Genre: Magic

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 //
Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel by Garth Nix

Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks it’s best to keep a young lady “safe”, even if it means keeping her away from her hopes and dreams. I read Sabriel and the rest of the Old Kingdom stories when I was a wee youngling in high school, but I’ve been wanting to revisit this world for several years.  I even got my husband to read it, and I hadn’t managed to reread them yet.  I still haven’t.  But listening to Clariel brough everything right back.  And that’s how a good book does it.  Strong world building that sticks with you 13 years […]

Posted May 23, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Ahhhh, complicated reviews are complicated, y’all. On one hand, The School for Good and Evil is a fun fairy tale world with quirky, interesting characters and a secret you spend the whole book impatiently waiting to find out. One the other hand, it’s all very shallow and slow-paced and the little feminist in me dies a bit every time there’s an inference that the princesses watch their waistlines. So, depending on the particular page or chapter, I either enjoyed this book… or it made me cringe. In the beginning, we are introduced to our two main characters (Sophie and Agatha) and […]

Posted May 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Imagine a world where anyone can perform magic, if they work hard enough and are smart enough.  Magic is one of the world’s best kept secrets, but it runs in the veins of every influential organization worldwide.  This is the world of The Magicians, where only the best of the best are recruited to Breakbills.  But what to do after that? The Magicians is a great adventure in fantasy and magical realism.  Most people are familiar with the popular Syfy show, but the book is deep and deliberate and fantastic.  There are similarities, and there are changes, but I don’t want […]

Posted April 11, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //