“The Guild of Assassins” by Anna Kashina

The Guild of Assassins is the second book in Anna Kashina’s series The Majat Code.  If you haven’t read the first book, see my review of Blades of the Old Empire instead, as this review will contain spoilers from the first book. When Kara made the decision to disobey her orders to save Prince Kythar’s life, she wasRead more

“The Tears of the Rose” by Jeffe Kennedy

The Tears of the Rose is the second book in Jeffe Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms series, which is about three sisters who each come of age and must make difficult choices to find love and happiness.  Even though The Tears of the Rose is book two, it can function as a standalone because it has itsRead more

“Dreamer’s Pool” by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool is the first installment in Juliet Marillier’s newest series, Blackthorn & Grim.  The protagonist is a woman who has been imprisoned for speaking out against authority.  Fate has not been kind to her.  She’s about to be executed for standing up for what’s right, and her time in prison has made her angryRead more

“The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic” by Emily Croy Barker

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

Nora Fischer fails at life.  Her thesis is at a standstill because she can’t apply herself enough to write anything worthwhile.  Her boyfriend visits her, only to reveal that he’s getting married to another woman.  Everything’s falling apart, and Nora isn’t quite sure what to do with herself or how to react. One day, NoraRead more

“The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

There are three ways of bettering yourself in the Pirates’ Confederation, Mama told me once: murder, mutiny, and marriage. Ananna of the Tanarau grew up on a pirate ship.  She’s about to be married off to a member of the Hariri clan, a rival pirate family, but she doesn’t like her fiance and runs awayRead more

Giveaway: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

In celebration of the paperback release of Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, the publisher is letting me give away one copy of the book. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.  The giveaway is US only and will run until September 5.  The winner hasRead more

“The Mirror Empire” by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley is one of the most stunning epic fantasies I’ve read this year.  The setting is unique and plays a major role in the story.  Magic exists, but magic is controlled and influenced by the stars.  Para, Tira, and Sina cycle through relatively frequently, and people with an affinity toRead more

“The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black

  Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. Under normal circumstances I’d wait to post this review until much closer to the publication date, but Holly Black is important.  My little sister is a huge Holly Black fan, and since we live several states away from each other, I wanted to read/review The Darkest PartRead more

“The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness

the book of life

At long last, the conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy is here!  For anyone new to the series, it’s about a witch who stumbles upon an old manuscript at Oxford’s library that holds secret knowledge relevant to witches, demons, and vampires.  This review does contain some spoilers from earlier books, so if you haven’t readRead more

“Fire” by Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series is singularly responsible for making me stop dismissing YA as something that’s just for teenagers and making me realize that YA fantasy can be just as amazingly beautiful and thought-provoking as fantasy that’s written for adults.  I read the series in completely the wrong order, starting with the third book, thenRead more