Genre: Young Adult

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I want to start off this review by refuting the claim that it’s a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones.  I honestly believe that got me in the wrong mindset from the beginning, because that comparison left me wanting so much more.  Descendant of the Crane features a fairly messed up royal family, but otherwise, this is its own thing. The opening of the story is great.  We start just after the death of the king.  The atmosphere is gloomy and unpredictable, even dangerous.  The main characters steal into a disreputable district to seek forbidden magic.  It’s a great beginning.  It pulled me […]

Posted March 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

If you’re looking for a deeply dark fantasy world, littered with monsters, then Wicked Saints is for you.  It’s gruesome and gritty and filled with an excellent amount of magic and uncertainty. Our protagonist, Nadya, is the last Cleric.  She has been chosen by the gods to deliver Kalyazin from the endless war with Tranavia and bring the gods back into perspective.  While Nadya is backed by the goddess of death, she is able to commune with all the gods.  This is historically unheard of.  Driven by rage and piety and hopes of revenge, Nadya follows the mysterious Malachiasz into the heart […]

Posted March 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I did not think I was going to like this book?  Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s.  A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and for some reason I thought there was going to be a lot of focus on Woodstock. While the drugs were a constant presence, I think Summer of ’69 was mostly about the fear of the future in a time where […]

Posted March 25, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees is one of those modern classics that is so good in so many ways from cover to cover, I’m not sure I can really do it justice in a basic review. It tells the story of Lily Owens, a little girl who killed her mother when she was a toddler and is living with the weight of that accident heavy on her heart.  Her father, T-Ray, blames her for the loss of his beloved wife and finds it impossible to love her.  So when the only person who has ever shown Lily a little bit […]

Posted March 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Until I Die by Amy Plum

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Picking up Until I Die, I figured that I would hate it and regret my decision in continuing the Revenants series.  I remembered that Die For Me was not my usual fare, being very fluffy and as I called it in 2017, a “kissing book”.  But I liked Die For Me … and I liked Until I Die. Continuing the theme with the first book, I wouldn’t say that this is a masterpiece of literature.  It’s aimed for fans of paranormal romance, but what I like about it the realistic way that characters react to things.  Vincent and the other Revenants are immortal.  They […]

Posted March 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Harry Potter:  The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

I feel like I can no longer call myself a Harry Potter fan, because this short story was “released” ten years ago, and I didn’t know it existed.  I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marauders, although as I’ve grown older I recognize that they were definitely bullies.  Still, I’ve always wanted Rowling to write a companion series about them (I’m all set with the sequels, plays, etc.).  Another reason why I’m flabbergasted that I didn’t know about this short story. First of all, I need to point out that I really appreciate the Sirius Black pun.  This is a […]

Posted March 14, 2019 in Reviews // 8 Comments //