The Magicians - Lev Grossman Has probably been described as "a grown-up Harry Potter". Interesting premise, but I found main/viewpoint character often unlikeable. I think my favorite thing about the book is how well it captures being young and very school-smart, and the ways that experience shapes you -- for better and for worse. I also liked the pastiche of the Narnia books that all the characters have read, which becomes more important later on.