UPROOTED weaves a magical, haunting tale, one that will be on your mind long after you put it down. The Wood, the malevolent forest that attempts to destroy Agineszka’s valley and her entire world, growing dark, poisonous trees and sending terrifying “walkers”, giant wooden stick insect-like creatures, out to grab villagers. Told in Agnieszka’s perspective, the book does allow multiple looks at other characters’ feelings and motivations through a special trick that is too good to spoil. It helps round out the other characters, but also exposes some seriously scary stuff.
I tend to shy away from many YA books unless I find the premise interesting enough that I must at least give it a try or until the shear popularity of it forces me to take a peek. With THE STORYSPINNER it was the former reason.
THE SHATTERED COURT was one of those books that drew me in with a gorgeous cover, and was left to live up to expectations. Luckily, though not without issues, THE SHATTERED COURT was an enjoyable fantasy novel, set in a world very similar to historical England with the twist of magic to make it more interesting.
I will admit – when I received A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES in the mail, I may have squealed. Loudly. My love of fairy tale retellings, no matter how loosely the term is used, is well known, and with Sarah J. Maas at the helm, it couldn’t be anything but great, right?
FIRE & CHASM may be the hardest book I’ve had to review yet. It was a book I really enjoyed while reading it, but when I sat down to review it I realized it had a lot of flaws.
THE DIAMOND CONSPIRACY is full of steampunk awesomeness as I thought this whole series would be just from reading the story summary of PHOENIX RISING. It has everything from weird steampunk weapons and tricked out vehicles to intense action and some romance thrown in as well. Add a mad scientist doing creepy experiments and secrets upon secrets and this book is filled with so much delicious ideas.
When there is a significant wait between two related books, such as the wait (almost three years!) between SERAPHINA and SHADOW SCALE, I begin to doubt my impressions of the first book. This was the case here, as I began to worry that I had imagined how wonderful I thought SERAPHINA was and how there was no way that SHADOW SCALE could live up to the expectations I’d set up in my head. Luckily, SHADOW SCALE delivered on all my expectations and more.
I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a new series dedicated to Prudence, the daughter of Conall and Alexia Maccon from the Parasol Protectorate series. Prudence was such an interesting child who could steal the abilities of any supernatural she touched that a whole new series dedicated to her hijinks as a young adult just had to be written. PRUDENCE is an absolute delight with dangerous new creatures and high skies dirgible adventures, odd new supernatural characters and mysteries, and the typical witty fancifullness I’ve come to expect and enjoy from Gail Carriger’s work.
I enjoy reading about dragon shifters in general and I like the concept of the Dragon Heat series with its epic war between dragons and knights spanning over generations. WICKED DARK DRAGON expands on the intriguing mythology giving a basis for the hatred between dragons and knights.
I may be a little biased because Jack Campbell is my favorite living author, but I loved THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR. This book picks up about two weeks after THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE ended, and you’re thrown right into the action. The intense battle and action scenes are one of the places where Campbell’s writing really shines. There are a lot of urban and epic fantasy novels that make me cringe when I read their battles, but Campbell’s years of military experience help him write realistic battles.