Category: Fantasy

Sep 14
The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I still liked it, but there were a number of cringe-worthy moments that made me want to skim past them. Like the first book, the 4 siblings stumble upon something magical. And they go on various adventures to help the phoenix hatch her egg. I liked Fenella, she didn’t act like I expected a phoenix to in my head, but she was a fun character if a bit ditzy. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to get each item that Fenella needed. And while… Read more »

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Sep 07
The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

I really liked how the story started off in the modern world, but with Izzy’s fascination for faerie tales and folklore. Their next door neighbor is an old woman who is said to be a witch, and knows even more about the Fae than Izzy does. And then Hen is stolen away, and Izzy chases after her and falls down a rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland. Only she ends up in a faerie realm. You know immediately that the bottle she takes from Mariam is going to be important in the story. But the way it’s actually used was… Read more »

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Sep 01
The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve (review)

The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve (review)

I really wanted to like this book. And I did like some parts of it. But River felt a little too stalker-y, and she pretty much re-made herself in the image she thought was most likely to get her what she wanted. It was apparent early on that River is broken. And soon after she gets in with the Graces, you realize that all of the Graces are broken too. All of them are good at hiding it, and all are broken in different ways. I liked Summer the best of all the characters. She was the most human one… Read more »

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Aug 11
The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

Kai had a smaller part in this book due to his kidnapping. However once he appeared again, his use of draconic powers was pretty cool! We also get to meet a few more dragons, and lots more Fae. There is lots of cloak and dagger, Irene has to pretend to be a Fae for part of the book. She also has to outwit a great many people, and manages to make at least one new friend. I loved the Fae Train, and how Irene has to use the Language to tell a Story in order to make a few small… Read more »

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Aug 10
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her. I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes… Read more »

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Aug 03
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Having not read any books by this author before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be confused reading a spin off series. But it wasn’t confusing at all. In fact, I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! The magic and creatures aren’t quite like I’ve met before. There are wereleopards and vampires, but they have their own unique spin. I really like how Tandy’s empathy was done. It was believable, and as much a weakness as it was a strength. I loved how Soulwood was almost sentient but not quite. The way it and Nell worked… Read more »

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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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Jul 27
The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The first book concentrated a lot on what was happening inside the Academy. On the lessons, friendships, intrigue and day-to-day. This one had a little of the school day stuff, but mostly skimmed over that to focus on the friendships, things that happened before school started, and the mysteries Evie was trying to solve. For a lot of the book, the four friends were separate from each other a lot. Not in physical distance, but emotional. From hiding away, to finding other friends to hang out with, it didn’t have the closeness of the previous book. They do eventually work… Read more »

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Jul 21
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

Witches. Firebirds. Rusalka. Friendship and magic. I love how Baba Yaga was portrayed, and how you’re never quite sure who is the bad person and who is the good one. Mary and Jacob’s friendship is one of the central plot threads. I liked getting to see how it developed during the book. I also liked how we were shown instead of told, a lot of the important information. We discovered things right along with Mary. Learning about magic and her new life, and getting to see all the changes that happened just because she had been picked instead of some… Read more »

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Jul 20
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

I like when a girl pretending to be a boy is done well. This book does it well. In part because Aurora never actually means to pretend she’s a boy with Niklaas. It happens by accident while she’s still under the influence of the drugs the slavers gave her. And when she’s in her right mind again, she’s afraid to tell Niklaas that she’s not her brother. Partly because he’s a big guy and she isn’t sure if he won’t try to capture her himself. And partly because she needs him to help her save her brother. I like that… Read more »

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