TESS OF THE ROAD is a return to the world of Rachel Hartman’s previous books, SERAPHINA and SHADOW SCALE, two books I absolutely loved. With the combo of the beautiful cover art, and the promise of more like SERAPHINA, I dove right in to TESS OF THE ROAD. All in all, however, I’m not sure it stands up to Hartman’s previous work, and I was a bit disappointed.
PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS is not only a clever, thought-provoking mash-up between two beloved stories -Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice – it expertly captures the tone and themes of each book. There is such an excellent balance between Gothic Horror and Regency Romance.
The Invisible Library series consistently provides an entertaining and enjoyable reading experience. I love Irene and Kai, and I love the concept of the Library. While THE LOST PLOT felt like a side quest to the main, overarching plot of the series (no super evil librarians in sight here, or questions answered from previous books), it was still a great deal of fun to read.
SHADOWSONG has such a beautiful cover. I longed to get lost in a musical story of enduring love, magic, and the fae. And while the writing is as beautiful as the cover, it often twisted to the melodramatic.
A promise of intrigue and dangerous plots drew me to THE QUEEN’S RISING. The backcopy had me excited for political twists and turns as a highly trained woman endeavors to return the rightful queen to her throne.
It can be hard to build book to book momentum this far into a series, but with CAST IN DECEPTION Michelle Sagara manages to do just that. Titanic forces are moving, and the lives of Kaylin, her friends, and perhaps the whole kingdom are on the cusp of change.
I was drawn into MARKSKWOMAN by the impressive back copy and cover art. Sign me up for any novel featuring a sisterhood of elite warriors. Readers that love page turning action and assassinations will fall in love with MARKSWOMAN.
I always look forward to a good “what if” story, so I jumped at the chance to read THROUGH A DARK GLASS. Who wouldn’t want to see the different outcomes a single choice could result in? This premise is a minefield of opportunity.
With bold art and a a mystery that is slowly revealed, ELSEWHERE VOLUME 1, the story of what really happened to Amelia Earhart. Unfortunately it fails to set itself apart from the thousand of other stories which explore new worlds. ELSEWHERE doesn’t quite work for me.
While enjoyable and fun, A MEDDLE OF WIZARDS had its issues. At times it felt derivative and overly complicated, like the author was trying a little too hard to make it Serious Fantasy. Still, I liked reading it, and I am curious about the next book in the series.