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Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon
Charles de Lint
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Patrick Rothfuss
The Sweet Scent of Blood
Suzanne McLeod
Shadow's Edge
Brent Weeks
M.E. Breen, Molly Breen
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
Holly Black
This Side of the Grave
Jeaniene Frost
Zoo City
Lauren Beukes
Black Swan Rising - Lee  Carroll, Carol Goodman This is unlike most of the UF I usually read - the MC is not a powerful ass-kicker, there aren't a lot of fight scenes, and it feels like a standalone. And it works so well. I usually read the more action-inspired UF; this one was a very enjoyable change of pace. If you must have a lot of romance or a warrior-woman MC, then this one probably isn't for you. If you are craving something different, then definitely check it out.Garet is a "normal young woman" which of course means she is anything but "normal" - and after a chance meeting in a shop she never knew existed, the "real" world, the one populated by Fae, monsters and vampires starts to show itself. Although there wasn't a lot of fighting, there was still a lot happening in the book, a sense of increasing danger. It flowed well too, as Garet begins learning about her own strength, encountering beings of myth, realizing the stories her mother told her as a child were all true.I liked that Garet had to learn, that she had to visit with different "specialists" in her crash course on magic. Her stumbles felt so natural - she's not perfect nor is she all powerful right from the start. Her abilities progress nicely with the increasing danger and tension.There is some romance, but it was hardly the focus.I'm rarely surprised in books anymore, but this one did surprise me. I'll be keeping an eye out for more from Lee Carroll.