Genre: Fantasy


Feb 28
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – Review

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★½

I am a huge fan of this series! I’m so glad that I found it! The final book in the series focuses on Annith, who desperately wants to flee the “destiny” that the abbess has set before her – to become the new Seer. What I loved: Tangled webs. This book has the most twists and turns of any in the series. Annith discovers a lot about her own background in this book and we learn it right along with her. Now I do have to say that there were some twists (especially those about Annith’s background) that I saw coming – I do tend to figure out twists in books pretty consistently though. And there was one major twist that I didn’t see coming – it was a big surprise, and I LOVED it!! Balthazar and the Hellequin. My favorite parts of this book were the parts that involved Balthazar and the Hellequin. The… Read more »


Feb 20
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 Star Review!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – 5 Star Review!

Reviews 17 ★★★★★

It’s official. I love this series. I don’t know what took me so long to catch up with the rest of the world (actually yes, I do – TIME – there just isn’t time to read ALL the books!), but I am so glad that I did! This second book follows Sybella. Her story is woven together with Ismae’s, so we get to learn some of the things that were going on with Sybella while the later events in book one were happening, and then we see where the story goes from there. I personally loved Sybella’s story – it may have been my favorite of the three. It’s a little darker than the first book in the series, but it still has all of the things I loved from book one – fantastic worldbuilding, a rich history, twists and turns, romance, and characters with depth! What I loved: Sybella’s… Read more »


Feb 05
Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Reviews 37 ★★★★★

Red Queen is an exhilarating ride. This book has all of the elements that fantasy lovers adore – magic, power struggles, deception, political intrigue, uprisings … and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes! What I enjoyed: The characters. I felt a real connection to pretty much all of the characters in this book, which is probably the main reason that I loved it so much. Mare has spent her life feeling sort of worthless – she doesn’t have a skill like her sister, so she can’t help support her family (except by stealing – which she does quite well). She’s basically just waiting to be sent off to war to die. But when she gets sent to the palace as a servant, things suddenly change for her and she finds herself thrown into a world she isn’t prepared for. To make things more complicated, she… Read more »


Jan 15
ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

Reviews 18 ★★★½

Inked is a fun fantasy story that starts out really strong, but loses a little bit of it’s flair as it moves along (at least for me). Overall, I still did really enjoy the book, though. I loved the concept, and I enjoyed the characters, but I found my interest waning a bit in certain parts. Here’s more of an explanation why: What I enjoyed: The tattoos. I loved the concept of this book – that people are tattooed with an image that basically defines who they will be for the rest of their lives. And the tattoos themselves were incredibly interesting – I loved the descriptions of Dreya’s tattoos and how they move and wind around her body and change with her emotions (and the seasons). It was also intriguing how the changes in the tattoos affected Dreya emotionally. The explanation for how the tattoos were created was imaginative and surprising, so… Read more »


Jan 12
Review – Jackaby by William Ritter

Review – Jackaby by William Ritter

Reviews 29 ★★★★

I’ve heard Jackaby described as a fun cross between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, and I think that description really does do it justice. It’s Sherlock Holmes with a paranormal twist. The book takes place in the late 1800’s and is told from the point of view of Abigail, a young woman who has come to America looking for adventure. Abigail has spent her life wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps – he’s an archaeologist and is often off on exciting digs. But her family has told her in no uncertain terms that she should settle down and get married rather than pursue her dreams. Well, Abigail takes things into her own hands and ends up in America. She needs to find work in order to survive, so when she stumbles upon Jackaby, an eccentric detective who claims to see the paranormal, she doesn’t shy away. In the end,… Read more »


Jan 07
ARC Review – The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

ARC Review – The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Reviews 21 ★★★★

This was my first Holly Black book, and I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about. Black has an amazing ability to create a fantastical world and tie it into our own – I loved how the fae world collided with the “real” world in this book! What I LOVED: The small town feel mixed with magic. I loved how Black managed to take this realistic-feeling small town and turn it into something extraordinary. Fairfold is a strange little tourist town, filled with magic – a sort of dark, sinister magic that the townsfolk know better than to mess with (most of the time). The fae in Fairfold are dark creatures, and you have to be careful if you live in Fairfold (and even more careful if you visit it!). Still, in a lot of ways, it felt like a real-life small town, and I really felt myself believing in… Read more »


Dec 27
Review – Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Review – Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Reviews 25 ★★★★

This second book in the Splintered Trilogy once again proved how incredibly imaginative Howard is. I just love her twisted take on Wonderland and the creatures in it! What I enjoyed: Wonderland creatures. As in Splintered, the best things about this book are all the nods to Wonderland. While Alyssa never actually makes it to Wonderland in this book (see my negatives below), Wonderland does come to her. Of course, you can tell from the cover that Morpheus makes an appearance. He needs Alyssa, and he’s not going to leave her alone until she agrees to help him. At first, Alyssa assumes that Morpheus is the only Wonderland creature haunting her, but she soon finds that there are LOTS more surprises in store for her. Crazy, demonic clowns, dangerous trees, nightmare creatures who leave slime on the walls – there are plenty of Wonderland characters to torment her! I don’t want to say… Read more »


Dec 11
Review – Zodiac by Romina Russell

Review – Zodiac by Romina Russell

Reviews 25 ★★★½

Zodiac was a really unique and compelling sci-fi/fantasy read. I loved the worlds that Russell created and the story was intriguing. Rhoma spent her childhood being taught by her eccentric mother how to read the stars and access the power of the psy network. When she is sixteen, her world is all but destroyed (something that she foresaw, but no one believed her). Rhoma doesn’t believe that this was an accident. She thinks that the leader of the mythical 13th House of the Zodiac – who is now believed to be no more than a fairy tale – is back and looking for revenge. Rhoma is thrust into the role of being the leader of her people, but she can’t get anyone to trust her when she tells them that all of the Zodiac is in danger. She has to prove that there is a real threat before it’s too… Read more »


Dec 04
5 Star Review – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

5 Star Review – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 26 ★★★★★

When I got this book from NetGalley, I didn’t know too much about it except for a vague idea that it was fantasy and the absolute knowledge that everyone seems to love it. I was fairly certain I would enjoy it too, since I tend to enjoy fantasy and the synopsis intrigued me. I had no idea that it was really historical fiction (I loved the author’s note at the end that told about what was and wasn’t true) or that it took place in the 1400’s or even that it was a romance. And I had no idea how much I would love it. When I went to go write this review and saw that the book was 549 pages, I thought, Really? That seems impossible to believe. It felt like half that because it didn’t drag. Ever. What I LOVED: Political intrigue. I put this first because this is actually something that I… Read more »


Dec 01
Review – Captive by Aimee Carter

Review – Captive by Aimee Carter

Reviews 15 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. Read my review of Pawn HERE.*** Captive picks up right where Pawn left off – Kitty has killed off Augusta and is still taking over for Lila Hart in order to help the Blackcoat Rebellion. Daxton, the Prime Minister, knows her secret, though, and she knows his – they’ve both been Masked, and are impersonating the real Daxton (who’s dead) and Lila (who’s in hiding). In this second book, Kitty has to decide if she is going to put her trust in Knox and continue to help the rebellion or try to escape with her life before it’s too late. She ends up doing something in between, with dire consequences. What I LOVED: Elsewhere. I think my favorite part of this book was getting to see Elsewhere and to learn about what really happens… Read more »