Genre: Fantasy

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed has a few different things I like, right off the bat. It’s a retelling. It’s an uncommon retelling – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It’s a theatre book. It’s a revenge book. It’s a Margaret Atwood book. So without even going into the book itself, this was bound to be a winner for me.  None of these aspects promise a pure five-star review, but they do promise I won’t be bored.  And honestly?  I enjoyed Hag-Seed, as a whole. I think that Margaret Atwood captured the feel of The Tempest so well.  There are roundabouts and trickery and malevolent revenge.  For those familiar with the […]

Posted August 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

There’s a lot of revelling and a lot of chaos going on in Lords and Ladies.  The fourteenth book in the Discworld series and the fourth in the Witches storyline.  I’l pass on the warning that Terry Pratchett left on the first pages of this book – while most of the Discworld novels can be read independently, it’s highly recommended to read Witches Abroad before reading Lords and Ladies. I will say that the only witches book I’ve read is Carpe Jugulum, and I never felt lost reading this one?  But the author recommends maybe not picking this up independently so I thought I’d pass […]

Posted August 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

This book has such a pretty cover.  The OwlCrate edition is a beautiful purple and orange gradient and the cover aesthetics are everything I love.  It has perfect purple end pages.  It’s so, so pretty. I wish I liked the book as much as I like the cover. The first word that comes to mind in describing Amber & Dusk is “clunky”.  There are the bare bones here for a decent story.  It reminded me of a cross of Mirage and Red Queen.  There’s an interesting magic system and characters that could be interesting if there was a little more care taken.  There are also a lot […]

Posted July 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Oh Anne Rice.  I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly?  Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring.  It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking.  For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse.  And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective.  When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored.  Because Louis […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //