Genre: Fantasy


Sep 01
Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

I have to start this review by talking about the world-building in Court of Fives.  It was perfection.  I totally bought into this world, and I felt fully immersed in it.  There were no “Huh?  What?  Why?  That makes no sense” moments.  The basis for and the rules of society were established early on, and it was accomplished without an info dump.  This is a rigid, two class, patriarchal society – the Patrons and the Commoners.  Jes comes from a… Read more »


Apr 24
Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

When you hear the title, Dorothy Must Die, and you picture pretty Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz with her cute pigtails and sweet gingham dress, you know you are in for a twisted ride.  In Dorothy Must Die, the characters and the world we know and love are flipped upside down and turned inside out.  This Dorothy is a power-hungry, murderous psychopath. She does still have the cute pigtails and the gingham dress, though.  The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion,… Read more »


Mar 27
Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Fairy tale retellings probably work best when you have a familiarity with the source material.  Unfortunately, I’ve only read a few of Brothers Grimm’s original fairy tales on which the short stories in this anthology are based, so I missed out on the experience of making the connections between the stories while I read.  Still, several of these were quite enjoyable. The Key by Rachel Hawkins: ★★★★ Lana’s mother is a psychic (an ACTUAL psychic) who does readings out of their… Read more »


Mar 23
Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

There were several times during Cruel Beauty when I felt hopelessly confused.  I know very little about the tale of Beauty and the Beast, and also woven into this fairy-tale retelling was a good deal of Greek mythology and the supernatural.  But even when I was left scratching my head and trying to figure out what I’d missed, I was captivated by this story.  Hodge tried to cover a great deal of territory in Cruel Beauty, and she did it… Read more »


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 »


Nov 13
There Once Was a Book I Just Couldn’t Finish: A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

There Once Was a Book I Just Couldn’t Finish: A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

  Welcome to another  round of “Fun With Limericks,” a (hopefully) fun way of dealing with books I didn’t finish, or I finished, but for whatever reason, I felt I could not write a proper review.  So, I’ve done the most logical thing possible, and I’ve decided to write a limerick to express my thoughts on A Corner of White.  A Corner of White was a rare DNF for me.  I tried, I really did.  I read 50%, and while it wasn’t… 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 »