Genre: Fantasy

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5bat! Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

5bat! Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

May 22, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★★

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.

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Review: The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M.J. Scott

Review: The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M.J. Scott

May 11, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

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.

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Review:  The Diamond Conspiracy (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #4) by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

Review: The Diamond Conspiracy (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #4) by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

March 30, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

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.

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5bat! Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

5bat! Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

March 27, 2015 Review 2 ★★★★★

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.

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Review: Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1) by Gail Carriger

Review: Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1) by Gail Carriger

March 17, 2015 Review 2 ★★★★

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.

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Review:  Wicked Dark Dragon (Dragon Heat, #3) by Lolita Lopez

Review: Wicked Dark Dragon (Dragon Heat, #3) by Lolita Lopez

March 13, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

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.

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5bat! Audiobook Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur (The Pillars of Reality #2) by Jack Campbell

5bat! Audiobook Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur (The Pillars of Reality #2) by Jack Campbell

February 19, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★★

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.

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