Genre: Fantasy


Review: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

Review: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

October 14, 2014 Review 1 ★★★★

Though the world of SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch is a bit uninspired in its construction, Raasch more than makes up for kingdoms named after seasons and capital cities named for misspelled calendar months with Meira and the other refugees of the Kingdom of Winter. An aspiring soldier, desperate to be important to her people and her lost homeland, sixteen-year-old Meira struggles with being kept off the battlefield and forced into a world of political machinations. She’s a pawn, she’s a symbol, she’s a hero – much like THE HUNGER GAMES Katniss, all Meira really knows is that she wants to survive. That, and she’s in love with her best friend, the once and future king.



Review: Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

Review: Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

October 5, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

CROWN OF ICE offers so much more than just the tale of The Snow Queen with a change of perspective. A solid YA adventure with teenagers who learn so much about themselves, and each other. Even the expected happily ever after offers believable surprises that underscore the maturity and independence they each have gained.


Review: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Review: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

October 2, 2014 Review 1 ★★★★

It’s hard to be anything but seduced by the magical beauty of the WINTERSPELL cover. Luckily, the story that Legrand crafts has a magical beauty to match. Clara’s journey through Cane, coming into powers she didn’t know she had, her quest to save her father, and the delicate romance between her and Nicholas are all fascinating parts of this fairy tale.


Review: Generation 18 (Spook Squad, #2) by Keri Arthur

Review: Generation 18 (Spook Squad, #2) by Keri Arthur

September 26, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

GENERATION 18 is the middle book in the Spook Squad series and it valiantly escapes the classic second book syndrome of not living up to the expectations of the previous book and being a dull set up to the expected major events of the third and last book. Its exciting, fun, and attention grabbing with mysteries wrapped around yet more mystery.


Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

September 23, 2014 Review 5 ★★

SALT & STORM sounded so good, but unfortunately, the description and the book don’t actually match up, and not for the better. With a whiney heroine, strong deviation from a typical romance plotline, and some frustrating questions left unanswered, SALT & STORM isn’t a book I’ll be revisiting.



Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

September 20, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★

When a wicked bishop starts a witch hunt in Bavaria, orphan Rune finds herself targeted – but unlike most of the so-called witches caught in the net of hysteria, Rune really does have powers, and a reason to fear for her life. She also has an ally in the son of the local magistrate (called the Electorate), after he nearly tramples her with his horse. What follows in FOREST OF WHISPERS by Jennifer Murgia is a young adult romance, but, more importantly, a story about confronting the past, accepting where you come from, and embracing your strength.


Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

September 9, 2014 Review 1 ★★★★

Almost like GAME OF THRONES for the young adult set, HEIR OF FIRE follows assassin Celaena, captain Chaol, prince Dorian, healer Sorscha, and witch Manon. With all those characters, one may be concerned about getting lost. But though it started out slow, HEIR OF FIRE delivers plenty of the typical Maas action, plot twists and betrayals, leaving me holding my breath through at least the last four chapters.


Review: The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Review: The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

August 31, 2014 Review 2 ★★★

While fun, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS was an action packed smorgasbord of a novel, full of random plot arcs and frequently undeveloped characters. It was as if the authors didn’t know what they wanted to write – fantasy, romance, adventure – and tried to smash everything into one book. Though fast paced and never boring, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS nevertheless suffered for it.