“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 herRead more

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

  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,Read 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 runsRead 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 winnerRead 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 affinityRead 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

  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’tRead 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,Read more

“Night of Cake and Puppets” by Laini Taylor

  Night of Cake and Puppets is a companion to Laini Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series.  It’s set in between two books and is told from the perspective of one of the minor characters, and yet it retains the same magic and quirkiness that made me fall in love with Taylor’s writing inRead more

Mini-Review: “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson

  While updating my review indexes, I realized that somehow I’d forgotten to review “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson, which was hands down one of my favorite books of 2012. Brandon Sanderson is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I’m a shameless fangirl.  Most of the novels that he writes are 1000-page chunksters. Read more