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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Thrillers are hit-or-miss with me.  Either I’m obsessed with them, or they fall flat.  Fierce Kingdom fell flat for me, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the fault of the book?  I think I wasn’t quite the right audience for this thriller. Firstly, a lot of the actual suspense would have hit home better with a mother.  The first half of the book is all about Joan’s fear about Lincoln, and something happening to her son.  There’s a lot of flashbacks about her son, and I do feel like all this would have been more relatable to a parent.  I don’t […]

Posted February 4, 2019 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

Small aside that has nothing to do with the actual book?  The People of Sparks is the first sequel that’s come around on my TBR since I rejoined the community in 2017.  That means I’ve either read everything added to my TBR before that date… or have been unable to find an audiobook version of those books. EITHER WAY this is a big deal to me, and I’m excited. When I read The City of Ember back in July 2017, I was pleased and surprised by how much I enjoyed this book intended for middle grade readers.  The world building was interesting, and […]

Posted January 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This book is slooooooooooow. It’s not bad, but the pacing is excruciating.  I listened to the audiobook and I feel like Marin Ireland did a really good job narrating.  She gave each character their own voice.  But the story feels like it’s going nowhere fast.  The Rules of Magic introduces us to Franny, Jet, and Vincent – three Owens siblings who fall in love and ruin lives because of a curse put on their family.  Therefore, the storyline follows them from age fourteen (in Vincent’s case, the youngest) up into their twenties as the siblings struggle through love and loss […]

Posted January 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Well. This book broke me into a thousand tiny pieces. I’ve never read Laini Taylor before, so I wasn’t prepared for her beautiful, gripping writing.  In the bookish community, we talk so much about our love for characters and stories that we often don’t discuss the writing itself.  They way Laini Taylor writes… she reminds me why I love words.  It’s lyrical but not flowery. It’s slow and soft and sometimes sends shivers over your skin.  It’s beautiful. Then there’s Strange the Dreamer itself. This book is magical.  It’s fantasy, but it feels like mythology.  While you read it, you get the sense […]

Posted January 20, 2019 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

I genuinely appreciated this book. I can’t say anything for the rep, and I have to admit that I am not particularly familiar with Mulan’s story outside of the Disney movie… but there were many details about this story that I thoroughly appreciated. First of all, I loved the change in setting.  I read a lot of Western European-inspired fantasies – and still I love those! – but it’s good to have a bit of variety.  The more books there are like Flame in the Mist, the more people can find themselves in these books… and honestly, I can only take […]

Posted January 16, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight was interesting, and in some ways unique, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t fall in love with it. Echo is discovered as an orphan and taken in by the Avicen – a species of avian humanoids who have feathers instead of hair.  As a pickpocket, Echo wins her way into the hearts of the Avicen through stealing candy for them and through her own natural charm, but to some, she’ll never belong.  When Echo is sent on a secret quest for one of the high council members to find the firebird, she follows her mission […]

Posted January 10, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //