Genre: Fiction

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

This book is utterly delightful. Seriously, after the dreary dullness of The Witching Hour, I needed a fun book with dragons and princesses.  It doesn’t matter than the novel is intended for middle-grade readers – a fun story is a fun story.  Besides, it’s not overly simplified.  I think an adult could easily enjoy Dealing with Dragons, as long as they don’t go in expecting something resplendent and deep and meaningful. Cimorene is a princess who has had quite enough of that, thank you very much.  At her wits end, she runs away to the dragons when her parents decide they only […]

Posted September 17, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I first read The Witching Hour in a two-year struggle between my last year of high school and freshman year of college.  At the time, I loved Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.  I loved the vampires themselves, the richness of the settings (from New Orleans to France and Italy).  I figured I’d love everything by Anne Rice, but The Witching Hour was such a drag… I had to force myself through. Let this be a lesson to you all – always write a review when you read a book.  If you write a review, you’ll remember all the reasons you loved and hated a […]

Posted September 13, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

I was so, so excited when I got this book on Netgalley because I am ALWAYS down for a good necromancer story.  When I read Reign of the Fallen earlier this year, it was a beautiful relief to read such a good necromancer story!  I wanted more!  I needed more!  Twice Dead was… not quite what I was looking for. As a whole, it’s not bad, per se.  There are a lot of bits in this story that really, really bother me. When we meet Naya, she’s on the top deck of her father’s merchant vessel and has been charged with a mission. […]

Posted September 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I am hopelessly enamored by my childhood favorites. From The Immortals to Harry Potter to His Dark Materials, the books I read in middle school and high school still remain my sentimental favorites.  I read them over and again, and mostly just applaud myself for my excellent taste. Artemis Fowl is, undoubtedly, my favorite teen boy hero.  And yes, that means I like him better than both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.  I like both their books fine, but Artemis himself takes the cake.  He’s a genius, inventive, confident, and captured an elf.  Sure – Harry and Percy fought gods and supervillain […]

Posted September 6, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I’ve only read one other V. E. Schwab book (A Darker Shade of Magic) and loved it.  Schwab has a way of wrapping her reader up slowly in her stories, until you’re so tangled you have no choice but to dig deeper for the dark secret at the center of the novel.  It’s a beautiful thing, really.  Thank goodness her books aren’t as long as George R. R. Martin’s, or we’d all be ensnared for life. Victor Vale is a great character.  He is beyond confident – Vale is resolute.  There were a few passages that set off red flags […]

Posted September 3, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant

I am not okay with the way this book ended. Okay, so, I know it’s the first book in the trilogy, and maybe I went ahead and read a few reviews of the next two books, but that doesn’t change the way the ended wrenched my heart into teeny tiny pieces. I’m not over it yet.  I finished the book last week and I’m still outraged.  How dare you manipulate my heart like that, Mira Grant.  What’s interesting to me is that I didn’t realize quite how much I had been enjoying the characters until they were gone?  That, mes amis, is excellent, subtle […]

Posted August 23, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //