Genre: Fantasy

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Posted November 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

About 10% of the way into Carve the Mark, I started fishing through friend reviews on Goodreads.  I was bored.  I wanted to know if other people were bored, too.  It seemed like – overwhelmingly – they were!  I also learned that there was a lot of controversy surround this book, so I think it’s only fair to point out a little bit of it. The publisher sponsored many reviews.  This means that they paid prominent bloggers, vloggers, and Goodreads accounts to read the book.  This is totally different than simply providing an ARC – there’s so much more pressure to give a […]

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Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Posted November 15, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

It took me a long time to get into this book. Crimson Bound has a really rich, vibrant world, but the writing moves at its own gradual pace, and the characters are hit or miss. The romance, too, was major eye roll material, but I suppose you can’t have everything! The Great Forest was where this book truly shined. I found Rosamund Hodge’s descriptions of a dark, malicious forest come to life to be both chilling and exciting. Particularly in the segment in the middle, when Rachelle and Armand ride with the Wild Hunt… the bits of me in love […]

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A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Posted November 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t in love with A Blade So Black.  The more I learned about the book, the less excited I was to be going into it.  There were areas near the beginning where I almost DNF’d it – but I am glad I didn’t.  As far as Alice in Wonderland retellings go, it wasn’t the worst!  There’s a lot of different aspects here I’d like to talk about, so I’m going to try and hit them one by one. First of all, as if my photo doesn’t scream it, I’m white.  My family came from Canada […]

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted November 8, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments

What can I possibly say about The Raven Boys that hasn’t already been said?  This novel enchanted me.  I know that the YA bookish community loves the Raven Cycle, and now I see that they love it with good reason. Going in, I really thought that this would end up being one of those mushy books where the girl falls in love with a gaggle of boys and has to choose, and two of the boys fall in love with each other, and it’s adorable if that’s the sort of thing you like.  I was ready for romance.  I wasn’t looking […]

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The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Posted November 7, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I still love this book. When I read the Artemis Fowl series as a kid, The Opal Deception stood out as my favorite.  I just LOVE Opal as a villain.  She’s cheesy and incompetent and overstuffed and I love it.  In many ways, she reminds me of Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove – filled with evil plots and intentions, but surrounded by unhelpful minions and plans that exceed her abilities.  Basically, someone who is too smart for her own good and makes a mess of things. The Opal Deception excels in other ways for me – for one, we get a partnership between Butler […]

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