Tag: fantasy

Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Sigh. This is one of those series that gets raved about all the time by everyone. It’s one of the bestselling YA series of all time. And in theory there’s nothing that “wrong” with it. But I do not get everyone’s fascination. Not one bit. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, but right from the start, Hollow City was not the same. There was more action at the start, so arguably it should be exciting. But in terms of plot and world building, this is very much a middle book. They’re chasing down Miss Peregrine the whole time, but dawdling here and there […]

Posted July 7, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

If you haven’t heard of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you may well be living under a rock. Aside from the movie adaptation hitting theaters later this year, this has been one of the most consistently hyped YA series for the past 5 years. And yet I’m only getting around to it now. Whoops. This book has a killer concept, but didn’t fully resonate with me. The best thing and major selling point of Miss Peregrine’s has to be its concept. Ransom Riggs collected strange and eerie photographs and created a dark and twisted story around them. Peculiars are people with paranormal abilities, and […]

Posted June 23, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

ARC Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

It’s kind of weird to start a review with an arguably positive rating on a rather disappointed note. But that’s kind of just how it is when one of you absolute favorite authors writes a book that is still good but didn’t exactly blow you away. I enjoyed This Savage Song, but I do feel like it’s not Schwab’s strongest work. It’s a story of expectations. I came into this book having read 5 other novels by Schwab, each of which I absolutely adored from start to finish. But Schwab is an innovator. Every book or series she writes has a different tone, a new […]

Posted May 28, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

ARC Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I don’t think there’s been a co-author combination I’ve ever been this excited about. Having read Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’s individual works and liking all of what I’ve read meant that this book shot up to the top of my wishlist the instant I heard about it. It doesn’t hurt that I have a soft spot for historical fiction – especially when it concerns the Tudors. So yeah, this book had all the ingredients to be amazing… and it was. The premise will let you know that this story concerns Jane Grey, a very real person from history, but that this take […]

Posted May 17, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Book Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Ever since I fell in love with The Falconer almost two years ago, I’ve been anxious to read the sequel. Yeah, it took me a while to get to it, which I’m hitting myself for, but there. I read it. And it was awesome. Arguably, The Vanishing Throne is very much a middle book. There is a fair share of action, and there are a lot of revelations that are driving the series to the next conflicts and battles. But it is kind of an in-between phase that is much more about character building. Aileana comes into this book and is thrust into traumatic events: […]

Posted April 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Skylighter by Becky Wallace

ARC Book Review: The Skylighter by Becky Wallace

The Storyspinner was without a doubt one of my favorite 2015 debuts. It completely enthralled me with its fun characters, fast-paced plot, and engrossing writing style. And with the mild cliffhanger ending, of course I couldn’t wait for the sequel. Well. It’s finally here. And it did NOT disappoint. The action picks up right where it left off in The Storyspinner – so it might be a good idea to reread at least the last couple of chapters before you dive in here. Whereas I feel like the first book mostly centered on the characters and their relationships against a backdrop of political intrigue, The […]

Posted March 13, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan

Book Review: Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan

Fair is fair, although I wasn’t completely in love with Sheehan’s first book A Long, Long Sleep, I decided to give her another shot with Spinning Thorns. Though it’s ANOTHER Sleeping Beauty retelling, that’s one of my favorite fairy tales. And with this cute of a cover, I could hardly resist. But in this case… I wish I had. Spinning Thorns puts another spin on Sleeping Beauty (see wut I did thur). In this version, our main character is one of the original Sleeping Beauty’s daughters. She’s awoken, but the thorns around the castle remain and the kingdom has come into political and economic turmoil […]

Posted March 12, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

Book Review: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

I basically love all fairy tales, but the tale of Rapunzel has a special place in my heart – mostly because I think Tangled is probably my favorite Disney fairy tale movie. So, obviously, Grounded sounded like something I had to have in my life. I don’t read a lot of middle grade books, but occasionally they’re just the thing I need in life: light, not too complicated, and FUN. And Grounded sure was all of those things. In this version of the beloved fairy tale, Rapunzel is a young and sheltered girl who has been living in a tower all her life, cut off […]

Posted March 8, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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