Tag: high fantasy

ARC Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

ARC Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge was an absolutely stellar 2014 debut that soared to the top of my favorites list and never let go. So obviously when I heard about Crimson Bound, my interest was instantly piqued and I became desperate for it. Crimson Bound is a creative and original fantasy, though in my opinion not as great as its predecessor. I had a bit of trouble getting into Crimson Bound, to be honest. I think that’s to blame on two main things. The first being that my expectations were just so damn high after Cruel Beauty was one of my absolute favorite books last […]

Posted April 30, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

ARC Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes is easily one of the most hyped up 2015 debuts / releases overall. Ever since it was announced, people have been clamoring for the book – excited by this “Gladiator style” high stakes middle eastern-inspired fantasy. So, obviously, this book had a lot to live up to. Fellow bloggers who read this before me have been excitedly shouting about its perfection. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work for me. An Ember in the Ashes tells a fantasy story from two points of view: Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar – a native resident of the area which has been conquered […]

Posted April 26, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I finally did it! I’ve had Ruin and Rising on my bookshelf for ages – since its publication day, actually – but I kept putting off reading it for some reason. I think I was scared that I would be let down. But no. Though there are some things that I would maybe have liked differently, Ruin and Rising is a solid ending to what I believe is a truly excellent YA fantasy series. Right away, what struck me upon reading Ruin and Rising was how gorgeous Leigh Bardugo’s writing is. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately – in a row, even – […]

Posted March 12, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

ARC Book Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

The Storyspinner came to me recommended by Christina – which is to say that she really liked it, so I figured I would as well. I was correct, of course, because Christina has such spectacular taste. The Storyspinner is a fun fantasy debut with super awesome shiiiiiiips. The Storyspinner and I did get off to a bit of a rough start. There are quite a lot of POV characters, and while they are necessary to show the different storylines and events in different locations, it was just a lot to take in at once. The character’s unique voices weren’t a problem, because everything is written […]

Posted March 2, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

ARC Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Oh, oh, The Winner’s Crime. This is certainly one of the most hyped up young adult series at the moment, and yet again I find myself not necessarily the black sheep – because I do like it – but the puzzled sheep, who really doesn’t understand the raving love for this series. With a slow, slow plot of convenience, with far too much focus on a romance I don’t ship too much, The Winner’s Crime was enjoyable but suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. I think I should be upfront with my main stumbling block for this series: I’m not really invested in the […]

Posted February 26, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

ARC Book Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Here’s a thing I almost forgot: how much I love Sleeping Beauty. In fact, as I read A Wicked Thing, which fits with the tone and story of the Disney movie, I realized it was probably my favorite Disney movie when I was little. My favorite Disney princess for sure. A Wicked Thing is an absolutely stunning debut that just about left me breathless. A Wicked Thing is like an alternate ending to Sleeping Beauty. In this case, Aurora wakes up 100 years later, to a kiss from a guy she’s never seen before, and she has to come to terms with how much of […]

Posted February 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 9 Comments
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Audiobook Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Audiobook Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I did it guys. I finished this series and sadly… I remain the black sheep who was passively entertained but a long way from enthralled. The Bitter Kingdom did some things that I liked, but in other ways remained boring to me. The series’ peak was The Crown of Embers for me, and I will just stay here in my corner, forever puzzled about all the hype. There are things that The Bitter Kingdom did well, admittedly. Elisa has grown throughout the series, and in The Bitter Kingdom she fully embraces her role as Queen. She gets involved in politics, negotiating with other parties and […]

Posted February 13, 2015 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

ARC Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is probably one of the most hyped up 2015 releases. To be honest, promise me magic and courtly politics, offer me that kind of beautiful cover, and I’m all in. I definitely enjoyed Red Queen and think it’s a promising start to an awesome series, but some parts of it fell a little bit flat. I will say that Red Queen and I got off to a very rocky start. I was hit over the head with so many Hunger Games parallels that I almost considered giving up. Though Red Queen is a high fantasy, it’s very much set in a dystopia. In […]

Posted February 11, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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