Tag: fantasy

ARC Book Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

ARC Book Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

If we haven’t spoken in a year, you may not have noticed the intense love I’ve been consistently proclaiming for A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas. But boy. I love that book. It’s so thoughtful and unique – and though there wasn’t a lot of action, I was completely swept up in the main character and her voice. Well now it’s finally here: the sequel. And it was definitely enjoyable. The end of A Wicked Thing left me with great hopes for the next phase of the story: with Aurora free from the restraints of the royal family and her magic quickly growing more potent […]

Posted February 28, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

ARC Book Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

I’m a glutton for three things: fairy tale retellings, beautiful covers, and high fantasies that come with maps. So, obviously, I couldn’t help myself when it came to The Shadow Queen – also since this is an author who gets quite a bit of hype but I had yet to read. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed, but overall it wasn’t too impressive. The Shadow Queen is a retelling of Snow White, where the princess – Lorelai – kicks freaking butt. In this version, the princess and her brother escaped from the evil queen after she took over the kingdom, and they’ve […]

Posted February 6, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

ARC Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Oh man, oh man, oh man. File under: most exciting giveaway winnings ever, because I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I feel that I got to read this masterpiece early. Yeah, it probably will surprise basically no one to hear that I fell in love with yet another book by V.E. Schwab. A Gathering of Shadows actually cements A Darker Shade of Magic as one of my all-time favorite series. If you liked A Darker Shade of Magic, it will probably please you immensely to hear that Schwab excellently continued her tradition of nailing all of the elements that make up this book. […]

Posted January 31, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

As big a fan as I am of Victoria Schwab, it’s taken me ages to get around to reading A Darker Shade of Magic for the simple fact that the hype surrounding this book was freaking insane. And yeah, I don’t cope that well with hype. But I should know by now that when V Schwab’s books get hyped, it’s for a good reason. A Darker Shade of Magic is OUTSTANDING. Whenever I get into an adult fantasy book there’s always a few expectations I need to manage. World building is gonna be intense, so I can set my standards for them to be pretty […]

Posted January 29, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOA! I’ve been a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s since reading her Grisha series, but man, she knocked it out of the park with Six of Crows. This is an instant favorite, and one of the very best books I’ve read this year. Intense, creative, well-written, and well-developed… if you haven’t read this, I’m basically ordering you to. Now. Six of Crows is basically Ocean’s Eleven in a fantasy world. That already sounds awesome as fuck, RIGHT? Well it gets better. This story takes place in the same world as The Grisha – starting out in the city of Ketterdam. Ketterdam, and Kerch, […]

Posted December 10, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Book Review: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Book Review: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Having read and very much enjoyed Haddix’s Shadow Children series when I was younger, when Just Ella was selected as our next book club pick, I was all for it! I mean, my history with the author aside, I very much enjoy fairy tale retellings anyway and the newly redesigned cover took my breath away. But, in the end, I am a bit disappointed in this book. Just Ella has all the ingredients to be a refreshing, feminist take on Cinderella, but very little heart. There’s no one specific complaint I have about this book, but all throughout it I was never really fully engaged. […]

Posted November 21, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The hype for The Wrath and the Dawn took the YA book world by storm this year – and normally that kind of thing would scare me off. I mean, I almost held off on reading this for a while because of it, but then it became our book club pick. Boy am I glad I did not flake out this time. The Wrath and the Dawn is every bit as sumptuous and engrossing as everyone promised. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights – a folk tale I was not actually familiar with but grew to love. […]

Posted October 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

ARC Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Oh man. First of all, I just want to say ten thousand thank yous to Tiemen and the American Book Center for making it possible for me to read this early. It might very well be the most exciting review copy I’ve ever had the honor of receiving. Those who know me will probably know that Uncle Rick is one of my absolute favorite authors. His mix of fantasy, adventure, mythology, and humor just steals my heart every single time. And The Sword of Summer is no different. The Sword of Summer is the start of a new series based around Norse mythology. Now, while […]

Posted September 27, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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