Genre: Fantasy

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

I was so, so excited when I got this book on Netgalley because I am ALWAYS down for a good necromancer story.  When I read Reign of the Fallen earlier this year, it was a beautiful relief to read such a good necromancer story!  I wanted more!  I needed more!  Twice Dead was… not quite what I was looking for. As a whole, it’s not bad, per se.  There are a lot of bits in this story that really, really bother me. When we meet Naya, she’s on the top deck of her father’s merchant vessel and has been charged with a mission. […]

Posted September 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I am hopelessly enamored by my childhood favorites. From The Immortals to Harry Potter to His Dark Materials, the books I read in middle school and high school still remain my sentimental favorites.  I read them over and again, and mostly just applaud myself for my excellent taste. Artemis Fowl is, undoubtedly, my favorite teen boy hero.  And yes, that means I like him better than both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.  I like both their books fine, but Artemis himself takes the cake.  He’s a genius, inventive, confident, and captured an elf.  Sure – Harry and Percy fought gods and supervillain […]

Posted September 6, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I have a really weird relationship with The Winner’s Curse. I’m struggling here to find words to describe this book – I just… don’t know how I feel?  Kestrel is fine, and Arin is fine, and the storyline is fine and the worldbuilding is fine, and I guess when it comes down to it, The Winner’s Curse is just fine.  I enjoyed it enough, but I didn’t find it particularly memorable. This novel is marketed as a fantasy, and I will give it that the world itself seems fantastical in its elements.  There’s a Roman vibe to the world – from conversations about villas […]

Posted September 5, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I’ve only read one other V. E. Schwab book (A Darker Shade of Magic) and loved it.  Schwab has a way of wrapping her reader up slowly in her stories, until you’re so tangled you have no choice but to dig deeper for the dark secret at the center of the novel.  It’s a beautiful thing, really.  Thank goodness her books aren’t as long as George R. R. Martin’s, or we’d all be ensnared for life. Victor Vale is a great character.  He is beyond confident – Vale is resolute.  There were a few passages that set off red flags […]

Posted September 3, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War is an Asian-inspired fantasy with an Asian protagonist, and right now in the world of fantasy, these are incredibly rare.  That reason – if no other – is a good one to pick up this novel. Fang Runin is a different sort of protagonist than I’m accustomed to finding in books like these.  She’s driven and smart, but not in a Hermione-esque where learning comes naturally to her. Rin has to work very hard to keep pace with her peers.  Her birth and raising has not disposed her to this sort of life, and so, she must put […]

Posted August 20, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

I almost skipped this on my TBR, because I just read a Jim Butcher book, and I felt pretty meh about it. That would have been a mistake. I was immediately drawn in by Furies of Calderon.  The world is really interesting, and I liked the furies in the magical system.  The stories started off with a lot of promise, and I had high hopes once I started to get into the book. Unfortunately, once the warm fuzzy feeling wore off, things went downhill. Even though the worldbuilding on this one shows what Jim Butcher is capable of, the characters don’t hold […]

Posted August 16, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //