Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

The first word that pops into my mind to describe Shadow Frost is “indulgent”. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bad book.  It’s relatively entertaining, but it’s extreme and predictable.  It has that Disney-esque quality of good triumphing over evil.  The characters are highly powered with limited training and few consequences.  There were some pretty cool ideas in the skeleton of this novel, but I just didn’t believe it.  At all. And, yeah, okay, this is a fantasy and requires suspension of disbelief.  I get that, I really do.  But I also have a problem with characters who achieve the highest levels of […]

Posted September 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

In many ways, The Queen’s Rising was a painful book for me to read.  I could see the fantastic ideas just below the surface, like viewing them through a simple gossamer curtain, but they never materialized.  At its very best, The Queen’s Rising is disappointing.  At its worst, it is raw and tedious.  It’s such a shame. Out story starts out with a rushed boarding school montage, where we learned Brienna is trying to become impassionated (a master of an art or skill) but doesn’t really fir any of the passions.  The idea that people have an affinity to or connection with […]

Posted December 13, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
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 //
Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

I’d like to open this review by posing a passive-aggressive question: Why bother setting your fantasy in a pre-created mythological world if you are going to make up all the details? That, my loves, is the thorn in my side when it comes to Beyond a Darkened Shore.  I had numerous other issues with this book – the emotional depth of the characters and the awkward passage of time, to name a few – but the blatant disregard for easily researched details astounds me.  Especially in the mythology. Early on, I comment on my Goodreads status update that someone who is not […]

Posted July 23, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Confession:  I like some Harry Potter books better than others. I have read Prisoner of Azkaban a couple dozen times.  … I have read Order of the Phoenix three times.  First, when it came out.  Second, right before the movie came out.  Third, this time.  This time was by far the best, and for one glaring reason:  CAPSLOCK!Harry is a lot more tolerable when you can’t see all the angry capital letters.  There are aspects of OotP that are so cool, and the cast of characters is great, but this is still my least favorite in the series.  That said?  Still four hearts. […]

Posted July 7, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

If someone asks me what my favorite books were when I was younger, why I want to be a writer, why I love fantasy or why I still – as a 25 year old adult working in Finance – have an imagination, all fingers must be pointed at Tamora Pierce. I started reading her books when I was 9 or 10, and they have stayed with me and I am happy to keep up with her writing even now, and I have gone back a re-read her series many times.

Posted June 30, 2015 in Reviews // 0 Comments //