“The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 1” by Kore Yamazaki

Chise Hatori had a troubled childhood. She grew up orphaned, being passed from person to person, unloved and unwanted. She felt even further alienated from those around her because unlike most people, she can see the spirits and magical creatures that exist all around us, invisible. When The Ancient Magus’ Bride begins, Chise is a teenager andRead more

“The Illusionist’s Apprentice” by Kristy Cambron: Blog Tour & Giveaway

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron is a mystery/romance set in the mid 1920s starring the great illusionist Harry Houdini’s former apprentice. Wren Lockhart lives alone with only one companion, her manager Irina. She wears men’s clothing and stands out from her peers. After Houdini’s death, Wren has kept a low profile, performing in vaudeville shows butRead more

“Blood Rose Rebellion” by Rosalyn Eves

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves is a young adult dystopian/alt-history novel set in the mid-1800s. Anna Arden is born into high British society. In this book, magic is also tied to social class. The upper class, the Luminates, receive the ability to perform magic at their Confirmation as a child. But Anna is barrenRead more

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

If you’re trying to hide under blankets and read a YA novel that’s fun but not too real (cause let’s face it, dystopias are a little too real right now), then Caraval by Stephanie Garber is an excellent choice. It’s kind of like a weird mashup between The Hunger Games, Austenland, Alice in Wonderland, and a circus.Read more

Naamah’s Kiss Readalong, Week 2

Hi everyone, and welcome to week 2 of the Naamah’s Kiss readalong. This week’s questions cover chapters 13-26, and were written by Susan from Dab of Darkness. Readalong Participants Allie at Tethyan Books Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog Grace (me) at Books Without Any Pictures Susan at Dab of Darkness 1) How does one go about finding theirRead more

“Volkhavaar” by Tanith Lee

My paperback of Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee is so old and battered that even my cell phone Instagram picture is higher resolution that anything I can find on the internet. This tells me two things–(A) Volkhavaar is not one of Tanith Lee’s best known books, and (B) I got hella lucky at the used bookstore. Volkhavaar is quintessentiallyRead more

“Winterwood” by Jacey Bedford

Winterwood by Jacey Bedford is the first book in the Rowankind series. It features a strong female protagonist, angry fae, and pirates, which are an excellent combination. Although it’s the first book in the Rowankind series, Winterwood is self-contained and forms a complete story arc. Book 2, Silverwolf, is scheduled for release in January. Rossalinde (or Ross)Read more

“The Immortal Crown” by Kieth Merrill

This is the week where I finish all of the books that have been sitting on my Goodreads “Currently Reading” shelf forever.  I started reading The Immortal Crown by Kieth Merrill back in May, and despite really liking the plot, it’s taken me a while to finish it.  It’s a pretty hefty dose of epic fantasy, andRead more