Genre: Magic

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 type […]

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 //
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Witchlands series has a pretty devoted following, and as such, I’ve been curious about it.  It’s not hyped in the way that Strange the Dreamer or Six of Crows is hyped, but the people who love this series are fiercely devoted.  I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while, but I’ve heard negative things about the audiobook version, so I was a little nervous when I borrowed this one from Libby. So, on one hand, I will say that Cassandra Campbell’s narration isn’t my favorite.  BUT.  It’s not the worst I’ve ever read?  I sped up the audiobook to […]

Posted April 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Harry Potter:  The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

I feel like I can no longer call myself a Harry Potter fan, because this short story was “released” ten years ago, and I didn’t know it existed.  I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marauders, although as I’ve grown older I recognize that they were definitely bullies.  Still, I’ve always wanted Rowling to write a companion series about them (I’m all set with the sequels, plays, etc.).  Another reason why I’m flabbergasted that I didn’t know about this short story. First of all, I need to point out that I really appreciate the Sirius Black pun.  This is a […]

Posted March 14, 2019 in Reviews // 8 Comments //