Category: Fantasy

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.5 stars Well, I thought this was a fun, adventure story. Sometimes you just want an easy read that will take you to another place for a while without any complications. If you want to read a summary of this novel, you can read it here. The narrative voice is in first person from Alosa’s perspective and right out of the gate, you clearly see her personality. She’s a badass seventeen-year-old pirate captain who’s fearless and clever. Sharp-tongued. She’s definitely not all talk. When she threatens...

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Review: Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal My rating: 4 of 5 stars I first heard about Ghost Talkers from Booklist Online in their feature article The Reading List: Best Adult Genre Fiction. It made their short list in the fantasy genre category. I’d never heard of Mary Robinette Kowal until this article. The synopsis sounded intriguing, so, I jumped onto Goodreads to look at some of the reviews. I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only did Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss both read this book, but they both gave it five stars. This is a good kind of...

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Review: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco My rating: 2 of 5 stars I DNF’d this novel at 20%. The Bone Witch was a major disappointment for me. I was so excited to receive a copy of this; the synopsis sounds intriguing and the cover is just beautiful. This didn’t turn out to be the great young adult fantasy novel that I was expecting. I was shocked when I discovered that The Bone Witch is her third published novel in the US. With all of the issues I had with this, I would have guessed that it was a debut novel....

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Review: Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber My rating: 4 of 5 stars Caraval was such a refreshingly fun read! I loved the story, the world, the characters and I even loved hating some of the characters. It looks like Caraval is going to be a two-book series and I’m going to have to wait until 2018 to read the second book. I can’t wait that long! This is the summary taken directly from Goodreads, which you can also read here. Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the...

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Review: Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage by Vic James My rating: 2 of 5 stars I don’t know where all of these four and five stars came from or what they saw that I didn’t. I’m soooo disappointed in Gilded Cage. I struggled to finish this. I actually skimmed the last 30% of it and I was tempted to skip a big chunk of it to read the ending. I loved the story concept and the title and I couldn’t wait to start reading it, but the writing failed in its delivery at least for me it did. It was just so darn boring....

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Review: The Beast Is an Animal

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale My rating: 2 of 5 stars I first heard about The Beast is an Animal from a Simon and Schuster newsletter when they announced a reading study they were doing with Jelly Books. All participants could select an eBook from a list of six books. I was torn between this one and The Diabolic. Both sounded intriguing, but this one sounded like it might be more enjoyable and I loved the cover. Now that I’ve finished the book, I wish I had selected The Diabolic. I loved the story concept and...

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Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was so excited to win The Bear and the Nightingale on Library Thing and even more excited when it arrived in the mail. My excitement quickly ended as I started reading it. I let all of the hype get to me, especially all of the five-star reviews and the blurb on the back. Before I get into all of that, here’s the Goodreads summary, which you can also read here. A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut...

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Review: Legend

Legend by Marie Lu My rating: 3 of 5 stars My review of Legend by Marie Lu is not going to be a popular one. This is another hyped up, bestseller that received rave reviews, but I thought it fell flat. I realize that my opinion is in the minority, but sometimes the reason for a novel’s popularity just isn’t obvious to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s entertaining, but it wasn’t anything special. I just don’t think the writing, storytelling, or character development is anything exceptional. It’s average. I was expecting a sensational, young adult fantasy novel that set...

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling My rating: 4 of 5 stars Thank Dumbledore, we have another Harry Potter book to read! OK, technically this is a play, but that’s fine. It’s much better than no Harry Potter book at all. At least we get to read about our favorite characters in our favorite world. I can’t give a Harry Potter book less than four stars even if I have some complaints. I have mixed feelings about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. When I only had about fifty-four pages left, I...

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of the greatest fantasy fiction series ever written. J. K. Rowling has set the standards high and other authors have yet to come close to her talents. Everything about this series is amazing — the world building, the characterization, the dialogue, the storytelling and the writing. She’s created a world that all of her fans would love to live in and characters that we would befriend if we had the chance. The intricate details of this story are amazing. I rarely reread...

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Review: Cuckoo Song

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first Frances Hardinge novel I’ve ever read and let me just say that I will absolutely read another one. Cuckoo Song was so refreshingly different and pleasantly weird. This is not your standard cookie cutter children’s novel. I’m not even sure how to summarize this without giving anything away. Basically, you have the mystery of why Triss isn’t herself, her sister Pen hating her, and her parents keeping secrets. Plus, there are all sorts of weirdness going on that I can’t even begin to describe. You...

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Review: City of Ashes

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare My rating: 2 of 5 stars DNF at 40% I’m sorry Ms. Clare, I just don’t like your writing. I tried to like your books. I wanted to like your books. I was disappointed in City of Bones , but it was intriguing enough that I was willing to give City of Ashes a chance. I was hoping that this one would be better than the first one. I don’t like giving negative reviews, because as an aspiring writer, I know how difficult it is to write a novel. I haven’t even gotten to...

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