Posts Categorized: Fantasy

Jan 22
Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

A lurching stomach.  A neck that grows hot.  Flushing cheeks.  An aching skull.  Trembling.  For me, these are symptoms of a bad case of the flu.  For Alexa, the supposedly brave, ruthless warrior in Defy, this is how she responds whenever a male looks at her.  Which is often. Alexa pretends to be a boy named Alex, the most skilled guard to Prince Damian.  She hides her identity because in this kingdom, ruled by Damian’s father, women are only useful… Read more »


Jan 01
Review and Giveaway: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Review and Giveaway: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Alyssa is  back home from Wonderland, enjoying a normal (or what passes for normal in Alyssa’s world) life in high school with Jeb by her side.  This relative peace comes to a screeching halt when a wave of water summoned by Morpheus sweeps her back to Wonderland.  Queen Red has seized parts of Wonderland, and Morpheus threatens to wreak havoc in the human world unless Alyssa agrees to help. Oh, wait a minute…that was just a dream…perhaps.  A very vivid… Read more »


Oct 25
Reivew: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Reivew: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Note – This review will contain spoilers from The Lost Prince, the first book in the series. The title of this book, The Iron Traitor, is attention-grabbing, isn’t it?  We’ve got the word, “traitor,” and we’ve got Keirran staring out at us, so…should we assume that he’s the traitor? Before I even began reading The Iron Traitor, I imagined where the plot could go.  At the end of The Lost Prince, Keirran delcares that he’ll do anything to stop Annwyl from… Read more »


Oct 24
Review: Friends and Traitors (Slayers # 2) by C.J. Hill

Review: Friends and Traitors (Slayers # 2) by C.J. Hill

My Take: Note – This review will contain spoilers from Slayers, the first book in the series.In Friends and Traitors, our fearless band of dragon slayers is back.  Tori, in particular, is better-trained and ready to do battle with Overdrake and his newly-hatched dragons.  We also finally meet Ryker, who was a fetus when we first encountered him.  He is determined to fulfill his destiny, against his parents’ wishes.Friends and Traitors doesn’t break a lot of new ground after Slayers,… Read more »


Oct 18
Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

My Take: Well, well, look who’s back.  It’s Meghan Chase’s little brother, Ethan, and as you can see from the cover, he’s all grown up now.  This book is the first in a spin-off from The Iron Fey series.  Meghan is the Iron Queen, married to Ash, and her formerly sweet baby brother is now an angsty teen.  His angst is not without cause.  Ethan hasn’t seen Meghan in years, and he feels abandoned by his sister.  But she’s busy… Read more »


Oct 17
Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

My Take: Note – This review will contain spoilers of Falling Kingdoms, the first book in the series. I did not realize until after I’d read Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring that Morgan Rhodes is the pen name of Michelle Rowen.  Rowen wrote Coutdown, a book I read a few months ago and really disliked.  (You can see my review of Countdown here.)  I’m glad I didn’t know this until after reading the books, because I would likely have approached… Read more »


Sep 15
Triple Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Triple Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I’m going to try something a little different here and discuss the full trilogy of The Girl of Fire and Thorns in one review, since I read all three books over the span of two weeks. I was late getting into this series, but The Girl of Fire and Thorns drew me right in.  Elisa is much like any sixteen-year-old, albeit one who possesses magical powers and is soon to marry a king.  She’s insecure and naive to the ways… Read more »


Aug 05
Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

I feel deceived by Doon.  I was captivated by the gorgeous cover and the synopsis, but it soon became apparent that this story is little more than a cheesy NA-ish romance wrapped up in a pretty package.  Even if you enjoy NA, you might find yourself cringing over some of this writing: “‘Verranica, I’ve verra few choices that are mine.  But this’ – he grabbed my arm, his eyes drilling into mine as he crushed my body against his –… Read more »