Genre: Fantasy


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 »


Dec 14
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig: Review

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig: Review

Reviews 8 ★★★★

This book is perfect for the MG grade and younger set (and for the young at heart)—adorable, entertaining, bittersweet and just a teensy bit irreverent. This isn’t a rehash of an old Christmas story that you’ve seen a million times before—it’s something completely new. What Fed My Addiction: Nikolas. Well, of course we have to start with the little boy himself. Nikolas is scrappy and resourceful and completely loyal to his father. When he heads off into the frozen wilderness to find him, you can’t help but feel for the poor lost and lonely boy. His belief in magic helps him throughout his journey, and Nikolas doesn’t give up hope, even when things look very bleak for him. Elves, trolls, pixies and reindeer! This book has them all! I loved Haig’s take on all of these magical creatures and what makes each unique. I especially loved Blitzen, who was Nikolas’s first magical friend… Read more »


Nov 12
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Audiobook Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Audiobook Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it lived up to every single one of my expectations! I loved every delightful Wonderland reference, and I was incredibly intrigued to find out how Meyer imagined sweet Catherine would turn into the despicable Queen of Hearts! What Fed My Addiction: Catherine’s transformation. When the book starts out, Catherine is an incredibly sympathetic character. It’s hard to imagine how this sweet girl who dreams of being a simple baker turns into the infamous queen who screams, “Off with their heads!” at regular intervals in the Lewis Carroll classic. From the very start, we are given a strong connection to Catherine—we see her drive to escape a life she hasn’t chosen for herself. Though Catherine has been brought up a lady, the daughter of a marquess, she would give up her land and her titles for the chance to do what… Read more »


Nov 04
Red Winter by Annette Marie – Review & Giveaway

Red Winter by Annette Marie – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 11 ★★★★½

Lately I’ve been fascinated with Japanese culture and mythology (my son actually got me into it), so when I saw this series, I knew I had to pick it up. First off, can we all drool over that cover for a moment? All of that gorgeousness deserves to be admired. Can’t. Look. Away. Emi has dedicated her entire life to making herself the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu. She has never questioned that dedication, never wavered in her devotion. But then she learns something that puts her whole life into a completely new—and frightening—perspective.  What Fed My Addiction: The mythology. This book is set in modern day Japan, but this isn’t one of those books with just hints of mythology. The story centers on the spirit world and Japanese deities. It’s obvious that Marie has done her research because of the detailed worldbuilding. But I never felt overwhelmed or confused—she wove… Read more »


Oct 20
Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews–Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Abducted: Escape From Kraile

Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews–Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Abducted: Escape From Kraile

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

These are two audiobooks that I received for review and listened to with my two older kids. It takes us a little while to get through these because I can only listen when the three of us are in the car together (or suffer their wrath), but these were both well worth the wait! Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!   Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway Series: Momotaro #1 Published by Dreamscape Media on 4/12/16 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Legends & Mythology Pages: 320   Audio Length: 8 hours and 12 minutes Source: AudioBook Jukebox My content rating: MG (Some MG-level violence, Slight bullying) My rating: Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr. Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe. When spring break begins at last, Xander plans to spend it playing computer games… Read more »


Sep 21
Bite-Sized Middle Grade Reviews – Nocturnals Books 1 & 2, Towers Falling, Egg & Spoon

Bite-Sized Middle Grade Reviews – Nocturnals Books 1 & 2, Towers Falling, Egg & Spoon

Middle Grade, Reviews 4 ★★★★

A few quick reviews of some of the middle grade books I’ve read (or listened to) recently. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The Mysterious Abductions by Tracy Hecht Series: The Nocturnals #1 Published by Fabled Films Press on 4/19/16 Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery Pages: 232 Source: BEA My content rating: MG (Nothing particularly scary or inappropriate) ***These books can be read by Middle Graders, but are also appropriate for much younger kids, especially if read aloud (at home or in a classroom setting).*** My rating: A flabbergastifying adventure under the stars! “The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps The Nocturnals features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in… Read more »


Sep 20
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 5 Star “That Was Awesome” Review & Giveaway

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 5 Star “That Was Awesome” Review & Giveaway

All-Time Favorites, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 21 ★★★★★

This book had me hooked from the very start. I was pretty much fascinated by this story of triplets who are all raised as queens – destined to kill each other after they turn sixteen (well, one of them has to kill the other two – the future all balances on which of them succeeds).  The Queens: We first meet Katharine, who is supposed to be a poisoner (which, somewhat ironically, actually means that she’s immune to poison), but we find out right away that her gift has failed to show up. She’s been raised under horrible circumstances – basically, her caretakers have been poisoning her her entire life, trying to help her build up some sort of immunity to poison so that she won’t look weak and so that she can still kill her sisters and win the crown. Next we meet Arsinoe, who also has no gift and has been pretty much overlooked her… Read more »