Books I’m Removing From My Physical Shelves #3

I’ve finally gotten around to actually getting rid of these books, it’s only taken me two months. I’ve managed to sell almost half of them on second-hand apps and while I haven’t made much, it’s more than I had to begin with, I was sick of having books I didn’t want sitting around and collecting dust.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I spent literally years trying to track down this book as I absolutely refuse to order books from Amazon (they always come damaged) but I caved a couple of years ago and finally got to read it. Well, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be and I have absolutely no intention of finishing this series, so bye The Paper Magician. 

Synopsis: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I remember buying this book a few years ago from The Works because it was cheap. I’ve watched the film and I really like it, but I don’t think I ever actually intended to read it. If I ever get the urge, I’ll just buy it on my Kindle. 

Synopsis: IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

I actually really enjoyed this book but I couldn’t see myself wanting to re-read it. Therefore, it is gone. Well actually, it’s currently being stored with the other books I couldn’t sell under my bed, but I fully intend to take it to a charity shop. 

Synopsis: Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

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