Mar 15, 2015

Happy Two Years!

Two years ago today we first went live with the Recaptains. At this point, we had been planning and plotting for weeks, writing our first recaps and working on the design and figuring out how, exactly, we wanted to do this thing. Because if we were to do this, to really do this, we wanted to do it right. And I think the fact that we've been around for two whole years kind of shows that we did at least something right.

Recaptains started out on Twitter with a conversation between Betty, Hannah, Judith, and Amber, and in two years it has quickly expanded to become an incredible force (in our opinion). We have Betty and Judith to thank for the original idea, Amber to thank for being awesome and coming up with the name, and Hannah for encouraging the craziness and offering to help out.

Shortly afterwards, we gained some new teammates! The ever-so-awesome Sana and Fahima joined the team, along with Ula and Sarah who are no longer recapping with us. These ladies, along with all of our amazing followers, visitors, and contributors, have been absolutely wonderful these past few years and have been absolute life-savers.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our little website in the past two years, especially those who have been with us since the beginning. We're thrilled to have hit the two year mark, and we hope to continue fighting evil for many years to come!

- Amber, Fahima, Judith, and Sana xo

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Join the Crime-fighting Team

As you can imagine, saving the world is a lot of work, especially since we're all in work, school or university. As of today, the four of us will be on the look out for some new superhero friends to join the team! Submissions will stay open as long as necessary, until we find the right people to become official superheroes with us. 

If you think you have what it takes, just fill in the form below!

Mar 12, 2015

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

the basics

Title: The Way of Kings
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Stormlight Archive #1
- The Way of Kings (2010)
- Words of Radiance (2014)
- Skybreaker
+ 7 more
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summary

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

Mar 7, 2015

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

the basics

Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Scott Lynch
Series: Gentleman Bastard #1
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)
- Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007)
- The Republic of Thieves (2013)
- The Thorn of Emberlain (2015)
- The Ministry of Necessity
- The Mage and the Master Spy
- Inherit the Night

summary

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.


Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke's gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive...

Mar 6, 2015

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

the basics

Title: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
- I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You (2006)
- Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (2007)
- Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover (2009)
- Only the Good Spy Young (2010)
- Out of Sight, Out of Time (2012)
- United We Spy (2013)
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summary

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she's already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (one of which involves a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for a boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through town without his ever being the wiser - but can she have a relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's beginning her most dangerous mission - falling in love.

Amanda very kindly offered to save this series from evil. Thanks, Amanda! 

Deception by C. J. Redwine

the basics

Title: Deception
Author: C. J. Redwine
Series: Courier's Daughter #2
- Defiance (August 2012)
- Deception (August 2013)
- Deliverance (August 2014)
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summary

Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.



But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
Terri has saved the day once again with this glorious recap! 

Feb 21, 2015

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

the basics

Title: Defiance
Author: C. J. Redwine
Series: Courier's Daughter #1
- Defiance (August 2012)
- Deception (August 2013)
- Deliverance (August 2014)
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summary

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Basically, Terri @ Reading by Starlight is a goddess and completely smashed this recap. Thank you!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

the basics

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
- A Thousand Pieces of You (November 2014)
- Ten Thousand Skies Above You (November 2015)
- Untitled (2016)
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summary 

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.