Tag: Fantasy

Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Meg feels there is promise for this new series, but remains unimpressed with Exquisite Captive.

Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

“A book so quirky and magical that you’ll immediately fall in love with it.” – Kat Kennedy

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

My problem with the Raven Cycle quartet is that it’s […]

Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Steph Sinclair review Poisoned Apples by Christina Heppermann and says this one will leave marks.

Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Its unique storytelling approach and narrative structure is interesting, but “Afterworlds” does not do enough with its eccentricities to make it truly memorable. There is a good story here, but it’s largely buried beneath another, less enjoyable one.

Review: Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Review: Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

It may not be the most satisfying (or complete) of stories, but its potential is clear, and worth trying given the ease with which it can be read. I only hope that the next installment proves a bit meatier.

Early Cuddles: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Early Cuddles: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Paola gives you a few reasons why you should definitely mark your calendars for Heir of Fire.

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski + Giveaway

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski + Giveaway

Steph finally reviews The Winner’s Curse and gives you five reasons to check out the audio version.

To All the Books I Forgot to Review (2): Audiobooks Edition + Giveaway

To All the Books I Forgot to Review (2): Audiobooks Edition + Giveaway

Since I’ve started my little project of Reading Whatever I […]

Review: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Review: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

“Is it an entertaining read? Yes. Can you live without it? Most likely.” Kiona rants about POVs in her review The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz.

Ink for the Young Adult Book Lover in You

Ink for the Young Adult Book Lover in You

Kat Kennedy talks about getting inked with a young adult theme in mind. Want some inspiration for a themed tattoo? Let’s help to share and inspire each other.

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

So, though I picked this poor novel apart, I applaud Taylor for ending it all as she did. It works. It works well. She made some interesting (some may say poor, some may not) decisions, yes, but she was kind enough to bid adieu in a manner that was both expected and unexpected, bright and dark, perfect and problematic.

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green + Giveaway

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green + Giveaway

Steph reviews Half Bad by Sally Green and is amazed at how brutal is was. Read on and enter to win a finished copy!

Review: Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Review: Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Death Sworn, what the hell happened? I’m sorry, that’s harsh. […]

Review: 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

Review: 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

It is doubtful that one will truly like every piece found here, but so too is it unlikely that one will dislike them all. The important thing to note is that the highs and lows are evenly spread throughout and for the most part mild in their permutations, and should consequently ensure an engaging reading experience from beginning to end.

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

Meg reviews Defy by Sara B. Larson and can’t figure out for the life of her why she read it in the first place.

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge + Giveaway

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge + Giveaway

Meg reviews Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, a completely original take on a tale as old as time. Plus, a giveaway!

To All the Books I Forgot to Review (1)

To All the Books I Forgot to Review (1)

Steph gives you an overdose of mini-reviews from 2013 books she accidentally forgot to review. Also, a giveaway!

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

What’s left, then, is a sequel that tries to do many things and fails at nearly all of them. It is both too self-contained to feel a proper continuation of a preexisting story and ongoing series, and too listless to work as a memorable piece of fiction in its own right. It is both too open-ended in regards to some plotlines and too conclusive when it comes to others. It presents a façade of evolution by lazily pushing forward uninteresting threads and finalizing ones that should have gone on whilst bringing the most important enigmas to a frustrating stasis.

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

For all of that, though, “The Book Thief” is at its core a story, and it is a good one. It touched me despite its unsettling context and emotional puppetry. Zusak is an adept writer who uses words to great effect, and I love what he has done here.

Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

“11/22/63″ is not a horror story, nor a science-fiction one. It is not a thriller, nor a romance. It is a great many things, and something worth the time of King fans and general fiction readers alike.

Review: Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Review: Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Meg reviews Gorgeous and it’s a hot mess (the review, not the book, although the book’s a bit of a mess too.)

Review: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Review: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

“A Dance with Dragons” is not perfect, but it is an excellent sequel nonetheless. It may be overlong. It may be overwritten. I simply cannot bring myself to care.

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Have you read Croak? If not, you should probably do […]

Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Though it ends with a (fairly ridiculous) cliffhanger, “The Magicians” isn’t near captivating enough to make it a story worth rereading or immediately following up on.