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”

Review: The Stolen Kingdom

The Stolen Kingdom is the story of two young people thrust into roles they never wanted, didn’t expect and are not quite prepared for. Mara is the daughter of a vintner and she loves tending to her father’s grapes but she has a secret, she can make them grow with magic. But to her knowledge, magicContinue reading “Review: The Stolen Kingdom”

REVIEW: Reverie

“Sometimes the things we believe in are the most dangerous things about us.” ————————– “Dreams can be parasites we sacrifice ourselves to. Dreams can be monstrous, beautiful things incubated in misery and hatched by spite. Or dreams can be the artifacts we excavate to discover who we really are.” ————————– Inexplicably, I struggled with thisContinue reading “REVIEW: Reverie”

Review: Concrete Rose

“Tough situations don’t last. Tough people do.” ————————————– Concrete Rose is exactly what you want from a prequel and that is hard to achieve with a book as stunning as The Hate U Give. In Concrete Rose we get the story of Starr’s father, who was a strong figure in her life and the storyContinue reading “Review: Concrete Rose”

Review: Queen of the Conquered

Queen of the Conquered is an unusual tale that lives somewhere between historical fiction and fantasy. It’s a slow building, emotionally fraught, politically complex story. At its heart, Sigourney is a strong woman with a huge history of trauma that defines her behavior throughout the story. She is the only woman of color who hasContinue reading “Review: Queen of the Conquered”

January wrap-up

This month I read 20 books. My goal was to work through my backlist books (8), my Netgalley (6) as well as 1 classic re-read per month and I ended up accomplishing 2.  Binti ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Twist of Karma ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Dark Tides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sadie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The RuthlessContinue reading “January wrap-up”

Review: Escaping From Houdini

I am really enjoying the capers of Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell, even though this was the most far-fetched of the stories so far. Yeah, I know the last one was about Dracula, but this one seemed a little more over the top for me. We find the Wadsworth/Cresswell clan upon a boat bound forContinue reading “Review: Escaping From Houdini”

REVIEW: Sadie

Let me start by saying, I love a good crime podcast. When I saw this was YA, I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as a good crime story. But it gave me everything I was hoping for when I read The Night Swim, which fell short for me. What Sadie had that TheContinue reading “REVIEW: Sadie”

Pub Day Review: Written in Starlight

Woven in Moonlight was one of my favorite reads of 2020, I was utterly overwhelmed by the beautiful descriptions of life in Inkasisa and the magic was unlike anything I’d ever read. So of course, Written in Starlight was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 but unfortunately it just didn’t live up forContinue reading “Pub Day Review: Written in Starlight”

REVIEW: Legendborn

“Because broken hearts strip vocabularies down to their raw bones…” —————————————- Holy amazing endings, Batman! When I started this book, I’ll admit for the first third I thought it was ok YA fantasy but then it really started to pick up steam and by the last third, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!In many fantasyContinue reading “REVIEW: Legendborn”