Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Although I have seen some shining reviews for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, this book landed on my TBR because of a album by folk singer S.J. Tucker.  Folk music can be really hit or miss, and I feel like those who enjoy it particularly latch on to certain artists and I love S.J. Tucker.  So first of all, if you like the Fairyland series, check out her album Wonder, which is inspired by the series and created with Cathrynne M. Valente’s blessing.  My particular favorite song on the album is “Ask Me Anything”. Okay! […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

As many of my consistent followers know, I am constantly on the hunt for a good Alice in Wonderland retelling.  I’ve tried numerous books with varying levels of success – books that are good stories but not really retellings, books that were fascinating but didn’t follow through, books that had an interesting take on Wonderland but weren’t really my cup of tea because of the writing style or the terrible, horrible plot and characters.  As Alice in Wonderland is a popular retelling, I’m far from having read them all and I know there are good ones out there.  I keep trying and trying […]

Posted December 17, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

I’ve been waffling back and forth about To Kill a Kingdom ever before I read it.  The reviews out there are really mixed.  There are a few reviewers whose views usually align pretty closely with mine, but even among those there are some starkly different views.  So when I went into To Kill a Kingdom, I didn’t know what to expect. The long and short of it is simply this:  depending on what you want from this book, your enjoyment of it will vary.  From a fantasy and a retelling, I’m usually looking for solid worldbuilding, and from a any book I […]

Posted October 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

My expectations for Not the Girls You’re Looking For were so high, they were halfway to the moon.  I can’t explain it.  I think it was the title – a subtle nod to Obi Wan Kenobi and “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” It’s a stupid reason to latch on to a book, but it’s my reason and it happened. Not the Girls You’re Looking For has nothing to do with Star Wars by the way.  It’s a contemporary romance (ish?) with a Muslim main character who actually observes the Muslim holidays.  Written by a Muslim author.  I can’t really speak […]

Posted July 28, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev

So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is in a bit of a pickle.  Having just wrested Nate and herself from the hands of the angry sea witch Sedna, she has managed to learn the truth about her father… and make a sea witch really, really mad.  In the conclusion of this trilogy, Bertie is tasked with saving her family, saving her loves, saving herself, saving the theatre, and finishing her play.  That’s not too much to ask, right? Before we go any further, can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover? ALL THREE BOOKS IN THIS TRILOGY HAVE COVERS TO DIE […]

Posted August 22, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Matchev

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Matchev

I had an incredibly difficult time putting this one down.  I want to say I didn’t love it because lets face it… the plot kept pulling me in, then pushing me out, and I found the resolution sadly unfulfilling.  However, I loved every bit of the characters and while I had issues with Nate and Ariel being romantic interests (as they felt so old and far away from Bertie) I also know that I wanted so badly for everything to work out with Nate at the end of the book (no further spoilers here!) The writing at the very end was […]

Posted June 29, 2012 in Reviews // 6 Comments //