Tag: fantasy

Feb 15
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

This was actually not quite what I was expecting. And that isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s a mix of Cinderella and Snow White, with a twisted Cinderella, and a funny and crazy Godmother. Nothing is quite what you remember from the fairy tale, or quite like any other retelling of Cinderella that I’ve read so far. I loved how nothing was quite what it seemed, and there were a lot of twists for such a short book. The story and characters are a bit dark and twisted, which just sucked me in further. I wanted to know what… Read more »

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Feb 08
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

I liked a number of things about the book. Like how many Wonderland characters I recognized, and felt true to themselves. (Like Cheshire!) I also liked reading about the various confections Cath made, and how when she dreamed about Jest, things would appear in her room, grown by the dreams. Jest was by far my favorite character. He was charming and sweet, mysterious and had so many magic tricks up his sleeve. (Can’t say much more due to spoilers…) The friendship between Cath and Mary Ann was really good too. They dreamed together about opening up their own bakery. And… Read more »

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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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Jan 15
Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

There’s still a love triangle going on in this book. The mayor (Nathan), and the police chief (David) are still both interested in Violet. And while Violet doesn’t seem to be interested in Nathan, she wasn’t encouraging David either. I’m hoping for David, but we’ll have to see! There were more magical happenings in the store, and with the tree. But not a whole lot more than the first book. The bookshop is still talking to Violet via poetry, this time using Edgar Allan Poe. And while she’s able to figure out a few of the clues, both she and… Read more »

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Nov 16
Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again. I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I… Read more »

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Oct 11
The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

Technically a series, but each book deals with different characters and different ghosts. This was actually creepier than I had expected for a kids book. Not too much so, but the creepiness factor was definitely there. It probably doesn’t help that I have a porcelain doll that has an outfit very similar to the one in this book! I liked how the kids discovered there was something not quite right about the doll. And how each of them had a slightly different experience, even if the voice was eventually a shared one. We do get to find out who was… Read more »

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Oct 04
Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book wasn’t as fast-paced as most Valdemar novels. It was still interesting and kept my attention, but if you love the ones full of action, this book is more in the line of intrigue. Mags, Amily and a number of their friends from the last book, spend most of this book hunting a bully. You know exactly who is responsible from the beginning, but finding enough evidence to prove it takes most of the book. I liked getting to see how Mags and Amily were settling into their roles. I also liked that we got to see more of… Read more »

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Sep 28
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

This sounded good, and since my friends have been raving about it, and the movie based on it is coming out this month I decided to finally read it. And it was good, but it also wasn’t… Let me explain. You know those first-in-a-series books that spend so much of the book setting up the story that it doesn’t really feel like an actual story? Yeah. That was this book. Some parts of it were interesting. Some parts dragged like crazy. Almost the entire first half of the book is about Jacob and growing up on his grandfather’s stories. And… Read more »

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Sep 22
Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Having only liked a few of the books from the last series about Mags, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this one. But since it was Valdemar, I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the first book in the series before this one arrived, so some of the things in it (like Amily being the King’s Own) I have no idea how it happened. Despite that, this was a really good book! I read it in 2 days, and it’s made me happy that I have the third book in this series already… Read more »

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Sep 21
Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

So much of this book dragged. There were a lot of interesting bits that I breezed through quickly. But in between those bits, there were slow spots and things going on that I just didn’t care about. I wanted to like this book, it sounded really good, and I was super curious about why Tiana was locked away and mistreated. There is a brothel scene early on, and you find out that the poor people are cannibals because there isn’t enough other meat to go around. There are signs all through the book that something horrible happened in the past,… Read more »

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