Genre: Fantasy

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Review: Raven Flight (Shadowfell #2) by Juliet Marillier

Review: Raven Flight (Shadowfell #2) by Juliet Marillier

July 12, 2013 Review 1

While my initial impression of the Shadowfell series was anticipation, the advent of a rousing adventure in a new and interesting fantasy world, my excitement has dwindled and fizzled under the slow plodding of RAVEN FLIGHT. I appreciated the technical message behind this book, the way Neryn developed her powers in particular, but very little of the actual plot was able to hold my attention.

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5bat! Review: Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott

5bat! Review: Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott

June 27, 2013 Review 1

If prior books established this intricate, fascinating world, COLD STEEL is all about Cat and Vai living in it. Revolution convulses the land and the politics of their world is as much of a concern as the magic swirling around them. Cat continues to explore her heritage, Vai struggles to find a future, and together they work through obstacles and compromises that may offer hope of happiness.

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Early Review: Neptune’s Tears (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

Early Review: Neptune’s Tears (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

June 23, 2013 Review 0

NEPTUNE’S TEARS was a delightful start to the Timedance series. With a multi-faceted main character, and a sweet romance, I was engaged through all of its twists and turns and I almost felt like it ended too quickly. In a landscape littered with dystopian futuristic stories, NEPTUNE’S TEARS stands out as a book telling a fantastical future story that feels a lot closer to reality than some.

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Early 5bat! Review: Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler

Early 5bat! Review: Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler

June 15, 2013 Review 4

SEA CHANGE takes the alien brutality of Grimm’s tales, washes them smooth and small with the hush of the sea, and transmutes the familiar pieces of magic and friendship, villainy and madness, love and happily ever after into something altogether new. Haunting, heart wrenching, and beautiful, SEA CHANGE is a book I won’t soon forget… or entirely understand.

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Review: Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx #2) by Jill Archer

Review: Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx #2) by Jill Archer

June 6, 2013 Review 3

With its very original post-apocalyptic setting and a fascinating main character, I had hoped FIERY EDGE OF STEEL would be better than it turned out. Sadly, this second book in the Noon Onyx series fell flat with a very slow beginning and poor world building.

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Early Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Early Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

May 30, 2013 Review 0

Richelle Mead has proven herself to be a fantastically creative author time and again writing impossible love stories, dynamic characters, and sweepingly epic stories. But GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS, which promised to deliver Mead’s trademark excellence, fell so completely flat and tedious that I can hardly believe it’s the same author.

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Review: Towering by Alex Flinn

Review: Towering by Alex Flinn

May 18, 2013 Review 5

As a person who has enjoyed fairy tale retellings my entire life, I was looking forward to TOWERING. I was curious how Flinn would retell the story of a girl who lived in a tower in a modern day setting. It seemed like quite the challenge. Unfortunately, it ended up being a completely implausible and awkwardly written story that was very disappointing.

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5bat! Review: Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages #1) by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr

5bat! Review: Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages #1) by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr

May 12, 2013 Review 2

I’ve read quite a lot of popular, YA fantasy over the years. Anything my younger sister likes, I pick up and read along. Some of these collaborations have been great (she gets credit for Harry Potter, to be sure). Some have been disappointments… either too juvenile or too derivative to hold my attention. I approached LOKI’S WOLVES holding my breath, hoping not to find a Norse Percy Jackson, and within one chapter, all my fears were allayed.

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