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Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

  Did you guys know that there are four books in the Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn saga?  Well, five, if you count the unfinished story…. I think that most people have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn here in the States, because it’s a pretty common required reading in high school English.  Pop culture (and Disney World) itself made me well aware of Tom Sawyer and his fence-painting, treasure-seeking shenanigans.  But I wasn’t aware of Tom Sawyer Abroad or the fourth book, Tom Sawyer, Detective, until earlier this year, and as a general fan of Mark Twain, I was in. Tom Sawyer Abroad […]

Posted October 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

  I will not by any means say this is a masterpiece of a book.  I see flaws in the love story, in the … likelihood of situations I guess?  But I also really, really liked it because it had a lot of things that I feel like I don’t see very often, particularly in YA Fantasy. First of all, we have a protagonist who is very unsure of herself.  Listen guys, I’m all for fierce, confident heroines.  I love me a strong female protagonist.  But after a while, it gets old, you know?  Lia constantly struggles with her decisions and worries […]

Posted October 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Vortex by Julie Cross

Vortex by Julie Cross

  It’s been a couple years since I read Tempest, but the story pulled me in again so quickly.  I have never felt overwhelmed by all the information she gives about the mechanics of time travel, and I never feel like the romance really takes over the story. Also?  This is what should be a New Adult book – a book where the story revolves around a protagonist who is out of high school, but newly into college or embarking on a career.  It feels so perfectly what I want New Adult to be.  … But that’s an aside. Now that I have […]

Posted October 15, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

  Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

  I expected a lot from The Fifth Season.  Not so much from this book, but from anything written by N.K. Jeminsin.  I have heard a lot about this author and the depth of her worlds.  I wanted a deep fantasy tale with characters that tempt you into their stories.  I wanted a book that teased me never to put it down.  The Fifth Season met my expectations. There is some discourse about the actual genre of The Fifth Season.  I’m going against the grain to say this feels more like science fiction than fantasy to me.  First of all, it’s dystopia, which fits […]

Posted October 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

  The Eyes of the Dragon feels like a story that belongs in the ancient histories of Midworld. That is to say… if you’ve read the Dark Tower series, King’s voice is familiar here.  He uses terms like “baronies” which I’ve never heard in other fantasy novels.  There is a Roland (our Roland Deschain’s namesake in his own world, perhaps?  Or a coincidence?) and there is a wicked court magician named “Flagg”.  And, of course, we know Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Of course, this is a different world and a different time, but there’s always that […]

Posted September 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //