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Vortex by Julie Cross

Vortex by Julie Cross

It’s been a couple years since I read Tempest, but the story pulled me in again so quickly.  I have never felt overwhelmed by all the information she gives about the mechanics of time travel, and I never feel like the romance really takes over the story. Also?  This is what should be a New Adult book – a book where the story revolves around a protagonist who is out of high school, but newly into college or embarking on a career.  It feels so perfectly what I want New Adult to be.  … But that’s an aside. Now that I have all […]

Posted October 15, 2019 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this type […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I expected a lot from The Fifth Season.  Not so much from this book, but from anything written by N.K. Jeminsin.  I have heard a lot about this author and the depth of her worlds.  I wanted a deep fantasy tale with characters that tempt you into their stories.  I wanted a book that teased me never to put it down.  The Fifth Season met my expectations. There is some discourse about the actual genre of The Fifth Season.  I’m going against the grain to say this feels more like science fiction than fantasy to me.  First of all, it’s dystopia, which fits snugly […]

Posted October 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon feels like a story that belongs in the ancient histories of Midworld. That is to say… if you’ve read the Dark Tower series, King’s voice is familiar here.  He uses terms like “baronies” which I’ve never heard in other fantasy novels.  There is a Roland (our Roland Deschain’s namesake in his own world, perhaps?  Or a coincidence?) and there is a wicked court magician named “Flagg”.  And, of course, we know Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Of course, this is a different world and a different time, but there’s always that feel […]

Posted September 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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 […]

Posted September 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

At first, I was hesitant going into Illuminae for two reasons: it is a very hyped book, and it was mixed media, which may/may not work in audiobook format.  I kept my expectations pretty low, because a lot of the super hyped books don’t really work for me. Going into the early chapters of Illuminae, I was glad I protected myself with low expectations.  The world was interesting, and the action started right away, but the characters?  Meh.  Especially in the early chapters, they’re all quite vague and flirtatious.  There are moments that are good mixed in, like the initial battle between the […]

Posted September 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //