Genre: Fantasy


Jun 10
Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (an Audiobook Review of Knife of Dreams)

Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (an Audiobook Review of Knife of Dreams)

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Instead of doing a normal review for Knife of Dreams, I’m going to talk about the series as a whole (with just a few comments about this particular book thrown in).  Please allow me to explain my love/hate relationship with Robert Jordan. Title: Knife of Dreams Series: Wheel of Time #11 Author: Robert Jordan Published: January, 2013 Pages: 860 (32 hours, 24 minutes audio) Goodreads Rating: 4.06 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA or Adult (Some sex, though not described; Fantasy violence) Summary from Goodreads: The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan gives us the eleventh volume of his extraordinary masterwork of fantasy.    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, when Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity’s only hope. But Rand dares not fight… Read more »


Jun 09
Review & Giveaway – Time Return and Time Lock by Micah Caida

Review & Giveaway – Time Return and Time Lock by Micah Caida

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: Time Return Series: Red Moon Trilogy #2 Author: Micah Caida Release Date: February 11, 2014 Pages: 312 Goodreads Rating: 4.67/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Genre: YA Sci/Fi Fantasy Summary from Goodreads:  In this coming of age debut trilogy, USA Today Micah Caida turns dystopian young adult fiction on its ear with a breathtakingly fresh science fiction, fantasy story that is as much a thriller as it is a romantic tale.    Time Trap, book 2 in the Red Moon trilogy  Her Time. His Time. No Time.  Rayen promised to return, Gabby must return, and Tony can’t return. Three teenage friends are connected by a shared secret that forces a decision with consequences no one expects. When Rayen arrives on the Red Moon sphere again, she finds shocking changes. Her arrival causes more upheaval and danger for the MystiK children, creating a heart wrenching challenge for Callan who must choose between duty… Read more »


Jun 06
Random Reads Review – Of Stardust by February Grace

Random Reads Review – Of Stardust by February Grace

Random Reads, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Of Stardust Author: February Grace Release Date: October 28, 2013 Pages: 200 Goodreads Rating: 3.91/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA/NA (Characters have sex, but it’s not described) Summary from Goodreads:  “Dreams are sacred…” At the age of twenty-six single, geeky bookseller Till Nesbitt inherits the shock of a lifetime: a huge Victorian farmhouse filled with unique tenants, and the knowledge that there is a reason she’s always been different. She’s destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills are written into her DNA. Till embarks on her fairy education at Dreams Come True University with much trepidation, guided on her journey by a unique mentor: a Celtic hybrid with a secret by the name of Gus. When Till falls head over heels for Gus, will she break the most serious law in the Fairy Code, or will the truth of what really happened to Gus’s parents keep them from repeating history?   Of… Read more »


Jun 06
Random Reads Review – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Random Reads Review – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Random Reads, Reviews 2 ★★★★½

The Golem and the Jinni is a beautifully written tale that combines fantasy with history. It’s a story of life and longing and of the desire to truly break free.  When the book was chosen as my May Random Read, I was excited because I’d had a chance to meet the author and hear her speak about the exhaustive research that she put into this book.  It truly showed.  I was not disappointed! The negatives: Slightly slow in the beginning.  This book is a bit closer to literary fiction than I typically read, which is wonderful – I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit and this book fit the bill perfectly.  But it’s definitely a slow-building story.  I was expecting this to be a story about Chava and Ahmad together, but it was a long time before they even met. The story also seemed to go off on tangents… Read more »


May 18
Review – Time Trap by Micah Caida

Review – Time Trap by Micah Caida

Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Title: Time Trap Series: Red Moon #1 Author: Micah Caida Published: January, 2013 Pages: 338 Goodreads Rating: 3.96 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) Summary from Goodreads: Micah Caida’s stunning debut young adult book TIME TRAP is like nothing before it, according to early readers.  Time Trap, book one in the Red Moon series Her memory is blank. Her future’s in question. Her power is dangerous. Waking up in an unknown world, Rayen learns only that she’s seventeen and is hunted by a sentient beast. Terrified that she may never learn who she really is or find her way back to her home, she’s captured in a land that is at times familiar even if the people and the structures seem alien. When local law enforcement delivers her to a private school, she’s labeled as a Native American runaway, and Rayen discovers a secret with deadly repercussions. Forced into… Read more »


May 10
5 Star ARC Review – Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

5 Star ARC Review – Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I absolutely LOVED this book!!  Not only was it an intriguing fantasy novel, but it had a huge twist that completely threw me!The synopsis explains the book well, so I’m just going to get straight to my review. The negatives: Light on magic.  For a fantasy novel, this one was actually pretty light on magic and fantastical elements.  First daughters in this world were supposed to have “the gift,: which is basically an ability to see the future.  Lia has hints of this gift, but nothing extreme, so we don’t see much of it.  There are other fantasy elements, but people who like their fantasy to be full of magical happenings might be disappointed. What I loved: Lia.  I loved Lia as a main character.  She was strong and determined, but not without flaws. In some ways she was selfish – after all, she put her own happiness above the… Read more »


May 08
Review, Author Interview & Giveaway – Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

Review, Author Interview & Giveaway – Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

  Title: Mine to Spell Series: Mine #2 Author: Janeal Falor Release Date: May 5, 2014 Pages: 291 Goodreads Rating: 4.28/5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads:  Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations. For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might… Read more »


May 02
Review & Giveaway – Seeress by Ednah Walters

Review & Giveaway – Seeress by Ednah Walters

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Seeress Series: Runes #3 Author: Ednah Walters Release Date: April 28th, 2014 Genre: YA Paranormal Romance Publisher: Firetrail Publishing Presented by: As You Wish Tours Pages: 296 Goodreads Rating: 4.61 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Making out and some brief talk of sex) Summary from Goodreads: I love Torin St. James…  I need his strength…  But someone from his past wants me dead. Raine Cooper is certain of two things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress. But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing. Worse, they involve Torin. With her mother gone, her father dying, and her best friend in Hel, she is not sure who to talk to. But when the visions become more personal and she foresees her future with Torin threatened by someone from his past, Raine becomes desperate for answers. Just her luck two new students arrive at   her school and… Read more »


Apr 14
Review – Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor

Review – Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: Mine to Tarnish Series: Mine #0.5 Author: Janeal Falor Release Date: December 2, 2013 Pages: 128 Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: 13+ (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads:  Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run. Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.   Mine to Tarnish is a prequel to Falor’s You Are Mine, which was one of my very favorite reads of 2013!  I would highly recommend reading You Are Mine first because it gives you a lot more worldbuilding… Read more »


Apr 04
Review & Giveaway – The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker

Review & Giveaway – The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: The Unwanted Author: Jeffrey Ricker Genre: Gay YA Fantasy Release Date: March 18th, 2014 Pages: 264 Goodreads Rating: 4.7 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (LGBT – Nothing more than kissing, Sex implied, but not shown) Summary from Goodreads: Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back… and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that… Read more »