Genre: Magical Realism

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Posted December 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  The Starless Sea was a book worth waiting for. The beautiful worldbuilding made me fall in love with The Night Circus despite the slow pacing because it was a world I wanted to be pulled into, to exist within the book’s pages because it is a beautiful place, if somewhat tragic at times.  The Starless Sea has that same magical aesthetic. Even after having read it, I feel as though there are so many mor doors to open, so many more paths to walk.  It is ripe for a retread, because the Harbor is not a place that can […]

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Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

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All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted May 9, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

All the Crooked Saints was such a rollercoaster ride for me.  Going into it, I really wanted that same atmospheric magic I found in The Raven Boys but I was a bit hesitant because I’ve read quite a few “I was disappointed” reviews.  After I got a little while in – maybe 20% – I decided I wasn’t crazy about the narrator. Then, the Sorias swallowed me whole. This novel is so utterly unique in that it is in many ways a familiar story, but embracing a sort of magic in the world that makes it feel completely fresh.  It doesn’t […]

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Posted January 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

This book is slooooooooooow. It’s not bad, but the pacing is excruciating.  I listened to the audiobook and I feel like Marin Ireland did a really good job narrating.  She gave each character their own voice.  But the story feels like it’s going nowhere fast.  The Rules of Magic introduces us to Franny, Jet, and Vincent – three Owens siblings who fall in love and ruin lives because of a curse put on their family.  Therefore, the storyline follows them from age fourteen (in Vincent’s case, the youngest) up into their twenties as the siblings struggle through love and loss […]

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The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

Posted October 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Full disclosure:  when my preorder of The Deepest Roots arrived, I didn’t even remember ordering it.  I had to jump on Goodreads in order to refresh my memory of what it was.  I can’t remember ever doing this for a book before, and the fact that I had forgotten I ordered it didn’t sit well for me.  If it was already forgettable, reading it would probably be a chore. I am a fool, loves.  An absolute fool.  The Deepest Roots is one of my favorite reads this year.  Here’s why. The characters are wonderful.  As a white woman, I see myself represented in […]

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