Genre: Fantasy

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Posted October 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I expected a lot from The Fifth Season.  Not so much from this book, but from anything written by N.K. Jeminsin.  I have heard a lot about this author and the depth of her worlds.  I wanted a deep fantasy tale with characters that tempt you into their stories.  I wanted a book that teased me never to put it down.  The Fifth Season met my expectations. There is some discourse about the actual genre of The Fifth Season.  I’m going against the grain to say this feels more like science fiction than fantasy to me.  First of all, it’s dystopia, which fits […]

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The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Posted September 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The Eyes of the Dragon feels like a story that belongs in the ancient histories of Midworld. That is to say… if you’ve read the Dark Tower series, King’s voice is familiar here.  He uses terms like “baronies” which I’ve never heard in other fantasy novels.  There is a Roland (our Roland Deschain’s namesake in his own world, perhaps?  Or a coincidence?) and there is a wicked court magician named “Flagg”.  And, of course, we know Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Of course, this is a different world and a different time, but there’s always that […]

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Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

Posted September 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

So nobody really talks about it anymore, and I don’t know any friends who have read these tales to their children, but Beatrix Potter is such a classic.  These short tidbits, written over a hundred years ago, are so familiar today.  It was such strange nostalgia going back not just to childhood favorites, but to stories I remember having read to me, and the memory of illustrated collections we used to have. I’m going to try something a bit different here, because this is a collection of very short children’s stories.  So, rather than try to summarize the collection as […]

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Posted September 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

What a well done middle grade novel. 🙂 A lot of middle grade novels feel a bit overly ridiculous for no reason, throwing any sensible storyline to the wind, preferring ridiculous humor to a sensible plot.  Tuesdays at the Castle maintains a more-or-less clever storyline, but doesn’t sacrifice the troublesome wink of humor so common in middle grade. In Tuesdays at the Castle we have three main characters and a variety of friends and villains.  The characters do lack a bit of depth, becoming more and more shallows the more minor their role.  Even Princess Cecelia if not very well fleshed […]

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The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookCon 2019 and G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look […]

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