Genre: Fantasy

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Heyyy, d’y’all remember The Dresden Files? It was this short running series on Syfy back in 2007.  Basically, you’ve got your Gandalf-style old-school wizard in the modern era, only his name is Harry Dresden and he doesn’t have the big beard.  He does have a staff.  In the case of the TV show, it was a hockey stick. You know, The Dresden Files.  Like Legend of the Seeker and other “look, we’ll try to give you some fantasy, but honestly, it isn’t selling right now” TV shows of 10 years ago that you may have seen while flipping through the channels.  Maybe you […]

Posted July 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

I’d like to open this review by posing a passive-aggressive question: Why bother setting your fantasy in a pre-created mythological world if you are going to make up all the details? That, my loves, is the thorn in my side when it comes to Beyond a Darkened Shore.  I had numerous other issues with this book – the emotional depth of the characters and the awkward passage of time, to name a few – but the blatant disregard for easily researched details astounds me.  Especially in the mythology. Early on, I comment on my Goodreads status update that someone who is not […]

Posted July 23, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Rift by Andrea Cremer

Rift by Andrea Cremer

In Rift, there lies another world of shadows just below our knowing.  The Conatus is sworn to protect the innocent against the monsters. But, what if there was another way? What if they could go right to the source and end the suffering of innocents once and for all?  Rift tells a tale of good vs. evil in the faces of Ira and Ember.  Ira is a seasoned member of Conatus, a proven guard and member of the leading circle.  Ember is a rookie recruit, just discovering the world of darkness. For most of this book, I couldn’t decide if I liked […]

Posted July 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Midnight Front by David Mack

The Midnight Front by David Mack

When I pulled The Midnight Front out of my TBR Jar, I was soooo not into it.  I looked at the cover and groaned and told myself “I should just donate this one now, I don’t want to read it.”  Which is horribly unfair to the author, by the way, but I got it in my PageHabit box months ago and was only vaguely interested in it then.  The author largely writes for pre-established series like Star Trek and while that can be a dream job, I guess, I’ve found that it doesn’t always pan over to quality of work. I know, I’m […]

Posted July 11, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Remember that post I did a few weeks about about beachside reads and I’m not a beachside person, but here are some books? I wish I had read this book back then because The Wicked Deep is such a perfect summer read. Seriously, this book has everything: Love story? Check. Secluded island? Definitely. Witches? Of course. Ghosts? The best! And it’s predictable as anything, but in a good way, you know?  When you want something to happen, then it does, and you’re all like HAH.  IN YOUR FACE UNIVERSE I WAS RIGHT.  And then you keep reading fervently until you are done with […]

Posted July 9, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk by Angie Sage

This is a fantastic book. I don’t mean to belittle middle grade books, but they are notoriously uncomplicated.  There are a few fantasy series that are the exception – Harry Potter is technically a children’s book, after all.  But most of them are dialogue heavy contemporaries with little to no world building.  Magyk is nothing like that. First of all, the audiobook is fantastic.  The narrator is great, telling the story with a light lilt.  Listening to the audiobook also meant that I never once had to read the magic spells or the word “Magyk” creatively spelled and capitalized.  I think […]

Posted July 4, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //