The Midnight Thief Review

The Midnight Thief Review

The only reason this little fantasy novel came to my attention is because its sequel was on a list for August 2015 releases.  Thank Jesus that I don’t have long to wait to read the second book, because I am officially a fan of the series. The Midnight Thief features thieves and assassins in a fantasy setting — a dynamite combination.  Our thief is Kyra, a young lady who pays the rent by taking on burgling jobs.  She’s has a bit… Read more »

The Falconer Review

The Falconer Review

Let me start this review with a small rant about steampunk. Steampunk, or mechanical fantasy as I call it, is a genre of fiction featuring a historical setting with advanced, often whimsical, technology.  It is often set in the Victorian period, although there are exceptions.  Dirigibles, automatons, spider-like vehicles, and weapons masquerading as ladies’ accessories are popular pieces of steampunk machinery. I DO NOT LIKE IT! I dislike how steampunk machinery makes no scientific sense whatsoever.  I also dislike how… Read more »

Court of Fives Review

Court of Fives Review

Court of Fives started out so, so wonderfully.  For the first third of the book, I was totally and completely enraptured.  So, understandably I think, I was a little miffed when the book took a turn for the worse right before its halfway point.  What Court of Fives did well, it did well.  Which made its mistakes that much more disappointing. So, what it’s about… It’s not a close enough interpretation of Little Women to be a retelling, but Court of Fives is definitely inspired by Louisa May… Read more »

Dreamer’s Pool Review

Dreamer’s Pool Review

Dreamer’s Pool, the first installment in Juliet Marillier’s new series, bored me and stole my heart in equal measure. The story follows two escaped convicts, set within Marillier’s usual dreamy, magical, middle ages Ireland-inspired landscape.  Blackthorn, a woman trained in healing, and Grim, a huge, lumbering giant of a man, occupied cells across from each other in a true pit of despair masquerading as a prison.  Blackthorn only spent a year in captivity, but it was enough time to see… Read more »

Uprooted Review

Uprooted Review

Uprooted gets a standing ovation and 4.5 stars! Bra-vo! Written in a style reminiscent of old-school Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, Uprooted is a standout fantasy and fairytale retelling.  Agnieszka (Ahn-YESH-ka) has always been prepared for the day when she and the other girls in her village will be inspected, and one taken away, by the ageless wizard and lord known as “the Dragon.”  However, she and everyone else in the village always expected Kasia, the most exceptional girl amongst them,… Read more »

A Darker Shade of Magic Review

A Darker Shade of Magic Review

As a huge fan of Schwab’s Vicious, I was really expecting to enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic more.  This is not to say I didn’t like the book — in fact, I thought it was very well-written.  Schwab is an excellent writer. However, I find myself thirsting for the sequel, for the further development of the characters and worlds, far more than I want to re-read the exploits of book one. The novel begins with a long exposition and… Read more »

Down the Rabbit Hole Review

Down the Rabbit Hole Review

It’s been an entire decade since the E! series The Girls Next Door first aired, and finally, finally Holly Madison has gifted us all with her tell-all/memoir. For those of you not in the know, Madison was one of the stars of a reality television show that followed the three “girlfriends” of certified gross-old-man and all-around creep, Hugh Hefner.  The show was a huge hit, especially, as Hefner boasted one episode, amongst young girls. (Gross.) Why were little girls tuning in to such a tawdry… Read more »

Everything, Everything Review

Everything, Everything Review

First line of this review I wrote, preserved for posterity: “Wow! This book was really good.” Let’s try that again, with coffee:   Everything, Everything was an utter pleasure to read.  I closed the proverbial cover — I read the ebook — a few hours ago, and I’m already planning to dive in again. An author called Nicola Yoon technically wrote this novel, but her character, Madeline Whittier, is so sparkling with life, I’m convinced that she, and not Yoon, penned a… Read more »

The Viper and the Urchin Review

The Viper and the Urchin Review

This book came to my attention when the author emailed me, saying she’d seen that I’d reviewed and liked Lindsay Buroker’s self-published Emperor’s Edge series, and would I be interested in reviewing her own book, which held similarities to Buroker’s work? Well.  As an utter fanatic of The Emperor’s Edge and its sequels, I search ceaselessly for books that recapture Buroker’s style and magic.  Of course, I wrote the author back, saying yes, please send me your book!  At once! — I mentally added. Now,… Read more »

Transcendence Review

Transcendence Review

Want to know something really weird about me? I’m 25 and I’ve never been in a relationship.  I’ve given it a lot of thought over the past few years and I think it comes down to lack of opportunity — I’m shy and like to stay in — and not taking opportunities when they come — I don’t want to be involved with someone who turns me off, in even the slightest way.  I’m strongly intuitive and idealistic, and I’m… Read more »