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”

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: 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: 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”

October Wrap Up

A little late but better late than never, in October I read 25.5 books. Yes, I finally finished Empire of the Vampire. 😰 📱 Lark Ascending* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Our Shadows Have Claws* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📱 The Witch and the Tsar* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📕 Sanctuary ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 The Boys from Biloxi* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧 The Oleander Sword ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱Continue reading “October Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Can you believe this is my first Lisa Unger novel? Where have I been? So embarrassing! The story bills itself as a bit of a horror in a secluded cabin story, which it is in part, but it gives us so much more than that. We get quite a few characters and time lines includingContinue reading “REVIEW: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Prisoner

Amelie has been kidnapped. She wakes up in a pitch black room with nothing more than a mattress and a tray of porridge provided to her each day. She knows her rich new husband has been kidnapped as well. She must work out who is after them and how to get away. I liked theContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Prisoner”