Genre: Fantasy

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

Posted April 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

It has been snowy and gloomy and dull and my loves, everything in my heart has been dying for something dark and witchy and alive.  In that matter, The Price Guide to the Occult was everything I wanted.  It was earthy and malevolent and brought me to life. The Price Guide to the Occult introduces the reader to Rona Blackburn – a powerful witch who comes to the island in its founding days and wishes to be left in peace.  Unfortunately, frightened people make rash, irrational decisions.  When the eight “founding fathers” of the island fail to kill Rona, she sets […]

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Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

Posted April 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Wizard and Glass is easily my favorite of the Dark Tower novels. I know in the fanbase for the series that’s a bit of a controversial thing to say. Where we finish in The Waste Lands, Roland and company are aboard a murderous monorail heading at light speed toward their doom.  The only way there is to stop the train is to beat it in a riddling competition.  In the first pages of the novel, we dive into a the world of riddles and games, already at high action. Rather than plunge forward into the world after that, King gives the characters […]

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Posted April 11, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments

Imagine a world where anyone can perform magic, if they work hard enough and are smart enough.  Magic is one of the world’s best kept secrets, but it runs in the veins of every influential organization worldwide.  This is the world of The Magicians, where only the best of the best are recruited to Breakbills.  But what to do after that? The Magicians is a great adventure in fantasy and magical realism.  Most people are familiar with the popular Syfy show, but the book is deep and deliberate and fantastic.  There are similarities, and there are changes, but I don’t want […]

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Posted April 4, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments

I love this. Nimona is this unapologetic, excited girl with totally unexplained superpowers.  She’s a shapeshifter, or a skin changer, or… well honestly who cares because Sir Blackheart’s evil career needs some serious boosting and HERE COMES NIMONA. This graphic novel is a really well thought-out story about a girl who is lost, two old friends forced by the Institution to be enemies, and a system in power too busy entertaining its own ideas to worry about its people.  There’s deep sentiment and delightful silliness in the panels.  I really enjoyed it. As a graphic novel, it’s brief.  The characters […]

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School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

Posted March 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

This book was suuuuch a cliché monster. Everything you can think of happening in Misfit Goes to Magical School and Becomes Hero By Defying the Odds! book is in School for Psychics.  Dropout who has presumed her life cursed turns out to have magical abilities? Check.  Misfit group of BFFs?  Check.  Awkward and inappropriate romantic interest?  Check.  Being the most special at her magical school?  Check. Honestly, I could keep going. But, despite all that, School for Psychics is actually a very readable book.  No twist was surprising, but the characters were likable enough, and it was a fun sort of romp.  It […]

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