Genre: Magic

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Posted March 24, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. First things first – I think that those who enjoyed Wicked Saints will enjoy Ruthless Gods.  There’s a lot of the same aesthetic and I personally thought the characters were constant.  Unfortunately, I’m coming at this from an angle where Wicked Saints was not quite as good as I wanted it to be, and Ruthless Gods did not improve the situation. There is still a little of the landscaping aesthetics I really liked […]

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Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Posted December 16, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book was deliciously unexpected. I’ve had mixed experience with Gail Carson Levine – growing up, I remembered reading Ella Enchanted and disliking it (although an adult reread inspired me to reform my opinion) and as such, I didn’t really seek out her books the way may others did.  Somehow, I never put together that one of my childhood favorites – The Two Princesses of Bamarre – was also written by her.  So by all rights, Ever is a book I should have read many years ago, because I would have loved it. And as an adult, I did love it.  The writing […]

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Posted November 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The Girl of Fire and Thorns hit me immediately with some fantastic high fantasy vibes and I was so excited to start it!  I knew going in that this book would have a “chosen one” and I really like how Rae Carson worked with the trope to make it feel less exhausted.  I wouldn’t say it was a perfect book, but it was pretty good! The setting in this book was refreshing in its variety.  We have two coastal kingdoms, with prosperous tradeports, and yet, there’s no focus on the sea.  We spend most our time in deserts or […]

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this […]

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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Posted June 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I’ve read and listened to The Amulet of Samarkand many times since I was first introduced as a high schooler, and so help me, I still love Bartimaeus. This series has a world-feel all it’s own.  It feels like a bit later than Victorian England, but there’s no element of steampunk.  There was a similar aesthetic to Ink and Bone but where that version of the world had fallen apart, this one is tightly held together, like a fine tapestry foretelling doom.  The stiffness of the humans (magician or not) is the contrast needed to make Bartimaeus himself so funny.  Where even young […]

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