Book Review: All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Title: All The Birds In The Sky
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: January 26th 2016
Page count: 504 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway win

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Book Summary:
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

 *The Chef's Review*
     My rating: 5/5 stars

I love this book. Magic + science = awesomeness. Those two are my favorite to read subjects and it gets better when you add up romance, humor and a touch of weirdness. It also covered some contemporary problems such as family issues and mother nature catastrophes that face humanity and it makes yourself conscious about them. Sometimes you are stuck in every day life that you sort of forget about them.

The story started in the childhood of main characters, Patricia and Laurence. Both of them suffer from misunderstanding and lack of parenting which brings them together in the comfort of friendship they find with each other. Later on they go their separate ways, Patricia to a secret magic school and Laurence pursues his dream as a high-tech prodigy. Both of them very gifted in each of their fields. They get to see each other in a random party after some years, were they start to pick up their friendship again.

I really liked the characters. They are not at all perfect. However, they have a certain spark to them. I found it very interesting that they are so different from each other and yet they still they managed to bond. Patricia being a more spiritual/magical person and Laurence a scientific/ technological one.

I love the way the author combined magic with science. I find it amazing that in a contemporary world where there is so much gadgets, there is still room for magic. I wish I could have read more about this magical world the author build, not at all what I would have imagined, but then again, Harry Potter fan talking here.

I also enjoy reading books that happen in cities or places that I've visited. It makes it easier to have a clearer image of the setting in my mind. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and I love the Rockies of Colorado. 

All in all, this was a stupendous read and I recommend it for all the science fiction/fantasy lover readers out there <3<3<3


  1. Wow, this book seems to cover all the bases, huh? Magic and contemporary and maybe a bit of sci-fi? Certainly sounds interesting, though I have to admit I'm curious how it all fits together. Might just have to check this one out. ;)

    You have a lovely blog! New follower via BL and Twitter (how could I NOT follow a fellow Katie McGarry lover? =P)

    Brittany @

    1. I enjoyed reading it, I hope you do too :)
      Let us know what you thought of it if you ever get the chance to read it!

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  2. This really sounds like a great read. I love that it's contemporary but still has magic. But let me tell you 500 pgs is not all that much but it's a lot. Man I hate reading lengthy reads. I'm always feeling like I'm in a race with myself. I need help Lol. Nice review, Melissa!