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The Crown (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)
Lewis Carroll's Wonderland seems to be providing the setting for a fair few recent fantasy novels. Given the title of this series and Colleen's statem...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Raven Girl
This is a dark modern fairy tale that combines the elements of classic fairy tales such as metamorphoses, sentient animals and unlikely unions with mo...more
Nov 20, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

There are some very chilling moments in the novel and due to this I have classed it as horror; that particular kind of horror obtained in childhood th...more
Oct 18, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
I was trapped under my purring giant black cat one morning last week and this novel was within reach without disturbing him. Yet once started I found...more
Mar 10, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Although I had read this novel last October it was a reading group selection this month and so I decided to first listen to its audio edition. I felt...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Night Circus
I first read this novel two years ago and when it was selected for my library reading group this month it seemed a good opportunity to read it again....more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
I had approached this third book in His Dark Material with some caution given I knew something of its ending.

However, I found that in two instances ce...more
Sep 16, 2008
Dec 05, 2007
Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome
This collection places each Grimm tale before the contribution by a prominent writer, which re-imagines the story. The fifteen authors invited to cont...more
Feb 06, 2014
Nov 23, 2013
Atticus Claw Lends a Paw
The third in this delightful series that has been written fro children but is sure to delight cat lovers of all ages. Here Atticus learns more about h...more
Feb 06, 2014
Nov 23, 2013
The Moonstone (Wolfmoon, #1)
I received this as a review copy from the author, who contacted me due to a mutual interest in Celtic mythology.

Certainly the premise caught my atten...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) (Fables, #7)
I enjoyed the first section of this volume of Fables though was less taken with the 2-part Story of Rodney and June, though the end of the tale rather...more
Jan 18, 2013
Oct 27, 2012
Poison Study (Study, #1)
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this but once I started I was totally engaged by the characters and story. The romance aspects are not cloying.

A big thumbs u...more
Apr 12, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
All Is Fair (The Split Worlds, #3)
I moved right on to this novel without pause experiencing it both in print and audio as before. I will provide no synopsis as even Emma Newman was una...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
Advent (Advent Trilogy #1)
This novel came highly recommended to me by a close friend who has many years involvement in the esoteric as well being an acknowledged expert in the...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
Searching for Arthur (The Return to Camelot Trilogy)
I found myself enjoying this even though at times I wanted to throttle its narrator, Natasha, over her immature behaviour especially in regards of Sir...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Again I combined some reading with listening.

I found it great fun even though very much a book for younger readers. I'm sure that I'll continue with t...more
May 18, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
A timely re-read in the run-up to the release of the film of the same name in a few weeks and Book 7 of the series in less than a month. When OotP was...more
Jun 18, 2007
Mar 26, 2012
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
I pretty much fell in love with this book from the opening pages and that didn't let up until the end.

The world-building was superb and seemed to happ...more
May 11, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
Magus of Stonewylde (Stonewylde, #1)
I've heard many good things about this series by Kit Berry from friends in the Pagan and Wiccan communities. I also did meet her at the 40th Anniversa...more
May 15, 2013
Oct 11, 2011
Among Others
In 2012 Among Others won the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel and also the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel. I came late to reading it though...more
Sep 18, 2013
May 08, 2012
The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, #2)
Usually I like to start with the first in a series but the numbering of this one has shifted over the years with some sites counting the 1995 The Fire...more
Aug 13, 2013
May 29, 2013
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
This had struck me as such an interesting premise and I had high hopes for this book.

However, the execution was so poor and I was left with the idea t...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jan 08, 2008
The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters, #3)
The Gates of Sleep is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty set in Devon and Cornwell around 1912.

At the christening ceremony held at Oakhurst Manor for Ma...more
Dec 2013
Jan 09, 2010
Atticus Claw Settles a Score
As indicated by the cover art the Tower of London features in this adventure for Atticus. There is also a cameo by HMtQ and the royal corgis.

I've bee...more
Nov 13, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)
In some ways I enjoyed the fact that the bulk of the story took place in London amid the swirl of the Christmas season.

Some of the questions that wer...more
Nov 30, 2010
Jan 12, 2008
Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover (Fables, #13)
Oh dear. As much as I love Fables and Snow & Bigby especially I found this crossover issue rather a distraction. I got the impression that part of...more
Feb 16, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles, #1)

Having known Herbie Brennan for some years and being a firm fan of his non-fiction works on esoteric subjects, I was a little nervous about reading hi...more
Sep 07, 2011
Dec 09, 2009
Any Other Name (The Split Worlds, #2)
Again I enjoyed the story so much from its opening that I elected to also listen to the story as well as read the print edition. Emma Newman is an exc...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
The Night Circus
It was wonderful having the pleasure of listening to the audio edition as well as re-reading. However, I am not sure that Jim Dale was the right narra...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
This was the Harry Potter novel that first grabbed my attention. I bought it and the other two on the day of its publication and locked myself away re...more
Apr 14, 2007
Mar 26, 2012
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