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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POSITIVE’s post apocalyptic America is a scary place: walled cities that are barely surviving, a terrifying death cult moving in from the west, and endless stretches of open road with zombies at every turn. It’s a wild, wild ride.
Finnegan is exiled from New York at 18, but he still feels very much like a child. He is a second-generation survivor, and he doesn’t understand why the first-generation are so quick to panic. When he is thrust from the relative safety of Manhattan island into the wilds, he has a steep learning curve to deal with. I loved how little things showed how sheltered he was: thinking Ohio is two hours away from Manhattan, not understanding family pictures, and more. As he meets people, more nasty than good, he quickly learns how difficult it is to survive after the world has ended.
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?
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.
What more could you want in a main character? A skilled female blacksmith, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, and she wears Doc Martens. Along with a great main character there is a great story inBLACK BLADE BLUES filled with Norse mythology, dragons, and ancient swords reforged.
In DEAD HEAT, Patricia Briggs’ takes us back into her world of werewolves and shapeshifters, fae and elementals, humans and the mortal dangers that come when cultures collide.
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.
I’m at a loss for words here, since I have no idea how to fully convey how much I loved THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY. This is a book I read in its entirety in one sitting, and though Shearin has long been on my auto-buy list, if she hadn’t been, this book would have made me add her. It was basically perfect for me, in every way – with sarcastic Makenna, her delicious partner Ian, constant action that starts in the first chapter, and a little unresolved sexual tension to keep everybody on their toes.
When I finished with TAINTED BLOOD, all I could think was “Brennan did it again!” TAINTED BLOOD is that spectacular combination of great characters, action, and sexual tension that makes a reader keep flipping the pages, desperate to know what comes next.
BURN FOR ME is the Andrews writing team at their best. Complex and original world building, vivid characterization, witty banter, and sexual chemistry that extends beyond the physical.