Category: Fantasy

May 04
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

“By now, I should have learned that luck, if she was a lady, was a mean-spirited bitch with a grudge against me.”   Some of this worked really well, and some of it just… didn’t. For a lot of the book we don’t know exactly how old Sabina is. She’s half vampire, and half magic user. We know she went to school to train to be an assassin. So I figured she must be somewhere in her late 20’s to mid-30’s. Especially when she has some blonde moments. Then we find out later that Sabina is actually in her 50’s…… Read more »

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Apr 27
Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really enjoyed getting to know Poppy in this book. We didn’t get to learn a lot about any of her other sisters, since Poppy was sent to another kingdom by herself. But the characters we did get to meet I quite enjoyed. All except Eleanor. She was entirely disagreeable and I kept hoping she would fail and not end up with any boy at the end of the book. Once we found out why she was such a horrible person, it made a lot more sense for her to act that way. But by that point in the book,… Read more »

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Apr 20
Walking Dead (Walker Papers #4) by C.E. Murphy (review)

Walking Dead (Walker Papers #4) by C.E. Murphy (review)

“I sounded so rational, as long as I didn’t listen to what I was actually saying.”   I love the Native American folklore in this series. I also like how shamanism, witchcraft, and other magic things are done. Not everyone believes, and most people manage to make up a version of reality where the ‘strange’ things that happen are easily explained away. Like a graveyard suddenly erupting with zombies (including zombie bugs and rodents!), was just a movie set. I love that Joanne is both a smart-ass, as well as occasionally taking a moment to whine in her head. I… Read more »

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Apr 18
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

I can honestly say, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was better! I went in thinking it would be a fairytale story about friendship and magic. And while it was, it was also so much more. Princess Jeniah and Aon were very well-developed. We got to see not only how they became friends, but also hopes and fears. Jeniah is afraid she won’t be as good a Queen as her mother was. Aon thinks she’s a failure because she isn’t happy all the time. The mystery surrounding the Carse was more complex than I had expected. I loved… Read more »

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Apr 14
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I loved that Scarlet calls Winter “crazy” as a nickname, and that Jacin calls her “trouble.” She is both, knows she is both, and isn’t bothered in the slightest. While Cress daydreams to psych herself up to be able to do things that scare her, Winter has visions. None of them are real, and they are caused by her refusal to use her Lunar gift. So she sees the walls of the palace bleeding, feels herself turn into “a girl of ice and snow”, and is never 100% sure if the things she is seeing are real or just figments… Read more »

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Apr 13
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

This was full of interesting twists on fairy tales I read as a child. Like, Red’s granny is actually Rose Red (though her sister is called Snow White instead of Rose White, but she still married a bear…?) You get to meet Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks, dwarves, gargoyles and various magical forest creatures. Red’s journey to find a cure for her granny is both funny and at times almost unbelievable. I didn’t like Goldie at all at first. She was pushy and chattered, and messed up a lot of things for Red. But as the story went along, I… Read more »

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Apr 07
Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

I’ve been hoping for years now that Anita would go back to the crime scene work like in the early books. I really enjoyed reading about how she figured out who the killer or bad person was. All the information about police work and using her zombie raising power and other abilities. This book? Started out with her doing that, in the form of her U.S. Marshall duties. There is a squick factor in that the crime she is investigating has to do with zombie porn. (Yes, you read that right.) But no explicit details are given. And there is… Read more »

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Mar 30
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (review)

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (review)

I loved Raisa. She’s smart and stubborn, she wants to be a good queen one day. And when she realized that things are being kept from her that she needs to know, so she can BE a good queen, she goes out and starts finding answers. She may not always have the best ideas on how to do things, and some of the scrapes she gets into could have been avoided if she had been less headstrong. But over-all, I really liked her as a character. And I really like her and Amon together. I liked Han just as much… Read more »

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Mar 29
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (review)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (review)

(No actual spoilers I don’t think! I’m discussing the love interests a bit, but I don’t think I’ve given anything away.) I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking this book, but all my friends kept raving about it. I was afraid it would end up too much like The Selection, which I didn’t like so much. I’m glad I finally read it! It was a lot better than I thought it would be. I loved Mare. Her interactions with her family, as well as the Silvers were great. And the intrigue and twists! I thought she was going to… Read more »

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Mar 27
Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

This was such a fun book! I didn’t guess who the killer was, I was thinking it was one of two other people. But it made total sense once the reveal happened. I loved Grandma Daisy, she was fun and perfectly fit the mischievous meddling grandma role, with a few extra quirks thrown in. I also really liked Violet. And how her past slowly revealed itself as clues to the main mystery appeared. There are hints about a love triangle, but honestly her old boyfriend, now the mayor, irked me. I’m really hoping the police chief wins out, and it… Read more »

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