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The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

Posted June 5, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

From what I can see of his previous works, The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a little out of his normal wheelhouse.  A lot of what Alexis Hall writes tends to be paranormal romance, which is one of my least favorites genres.  Had I known that, I probably would not have requested this one… but!  The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is NOT a paranormal romance!  This book is a fantasy retelling a la Sherlock Holmes and that is why I requested it and that is certainly what I got. The writing style in this novel is an absolutely delight, but it has its […]

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted May 29, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments

First of all, I want to share that Storm and Fury is a spin-off series from Jennifer’s The Dark Elements series.  While I felt like this could be read as a standalone without a great deal of confusion, many other do suggest reading The Dark Elements first.  Just wanted to throw that out there. Okay.  Where to begin? There are a few aspects of Storm and Fury I want to discuss, the first fundamentally being that this book was NOT for me.  I read the summary and thought this was going to be a fantasy action novel with light tones of romance […]

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Posted May 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

At the very beginning, Magic for Liars intrigued me.  The prologue starts in a magical school – half high school, half Hogwarts – then in chapter one we’re transported to a delightfully film noir atmosphere as we’re introduced to Ivy Gamble.  From page one, the atmosphere in this book was spot on, and it’s the type of book that immediately draws you in. Throughout, the atmosphere, setting, and magic remains intriguing.  Explanations of the magical system are simple to understand, but complex enough to be impressive.  There’s a good balance of magic and reality to make the whole novel feel balanced […]

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

Posted May 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I’ve never seen a book quite like Solving for M, and frankly?  It was fantastic. Solving for M is a very specific type of story.  It’s about Mika, a fifth-grader nervous about going to a new school and being in different classes than her best friend.  The story starts with Mika in her new math class, and the teacher tells them to bring a “math journal”.  And then he eats a candle.  The story in itself is about change and adaptation and courage.  I didn’t expect this book to confront cancer, especially not in Mika’s immediate family.  So not only do […]

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Posted April 25, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

I’ve read a few Anastasia retellings in the last year (Heart of Iron and LIFEL1K3) but this is the one I’ve been waiting for. Listen, I’m all for science fiction.  I like sci-fi.  But my heart belongs to fantasy and Nadine Brandes’ retelling has hints of magic, historical fiction, and alternate history.  This is the Anastasia retelling I’ve been trying to find for a couple years.  So let me tell you why, outside the genre, I love it. Nadine Brandes’s Fawkes received a bit of love from the blogging community last year.  I was never supremely interested in Fawkes, but now that I’ve […]