REVIEW: Gods of Jade and Shadow

“Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you can embroider narratives, the narratives breed myths, and there’s power in myth. Yes, the things you name have power.” ———————————– Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic was one of my favorite reads of last year so I had high hopes going into Gods of Jade and Shadow and I wasContinue reading “REVIEW: Gods of Jade and Shadow”

Map Monday Review: Dragon Republic

“People will seek to use you or destroy you. If you want to live, you must pick a side. So do not shirk from war, child. Do not flinch from suffering. When you hear screaming, run toward it.” —————– When we last left Rin, she had done the unthinkable and allowed her Phoenix to destroyContinue reading “Map Monday Review: Dragon Republic”

Map Monday Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

“The past devours those naive enough to forget it.” ————————– “Why punish a seed for not yet being a tree?”————————– This just may be my favorite book of the year. The world building in this novel is some of the best I’ve ever experienced in YA fantasy. The world of Sonande is built with suchContinue reading “Map Monday Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin”

Review: The Prison Healer

“Their story didn’t end as it should have. But I know for a fact that they’d live it all over again, even the ending, as long as they could keep their beginning.” ———————— The Prison Healer is well in contention for my favorite read of the year so far. In the harsh environment of theContinue reading “Review: The Prison Healer”

REVIEW: The Shadow in the Glass

“She would drown herself in words, sink into the vanilla-smell of the binding, replace her blood with ink. She’d feast on the worlds and make herself anew.” ——————————— The Shadow in the Glass bills itself as a re-telling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale but it’s so much more than that. It’s dark and twistedContinue reading “REVIEW: The Shadow in the Glass”

REVIEW: Namesake

I am so glad that this sequel lived up to all my expectations after absolutely loving Fable. The aspects I loved about Fable were the adventure of the dredging and the complex character stories where not everyone was all good or all bad.  Namesake sees Fable about to start off on her own with WestContinue reading “REVIEW: Namesake”

Review – Lobizona

“Plant your new garden with the seeds of a quality, water it with tolerance and empathy, and warm it with a temperate heat of truth.” ——————————— I really loved Lobizona, I’d say that it is Furia meets Harry Potter (without the prejudices) meets Twilight (think of only the wolf pack part). Manu has no ideaContinue reading “Review – Lobizona”

REVIEW: Phoenix Flame

Havenfall was a 5 star read for me, I really loved the balance of the contemporary real world and fantasy realms that intersect in an unusual way with a select few folks guarding the doors. Maddie is a plucky, opinionated, passionate teen at the center of it all. She copes with balancing the world onContinue reading “REVIEW: Phoenix Flame”

Map Monday Review – The Poppy War

“Warfare was about absolutes. Us or them. Victory or defeat. There was no middle way. There was no mercy. No surrender.” ———————— The Poppy War is high fantasy at its very best. From page one, I could hardly put this book down. I’m so glad I waited until the entire series was out to startContinue reading “Map Monday Review – The Poppy War”

REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones

“If I know anything for certain it’s that neither love nor hate is ever simple.” ——————————————– All the Murmuring Bones is a haunting family story set in a world of vengeful magical creatures. Miren is born into a family steeped in history and tradition but their wealth has faded and her grandmother is ruthless inContinue reading “REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones”