Genre: Fantasy


May 22
A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy

A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 25

Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of two awesome fantasy series that I’ve started (they’re not done yet, so it’s actually not my fault this time that I haven’t finished them!). Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! On the surface, this book seems like it might be sort of derivative. It’s not. Well, okay, it sort of is. I mean, just based on the basic description, I feel like I’ve read this book before: Em’s parents were murdered because a power-hungry king is afraid of her people’s abilities, and she wants revenge. She decides to pass herself off as the prince’s bride-to-be (possible since they’ve never actually met), but she falls in love with the prince and starts to doubt her plan to betray him. It sounds vaguely familiar, right. But Tintera makes this series stand out because she doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Em’s no wronged angel, she’s a… Read more »


Apr 10
Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 10 ★★★★

Dream Magic is great fun and highly imaginative. I wish I’d read the first book on the series, though—when the book was offered to me, I was told it was the second in a series, but that it was a standalone, and that was sort of true, in the sense that it had it’s own story arc, but it was definitely a continuation of the first book. On the positive side, it wasn’t confusing at all—Khan did a great job of “reminding” readers what had already happened, but I was missing a connection to those events (and the characters that went with them). Still, considering that, it’s actually amazing that I enjoyed the book so much—which is a testament to Khan’s storytelling skills. What Fed My Addiction: Complete story arc. I mentioned this above, but it’s worth repeating because I think this is a fantastic feature in a MG series. Though the… Read more »


Mar 22
Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Reviews 19

I’ve gotten a lot of new books for review lately, and I’ve decided to do bite-sized reviews of some of them, so I don’t have to post every single day of the week for forever. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories, so when the author offered this one up for review (at an event I attended) I had to snatch it up! I’m glad I did because it turned out to be a great read! The story follows Abbi, who wakes up one morning and it’s suddenly 1983. Everyone seems to know her, but she doesn’t know anyone … or know how or why she’s traveled. This would be bad enough, but she keeps heading backward further and further—she’s never sure how long she’ll be in one place or why she’s ended up in the times she does…. Read more »


Feb 20
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 6 ★★★★

These books are so incredibly adorable and fun. My daughter loves the high school take on superheroes, and I have to admit that I kind of love them too. What Fed My Addiction: Girl genius. Unlike most of the other super heroes, Batgirl is just an ordinary girl—with extraordinary smarts. Her tech savvy makes her special and it gives her an edge that the other supers don’t have. A sense of belonging. Batgirl has doubts about her ability to fit in at Super Hero High even though she has friends there. She doesn’t know if she can be a “real” super hero since she doesn’t have any innate abilities. She can’t keep up with the other students in a lot of areas (especially gym, where there are some pretty high expectations of super heroes!). She has to learn to rely on and trust her strengths and not worry so much about her… Read more »


Feb 16
Review of the eStories Platform & Books 1&2 of the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

Review of the eStories Platform & Books 1&2 of the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

Reviews 10

I was recently contacted by eStories to try out their service and get an audiobook for free. eStories is similar to Audible (but a bit cheaper). I hadn’t heard of the service before, but I checked out their site and they have a fantastic collection of books available, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up picking up the second book in Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain Series since I’d already listened to the first but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the second yet (I’d been hoping the library would carry it, but no such luck). Before I review the books, here are a few thoughts on my experience with eStories: Big selection – I was very happy with the selection of audiobooks at eStories. They have all of the books in the Kingfountain Series, plus many other books that I’m interested in listening to (when I clicked on… Read more »


Feb 15
Jonah by Nikki Kelly – Review

Jonah by Nikki Kelly – Review

Reviews 8 ★★★½

It’s been a long wait for the final installment in the Styclar Saga, so Kelly made sure that we had an epic ending to the series. We got answers to all of the questions that remained about the three dimensions and then some. What Fed My Addiction: Boy troubles resolved. In this book, Lailah didn’t do any waffling between Jonah and Gabriel. She knew exactly who she wanted and why. That didn’t mean that the road to romance between her and Jonah was smooth, though—Lailah had determined that she wasn’t going to survive the fight with the Purebloods, so she didn’t feel that she could give herself to Jonah completely. And then there was the fact that Gabriel didn’t remember that Lailah had already let him down gently (since she had turned back time in the last book). The romance between Jonah and Lailah was probably my favorite part of this final… Read more »


Feb 02
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

Let Garber sweep you up in the fantastical game of Caraval, where the lines between fantasy and reality are undisputably blurred and you’ll never know what to expect next! What Fed My Addiction: Welcome to the game! The game of Caraval is completely fantastical and more than a little dangerous. While, on the surface, it’s just a sort of scavenger hunt where Scarlett has to follow the clues, there are a plethora of magical elements that not only make the game vastly more intriguing but also throw plenty of roadblocks in Scarlett’s way. Plus, Scarlett is never quite sure what’s real and what’s all part of the game—and as the stakes get higher and higher, that distinction becomes very important indeed. By the end, Scarlett is fighting desperately just to make it out with both her and her sister alive! Caraval is full of fascinating and whimsical surprises that kept me guessing through the entire story. Sensory… Read more »


Jan 31
Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Reviews 12

I have quite a few reviews I need to catch up on, so I thought I’d do another installment of bite-sized reviews and knock a few of them out. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I don’t know why, but I BARELY made it through this book. I just wasn’t engaged and nothing happened. Until the end of the book, literally almost nothing interesting (in my opinion) happened. It was all Thorn creepily watching Rune and Rune worrying about a boy she hurt with her magical opera voice. I nearly DNF’d at 50% but I was curious how it ended up, so I skim-read the second half, only reading carefully when something exciting happened. I did a lot of skim-reading. Lots of my friends enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me? I simply couldn’t connect to it, though I will say that… Read more »


Jan 03
Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★

This second book in The Impostor Queen Trilogy takes us far from the action of the first book. Instead of continuing Elli’s story, this book leads us to the true Valtia, Ansa, who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised in a Krigere warrior tribe. Her whole life, she’s had one goal: to prove herself worthy of warrior status and to be accepted as a true Krigere. So, when she is suddenly imbued with magic, she sees it as dangerous and more than a little inconvenient. But she never imagines that she is now a queen. What Fed My Addiction: Ansa and Thyra. The relationship between Thyra and Ansa is complicated for many reasons, but it isn’t the fact that they’re both female that keeps them apart (same sex relationships are accepted in their tribe). Ansa isn’t sure why Thyra holds herself aloof—if it’s because she isn’t interested (Ansa is fairly… Read more »


Dec 30
Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Reviews 12

Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little bit with that title—I’m not actually reviewing all of the rest of the books I read in 2016, but I am reviewing most of them. The only holdouts are a couple of books that I plan to review along with future books in the series and a couple that are releasing next week (which I’ll review then). Oh, and I’m still reading and the month isn’t quite over, so … Anyway, hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This was everything I was hoping for in a series finale. Even though the romance was rocky (and I was very scared for Rafe and Lia), it seemed realistic. After all, these two both had a strong sense of responsibility for their kingdoms (and Lia for Venda as well because of the prophecy). This put them at odds sometimes because it was… Read more »