“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 in theRead 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.  TheRead more

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, opens as the narrator returns to his childhood home for a funeral.  He slips away from the crowd and is visited by memories of the past.  When the narrator was a child, his parents struggled with money, and took in a boarder whoRead more

“Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor

One of my blogging goals for this year is to work on whittling down my TBR pile of review copies from last year’s Book Expo America.  From the moment that I began reading Laini Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke & Bone,” I was enthralled.  Taylor builds a magical world reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere“–simultaneously menacing andRead more

“Wings of Wrath” by C. S. Friedman

Back in September I reviewed C. S. Friedman’s “Feast of Souls,” the first book of the Magister Trilogy.  I finally read the second book! “Wings of Wrath” picks up where “Feast of Souls” left off.  The Wrath is a wall/spell separating the civilized world from the wintry north, which is where the Souleaters were banishedRead more

“Chalice” by Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I discovered her Damar stories when I was at the age where most children’s books were too juvenile and yet I wasn’t ready to jump into the world of grown-up novels.  McKinley writes books that transcend silly things like age and instead uses eloquent prose toRead more