Posts Tagged: fae

Review: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1) by Chelsea Pitcher

Review: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1) by Chelsea Pitcher

November 8, 2014 Review 0 ★★★

THE LAST CHANGELING by Chelsea Pitcher is Ordinary People-meets-Maleficent – and if that sounds like a strange combination, that’s because it is. Almost all of the information given in the blurb on the back of the book is actually kept from the reader for more than a hundred pages, and Elora’s motives for attending a human high school are extremely vague. Instead of a faerie war, we mostly get Taylor’s still-fresh grief over losing his younger brother and the torment of his high school. Elora’s ‘otherness’ (not to mention otherworldly beauty) gives Taylor something to focus on aside from his family’s pain, but it’s a long time before the reader gets to know her endgame.

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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.

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Review: Wickedly Dangerous (Baba Yaga, #1) by Deborah Blake

Review: Wickedly Dangerous (Baba Yaga, #1) by Deborah Blake

September 5, 2014 Review 1 ★★★★

The mythology of Baba Yaga portrays her as an old witch who lives in the woods in a spinning house that stands on chicken feet. She helps or hurts those who look for her based on what they do for her. I grew up reading and hearing stories of Baba Yaga so it was great to see a book that could effectively ‘modernize’ Baba Yaga and still keep the essence of who she is and what she does for people. I liked how the Baba Yaga mythology is added to with Barbara Yagar acting as a guardian between the human and the Otherworld where the fairies live.

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Review: The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

Review: The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

August 30, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★

This is one of those times I have to step back from a book that had me chair-dancing in glee and not rate it based on the end-of-book squeeage I felt, but to search for a little objectivity in my review. Reaction alone, this would be a five plus. Plus a few more.

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Review: Shadows & Dreams (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #2) by Alexis Hall

Review: Shadows & Dreams (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #2) by Alexis Hall

June 23, 2014 Review 2 ★★★

Kate Kane is the epitome of my mental image of a noir detective – smoking, drinking, and always quick with the sarcastic quip. That alone is one of the reasons this series is so enjoyable. However, a few personality traits of one main character can’t hold up an entire book, and while we’ve got an interesting plot and side characters, along with some great writing, there were some unfortunate flaws that took away from my enjoyment of SHADOWS & DREAMS.

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Review: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

Review: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

June 21, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★

Short stories are a difficult form to master in any case, but when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, the author has an even tougher challenge: building an entire world in just a few pages. As with any short-story collection featuring multiple authors, some of the contributions to MAGIC CITY: RECENT SPELLS, edited by Paula Guran, are more successful than others. Ultimately, I think the anthology does a great job of showcasing many different interpretations of ‘urban fantasy’ and gives readers the chance to discover something new.

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Review: Ever Mine (Dragon Lore #2) by Eden Ashe

Review: Ever Mine (Dragon Lore #2) by Eden Ashe

June 7, 2014 Review 0 ★★★

There’s something to be said for a good novella. With so many series out there, or Long Epic Reads that, no matter how engaging, seem to go on forever without any set resolution, it’s nice to have a book you can sit down with and polish off on a rainy afternoon. It’s like the literary equivalent of a bag of chips, if you will.

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Review: The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset

Review: The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset

June 6, 2014 Review 0 ★★★

Where to start? I’ve been staring at a blinking cursor for a few minutes now, trying to figure out how to put THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS into some sort of coherent thought, but it’s not easy. It’s a pretty good parallel, now that I think about it, because that’s what I felt the entire time reading it.

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