Genre: Magic

Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara Holland

I went into this book with very low expectations, because most the people I know in the blogosphere either hated it, or DNF’d it.  I wasn’t looking forward to reading it, and I even waited a week after pulling it from my TBR Jar before I started it. Then I read it in a day. I won’t go as far as to say that Everless is a perfect novel.  The attention to detail waxes and wanes.  The characters are spotty and a little shallow at times.  But it’s good, too.  It’s highly entertaining.  There are twists – though not entirely unexpected […]

Posted October 23, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

I have a very short list of things that thoroughly inspire me to create, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld trilogy is on it. I was first introduced to this world by the 2008 film, even though my brother had beautiful copies of Inkheart and Inkspell that neither of us had read.  Sometime over the years, I stole Inkheart and it lives on my bookshelf, where my brother still has the copy of Inkspell.  And yes, okay, I know that the movie is not the book?  But I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Paul Bethany as Dustfinger and Brendan Fraser as Mo.  I’m not going to argue […]

Posted October 21, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Heyyy, d’y’all remember The Dresden Files? It was this short running series on Syfy back in 2007.  Basically, you’ve got your Gandalf-style old-school wizard in the modern era, only his name is Harry Dresden and he doesn’t have the big beard.  He does have a staff.  In the case of the TV show, it was a hockey stick. You know, The Dresden Files.  Like Legend of the Seeker and other “look, we’ll try to give you some fantasy, but honestly, it isn’t selling right now” TV shows of 10 years ago that you may have seen while flipping through the channels.  Maybe you […]

Posted July 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Rift by Andrea Cremer

Rift by Andrea Cremer

In Rift, there lies another world of shadows just below our knowing.  The Conatus is sworn to protect the innocent against the monsters. But, what if there was another way? What if they could go right to the source and end the suffering of innocents once and for all?  Rift tells a tale of good vs. evil in the faces of Ira and Ember.  Ira is a seasoned member of Conatus, a proven guard and member of the leading circle.  Ember is a rookie recruit, just discovering the world of darkness. For most of this book, I couldn’t decide if I liked […]

Posted July 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk by Angie Sage

This is a fantastic book. I don’t mean to belittle middle grade books, but they are notoriously uncomplicated.  There are a few fantasy series that are the exception – Harry Potter is technically a children’s book, after all.  But most of them are dialogue heavy contemporaries with little to no world building.  Magyk is nothing like that. First of all, the audiobook is fantastic.  The narrator is great, telling the story with a light lilt.  Listening to the audiobook also meant that I never once had to read the magic spells or the word “Magyk” creatively spelled and capitalized.  I think […]

Posted July 4, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Nightmare Effect by Saxmei Milano

The Nightmare Effect by Saxmei Milano

Writing an open and honest review for a friend is extraordinarily difficult. On the one hand, you want people to take you seriously, because you’re A Professional and you won’t get your personal relationship get in the way of you critique of their art. In fact, you my be inclined to write an extra harsh review because you don’t want people to think that you’re biased. On the other hand… writing a book takes a lot of love and care.  Fantasy in particular requires additional world building and the rules of magic and it’s difficult.  You love your friend and […]

Posted June 23, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //