Genre: Fantasy

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

After really disliking Otherworld, I was a bit hesitant about borrowing Nightmares!.  This book has been on my TBR for about three years now, added around the same time as Otherworld.  I was hoping that, because most my issues were related to the worldbuilding, I may still enjoy this one.  Add in the fact that Jason narrates this audiobook… and yeah, okay, this one may be alright. *sigh* I still wasn’t a fan.  And that’s a lesson learned – no more of Jason Segal and/or Kirsten Miller for me.  Two of my criticisms with Otherworld were the cartoon-esque villains and poorly researched […]

Posted April 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

I’ve read a few Anastasia retellings in the last year (Heart of Iron and LIFEL1K3) but this is the one I’ve been waiting for. Listen, I’m all for science fiction.  I like sci-fi.  But my heart belongs to fantasy and Nadine Brandes’ retelling has hints of magic, historical fiction, and alternate history.  This is the Anastasia retelling I’ve been trying to find for a couple years.  So let me tell you why, outside the genre, I love it. Nadine Brandes’s Fawkes received a bit of love from the blogging community last year.  I was never supremely interested in Fawkes, but now that I’ve […]

Posted April 25, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

So.  Middlegame. I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I bounced back and forth a lot about whether or not I enjoyed it.  Middlegame is a really smart book, filled with impressive research.  Asphodel Baker wanted to change the world by taking humanity to the Impossible City and giving us a utopia… but her successor, Reed, wants to use the Impossible City to rule the world.  Reed has spent his career engineering twins to embody the doctrine.  When he loses control of the one set of “cuckoos”, he sends his executioner out to solve the problem, but […]

Posted April 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

If you’re looking for a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling with a dangerous, passionate (but not overly graphic love story), you’ll enjoy Cruel Beauty. Cruel Beauty is about Nyx, a young lady whose father has sold her away after making a deal with The Gentle Lord.  Her father hopes she’ll kill the Gentle Lord and free the land of his demons.  However, after a few weeks in his house, Nyx learns that everything is not quite as it appears.  Freeing her land will not be so simple as bringing down his house, nor killing the Gentle Lord.  And what’s worse, she […]

Posted April 20, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

First off, I’m really glad I didn’t go into this expecting Artemis Fowl, because if I had, I would have been disappointed.  I’ve actually read a decent amount of Colfer’s work, so I’m familiar with the different types of stories he has but out.  Artemis is the best, but he is always entertaining.  And that’s still true here:  The Reluctant Assassin is entertaining. The story follows unlikely pair Riley and Chevie, one a waif from Victorian England, the other an American teen who is the product of a decommissioned FBI taskforce.  When Riley falls through a time tunnel, the pair […]

Posted April 18, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
King of Fools by Amanda Foody

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

In Ace Of Shades, Erienne Salta liked dresses and devoured cookies like they were oxygen.  She was naive and interesting and determined and had grit. I miss that Enne.  Because in King Of Fools, our protagonists seem like entirely different people.  Levi is all over the place, and the charm that made me enjoy him in the first book seems to be lost now because Levi’s just a hot mess.  The darling bite of his personality seem to have shifted to Jac.  And Lola, so full of promise? She faded to the background.  We have a lot of new faces […]

Posted April 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //