Genre: Mythology

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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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Aug 26
Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

This is and is not, a love triangle. In one sense it is, because two men are after the same woman (Nalia). But it also isn’t, because Nalia only loves one of them. And it isn’t her abusive master. She’s a little confused at first, because she was taken into slavery as a 15 year old who had never loved or had a relationship before. But mostly she hates Malek. And with good reason. I liked how strong Nalia was. She lived years in captivity with an abusive owner, forced to grant wishes for his business contacts. Otherwise she was… Read more »

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Jul 19
Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos (review)

Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos (review)

This was a pretty unique take on mermaid lore. I hadn’t seen most of these before, and the way they were explained made it believable. I liked the idea of a kiss being special, so special that to kiss someone twined your souls together and basically made you married. I also liked that mermaids and mermen had different powers and abilities from each other. Like mermaids being immune to squid ink, but mermen being knocked unconscious from it. I won’t go into all the interesting twists, but there are quite a few of them, all done in a way that… Read more »

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Jul 16
The Iron Queen (Daughters of Zeus #3) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

The Iron Queen (Daughters of Zeus #3) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

This one starts right where book #2 left off. And contains lots of changing view points. Each chapter is told from someone else’s POV. We get Persephone and Hades of course, but also Aphrodite. Which was great because it gave me a better chance to connect with Aphrodite. I actually liked her in this book, whereas last book I thought she was evil and working for Zeus on purpose. Melissa was still a whiny brat, thinking only of how she was inconvenienced by things and not how bad she was hurting Persephone. We get to meet a lot of the… Read more »

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Jul 12
13 Curses (Thirteen Treasures #2) by Michelle Harrison (review)

13 Curses (Thirteen Treasures #2) by Michelle Harrison (review)

The first book in this trilogy was all about Tanya. This book centers on Rowan, the girl we met previously who goes by the name of Red. Her brother was stolen by faeries and she is determined to get him back. I love that the faerie lore we learn in these books follows the traditional lore I’ve read in myths and legends. The fae shown in the books are mischievous and dark, though not so evil or twisted as to make it an unsuitable read for children. There are a variety of fae described in the books, not just the… Read more »

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Jul 01
Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus #2) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus #2) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

Sequels aren’t always as good as the first book. This one? Totally was! There were a few things that I didn’t like. Such as how long it took anyone to realize that Persephone was under a compulsion not to reveal something. She said a few times to people that she “can’t tell you.” And I kept wondering why she didn’t ask Hades or her mother about promising things. Like if there was a way to break the promise or get around it or any of that. Even if she wasn’t able to ask because of her promise, just having thought… Read more »

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Jun 25
Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1) by Lori Goldstein (review)

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1) by Lori Goldstein (review)

I won this ARC over at On Starships And Dragon Wings. Some things may have changed in the final version.   Azra spends most of the book rebelling against being a Jinn. For her entire life, she’s hated the fact that on her 16th birthday she will get her magical powers and have to grant wishes. We learn a bit about how Jinn society has changed since one particular family gained power. How it used to be good, the Jinn were able to choose their own targets for granting wishes, and were able to live in family groups. But now… Read more »

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Jun 21
Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

I was iffy on requesting this book. I usually really like fantasy books that have to do with mythology, but I wasn’t sure if this would qualify for good or bad mythology retelling. I’m very happy to say, that from the first pages it was one of the good ones! Persephone is a teenager, and was just smacked in the face with the fact that her life as she knew it was mostly a lie. She is a goddess as is her mother. However where some books would take this opportunity to throw in massive quantities of teenage angst, or… Read more »

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May 31
Iron Shoes (Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney (review)

Iron Shoes (Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney (review)

I really liked this book! It had more magic in it than I expected it to, and the story caught my attention from the first pages. I loved how the historical elements blended in with realistic race horse information, as well as the magic. It all felt realistic, and there were no information dumps. None of the book felt slow to me at all, even though there were non-action scenes and sweet scenes, and places where Imogen kind of ‘grew up’ in the book even though she’s already in her middle 20’s. I adored Guaire as a character. He fit… Read more »

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May 06
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre (review)

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre (review)

I was given this ARC by a friend as a gift. Some things may have changed in the final version.   “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”   I was expecting something slightly different than what I got. I was thinking Edie was going to get some kind of magical powers that she was using to take her revenge. But that wasn’t quite what happened. She made a deal with a boy she’d never met before, after he stopped her from trying to kill herself. In exchange… Read more »

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