Tag: Fae

Feb 01
Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier (review)

The big twist I saw coming very early on. That didn’t detract at all from the story though. Especially as I wasn’t sure of the why or the how. We also finally get confirmation about why Conmael has been helping Blackthorn. I loved the song/rhyme that’s given in bits and pieces and then finally in full in the book. I usually skip over that sort of thing, but it really resonated and stuck in my head. I also liked the story of the Heartwood House, and how we got to see different versions of it, both good and bad. I… Read more »

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Oct 12
Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Like the last book, Anita is finally getting back into police work and crime scene investigation more. There is still sex in the book, at least 3 different scenes (I didn’t count, but there were that many minimum.) Which when compared to the length of the book, and the amount of time spent on other things? Not really an issue for me. There are also a number of gory or gross things mentioned in the book. But if you’ve read the early books in the series, it won’t bother you much as the scenes are less bad than some of… 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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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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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 06
A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

This was such a fun book! The characters were all interesting, the children were believable, and I liked figuring out the mysterious bits. You don’t get a lot of magic right away (other than the ghosts), but you do get a little bit of history as to why magic is mostly gone from the world. I liked the ghost animals, though I didn’t like how cats are portrayed. The ghost T-Rex was a fun surprise. The book is apparently set in the UK somewhere, as there were a few phrases that were different than what we would say in America…. 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 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 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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Mar 16
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Fair warning: Once I picked this book up, I didn’t put it down again until I’d finished it. So be prepared to spend an entire day doing nothing but reading! All the books in this series have been amazing, this one being no less so. Trolls, fae, fire magic, pack politics, a sentient faerie home, and Baba Yaga suck you in from the first pages. We get more of Mercy and Adam being cute, as well as appearances from old favorites like Bran, Zee and Tad. Besides the pack politics, we also get fae politics, bargains and exchanges. I liked… Read more »

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