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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
really liked it
Okay, I really like this series, in general. I like the mystical doomed teenagers, I like the clever twists, I like the evocative description of both ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
The Night Circus
it was ok
Meh. Behind the intriguing concept of the circus and the vague intimations of Darker Things, the story is just not all that interesting. The "competit ...more
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
The Bear and the Nightingale
really liked it
Set in early-medieval Rus', this delightful novel is based in Russian folklore, in tales of the house-spirits' protection of their families against th ...more
Oct 04, 2016
Sep 30, 2016
liked it
I loved the beginning; the subversion of first the girl-taken, and then the wizards-apprentice tropes. This was a five star book in the first third or ...more
Aug 06, 2015
Jul 30, 2015
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
liked it
Gary Stu does ALL THE TROPES. It's fairly well written (with a few weirdly amateur errors, and a few astonishingly beautiful passages); sometimes I wa ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Mar 29, 2011
The Interior Life
really liked it
This was a delightful read! Sue the suburban housewife daydreams about a fantasy-medieval world under siege by a (both literal and metaphorical) Darkn ...more
Dec 06, 2017
Dec 01, 2017
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
did not like it
What a freaking awful book. I forced myself through paragraph after paragraph of clunky prose in which "Miss Tarabotti" alternated with "Alexia" as th ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia, #1)
really liked it
Part (lesbian, not explicit) romance, part swashbuckling court intrigue, part magical fantasy, this delightful book reminds me a bit of the Deryni ser ...more
Aug 30, 2016
Aug 24, 2016
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
it was ok
Every once in a while, reading a book or watching a movie, something happens to the main character - she turns out to be secret royalty, or he gets a ...more
Dec 05, 2016
Dec 03, 2016
The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1)
liked it
Better than the average m/m novel, but that's a low bar. The magic is interesting (and the best part of the book); the plotting is pretty good, though ...more
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 05, 2017
The Ferryman Institute
did not like it
The premise of this book - the Ferrymen and their duties, the rogue Ferryman, his mysterious friend - is fabulous. Unfortunately, nothing else is. The ...more
Aug 04, 2016
Jul 20, 2016
Cuckoo Song
it was amazing
This book starts out feeling very horror-genre, but it goes in what to me was the unexpected direction of exploring what it is that makes a family, an ...more
Oct 25, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)
really liked it
I have conflicted feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it; I love the prose, even the gimmicky structure (because I love struc ...more
May 10, 2016
May 08, 2016
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
really liked it
The one in which a gang of teenage criminals in a pseudo-Netherlands plans a heist in pseudo-Scandinavia to free a pseudo-Asian who has invented a dru ...more
Sep 30, 2017
Sep 25, 2017
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)
really liked it
I pretty much agree completely with Trin's (spoilery) review. This is a delightful bit of tropey (if occasionally eye-roll-inducing) fanfic that recon ...more
Sep 15, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
The Hedge Knight (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels, #1)
really liked it
GRRM writes his own fanfiction. And amazingly enough, virtue is rewarded, vice is punished, and, um, only a few sympathetic characters die? I liked it ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
The Litany of Earth
it was amazing
This is a gem of a story, set in postwar 1940s San Francisco, which extends the examination of the legacy of the Japanese-American internment camps an ...more
not set
Nov 14, 2017
City of Miracles (The Divine Cities, #3)
it was amazing
The first book in this series, City of Stairs, was the best book I read in 2015. City of Blades was the best book I read in 2016. We are only barely i ...more
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 07, 2016
Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)
really liked it
I sought out this book, provided in e-arc format by Netgalley, because of a friend's glowing review, but initially I thought it was not really the sor ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 16, 2016
Underwood and Flinch
it was amazing
Lord Underwood is about to rise from his grave in 2008 after a 50-year "sleep" in Spain. David Flinch, a recovering alcoholic and former military para ...more
Sep 06, 2016
Jul 22, 2016
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
it was ok
This felt less like a book than like the idea of a book, you know, "hey, what if a guy discovers he can do magic and can go to a school for magicians, ...more
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
liked it
This was a pretty good book, although slow to start and a little, hmm. It's a sort of magical realism thingy, except that the realism isn't quite real ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)
really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot, though it felt a little meandering - which is not such a noticeable fault in an audiobook. I love the combination of an ordinary ...more
Oct 30, 2015
Oct 18, 2015
The Turn of the Story
did not like it
I feel like this review makes me the grumpiest grump that ever did grump. But this book was very much not to my taste. Elliot's an asshole; the worldb ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Among Others
liked it
A lot about this book resonated with me, because the protagonist is a geeky 15-year-old girl SF fan, in the same year (more or less) that I was also a ...more
May 20, 2012
May 18, 2012
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)
it was ok
The Goodreads blurb touts this as a cross between Memoirs of a Geisha and The Name of the Wind...and yeah, that's pretty much it. Special Snowflake Te ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 09, 2016
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)
really liked it
I loved bits of this, I hated bits of this. Bits of me made me wish that Ms. Bray had had a Britpicker; any good fan of English as she is spoken in En ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)
it was amazing
This was a delicious ending to the series. Unlike some other reviewers, I had no issue with Percy and Annabeth being second-tier here, because the las ...more
Aug 23, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
The Bedlam Stacks
really liked it
Natasha Pulley's second book has a lot in common with her first, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: luminous, evocative writing that never obscures th ...more
Jun 21, 2017
Jun 13, 2017
The Just City (Thessaly, #1)
liked it
The first half of this book is well-written, has interesting situations and characters, and bored me to bits because nothing happened. It felt like a ...more
Sep 12, 2016
Sep 01, 2016
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