Genre: Fantasy

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

Posted December 10, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I’ve heard a lot of good things about Half Bad and Sally Green’s writing in general, but if I’m being perfectly honest, this novel was a bit of a struggle for me.  The world she was building, and Nathan’s story itself – all that was fine and lovely and well built and fascinating.  It’s not the story I struggle with, but the speed of the story. The format of this story is steady,  but slow.  It started well, in the. Idle of Nathan’s captivity, but then we go full stop and rewind to Nathan’s early childhood and work our […]

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Posted December 9, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  The Starless Sea was a book worth waiting for. The beautiful worldbuilding made me fall in love with The Night Circus despite the slow pacing because it was a world I wanted to be pulled into, to exist within the book’s pages because it is a beautiful place, if somewhat tragic at times.  The Starless Sea has that same magical aesthetic. Even after having read it, I feel as though there are so many mor doors to open, so many more paths to walk.  It is ripe for a retread, because the Harbor is not a place that can […]

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Posted December 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Just Ella was one of my FAVORITE books growing up, and the reason is so obvious to me.  There is so much girl power in this book, especially because it’s a middle grade book about princesses. Something to note: the cover rebranding for this book is a hot mess.  The original cover (which I’ve used in this review) shows a medieval-garbed princess with a tearaway to reveal her in common garb.  This tearaway affect so much better exemplifies the book and show Ella’s struggle.  The rebranded version is a modern looking ballerina princess on a pastel cover and is so […]

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Posted November 26, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  This is my second read through of Midnight Thief and being perfectly honest, I still enjoyed it.  It isn’t perfect, though, so lets start with one of the things I didn’t like. For one, there’s a very clear love triangle forming.  Kyra grew up with Flick, who helped get her out of the gutter and develop her trade.  But then there’s Tristam, the sweet, good-hearted young knight from a noble family.  Kyra doesn’t spend a lot of time harping over, “Oh my, fellas, whoever shall I kiss?” but the tension between the boys is definitely there.  I imagine this will […]

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Posted November 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The Girl of Fire and Thorns hit me immediately with some fantastic high fantasy vibes and I was so excited to start it!  I knew going in that this book would have a “chosen one” and I really like how Rae Carson worked with the trope to make it feel less exhausted.  I wouldn’t say it was a perfect book, but it was pretty good! The setting in this book was refreshing in its variety.  We have two coastal kingdoms, with prosperous tradeports, and yet, there’s no focus on the sea.  We spend most our time in deserts or […]