…A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik.
I started this before Halloween and finished just after. It was an excellent choice for spooky season, but would be enjoyable any time. I really enjoyed learning more about this magical world. It wasn’t your typical ‘Magic is awesome and great’ type of story. It is more how life is lived in this world ‘You don’t believe in it you know it is real. Like we know car’s are real. That is why it works for you.’ This perspective made total sense to me. This school is a dangerous placed with little instruction or help. You also learn the value of other people from El’s perspective. She starts with no one wanting to be near her to a good core group of people to trust. She helps them and others realize some things about the nature of others and themselves as well. But the best part is the last line of the book. It literally made me say ‘interesting’ out loud. I wont spoil it for you, but it was a good listen. Also, the best narrator so far. She didn’t way over exaggerate the exciting lines or parts and everyone had a slightly different voice but not so different it sounded fake or over the top. It was a good listen and I am excited to start the next book in the series.