Posts Categorized: fantasy

Tour Stop: In Search of Goliathus Hercules guest post + giveaway!

Tour Stop: In Search of Goliathus Hercules guest post + giveaway!

Sometimes when someone tells you about a book, you have the feeling it’s practically written for you. In Search of the Goliathus Hercules by Jennifer Angus is a Victorian middle grade fantasy about Henri Bell, a young boy who can speak to insects–which sounded tremendously exciting to me since I think insects can be quite beautiful. Added to that was the tidbit that Henri’s aunt is a button collector, and I was absolutely smitten! I had to have a look at this one immediately. This book is thoroughly charming, written in playful, friendly language with a real love and appreciation for curious minds, and it’s filled with whimsical scenes that catch the imagination. It’s the perfect, cozy book to read aloud at bedtime! We recommend this delightfully old-fashioned, intelligent book to those who love the inquisitive nature of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, the gentle, quirky humor of Roald Dahl,… Read more »

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Siege and Storm: review

Siege and Storm: review

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)Author: Leigh BardugoRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:June 4, 2013Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Age Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher “The boy and the girl…”  A beautiful beginning. Simple, intimate, yet with so much promise. I feel like this encapsulates the very vein of the book: a quiet story of the heart framed in blazing adventure. Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm has been garnering praise, and when you read it, you will understand why. Bardugo is a storyteller. She moves words across the page effortlessly as if they have been her friends all her life. She creates imagery appealing to our senses; builds tension and fervor, panic and wonder. She knows how to express a scene, as though she has planted herself right in the middle of it and shows us exactly where and how to look. She does more than tell us,… Read more »

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Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2): Cover Reveal and Giveaways!

Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2): Cover Reveal and Giveaways!

Peeps. PEEPS!  We are practically hopping with excitement over here, because today we’re participating in the official cover reveal for Kinslayer, the hotly anticipated second book in Jay Kristoff’s epic steampunk Asian fantasy series that began with Stormdancer.  The book won’t be out until this fall, but we’ve already got the US and UK/overseas covers to show you now, along with a sweet ARC giveaway. Are you read for all the awesomeness? Ta-da! Look how furious Buruu looks on the US cover! The author promised us there will be blood (heh), blood like a river, so judging by the marks on Yukiko’s face, it seems that there will be some serious conflict up ahead. I love the jade green colors, too. AND THERE IS A DRAGON. I quite like the overseas cover as well–it has a different feel to it, but it’s just as arresting with the cool blues and misty… Read more »

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Falling Kingdoms: review

Falling Kingdoms: review

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)Author: Morgan RhodesRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: December 11, 2012Publisher: RazorbillAge Group: YASource: Purchased Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy about Mytica, a continent on the verge of a war, drawing with it the fates of four young people into chaos and tragedy. The synopsis, while not entirely unique, is intriguing. It seems to promise all the staples of a good fantasy novel: heroes, princesses, politics, magic, romance, death. And all of this it delivers…on a young adult level. Morgan Rhodes’ tale tells of Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia and the destinies they are called forth to fulfill as their land teeters on the bloody edge of conflict and grapples with menacing want-to-be-kings, sly sorcerers, and an ancient magic long lost. The world building is convincing enough. The map, the descriptions, the names, they all work to compel a reader to believe. Rhodes… Read more »

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Quintana of Charyn: review + giveaway

Quintana of Charyn: review + giveaway

I keep to myself, but I find they are watching. I clench both my fists; I’ll kill them in a beat. Your words pound my brain, Froi; if they dare try to touch me, a knife to the side and a slit ear to ear. Those in my cave, they grab and they drag me. They want me to bathe, but they’ll soon know the truth. And the fear in their faces speaks loud of their awe, and I capture the crying and tell them what’s true. …and the women, they stare with fear in their hope, but it’s a hope drenched in tears, and it smothers me whole. Every time I set out to review something by Melina Marchetta, I end up staring at a blank screen wondering what I could say that could possibly do what I’ve read any justice. Quintana of Charyn is my fifth Marchetta book,… Read more »

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The Diviners: review

The Diviners: review

Title: The DivinersAuthor: Libba BrayRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 18, 2012Publisher: Little Brown BooksAge Group: YASource: ARC from publisher Let’s begin because there’s a lot to cover here, folks. The Diviners is another supernatural period piece by Libba Bray. This time her story is set in the Roaring Twenties; smack dab in the middle of a social, cultural and economic transformation for the city that never sleeps. The narrative follows multiple plots that weave together a tapestry of mystery, magic, murder, and religion. This book is beastly in its size, but it is unabashedly readable. Bottom line: this is another Bray success. Let’s start with the setting because it is a character unto itself. New York City during the Jazz Age must’ve been a sight to behold. The glamour, the attitude, the metamorphosis, all daring and dazzling. What little I know of that era, it all seems… Read more »

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The Lost Prince: review

The Lost Prince: review

The Lost Princeby Julie Kagawa Here’s what’s up: it took me about a week to read Julie Kagawa’s The Lost Prince and when I finally did finish it, I forgot I even had. This is my third-ish book by Kagawa. I’d previously read the first two of her Iron Fey series and skimmed the third. I think I can safely conclude that I am not, nor might I ever be, a fan. The Lost Prince needed much adjustments; primarily in the editing room. It’s written in first narrative but we are also given access, via italics, into Ethan’s immediate thoughts…am I missing something? It’s already first-voice. It was way too excessive. Not only were the paragraphs dreadfully long, but we also had to endure interjections of those italicized sentences. Ethan was literally talking double. When a character talks too much, their words lose validity, relevance. Weight. Language, in general, posed… Read more »

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