Genre: Historical Fiction

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of all that is romantic, I bring you a book review about a grisly viking YA. Haha, okay, not that grisly.  And there is a romantic plot line that is sort of epic and sweet.  The Half-Drowned King tells the story of Ragnvald Eysteinsson and his sister Svanheld.  The two are being raised by their greedy stepfather on the land that once belonged to their grandfather, a king.  Olaf, the stepfather, has no intention of letting Ragnvald inherit the land, so he contracts a petty king to have him murdered. When the assassin – the […]

Posted February 14, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

After reading Tiger Lily, I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t read this book.  I didn’t like Tiger Lily, even though most other people did… and it sort of put me off Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing.  Still, Midnight at the Electric kept popping up.  A lot of other people were reading it… and I kept seeing that cover.  I love the cover.  So it made it to my TBR, and here we stand. Sometimes, it is good to ignore logic and go with your gut. I loved Midnight at the Electric.  This is a completely different story than Tiger Lily, showing a little more of […]

Posted February 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

I’m positively enchanted by Enchantée. I must admit, when I requested this ARC from NetGalley, I had my reservations.  This is one of those examples where the online bookish community really came through for me.  I discovered Enchantée through a giveaway on Roshani Chokshi’s page.  There was a massive joint giveaway for six ARCs upcoming in 2019, and when I got to Gita Trelease’s page, Enchantée stood out.  Why?  The cover is freaking gorgeous. So when I saw it on NetGalley, I figured – sure, I’ll request that!  Two weeks-ish later, I got my acceptance email, and I read 40% of the book that first […]

Posted January 30, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This book is slooooooooooow. It’s not bad, but the pacing is excruciating.  I listened to the audiobook and I feel like Marin Ireland did a really good job narrating.  She gave each character their own voice.  But the story feels like it’s going nowhere fast.  The Rules of Magic introduces us to Franny, Jet, and Vincent – three Owens siblings who fall in love and ruin lives because of a curse put on their family.  Therefore, the storyline follows them from age fourteen (in Vincent’s case, the youngest) up into their twenties as the siblings struggle through love and loss […]

Posted January 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

A handful of bloggers I really enjoy have been talking about this series since I rejoined this community, and it’s been on my TBR for a while.  On one hand – um, this is about a LIBRARY and also FANTASY so HI I AM HERE SIGN ME UP.  But on the other hand, I read book one of Rachel Caine’s popular Morganville Vampires series a couple years ago and it really wasn’t for me. There were two reviews that got Ink and Bone on to my TBR.  The first was Cait over at Paperfury, who actually wrote a whole post about how underrated […]

Posted January 24, 2019 in Reviews // 8 Comments //
Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss

Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss

I loved this book when I was a kid.  Like all books I purchased from the Scholastic Book Fair, it holds nostalgia to a time when days were easier and all I really had to worry about was what country I wanted to write an essay about (Honduras) or how to say french fries in Spanish (papas fritas). Being a kid was fantastic, right? So a little bit of my review here is biased, simply because I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school and thinking it was SO COOL.  As an adult, it holds some problems.  […]

Posted January 9, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //