REVIEW: Pandora

When Dora’s parents die in a tragic accident, her horrible uncle takes over their antiquities shop and her care. For years she is under his thumb and has nothing but her companion, a magpie, to keep her company. She dreams of being a jewelry designer, which is not a woman’s trade in the 1700s. WhenContinue reading “REVIEW: Pandora”

REVIEW: The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

“Ireland is our home. It is a land of myth and magic, but our magic is fading.” ————————— This is the story of tenth century Ireland told from the viewpoint of two women of vastly different clans of magical immortals. Gormflaith is the widow of the Viking king of Dublin and she is enamored withContinue reading “REVIEW: The Children of Gods and Fighting Men”

REVIEW: The Atlas Paradox

I’m not gonna offer a synopsis for this one… Because there’s too many spoilers for the first one… And holy cow it’s a lot to encapsulate. I feel exactly the same way about this one as I did when I reviewed the first one. Solid premise. Intense characters. But it’s really all talk and postulationContinue reading “REVIEW: The Atlas Paradox”

REVIEW: The Whalebone Theatre

… for it is exactly the thinning of the ordinary that allows the unordinary through.” —————————– Honestly the first half of this book was uniquely magical, unlike anything I had read before. Christabel is a plucky, imaginative child with a broken home life who infuses the world around her with joy. She and her siblingsContinue reading “REVIEW: The Whalebone Theatre”

REVIEW: Echo North

Echo is a young girl with a horrible facial scar from a wolf attack. She lives with her father in their bookshop when he disappears into the forest. She finds him six months later guarded by the wolf who offers her a trade: stay with him for one year in an enchanted house below aContinue reading “REVIEW: Echo North”

Pub Day REVIEW: Heart of the Sun Warrior

Last year’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess was one of my favorite fantasy reads of the year. I really loved Xingyin’s journey to free her mother the Moon Goddess. The sequel give us more of this amazing heroine as she battles to save her family, their home and even the fate of the empire. IfContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Heart of the Sun Warrior”

REVIEW: The Fortunes of Jaded Women

I really enjoyed this multi-generational story. It showed us a slice of Vietnamese culture with a focus on the role of women. As in many cultures, baby boys are valued over girls and in this family the curse of only daughters impacts so many lives. But as each story is revealed and they start toContinue reading “REVIEW: The Fortunes of Jaded Women”

REVIEW: Hidden in the Mists

I really enjoy time slip stories, the mix of historical fiction with fantasy, when done right can just be enchanting. I really enjoyed Courtenay’s Tempted by the Runes where we see a character slip back to Viking times a la Outlander style. This story gives us a different kind of historical romance, one of a loveContinue reading “REVIEW: Hidden in the Mists”

REVIEW: Lost Souls of Leningrad

There is a lot of WWII fiction out there, it was an immense moment in history and every story deserves to be heard. The author starts with a note telling us why she was motivated to tell this story, the fact that the Eastern European front does not get as much attention as stories ofContinue reading “REVIEW: Lost Souls of Leningrad”

REVIEW: Fatty Fatty Boom Boom

I fell in love with Rabia Chaudry’s sensibilities and passions listening to her podcast, Undisclosed. When I saw that she was writing a book about her life, I was immediately on board. I enjoyed it as much as I hoped to. Rabia tells us about her young life in Pakistan and immigrating to America, whatContinue reading “REVIEW: Fatty Fatty Boom Boom”