Genre: Mythology

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Posted December 16, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book was deliciously unexpected. I’ve had mixed experience with Gail Carson Levine – growing up, I remembered reading Ella Enchanted and disliking it (although an adult reread inspired me to reform my opinion) and as such, I didn’t really seek out her books the way may others did.  Somehow, I never put together that one of my childhood favorites – The Two Princesses of Bamarre – was also written by her.  So by all rights, Ever is a book I should have read many years ago, because I would have loved it. And as an adult, I did love it.  The writing […]

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Posted December 12, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  I had a lot of hopes for this book, especially with the way it started out.  I really liked the atmosphere at the beginning, and I remember feeling similarly about Anna Dressed in Blood at the beginning as well, but like her other novel, Antigoddess is a lot of conversation and cheesy love story, and less excellent aesthetics. The beginning, like I said, is great.  We start in a desert with Athena and Hermes, searching for Demeter.  We know that the gods are dying, each in their own way.  It’s creative and the atmosphere is spot on.  It’s slow moving, […]

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Posted September 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love Magnus Chase, and usually more than they love Percy Jackson.  All of Rick Riordan’s series are greatly acclaimed, but Magnus, in particular, gets a lot of love in my circles.  Having loved Percy Jackson and known how much my friends enjoyed The Sword of Summer, I was ready to love it too. And you know, it was fine?  Entertaining enough, and the story moved along okay, but I really don’t think it is Riordan’s best work?  I know a fair amount of Norse mythology and as usual, Rick Riordan has done his […]

The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

Posted July 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I tend to be a bit careful about Arthurian retellings.  I really like the whole Camelot aesthetic, but I feel like they often underwhelm. Not all of them, I know!  And, also, I haven’t read them all.  But I came into The Lost Years feeling careful, and I think that was a good choice. Some scenes were great.  I really enjoyed the voice when Emrys was in the “human world”, as well as the scene with Cairpre and his amazing room of books.  Standalone scenes stood out to me, but the book as a whole had a bit of that… stumbled […]

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Posted April 20, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

If you’re looking for a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling with a dangerous, passionate (but not overly graphic love story), you’ll enjoy Cruel Beauty. Cruel Beauty is about Nyx, a young lady whose father has sold her away after making a deal with The Gentle Lord.  Her father hopes she’ll kill the Gentle Lord and free the land of his demons.  However, after a few weeks in his house, Nyx learns that everything is not quite as it appears.  Freeing her land will not be so simple as bringing down his house, nor killing the Gentle Lord.  And what’s worse, she […]