for books to read for your holiday readathon, I highly recommend these books that will surely make you want to be part of it. Happy reading! J


“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Yes! It’s a series and if you haven’t read any then help yourself and grab your copies now! No words! Ugh! So worth reading it though I don’t recommend kids below sixteen years old. Lol! You can also check out reviews at goodreads and it did actually received various nominations for different categories for 2017. If we talk about magical, this one should be on my list! 🙂
  2. Throne of Glass Series- Brace yourself guys! I read seven books! Seven! And another book is on its way for publish. Among other dystopian, this one is enchanted and exciting with unbelievable action scenes. I recommend this book because even though it’s a fantasy, romance was also a highlight on this series. And just in case you didn’t know, ACOWAR and TOG are both written by the same author Sarah J Maas so if you did like the other for sure you will love the other master piece of hers. I recommend for you guys to check out any bookstagram in social media and this series will surely be on the top hashtag lists. (wink)
  3. Caraval I was trying to rewrite the list to get a standalone book but I just couldn’t. This book is so worthy to be on the top three as I really did enjoy this book, from the first chapter until the end. I remember browsing online right after I finished reading it because I so wanted to know if the second book was already available but apparently not, another upcoming on my list for next year though. 😀
  4. The Wrath and the DawnWhat I love about this book is that book doesn’t have to be heavy to be a good book yet it should be entertaining. This sequel is uncomplicated, romantic feel good fantasy. Yes there may be some serious circumstances in the story but it was written in a very unfussy manner. When my friend and I read about the synopsis online we laughed, a king murders his wife before the crack of dawn (every day?!). Who wants to read that? Right? But I was wrong. As I flipped those thick pages I started to get hooked and you will be if you start reading the first few chapters.
  5. Mistborn- It is also a series but this one has a different story among other dystopian novels I listed above. Brandon Sanders did a pretty good job though I couldn’t explain it as other book experts do but girl! This is hell of a book. The magic, ashes falling in the sky, the strength that metals do in their power, everything was just perfectly plotted. A bonus points are the nuggets of wisdom from a character named Sazed, a scholar on this book.

Please do let me know if you read any of those! Happy holidays!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy,  New Adult,
Rating: ★★★★★



Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


I admit that the only reason I read the ACOTAR was because I was literally bored. But as I started going through the pages I felt something, it was as if the bond snapped! I needed more. Curiosity began to rise the moment Feyre traded herself to Tamlin in exchange for the freedom of her family. It started from that part and now I love every bits of it. It’s soooo good! I’ve waited for so long for the third installment and it was worth it. I didn’t know how Sarah put it together but she did a pretty good job in wrapping this one. She gave me millions of heart attacks! Lol It was that good and now I can’t wait for next installment even though there was a part that I was worried… For Nesta

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”


I got some parts I did not like only because it was heart breaking to read. I wanted to be a character to save The Suriel, The Bone Carver and the human father. I even wanted to be Azriel’s partner! I was that attached when I was reading it. I had so many “if only I could” moments and for that I thank Sarah for creating such a wonderful piece, full of emotions and twists.

My favorite part/ best part was when Rhysand was trying to destruct Feyre.

I love you, he whispered into my mind.

The First Crack was healed.

Then the second.

“I tried to turn–

I love you, he said again

The third and final crack began to heal over.

I turned.

He looked like he was sleeping. But as I breathed in—

Wew! I’ll stop from there, but yes it was intense! 😦


  • I read some reviews about Tamlin on this book but I still love him no matter what. I love Rhys too but Tamlin was my first love.
  • I loved how the author described Feyre’s gown, the one she wore for the meeting with the highlords. ( The gown from Starfall)
  • Velaris is such a nice place to live
  • Amren was so cool especially on the last chapter (I won’t spoil too much on this review)
  • Rhysand and Feyre are so sexy! This book is sexy! Bow.
  • Remember the vampire in Breaking Dawn? The one who betrayed the Cullens and went to Vulturi? I imagined Nesta’s face.
  • And I hate the Cauldron!

Over all I will still give ACOWAR five stars even though I felt something is missing or lacking perhaps? But since there will be a fourth book, what’s lacking might be revealed in the next chapter including Cassian’s and Nesta’s.



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The Goldfinch: January 2017 Muggle Book of the Month

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The Goldfinch, 1654 (oil on canvas), Carel Fabritius (1622-54)
Title: The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt

Pages: 962 pages

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

ISBN: 978-0-316-28639-8

Cover Design: Kieth Hayes

Who is Donna Tartt? Tartt is an American writer who won reputable awards over the past few years. She received the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014. She was also included in the list of the “100 Most Influential People” compiled by Time magazine in 2014. I read a lot of reviews about her work and style, indeed Tartt is one of the most talented authors we have today.

 Reference: Google

The Goldfinch is a story of a thirteen-year-old boy named Theo, who survived a terrorist attack that not only killed his mother but changed his life to an endless journey. At a young age Theo witnessed the cruelty of life, abandoned by his father, grief for the death of his mother and the appalling memory of the explosion that still haunts him every night. Bemused by his so called new life, Theo remembers to fulfill the task of the dying old man he met in the museum and was enraptured by an art piece that will bring him in to the world of art.

As I pushed back my glasses that hang loosely in my nose bridge, I finally admitted that this book was a real challenge, it’s been awhile since I read this thick! And I am very pleased with myself that I finished it despite the mixed reviews and humps I encountered because my friends, this book is very problematic. I remember reading a very exciting plot but I had to stop because I felt that my anxiety was rising up. I never felt so much worry in reading until I actually started reading this book. But it’s good and very convincing! My favorite part of this book was when Theo traveled from Las Vegas to New York hiding Popchik (his pupppy) in his bag. Dang! I cried! And also that part when the bus stops and he secretly let his dog ran and eat? Endured high fever and traveled sixty hours with the dog hiding in his lap! Wew! I cried buckets men! But good thing Tartt created Boris! It added spice! Wait! is that how you’re supposed to describe it? Well whatever! He was so funny! So thanks Tartt! I was able to save my tears.

Four thumbs up (👍) for this book, a highly recommended one! This is more than just a heavy book. There are so much more! Believe me. If you guys are looking for an award-winning novel, The Goldfinch is for you! No other words but simply “The Best.” Let us wait for the upcoming film adaptation then.

The Danish Girl: December 2016 Muggle Book of the Month

“O, jeepers, the last thing I want to do right now is dine with my husband dressed up as a girl. But Greta would keep such thought to herself, biting her lip until she could taste her own blood. Instead, she would always welcome LIli as if she were an amusing, foreign friend.” –The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl
(Based on a true story)
By David Ebershoff
Reviewed by Eden

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“O, jeepers, the last thing I want to do right now is dine with my husband dressed up as a girl. But Greta would keep such thought to herself, biting her lip until she could taste her own blood. Instead, she would always welcome LIli as if she were an amusing, foreign friend.” –The Danish Girl


The book that I’ll talk about today is one of the few books that left a mark on me in 2016. Cliché, cliché wherever you are. Sorry, I hate starting paragraphs like this. Let me start over. ### Last year’s book of the month goes to The Danish Girl (stupidly doing air drums right now). One word that summarizes my 2016 (drum rolls): BERSERK. The first part of the year is (insert adverb of your choice) insane. I may have done a few reckless attempts to survive monster world but as weird as I sound right now, I assure you that somehow everything falls into place in the end. Come on, I’m not a villain to deserve a rain of misery on me.

How did this happen? Most of the time, nasty can make people nastier. Do you ever feel that? You wake up in the morning and decided that small things can be the ultimate joy in life, like the brewed coffee on the white mug you may not be finishing right away because you need to take a picture of it first (lightning strikes on me). Then something bad happens; like being late for school because you forgot your homework that was done five days ahead of deadline. The moment you arrived, the teacher accused you of being the type of person who’s never on time. The rebel inside you willed you to walk out of class. The situation is not even that major bad, but on my end I got into pretty messy things. I chose to not dwell on it. I focused on reading a lot because it provides you a safe dimension where you can hide from things that you don’t want to affect you for the meantime. I have not read a lot of books last year because Jamin and I riveted into developing this soon to be multimillionaire blog (one drop on the cymbals).
So far, The Danish Girl tops my list. Don’t worry. I’ll tell you why.

Set in the most populated city in Denmark, the story began at the Widow house, an apartment where husband and wife Einar Wegener and Greta Wegener lives. They would often be found painting side by side. Einar is a landscape painter who makes so much money from his art while Greta is a portrait artist who works with important people. They have this cute white dog called Edvard IV. They are a very good example of two married people who still pursue their own careers even after they wedded. Today, you either become a full-time wife slash mother or a full-time husband slash father. There’s nothing part-time when it comes to marriage (not that I am married or anything) not unless you count infidelity which is dangerous but also temporary. As I read on, a third major character Lili Elbe is introduced. She is first seen the time Greta needs to meet a deadline in finishing a portrait of Anna Fonsmark, a famous opera actress. Being a portrait artist, Greta needs someone to model for her so she could finish the painting. She noticed that Einar’s small feet would fit Anna’s shoes. That’s how Lili came to be. This will be followed by numerous Lili appearances,especially when Einar’s existence becomes lesser and lesser every day.


1. Einar Wegener
2. Greta Waud Wegener
3. Hans Axgil
4. Teddy Cross
5. Henrik Sandahl
6. Carlisle Waud
7. Anna Fonsmark
8. Dr. Bolk

Did the main characters run into any problems? Adventures?

Did you say problems? Yeah, there are lots of them. But I’ll list only five.

1. And he’s older than me, and stronger than me (guess what song is this from)

The first problem that becomes apparent in the story has something to do with Greta’s paintings. I have watched the movie starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. It helped me have a clearer picture of what Denmark looks like since I am from the other side of the globe. Greta is a hardworking painter; in her opinion, even more hardworking than her husband. The trouble is that Einar seems to earn more than Greta. She would question the quality of her work versus her husband’s. In the movie, it can be seen that Greta paints on large canvasses while Einar on small ones. The art collectors however fall for the dull landscapes of the sea, the bog and even houses situated on top of hills. I may be imagining the houses. HAHAHA. Greta accepted this sourly, but her days of not being recognized as she deserves it changes when she discovered her passion in painting Lili. It is described in the book that nothing made Greta happier than painting Lili.

2. Overdose of Lili Elbe

What would you do if you have a beautiful lady for a husband?
I’ll off myself. HAHAHA.
This is the part where Greta’s patience is strained. Lili just won’t stop visiting. She would be all around the place that Greta would sometimes forget she has a husband. In the beginning, it was a droll. Lili would help Greta in her paintings. They would laugh together like two Danish sisters. Greta picks the clothes for Lili. Lili makes Greta’s name big in the art industry. Greta does Lili’s makeup. Lili does the background of Greta’s paintings. It is so much fun. But a wife needs a husband, but Lili wanted is to forget about Einar. This becomes very painful for Greta to the extent of being pernicious.

Take a look at this (from the movie):

Lili: Does it go well? Tell me how was it?
Greta: You would know if you’ve been there.
Lili: I made us a supper…
Greta: You should have come.
Lili: …a sort of celebration
Greta: This is not how it goes. We do these things together.
Lili: But with you and Einar.
Greta: Stop playing that stupid stupid game.
Lili: Please Gerda (Greta in the book); don’t think this is a game.
Greta: You …should have been there.
Lili: How could I? You look at me.
Greta: Not everything is about you. I need to see Einar.
Lili: (I didn’t get to hear what she said because Eddie Redmayne’s whispering the whole effing time) AHHAHA
Greta: I need my husband. Can you get him?
Lili: I can’t.
Greta: I need to talk to my husband. I need to hold my husband. I need him. Can you get him?…Can you at least try?
Lili: I’m sorry.

In contrast to this, at some point Greta thought that she wanted a husband and she wanted Lili as well.

3. Keep bleeding love

The bleeding started when Lili was kissed by Henrik Sandahl, a painter she met at the ball. Then later, she would bleed like a real female who’s having her menstruation. Greta, the worrier, sent Lili to see Dr. Hexler’s hospital. It’s a Radium Institution where Lili, not to her liking will undergo Ionizing Radiation. Dr. Hexler said that what’s inside Einar is a demon.

4. When being the first is bad

Einar Wegener is the first person to go sex reassignment surgery. Yes, it sounds dangerous. It sounds more painful than all the synonyms of painful. But the problem isn’t even the pain; it’s the fact that the doctor can’t tell what will happen after the operation.

5. When being the first is bad part two

Since, nobody has a basis of what’s going on to be able to derive a solution; most doctors think that Einar was insane. He was called a schizophrenic. He was advised to undergo lobotomy. All Einar wanted is to give life to Lili because she is already alive even from the start.

The Danish Girl made the Muggle Book of the Month Award of 2016 because it heightens this delicate issue of identity crisis. I know a few people who has been scared all their lives to come out. Our generation is actually even in a better position now given that the third sex is widely accepted (Amen to that). The book depicts an image of a shy lanky man who not only believes but knows deep inside him is a girl who deserves a life as much as he does. Einar has nobody but his wife to turn to. I hated Greta at first because she tolerated Einar’s fantasies, but it changed when I saw how true and great her love is for her husband. It’s a story of marriage that continued into friendship. I don’t know enough people who care about each other more than Einar and Greta. I don’t know enough wives who had loved their husbands more than Greta’s love for Einar. If you’re a sucker for love stories like I am (sometimes I just suck), you can try The Danish Girl and it’ll show you a whole different meaning of selfless love.