Shelf Control – February 11,2016

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available.  Take a look at your shelves and/or Kindle and post about a book you own but haven’t read yet.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Shelf Control post!  Things have been crazy lately so I haven’t had a lot of extra time for blogging.  But I’m coming back today with a book that has been on my TBR for what seems like FOREVER!

Author:  Brandon Sanderson
Published: Published July 31st 2007 by Tor Fantasy (first published July 25th 2006)
Length: 643 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

How I Got It: I bought the boxed trilogy boxed set.

When I Got It: At least 1 year ago, probably more.

Why I Want To Read It: I have yet to read a book written solely by Brandon Sanderson.  He was brought to my attention when he completed the last few books of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan after Jordan’s death.  It is one of my favorite series of all time and he did a fantastic job of finishing the series so I’ve been wanting to read his solo works for awhile but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Shelf Control – January 7, 2016

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available.  Take a look at your shelves and/or Kindle and post about a book you own but haven’t read yet.

68041Title: The Earthsea Quartet
Author:  Ursula Le Guin
Published: October 28th 1993 by Penguin (first published January 1st 1984)
Length: 691 Pages

Goodreads Summary: As a young dragonlord, Ged, whose use-name is Sparrowhawk, is sent to the island of Roke to learn the true way of magic. A natural magician, Ged becomes an Archmage and helps the High Priestess Tenar escape from the labyrinth of darkness. But as the years pass, true magic and ancient ways are forced to submit to the powers of evil and death.

How I Got It: I bought it used at Half Price Books.

When I Got It: 2014

Why I Want To Read It: Despite my love of the fantasy genre, I had never actually heard of Ursula Le Guin until I read and watched The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.  Grigg, the male character in the book club, LOVED Ursula Le Guin and really wanted Jocelyn to read her books.  In 2014 I finally picked up a copy of this book but still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Hopefully I will have time to read it this year.

The Mansion’s Twins by Rose M. Channing


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Mansion’s Twins by Rose M. Channing

Published July 23rd 2014 by Createspace

430 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Ellie and Savannah Senka, fourteen year old twins, ran away from their unhappy homes, thinking they’d return after a brief adventure. Together, they journey to another world. The new world is full of magic, but though it was once beautiful, it is damaged, unbalanced, and dangerous after a terrible storm. Ellie and Savannah may be the only ones with the power to restore the world to its original state, for the magic of twins is rare and powerful. The girls are welcomed into a grand mansion, the safest place in the aftermath of the storm. There, they learn who they are, and what they have to do. To restore the world, they must travel through the mansion to the center of magic and reset the balance. They discover their own magical abilities, find joy and friendship in the mansion’s family, and face the dangers of the storm’s left-behind magic. The journey to the center of magic is full of twists and turns, magic and excitement. Ellie and Savannah support each other to overcome obstacles along the way, knowing the whole world is depending on them.

Review: If you are looking for a new YA fantasy then you should definitely check this book out. Ellie and Savannah are twins born in an alternate world who are separated as babies in our world. As tweens, they find each other and end up traveling back to their original world and learn that their destiny is to restore and save the Mansion and keep it out of the hands of darkness. It’s a magical coming of age story complete with action, drama and comedy. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters and it was really interesting to watch the twins grow and get used to their new world.

Top Ten Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week is a new topic/theme.  This week is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre.  I love reading fantasy so I decided to go with the top ten fantasy books I can’t believe I haven’t read.

  1. anything by Ursula K. Le Guin – I have the Earthsea quartet book at home so I need to jump on that soon.
  2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – the only thing I’ve read by Sanderson is the books he finished for Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series so I don’t really count it.
  3. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien – I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit so it’s high time I got to some of his other works.  I just got this one in January.
  4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – same as reason for #2 plus I got this on my Kindle for a great price!
  5. anything by Terry Goodkind
  6. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – Just got this one in January so now I’ll be set to read it soon.
  7. The Gunslinger by Stephen King – I’ve never read anything by Stephen King actually…  oops.  There are a bunch on my TBR though!
  8. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman – I think I started reading The Golden Compass once but never finished it.
  9. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – Same reason as #3 except I don’t own this book at the moment.
  10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – My hubby is a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s comics including Neverwhere so I want to read the book.