Tag: fantasy

Mar 09
{Review} Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

{Review} Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Garden of Thorns is a young adult fantasy by Amber Mitchell. I love the concept behind this book. The Garden is a captivity like setting where girls are taken and forced to join a burlesque type troop and perform. The main character Rose escapes and immediately tangled with a group of rebels. They take off on an adventure with differing end goals. I really liked the concept of Garden of Thorns, but the book ended up being just ok. Plus, I do have to point out how beautiful the cover is! I seriously love it! Rayce and Rose are the two main characters in this story, and while I liked them both well enough, something was missing for me. I’m not really sure what it is, and that is the frustrating part. I guess I was just wishing for more on all fronts. I wanted more description for sure. I was very unclear on a lot of aspects of the garden. Where did they get the girls from. Was it… Read more »

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Feb 24
{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

Today I am really excited to have Author Jane Alvey Harris here as part of my 6 year Blogoversary, for an interview. I will have a couple of interviews from authors today and tomorrow, and today there is going to be a HUGE giveaway with so many awesome prizes! (and one of the prizes will be a copy of this book! hinthintwinkwink! So be sure to come back in a bit and check it out!) What inspired you to create Riven and the My Myth Trilogy series? Honestly, when I began writing Riven, I was just looking for relief. I was struggling through a really dark time in my life and was doing therapy with an amazing counselor who encouraged me to write. I didn’t have a synopsis or even an outline; I was just writing scenes from my head and connecting them together. It took me a couple years to get the first draft out and even longer to realize what the story was really about. Somewhere in the… Read more »

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Feb 22
{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go. Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I… Read more »

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Feb 15
{Review} The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon @say_shannon @bloomsburykids

{Review} The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon @say_shannon @bloomsburykids

The Bone Season is the first book in the young adult fantasy/sci fi dystopian series, by the same name, by Samantha Shannon. I have put off reading this book for a while, and I am not really sure why. It was always a book that interested me on my TBR list, but like a million other titles, I just never got around to it. This year I charged myself with the goal of reading more books that have been sitting on my TBR list for far too long and one of the series near the top of my list was The Bone Season series. Especially with the release of the very anticipated third book later this year. I wanted to be caught up for the next book. And I am so glad that I finally read The Bone Season. It is a fantastic read that I would recommend to fantasy lovers everywhere. I think it will appeal to both fans of young adult and adult fantasy because the world that… Read more »

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Feb 09
{Review+Giveaway} Guardian of Secrets by @BrendaDrake @EntangledTeen @chapterxchapter

{Review+Giveaway} Guardian of Secrets by @BrendaDrake @EntangledTeen @chapterxchapter

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake is the second book in the Library Jumpers series. The Library Jumpers series is a young adult fantasy series, that I am really enjoying. I loved the first book, Thief of Lies, and I liked this one just as much, if not more! Gia was an even better character than she was in the first book, and I think I overall enjoyed this one even  more. Plus, hello they can jump into different libraries. (if you are a library geek like me, you should totally check out Brenda’s guest post on her top favorite libraries from around the world! Its awesome.  See it HERE) Guardian of Secrets picks up where Thief of Lies left off, so you do need to read this series in order to fully understand an enjoy it. Gia is our main character, and she has grown so much in this series already! I think that is what I was the most impressed with. She was a bit on the immature side… Read more »

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Feb 09
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney @MalMcCartney

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney @MalMcCartney

Black Dawn is the first book in a new adult fantasy series by Mallory McCartney. I have classified this book as new adult because the character are in their 20s, but the content is very clean so I can very easily see this also appealing to younger readers and lovers of young adult fantasies. Black Dawn is a really cool story, and is the set up for what looks like it is going to be an awesome series. I really enjoyed book one, but because there was a lot of world building and background setting, I did have some bumps along the road. However, Black Dawn is a story that just kept getting better and better as it went along. And I think I am going to love book two even more than I did book one. Can I please have book two now Mallory?? Black Dawn starts off in multiple perspectives, rapid fire three different people in the first three chapters and throughout the book we get to see… Read more »

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Feb 08
{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin’s Name is a young adult fantasy re-imagining of the story of Rumplestilskin by Bonnie M. Hennessy. Twisted is Bonnie’s debut novel and I have to say I loved it! I found it to be a delightful, and dark twisty tale of not only Rumplestilskin, but also of the young lady, Aoife. This part of the summary is what initially got me interested in the story was, “This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.” And let me tell you, Aoife was a fierce heroine. I really liked her. I do have to say, I initially thought that Rumplestilskin was going to be the love interest, and as I was reading, I even wanted him to be the love interest. But no, Rumplestilskin is not. There is a romance in Twisted, and it was pretty twisted, just… Read more »

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Jan 30
{ARC Review} Caraval by Stephanie Garber @sgarbergirl @FierceReads @Flatironbooks

{ARC Review} Caraval by Stephanie Garber @sgarbergirl @FierceReads @Flatironbooks

Caraval is the first book in a new, young adult fantasy series of the same name by author Stephanie Garber. Caraval has gotten so much excellent hype that when I grabbed a copy at ALA last year, I could hardly contain myself. I am always a little weary of books that have so, so much hype surrounding them, but I am happy to say that Caraval certainly delivered. And then some. I loved this book and I cannot wait for book 2 when we get a chance to journey back to this magical world Stephanie Garber created. Caraval does have a romance in it, and it was a romance that I really enjoyed, but what I liked even more than the romance was that the main characters, and main focus, of this book were the two sisters. It was really refreshing to see such a great bond between them. And trust me, no matter what your initial impressions might be, there is a great bond between the two girls. Scarlet… Read more »

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Jan 17
{Review} Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

{Review} Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

I know I am super late to the party here, but holy cow! I now know why Throne of Glass got so much hype. And trust me, it lived up to all of the hype and then some. Throne of Glass is a young adult fantasy by Sarah J. Maas and I already know it is going to be one of my favorite YA fantasies EVER. I may be the last person to jump on the Throne of Glass bandwagon, but I am fully on board now. I loved this book, pretty much instantly. In fact, I was downright mean to anyone that interrupted me while reading. And my attention span was complete rubbish when I had to walk away from the book and function in the real world. It has been ages since I was unable to focus in school or at work because I was way too busy thinking about a book. But Throne of Glass completely grabbed me and did not let go. Even now, I am… Read more »

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Jan 06
{Review} Ever the Hunted by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

{Review} Ever the Hunted by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

Ever the Hunted is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Clash of Kingdoms by Erin Summerill. Ever the Hunted is Erin’s debut young adult novel, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I found the story to be very engaging and I love a good magic infused fantasy, so this was right up my alley. It kind of reminded me of Maria V. Snyder’s Healer series. The world that Erin created was very interesting and I can’t wait to read the next novel in the series. There are lots of interesting aspects to touch on in Ever the Hunted- there is magic, romance, political intrigue and action and suspense. Plenty for any fan of fantasy. Ever the Hunted is the story of Britta, who is an outcast in her land. This was interesting because her father was so closely respected by the king. But because Britta’s mom was from a neighboring country, who they were on the verge of war with, Britta has basically been… Read more »

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