The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze -- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined.
3/5 stars (liked it)
I didn't really like Quentin, I thought he was a bit dull, whinny and mopey. I did like the other characters though. This book spans his whole college education. While most of his college times are fairly normal and boring it isn't until he graduates and is living in the real world that things pick up. There we meet an old character Penny. He brings them an adventure to the land of Fillory, which is a place that is in a book series. Quentin has been obsessed with the books. I almost think this book could have just started after Quentin and the others graduated and they spend more time on their adventure.