Genre: Magic

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

  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 […]

Posted December 16, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

  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 […]

Posted November 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

  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 […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

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 […]

Posted June 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

I really, really enjoy Amy Rose Capetta’s writing style.  If you’ve been around this blog before, you’ve heard me babble about how much I enjoyed Echo After Echo.  This book has a similar feel in its characters, but the aesthetic of a town among the Redwoods feels so vibrant and alive.  Amy Rose Capetta is a master of atmosphere, and I fall into her books so easily.  I am here for anything she writes.  Even when the story or the characters aren’t amazing, her writing style gets me to the end easily. With the same characteristic as Echo After Echo, The Lost Coast was a […]

Posted May 2, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

What to say about a timeless fantasy? I actually reviewed The Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years ago, so I want to keep this brief and concise. My review in 2017 covered a lot of my technical concerns, so if you’d like to read more of a breakdown of the book, I’d suggest heading to that review.  As the technicals are covered, much of this review is going to be reactionary. As I mentioned in a recent post, Lord of the Rings is a classic.  Anyone who loves fantasy should read it – doubly so if you enjoy epic fantasy. […]

Posted April 28, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //