In The Little Prince Returns, Yoram Selbst tells the story of a younger fisherman lost at sea, afloat on a stolen ship, and discovers the curly-head prince we all know from the story of “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Exupéry.
The fisherman and the prince form a friendship that is both unlikely and special at the same time. I was quite fond of “The Little Prince” when growing up, and this story brought back some of the magic of that original, classic tale. This “sequel” of sorts is not as great as the original, I would say, but it’s pretty close....more
Let me start by saying that I read and reviewed From Frights to Flaws before. However, the book has been re-edited, and has received a brand new cover when its updated, second edition was released. So, I decided to read and review again!
The book still holds all the magic and mayhem of the first book (for a more detailed review of the plot, check out my first review) but some of the hiccups in the first book have been removed or rewritten, and overall, the book reads smoother. Some grammar/spelling issues I noticed during the first read were fixed in this second edition.
Overall, the updates fixed a lot of minor issues and made the story overall better, although the storyline itself stays the same. I enjoyed this re-visit to this world and these characters, and I recommend this book to middle graders who enjoy fantasy stories and intriguing characters....more
Growing up, I loved books like Robin Hobb’s fantasy works, The Magician series by Raymond E. Feist, The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks… But it’s been a while since I’ve read books that reminded me of these classics. That is, until I read The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature. This is the first book I’ve read in years that had a similar epic feel.
The characters are phenomenal. They’re unique, entertaining, they have genuine feelings and emotions, background stories and habits. My favorite one is Tallis, the main character, who struggles with how different she is from everyone else. Luckily she makes some friends who accept her for who she is, and who are willing to put everything on the line to save her.
The writing style pulled me in right from the start, the world-building was top notch, allowing the reader to dive into a fantasy world without feeling overwhelmed by the technicalties or politics of this world, and the plot is so fast-paced, so unpredictable, that once you start reading, you just have to read until the end. Even if that means, like in my case, reading until two in the morning.
I recommend this book to all fans of fantasy novels with elves, kick-ass characters and excellent writing. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
(Also, I’m totally in love with the cover, and it fits the story so well!)...more
In the last installment in Christina Bauer’s ‘Beholder’ series, Crowned, main character Elea is on a quest to find the one item that can destroy her nIn the last installment in Christina Bauer’s ‘Beholder’ series, Crowned, main character Elea is on a quest to find the one item that can destroy her nemesis, Viktor: the Sword of Theodora.
As the final battle draws closer, Elea discovers that her real enemies might be far more powerful than Viktor, and with enemies stalking her from both sides, the stakes are higher than ever before.
In this action-filled, intriguing fantasy story, with unique and complicated characters, and a rich fantasy setting, the core of the story is still romance; and what an epic romance it is. Elea and Rowan have a really strong connection that can’t be broken by anything, and an enormous amount of chemistry between them.
Fans of fantasy series simply can’t pass on the Beholder series – it’s a must read....more
Wrong Side of the Rift is the second book in a series about Grape Merriweather, the main character. I didn’t read the first book, Welcome to Sortilege Falls, before picking up the sequel, but I could follow along just fine. Although I would recommend starting with the first book since you do probably miss some background story by starting with the sequel, it’s not necessary.
Anyway, on to the book itself. Grape knows magic and vampires are real, and that there’s a portal in her backyard that can transport her to another world. But not everything is magical and fun in Grape’s life. Her brother has been kidnapped, and if she wants to save him, she’ll have to find a way through the rift. But while doing so, she uncovers more secrets than she thought possible…and not just about the town, but her own family as well.
This book really kept me on the edge of my seat. The world-building was great, not too complex, but easy enough that you could just dive right in and adapt to the rules of Grape’s world. Grape is an interesting character, and I loved her sometimes quirky personality. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, and had to finish this book in one sitting....more
I’m a huge fan of the Chronicles of Eledon series. I reviewed the second book, The Blue Witch, back in October 2016, and the third book, Gossamer, in June 2017, so I was really looking forward to the fourth book. Well, I can say one thing for sure, Noble Magic, the fourth and final installment in the Chronicles of Eledon series, certainly didn’t dissapoint.
I don’t want to give out too many spoilers because a lot of things happened prior to this book’s events. Technically, you could probably read it without having read the previous three books, since the author does offer sufficient explanation and background story, but I wouldn’t recommend it; you would be missing out on a lot. What intrigued me the most about this final installment is how far Alex has come. She’s changed and grown a lot since the first book, and it’s intriguing to see that process.
The plot moves along swiftly. I’ve gotten used to that from the other books, but it’s a nice change from the usual fantasy tomes where sometimes progress seems to drag on for ages before anything actually changes.
If you’re a fan of higth fantasy, with wizards, elves, and magical diamond eggs, I wholeheartedly recommend this series....more
In The Imaginarium of the Innocent, ten-year-old Tobias Young loses his home, innocence and family in one horrible night during the war. As his parents die in front of him, Toby is left with nothing but despair and numbness as he struggles to survive, his soul shattered, his world forever destroyed. In the aftermath of that horrible, devastating night, he finds himself in London, crippled and now an orphan.
Not only does he now have to learn to live with a handicap, but he also has to come to terms with his horrible loss, and learn to be happy again, although he seems to have lost the will for that. But happiness and magic tend to find their way, even when you least expect it.
With the help of a magical eagle, Eoloswing, Toby becomes the Nightingale in the world of the Imaginarium – a young man destined to save his friends.
This is a captivating book that is both devastating and haunting, yet also carries with it a message of hope and of salvation. The first few chapters were horrible to read because they meant such tragedy for Toby, and they showed the true horrors of war. Toby is a strong young man, a brave one too, and his strength really shows as the book progresses. However, the book isn’t all doom and gloom, it also shows a magical world where hope overcomes all terrors, and where one boy learns to be happy again....more
About three years ago, I reviewed Outcasts of the Worlds, the first book in this scifi fantasy series by author Lucas Aubrey Paynter. I rated that book 4,5 stars, and remember really enjoying it although, since it’s been several years, I had forgotten a great many details of what happened during the book. However, once I started reading the sequel, Killers, Traitors & Runaways, it didn’t take that long for those details to come back to me.
The heroes in this book are truly the most unlikely band of heroes you’ll ever meet. The “outcasts” as they’re called, are still on a mission, but it’s become impossible for them to fulfill their task. Flynn is still my favorite chracter, same as he was in the first book, although he’s struggling a lot thrughout this book. Flynn has the ability to find and open paths between worlds, but finding the right path is the real difficulty, especially now he can no longer rely on his best friend. With every step they take, Flynn leans closer and closer to the deceitful ways he’d often utilized in the past, and to returning to the man he swore he would never become again.
The world-building, pretty much like in the first book, is still extraordinary. This is one of the best cosmic fantasy series I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and the way all the tiny plotlines and side plots tie into a much larger, much grander plot is pretty amazing. I can only hope that Lucas Aubrey Paynter finishes his next book, soon.
In this unique book about heroes from several different countries and cultures, an alternate reality is created, that is different from our own yet eerily similar. Wars, immigration, revoloution, racism, genocide, it’s all still there yet in a different setting, facing different people now.
The story is imaginative yet also filled with critique on the current world view and the way the world works nowadays, what it means to be brave, and some of the courageous decisions these people have to make.
A complex, unique yet compelling story about survival and courage....more
The Peacock Door is a magical, imaginative adventure about eight cousins who find themselves lost in strange worlds, and who have to rely on their own wit, intelligence and determination to return home. Each of the cousins is unique and different and although eight characters is a lot to keep track of, I could easily keep them apart. The story reminded me of the classics I loved to read back when I was a kid, like The Neverending Story or The Wizard of Oz.
The scenes are so vivid they seem to come to live, and the writing is on par for the targeted age group, yet adults will be able to enjoy it too. I also really loved the cover, it fit the book well. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and I hope the author makes a series out of this....more
In Ariella’s Escape, Ariella is a female warrior who knows what she wants, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she desires. She’s not afraid to enjoy the finer things of life (such as sex – beware, this is an erotic fantasy novel, and definitely NOT for young adults, strictly for adults, I’m afraid), she drinks extraordinary amounts of alcohol, and she also enjoys a good fight. In fact, she’s very skilled at fighting and she’s powerful and knows her own strengths and weaknesses.
Demetrius is a slave Ariella is introduced to early in the story. He’s love interest, and when they first meet, he’s a slave provided by Ariella’s hosts to entertain her during her stay… In any way she wishes. You can guess what that means.
But when Ariella is betrayed, Demetrius is the only one she can trust, and together, they must find a way to survive and to resist the fiery attraction between them, for it might put them in grave danger.
While the main plot was pretty good, it’s the sub stories that really made this book shine for me. They were original and imaginative, and brought forward characters I would love to get to know better. Like the scenes in the elf ofrest, I really liked those.
Recommended to adult fans of high fantasy with heavy doses of romance....more
Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail is an intriguing fantasy story that will appeal to both young adults and middle graders. For middle graders, the book is a bit long, but the character’s ages (they main characters are thirteen years old) are ideal for this age group.
Magdalena is a thirteen-year-old girl who feels like something is missing. Life is just too ordinary. Even though she has two best friends who mean the world to her, and they often go exploring together, she still feels bored sometimes. Then, one morning Magdalena and her friends Hubert and Gabriel, go explore the woods behind Hubert’s family barn. They discover things they never thought possible, like strange sacrificial drawings in a cave, a crooked trail, and chanting voices only Magdalena can hear.
Their friendship is pushed to the limits, and they each have to face some of their fears if they want to save their hometown, Lily Brooke. Witches, wizards and black magic… Magdalena will certainly never call life boring again.
The book had a slow start but after a few chapters, the pacing really picked up. The story is very imaginative, and as a reader, you can easily feel a connection toward the main characters. I didn’t expect a lot of the twists that happened, and I found the book very entertaining....more
Drakon Book 2: Uncarved is the second book in the Drakon series. I previously reviewed the first book in the series, and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to get started on the second book. In fact, I was a bit bummed I had to put it on the back burner for a few days because I had to finish some other books first.
Anyway, back to the story. Da-Ren is back in this second installment. After having survived The Sieve, he now joins the Uncarved, the chosen few destined to lead their tribe. With forty children training and competing for the next five years, only one of them will end up becoming Khun (which actually reminded me a lot of the Khan, like The Great Khan from the Mongolian Empire). Now he’s older and wiser, he begins to feel uncertain about some particularities about his tribe and the things he’s always believed in. As he starts to doubt things he’s never doubted before, and begins to question what he’s always considered the truth, he learns a lot more about himself and his tribe than he thought possible.
The book is brutal at times, but then again, so is war and so is the society Da-Ren is growing up in. Politics are just as important as strengths and intelligence. The writing is just as fast-paced as in book one, and combined with the expanding world-building (we learn more about Da-Ren’s world and culture than in book one) and Da-Ren evolving and gorwing as a character, Uncarved makes for an intriguing sequel.
I really enjoyed this book, and finished it in one sitting. Of course, now I can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you enjoy fantasy, I would definitely recommend giving this series a try....more
In The Laird of Duncairn, the reader is transported to the setting of Scotland in 1882. The alliance between the humans and the fey has long been forgotten, and scientistis are pushing the boundaries of technology. Sir Walter Conrad discovers a new energy source that could revolutionize society… But excavating this source will have dire consequences, for both humans and fey, as an ancient enemy stirs, awakened by what Sir Walter discovered.
Effie, an outcast half-fey, is the Empire’s only hope. But the enemy isn’t the only thing she has to fight if she wants herself and the rest of the world, to survive.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s unique. The setting is historical, but it’s also an alternate world, where we have both humans and fey. Despite that, it reads a lot like an epic fantasy novel, but with some steampunk elements added in that I really enjoy. I also liked the explenation of the fey lore, and how it was all tied up with the steampunk side of the story and fantasy side.
The writing was excellent, and the details the author added in didn’t just make the time period, but the whole world come to life.
Effie is an amazing character. I loved following her journey and seeing her change and grow. The book also has a lot of side characters which is pretty common for fantasy books, but here they all had distinct personalities, and I liked that. They didn’t feel like cardboard figures, but felt like actual people with feelings and emotions.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novel, especially if you like reading about the fey and fey lore....more
A couple of years ago, I reviewed Rook by S.J. Andrijeski. It was one of the first books I’d received as a reviewer on this blog, so it still holds a special place in my heart. I really enjoyed it, so when the author told me she had rewritten the book now that she’s grown and matured as an author, and if I wanted to read it again and leave a review, I was thrilled to get back into the world of Rook, reacquaint myself with the characters and the setting, and enjoy this fabulous story all over again.
When rereading my original review, my main complaint then had been the complexity of the book, and the world. I feel like part of that problem has been solved now in the rewrite. The world building is clearer, and while still a complex, multi-layered world, the explanations are clearer and take less time, which means that for the reader, it takes less time to fully fall into the world and setting.
Things that were vague the first time around are now clear, and the writing has improved too. I already thought it was pretty good, but I could see improvements still. Even the characters, Allie and Revik in particular, were better laid out and outlined, and were just overall slightly more interesting than in the first book (although I already thought they were pretty intriguing back then).
One of my favorite aspects of the book is still the ser mythology and prophecies and factions, and all the lore that comes with that. This was indeed an improved version of book one. I hope I find the time soon to read the other books in the series, because when re-reading this one, I’ve come to realize just how much I’ve missed this world and these characters.
PS: The new cover looks amazing too, and I like it better than the first one....more
No Rest for the Wicked has the kind of book blurb I can’t resist. Psychics selling curses in underground black markets, dark pasts, tough choices, just reading the blurb I wanted to read the book. I did enjoy the story, but I didn’t fall in love with it. I wasn’t always too fond of the writing nor the characters.
I did like Tatum, though. She suffered through a horrible past, but she didn’t let it stop her. She was strong, fierce, and while not fond of her abilities at the start, she confronted her demons and learned to embrace her powers. I also liked the mysteries surrounding the past, and was eager to figure out what happened. My favorite parts were the parts set in the underground market, where Tatum sells curses. I thought that was an original and clever thought, and I wouldn’t have minded to spend some more time down there, exploring the different booths and who had what to sell.
But what troubled me a little was how many characters there were. Everything seemed to be going on all at once, and all the characters seemed busy doing so many things, it was difficult to keep track of who was doing what and what everyone was up to. The storyline also had a lot of coincidences – a few I can take, but this was just a little too coincidental for my liking.
I also didn’t like Emmerick. I felt the relationship between himand Tatum was forced, and he was just too perfect. He didn’t have any flaws, or very little flaws, and I couldn’t relate to him.
The writing was pretty engaging overall, but felt a little sloppy at parts. Overall, it’s an enjoyable, entertaining book fans of paranormal fantasy with a hint of romance will enjoy. It’s also the author’s debut book, and it’s a pretty solid debut. I look forward to what the author has in store next.
Sapphire’s Flight is the epic conclusion of fantasy trilogy The Agartes Epilogues. I’ve previously reviewed the first two books in the series: Jaeth’s Eye and Aina’s Breath. I really enjoyed this series so far, and was thrilled I could pick up the third book and continue reading. Needless to say if you checked my rating – I wasn’t dissapointed. In fact, this was my favorite in the entire trilogy.
Since this is the third book in a series, I don’t want to spoil too much of the plot, since I don’t want to spoil book 1 and 2. Nations have fallen, kingdoms have lost, and it’s up to our heroes, Kefier, Sume and Enosh, to learn to live with the choices they’ve made. The characters are really reaching their full potential here. There was a lot of character development and buil-up during the first two books, and I was thrilled to see the characters growing and changing and now, ultimately, reaching their full potential.
The plot kept me on the egde of my seat. The action scenes were phenomenal throughout (so in all three books). I’ve really grown to love these characters and this world, and I’ll miss it. This series really has it all, humor, excellent worldbuilding, amazing characters, romance, scandals. The conclusion was epic, which is just about the only thing I can say about it without spoiling things. It was epic, unexpected, with a few surprises that made me gasp, and I’m sad to have to say goodbye to this series....more
Narciso di Angelo is a sixteen-year-old boy living on the streets of Rome, and he thinks he’s the only one who can walk in another person’s dreams. He’s not. A dark, mysterious woman appears during one of his dreamwalks, and he’s narrowly rescued from her clutches by Project Somnus, a secret underground UN organisation recruiting and training children with his gifts.
He learns more about his ability and the meaning of home and family while training with Project Somnus, but a dark threat remains and he risks losing it all.
Dreamwalkers reads like X-Men meets Heroes, and it’s set in Rome and Italy, which I really liked considering it’s one of my favorite countries. I also enjoyed the plot, some of the plot twists I didn’t see coming at all. The writing is excellent and flows fluently, which is great for a YA book. From the moment you start reading, you’re right in the middle of the action, right alongside the characters.
I also liked the characters, in particular Narciso. He grows and changes a lot throughout the book, becoming more confident in his abilities and who he truly is; I found I like him better with each passing chapter.
This is a great read for young adults who enjoy fantasy books about people with special powers. The dreamwalking ability is unique and I enjoyed exploring Narciso’s special ability. Recommended to fans of YA fantasy....more
Ahe’ey was originally released in episodic format, starting with “Beginnings”, the first episode which was released in September 2016. This book is the complete collection of all the episodes, bundled up in one book. Each episode has several chapters. In the navigation on the first page, it’s easy to see where each episode begins, and the chapters, so you can easily jump to the spot hwere you left off. A necessity, because this book is huge. 551 pages on Adobe Digital Editions. But the chapter navigation easily allows you to go to the chapter where you stopped reading (even if you want to continue on another device not synchronized to your first device – like I did; I read this partially on the computer, partially on my tablet). The book also has some helpful tools, like a map of Ahe’ey, and a royal family tree.
Anyway, that’s the technicalities. I do like the idea of serials being combined into a complete book. And the blurb intrigued me right away, so I was eager to start reading. Once I started, I didn’t really want to stop, but I had to take a few breaks because 551 pages is just too long to read in one sitting.
On to the story. Morgan is a dreamer. She’s a romantic feminist, an art lover, and she’s full of contradictions and insecurities. That’s how the blurb describes her, and it’s indeed how she comes across. She’s very realistic. Her actions too are realistic, and she could just be the woman living next door or someone you run into at the local supermarket. She discovers the world of Ahe’ey, where women are in power, and where magic exists. But this dreamlike world may turn into a nightmare as it challenges everything she’s ever known. On top of that, there’s Gabriel, stunning good-looking, and Morgan doesn’t know how long she can deny the chemistry between them.
While I enjoyed the fantasy aspects, what really pulled me in where the topics relevant for today’s society, now masked in a dystopian society but equally as important. Topics like patriarchy, like nature vs nurture, feminism. Part of the book reads like criticism on today’s society, and I quite enjoyed that. The plot is quite complex, and it took almost the entire first episode to make me fully understand what was happening. Once I did, I was fully engrossed in the story, but at the start I struggled a bit to keep track of what was what and how it would all fit together.
I enjoyed the story, the links to today’s society, and the characters. It’s definitely worth a read, especially if you’re a feminist, or if you enjoy reading dual-world fantasies with links to the current world, and that are not afraid to give criticism and demand social change....more
Blood Moon, the sequel to Blood Rain, is even more exciting than the first book in the series. The cover art really blends in well with the art on the first book too. I’ve grown to like Mercy even more throughout this book than I already did in the first, and the author does a phenomenal job expanding on the world she established back in book one.
Mercy is on a ship bound for the Ashen capital. Mercy, Mirilee and Erebus sneak ashore to go to a festival, but things go wrong lightning fast when they witness a public execution and Mercy is captured.
I really enjoy the dynamics and interactions between the characters, in particular Mercy, Mirilee and Erebus. Each of them will be forced to confront some inner demons along the way, and fight their own battles to grow stronger. I don’t want to give away too much of the story since it’s a sequel, but I was suprised by some of the plot twists, in a good way.
Aina’s Breath takes off where the first book in the series, Jaeth’s Eye, left off. Enosh is the secret heir to a broken line of mages. His culture has been diminished, and only a handful of mages have been left. He’s helped raise a conjured beast to use as a weapon against the Dageians who are desperate to find the source of the agan – the life source mages uses for their power. But his plans fall apart when a powerful enemy escape and has to capture him.
We also meet Sume and Kefier again. Kefier was my favorite character in the first book and remains so in this second installment. In this book, he’s forced back into a life of violence. But despite Kefier being my favorite, all three characters shine in their own way. They grow and adapt and mature throughout the book, and it’s wonderful to be able to follow their development as a reader.
The storyline pulled me in even more than in the first book. The world-building is outstanding, and with the world ever expanding as the readers gets to explore more parts of it, there’s something new and intriguing we discover every few chapters. Highly recommended to fans of fantasy novels....more
With the characters being older than in regular YA books, I would classify Black Dawn more as a new adult read – although it’s a clean read, so young adults can enjoy it too. New adults might find it easier to connect to the main characters, though.
Anyway, Black Dawn is the start of a brand new series, and it’s a promising start at that. Emory Fae leads a quiet, normal life – until two mysterious, handsome soldiers show up at her apartment. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from a different world, the war ridden world of Kiero. Emory is the long lost heir of the royal line of Kiero, and is thus thrown right in the middle of the conflict, as soon as she arrives there, and urged to reclaim her throne.
The story is told in different perspectives, which could be a struggle, but it’s not the case here. If anything, it adds more to the story to be able to see it from differnet perspectives. The characters are three-dimensional, well-developed, and they act realistically, in particular Emory. I also liked Memphis. He had a complex, mysterious personality and it wasn’t always easy to figure out why he did what he did, which made him intriguing.
The pacing is fast, and there’s never quite time to catch a breath, which is pretty much how the whole experience must feel like for Emory, so to have the reader experience something similar works rather well.
The world building was pretty solid, the writing was fluent, and overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to all fans of fantasy novels, and look forward to reading the second book in this series....more
Drakon Book 1: The Sieve is the first installment in the Drakon series, and starts off strong. Da-Ren is an infidel barbarian who has fled to the Castlemonastery, where he offers a jar of honey in return for redemption for his wife and daughter. The monks ask Da-Ren to tell them their story, which he does. This book focuses mostly on Da-Ren’s earl yyears, growing up in a tribe of warriors and pagan witches.
The Sieve is a ritual all children in Da-Ren’s tribe have to go through, a forty-day initiation trial. Many will fall, but the strong will join the warriors of their clan, and an elite few will become leaders of their clan. The trials are brutal, and Da-Ren’s capabilities are tested to their limits.
Da-Ren is an intriguing character. He has a lot of qualities, but equally as many flaws. The story he tells the monks is heartbreaking but also shows us a glimpse of his world, with their own myths and traditions and stories, and I enjoyed getting to know Da-Ren’s tribe and their culture. The plot moved fast, the writing showed a good distinction between the parts told to the reader by Da-Ren himself, and the parts told by the monk helping to spread his story.
Overall, this was an excellent fantasy novel. I hope the world gets expanded in the next few books but for a first book, it’s perfect – we get just the right amount of world-building without getting lost in the details. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a solid fantasy novel....more
Jaeth’s Eye is the fast-paced, intriguing start of a fantasy series that will leave you wanting more. Kefier is on the run from people who once were his allies and friends and who now consider him a murderer. He’s aided by an unlikely ally, Ylir, who takes special interest in Kefier and making sure he’s not killed. Various different storylines come together and connect, sometimes in surprising ways, sometimes in ways I could slightly anticipate, forming a rich, multi-layered story that begs to be read.
The characters, complex storylines connecting, all of it reminded me of Game of Thrones – but not in terms of plot, this book is far different from that, but just in the way how all the different storylines just seemed to connect at some point, overlap, cross, and form one bigger story to be told from different perspectives. The characters also remind me of the characters in Game of Thrones, although they’re unique, they do share one common denominator: they’re all flawed, and none of them are true heroes. Not in the way you had Frodo in Lord of the Rings, or Pug in Raymond E. Feist’s celebrated Magician series.
Here, in Jaeth’s Eye, in the Agartes Epilogues, there is no true hero. Instead, there’s a collection of characters, some of them with potentials to be heroes, others with potential to be villains. It’s a much more realistic world we see here. We see characters with ambitions, characters thirsting for vengeance, characters seeking justice.
The storyline is complex, and the world-building is rich and detailed, but equally complex. It’s not the kind of book you can read brainlessly, almost skimming through the pages – no, you have to really keep focused on it. A bonus point for the book was how it embraced diversity between the different cultures in the book and didn’t just focus on one culture.
Recommended to readers who enjoy the more complex, epic fantasy tomes. I, for one, look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...more
A Daughter’s Curse is an intriguing fantasy novel, about Brisnay, a young woman who leads quite the miserable life, until she meets Nickolaus. He introduces her to a world where everything is possible, and to a love she never thought she could feel. But when she begins to hope about a better future, some shocking truths turn everything she thought she knew upside down.
Brisnay has to fight an enemy who is determined to destroy her. If she wants to be able to love freely, she’ll have to fight for it, and for everything she holds dear.
The plot never slows down. The world building was outstanding, and the author did a great job creating realistic, believable characters, in particular Brisnay. The plot had a lot of unexpected surprises and overall, this was an entertaining, intriguing read....more
I’ve read a lot of books about faeries, but Halayda was one of my favorite books in this subgenre. Sylvia Imanthiya was betrayed by a trusted mentor and now hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. One night each season can she see her best friend, a man whose destiny is far above hers – King Taylan Ashkalabek.
Taylan knows he shouldn’t be friends with a moral, let alone change halayda vows. But a brutal alchemical attack leaves Sylvie with strange abilities, and Taylan wants to protect her at all costs.
The story was amazing, and I loved Sylvia and Taylan from the start. Each character was great, but Sylvie was my favorite. She was such a strong, intelligent young woman. The world building was outstanding, and made the book stand out from other faeriei books I’ve read. While the romance was heart-warming, it didn’t take center front, leaving room for the other storylines to develop.
It was a truly outstanding fantasy read, and I would recommend it to all fans of the genre....more
Blood Rain was an intriguing, well-developed fantasy novel with a colorful, unique cast of characters. The savage Blood Wings have attacked her treetop village, and Mercy’s father, the chieftain, asks her to leave during the fight, and find the source of the storm that is raining blood upon them.
Mercy travels across the continent of Lacern where she must make allies to survive, and she has to befriend the most unlikely of sources, one of the Blood Wings who attacked her. But Mercy discovers secrets and lies accepted as truth during her journey, and the Blood Rain is only the beginning.
The world-building is solid, and the characters are amazing, in particular Mercy. She’s an easy to root for main character, and while she had several flaws, I loved her from the start. The cover art fits the story well.
Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop, and I can imagine it will be similar for a lot of people. This is a solid fantasy read, and I would recommend it to all fans of the genre....more
In Venus and Lysander, readers get to explore the Victorian city of Eden, along with the two main characters: Valerie and Lucrezia. Both characters have strong personalities. Valerie is sick of waiting for the world to change, and the discrimination she suffers builds into resentment. Valerie decides to take matters into her own hands, with disastrous concequences.
Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor. She’s also a sorceress, but is forced to conceal that part of her identity for fear of death. Two strong personalities are doomed to clash, but luckily both Val and Lucrezia manage to look beyond that, and see each other’s softer sides.
The book has a lot of action, and a lot of world-building. The romance almost seems secondary, even though it’s still an important part of the book. One can’t help but root for both Lucrezie and Val, despite their shortcomings.
A strong fantasy romance novel featuring two strong heroines and an intriguing setting....more
Solomon’s Bell is the second book in the Genie Chronicles series. Not having read the first book, I was confused at first – having the backstory definitely helps. However, a few chapters in, I had a good enough grasp of what was going on to enjoy the story. Ginn, our main character, is a genie, which is actually quite cool. To save her family, she transports herself and her friends to 16th century Prague.
I like historical stories, and Prague in the 16th century sounds pretty awesome. Not only that, but the fantasy spins add unique elements to the story. The Emperor of Prague and those closest to him are obsessed with magic, and to obtain magic, they’ve waved wars on the citizens of their city.
One of the main “villains” in this book is a golem. Golems aren’t often used in literature nowadays, although they’re very interesting, and so is their history and use in older stories. The connections between past and present worked really well, and I could easily feel a connection with Ginn and her friends....more
The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan is a truly outstanding read. It’s hard to review it, because it’s not just one genre, and it’s not just one story – it transcends both, becoming more than just a fantasy book, more than just the story of one man and the strange girl he met on a secret L train many years ago. It goes beyond that, way beyond, and combines myth and magic and mystery and fantasy in a tale with otherworldly qualities.
Richard K. Lyons has long forgotten the magical night he spent as a boy on the secret L train, an epic night with adventures beyond his wildest dreams. But now Rich has become Richard, a grown up man, an adult whose life is on the verge of ruin. He’s forgotten everything that ever meant something to him – he’s forgotten how to be happy, how to truly feel joy (a rather accurate reflection of a lot of people nowadays, if you ask me).
Another night with Francesca, another night on that secret L train, might take him back to the boy he once was, to the joy he once felt.
The author does a good job describing the mystical creatures Richard encounters on the magical east side of Chicago. It’s a whimsical, fun, humorous tale that can make one wonder whatever happens to the magic of childhood. An enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone who loves something a little different....more