Genre: Fantasy

The Switch by A.G. Hill & Nathanael Hill

The Switch by A.G. Hill & Nathanael Hill

I had 42 comments on this as I read it because I could not stop pointing out all its failings.  The writing looked like an editor hadn’t even touched it with a 20-foot pole.  The characters were flat as pancakes, the world-building was mostly a scientific, condescending talk-down… just… no? Lets get technical here. The writing. The writing style fluctuates between fragments and run-on sentences.  The author delights in phrases like “But there’s stuff we don’t have an explanation for that will be science someday.” and “It was a perfectly reasonable question, to which I had no answer.” to get […]

Posted December 20, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Finley Jayne has lost another position at another grand house and is running out of options.  This time?  Totally not her fault.  And when she’s knocked unconscious, she’s lucky to wake up in Griffin’s grand estate where she is well-cared for an respected through his own generosity.  The group she’s joining has troubles of their own, however. There’s a madman on the loose, stealing relics of Queen Victoria.  He calls himself the Machinist and they’ve met him before – last time, he nearly killed one of them.  Finley causes rifts in trust, but brings in an ally from the wrong […]

Posted December 18, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

I am a sucker for fairytales. These days, fantasy is dark and fast-paced.  There are villains in the shadows with twisted plans that will keep you up at night.  There are brazen heroes and maidens who don’t need rescuing. The Book of Pearl is something else entirely. This novel reads like something by the Grimm brothers.  The Kingdoms are a lush fantasy world so beautiful in their simplicity and believable enough that they could be our own, in another age and time.  That is the charm of a fairytale – it’s fantasy, but it feels like, just maybe, it could […]

Posted December 18, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Well! This book was a nightmare. I’m going to break away from my usual review format here to tell you a little bit about why this HUGELY popular book, which gets 3.96 stars on Goodreads, made me desperately want to tear my hair out. Let’s start at the very beginning. Alyssa is dreading a visit to her mother, an inpatient in the local asylum.  Local asylum… because we all have one!  We get a lot of back and forth and just in the beginning of the book we learn that Alyssa wears dreadlock hair extensions, is a senior in high […]

Posted December 16, 2017 in Reviews // 11 Comments //
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

This isn’t a mermaid book. I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise to me since it never explicitly promises mermaids?  I think I read a couple reviews that implied there would be mermaids…  but I just want to get this out of the way in case anyone else is wondering – nope, no mermaids in this book.  Also, that wasn’t a bad thing. What this book is about, is a myth about Atlantis. Therefore, this review will require GIFs from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Which also has no mermaids. Teardrop starts with a car accident. In this accident, Eureka loses her […]

Posted December 10, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Kate’s just a mercenary. She dropped out of school, and is living her own life, relying on odd jobs to make her ends meet.  At the beginning of the story, she only has about $1500 to her name, but that’s okay.  Why?  Because she’s good at her job even if she’s a little cheeky, and things always work out in the end. When her mentor is killed, Kate is brought in to investigate the case by one of the three magical law enforcement factions.  Her search leads her to the underbelly of the city, where she meets and befriends the […]

Posted December 9, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //