Genre: Fantasy

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Posted May 31, 2018 in Reviews // 13 Comments

  This book was rough.  In so many ways. It took me a bit to get into The Lies of Locke Lamora.  The perspective darts back and forth between the very intense current events, and historical events that inform whatever is about to come.  I have a history of disliking this type of storytelling, and I didn’t love it here.  Both lines were interesting – the current events were so stressful.  Left to themselves, I don’t honestly think I could have made it through, because Aie!  I probably would have had a sympathetic heart attack.  The backstory was interesting, but would not […]

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Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel by Garth Nix

Posted May 23, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments

  Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks it’s best to keep a young lady “safe”, even if it means keeping her away from her hopes and dreams. I read Sabriel and the rest of the Old Kingdom stories when I was a wee youngling in high school, but I’ve been wanting to revisit this world for several years.  I even got my husband to read it, and I hadn’t managed to reread them yet.  I still haven’t.  But listening to Clariel brough everything right back.  And that’s how a good book does it.  Strong world building that sticks with you 13 […]

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Posted May 16, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  The Hazel Wood has quickly built itself a reputation as one of those books you either ADORE or are really disappointed in.  I’ve heard some folks call it an Alice in Wonderland retelling (disagree) while other complain that too much of the book is set in the real world. I really liked it, and I’d like to break down for you why I did. First of all, I’m not going to go out and say that Alice, or Finch, or Ella, or any of them were great characters.  I’m usually a character reader, but when a world has been built […]

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Posted May 14, 2018 in Reviews // 12 Comments

  I typically don’t like steampunk novels.  I really want to, but I’ve never connected with them.  There’s always been far too much cheesy romance and swooning and belittling of women.  I almost removed this from my TBR when I reached it. Then, I took a deep breath, and borrowed the book from Overdrive. So glad I did. This one was a delight.  That’s the absolute best word that I can conjure.  Etiquette & Espionage is everything I wanted from a steampunk fantasy.  On the surface, we have a coming-of-age tale with airships and female friendships and getting into just the right […]

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Posted May 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Ahhhh, complicated reviews are complicated, y’all. On one hand, The School for Good and Evil is a fun fairy tale world with quirky, interesting characters and a secret you spend the whole book impatiently waiting to find out. One the other hand, it’s all very shallow and slow-paced and the little feminist in me dies a bit every time there’s an inference that the princesses watch their waistlines. So, depending on the particular page or chapter, I either enjoyed this book… or it made me cringe. In the beginning, we are introduced to our two main characters (Sophie and Agatha) […]

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