Genre: Magic

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

Posted May 2, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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

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

Posted April 28, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments

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. […]

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Posted April 11, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

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 […]

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Harry Potter:  The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

Posted March 14, 2019 in Reviews // 8 Comments

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 […]

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Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Posted February 28, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Hmm.  So, I read Sabriel for the first time early in high school.  I liked it.  I remember liking it and liking the world it was in.  I loved Clariel when I read it last year, so I already know I like this world with its monsters and charter magic. And yet, I feel like listening to Sabriel glazed across the surface for me.  I only absorbed once word in every ten, and many of those seemed to be Mogget’s.  I think it’s because of the narrator. Don’t get me wrong.  I like Tim Curry.  I like his reading of A Christmas Carol.  But […]

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