by V. E. Schwab

A dark, lovely book about a lonely orphan who sees ghouls everywhere and returns home to find Death waiting for her. And somehow, serendipitously, I happened to pick it up two days before Halloween.

The Golden Enclaves

by Naomi Novik

El is basically goth Harry Potter, and in the third Scholomance book she has to solve the mystery of her boyfriend, the Scholomance itself, and the wizards’ enclaves in the void. Meanwhile, someone is destroying enclaves …

I still love these books. I don’t know if there will be a fourth one, but if there is I’ll read it!

The Last Graduate

by Naomi Novik

The problem with a school you can’t leave that is low-key trying to kill you all the time is “graduation”—i.e., when you have to survive a horde of magical monsters in order to make it to the exit. Those who get eaten don’t graduate. Galadriel (a/k/a El), who specializes in magic of mass destruction, suddenly becomes very popular.

I was so into the story I plowed through this book in less than 24 hours. Strong finish.

A Deadly Education

by Naomi Novik

If I say this book is about a wizard school you are going to think Harry Potter. Which I guess wouldn’t be totally inaccurate if Hogwarts didn’t have any teachers, the only House was Slytherin, Harry was Harrowhark Nonagesimus from the Locked Tomb series, nobody could leave the building until graduation, and the school itself was trying to kill the students.

The similarities end there.

I loved it.