Category: Fantasy

Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

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Jun 03
The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (review)

The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (review)

I loved this twist on the usual Cinderella story. The step-family isn’t actually wicked, and Isabella (Ella) is manipulative and tells lies about them to anyone who will listen to her. They’re poor and the only reason they have food to eat most of the time, is because the two daughters (Jane and Maude) do all the housework and tend to the animals. They make butter and cheese, collect eggs from the chickens, and Jane sews most of their clothing. Their mother is delusional most of the time. She refuses to acknowledge that they are not the rich and important… Read more »

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Jun 02
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

I loved Feyre and Tamlin together in the last book. I was leery of a love triangle, which was hinted at in book 1. And there is one, but also not quite. I didn’t like Tamlin’s behavior at all, and while it was believable in some ways, it just bugged me. Feyre had changed in more than just her mortality and species. But Tamlin was basically treating her like a house pet. But the one that irked me the most was Lucien. I loved him, and loved his interactions with Feyre in the last book. But in this one? I… Read more »

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May 26
The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers #2) by Kate Klimo (review)

The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers #2) by Kate Klimo (review)

In this book we get to meet dryads and hobgoblins, as well as old friends and enemies. I loved how Daisy and Jesse went from thinking the hobgoblins must be evil because they were so ugly, to being friends and finding them kind of cute. Emmy is larger now, and just as adorable. She’s speaking in full sentences, but with her own twists and flair. She’s also learning new magics, especially if they help her get her way. The art is still cute and I love how every chapter has a little glimpse of what’s happening because of the pictures…. Read more »

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May 25
The Siren by Kiera Cass (review)

The Siren by Kiera Cass (review)

I loved how the sisters learned sign language, so they could talk to each other when out around humans. Since they were unable to actually speak without fear of a human hearing their voices and trying to drown themselves. I also liked how close they all were to each other. Even though they weren’t actually related, once a girl becomes a siren, she has instant sisters in the older sirens. Some form closer bonds than others, but all of them loved each other like actual sisters. The siren lore was really interesting as well. They don’t need to eat or… Read more »

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May 19
Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

This was a really cute book. I liked the explanation about how ghosts appear, and why the one Dennis wants most to see, wasn’t there yet. It was also really sweet the way he helped his Uncle Arvie with his three “pleases”. I loved the bit with the “wasps”, and how Dennis had to try to figure out what Uncle Arvie was saying to him. Uncle Arvie had a stroke when he was still alive, and so his words are all garbled. That seems to have carried over into his ghost-self. So Dennis’ dad is called his “pepperoni”, and Arvie… Read more »

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May 18
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

I love how you get the feel of actually being snatched away to Neverland in this book. And the sense of losing your memories and trying so hard to keep hold of them. A lot of Peter Pan retellings skip the feeling of being whisked away to a strange and sometimes scary magical land. And I can’t think of any that actually mention, much less deal with, how you slowly forget your memories of home and family. I also loved how you aren’t really sure if Hook or Pan is the bad guy, not until you are close to half-way… Read more »

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May 12
Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

I liked that the book started with Merit’s change from human to vampire. We got to learn about vampires in this world, right along with Merit. We also got some info on werewolves, magic-users, and nymphs. I like the idea of vampires living in Houses. Which are basically their family, they’re all sisters and brothers once they’ve been accepted into a House and turned into a vampire. And each House polices it’s own, but also works in concert with the other Houses to hunt down Rogues. There was also politics, both vampire and human. We learn why vampires and werewolves… Read more »

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May 11
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows (review)

The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows (review)

This starts right where the first book left off. Which is good, because that cliffhanger in the first book? So huge! So I was happy to see we wouldn’t have to wait long to find out what happened next. I loved how Tobiah and Wil changed and grew in the book. So many near tragedies and some actual bad things happen. And the way they reacted to them were believable. We got to learn a little more about their world, and came into contact with old and new friends. I loved how insecure Wil was about becoming Queen. It was… Read more »

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May 05
The Summer Dragon (The Evertide #1) by Todd Lockwood (review)

The Summer Dragon (The Evertide #1) by Todd Lockwood (review)

I loved the details about how dragons were raised, how they bonded to their riders, and all the little things. Like cutting small holes in a baby dragons wings, so that when they are adults, straps can be passed through the holes to help their rider stay in place. The world was rich with tidbits and details, everything coming together to make a world I was happy to be lost in. I enjoyed the characters as well, especially Maia and Darian, Keirr and her father. I especially loved the drawings that headed each chapter. They were really well-done, and helped… Read more »

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