Genre: Mythology

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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 […]

Posted April 20, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne starts out with potential.  It tells the story of the succession of a kingdom – two children born to the royal family.  One child is born blind, the other a child with albinism.  The nobility is at first aghast, for these are not “normal” children.  Nonetheless, the burning throne claims both children as heirs.  A third child, the daughter of an outcast brother of the regent, is presented.  The burning throne accepts her too, but the royal family doesn’t, and her father swears revenge. The story sets itself to be a fight for the throne between […]

Posted April 3, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

For as much love and praise as I give the Artemis Fowl series as a whole, I really could have done without The Atlantis Complex. Our other stories have been triumphs of good over evil. They’ve been filled with Artemis’s cleverness and Holly’s quick action, Butler’s brawn.  The comic relief characters continue to shine in The Atlantis Complex, but outside of Mulch Diggums (who is becoming one of my favorite sidekick characters of all time), this book is just… off. So lets talk about it. Artemis Fowl has decided to give up his evil ways – like, really give them up this time – […]

Posted January 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

The first time I read this, I gave it three stars.  Since I didn’t leave a proper review, I have NO IDEA what my thoughts were at the time.  Clearly, I was foolish.  This book is magnificent. The Time Paradox takes us to Fowl Manor, where Angeline Fowl is dreadfully ill, and getting worse all the time.  The Fowl men call in all their favors, touch on all their resources, but nobody knows what’s wrong with Arty’s mother.  Nobody, that is, except the faeries.  As it turns out, it’s an illness known to the folk and believed to be eradicated, […]

Posted December 30, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

Book five of the Artemis Fowl series takes a little bit of a departure from the rest of the series.  Whereas the previous four books have involved saving Haven city, or performing a heist on Artemis’s behest, this time both Holly and Artemis are working for a greater cause. We are introduced to a whole new group of faeries, who are caught in a time spell that is unraveling. When I read this series when I was younger, I didn’t care for The Lost Colony.  I like the heists and the intricate world of the faerie underground, and a lot of […]

Posted December 3, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

I still love this book. When I read the Artemis Fowl series as a kid, The Opal Deception stood out as my favorite.  I just LOVE Opal as a villain.  She’s cheesy and incompetent and overstuffed and I love it.  In many ways, she reminds me of Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove – filled with evil plots and intentions, but surrounded by unhelpful minions and plans that exceed her abilities.  Basically, someone who is too smart for her own good and makes a mess of things. The Opal Deception excels in other ways for me – for one, we get a partnership between Butler […]

Posted November 7, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //