Tag: ARCs for Review

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

This book was suuuuch a cliché monster. Everything you can think of happening in Misfit Goes to Magical School and Becomes Hero By Defying the Odds! book is in School for Psychics.  Dropout who has presumed her life cursed turns out to have magical abilities? Check.  Misfit group of BFFs?  Check.  Awkward and inappropriate romantic interest?  Check.  Being the most special at her magical school?  Check. Honestly, I could keep going. But, despite all that, School for Psychics is actually a very readable book.  No twist was surprising, but the characters were likable enough, and it was a fun sort of romp.  It […]

Posted March 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Happily by Chauncey Rogers

Happily by Chauncey Rogers

I am a sucker for a good retelling. I have delved into one after the other, even though after a while a lot of them are predictable, and some of them are really awful.  I am so happy to report that Happily is neither totally cliche nor frustrating.  Guys, I loved this one. Laure is a delightful heroine with snark that’ll make you smile, a flair for the dramatic, and a whole lot of guts.  She fancies herself a loner, but she’s got a big heart.  She’s not the type of girl to waste time ogling a pretty face.  She’s interested and […]

Posted March 28, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Don’t take the City of Sin lightly – it will change you. Ace of Shades sets up a world where nobody is what they seem.  Everyone wears a magic, everyone has a talent they hide, and everyone has sworn an oath.  Whether it is to a street lord or one of the powerful casino families, oaths mean blood is spilled, loyalties are split, and nobody can be trusted.  It makes the city fascinating, because you never really know who is a friend and who is going to pull a knife on you. Amanda Foody’s second book does not disappoint.  She […]

Posted March 10, 2018 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Hmm.  Mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, Blue Window was a really neat idea about five siblings who fall through a window and end up in a strange world where they have to find their way home and also not get destroyed by the strange looking humanoid inhabitants of that world.  It was a fun ride with nuances of The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time. On the other hand, this book was almost 600 pages long, and told the story in each of the childrens’ POVs.  I actually love multiple POVs, but with this book, the formatting was […]

Posted February 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Fourth Dimension by Eric Walters

Fourth Dimension by Eric Walters

Fourth Dimension tells the story of a small Marine family trying to survive after a complete technology blackout.  What starts off as the family annual camping trip quickly turns into a dog-eat-dog world as violence ensues when humanity realizes life as they knew it has come to an end.  Arming themselves with their mother’s military experience, their camping supplies, and limited connections… the family sets out to do whatever they must to survive. I think the concept of this book is really interesting.  The complete loss of technology would surely result in a world fallen to chaos.  There were a […]

Posted February 25, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

I am a sucker for fairytales. These days, fantasy is dark and fast-paced.  There are villains in the shadows with twisted plans that will keep you up at night.  There are brazen heroes and maidens who don’t need rescuing. The Book of Pearl is something else entirely. This novel reads like something by the Grimm brothers.  The Kingdoms are a lush fantasy world so beautiful in their simplicity and believable enough that they could be our own, in another age and time.  That is the charm of a fairytale – it’s fantasy, but it feels like, just maybe, it could […]

Posted December 18, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //