Posts Categorized: fantasy

Endsinger: cover reveal + giveaway question

Endsinger: cover reveal + giveaway question

Ah, monkey children, you’re in for a treat today! Today we’re participating in Jay Kristoff’s cover reveal for the final book in his epic feudal Japan-inspired steampunk fantasy series The Lotus Wars. I’m a huge fan of both the books and the affable author (here’s my Stormdancer review and our hilarious interview with Buruu), so we’re excited to help unveil the fantastic artwork for Endsinger, which will be released in September 2014. Are you ready? Are you as excited as we are? Prepare to try to climb into your computer screens to get a closer look, because this beauty is GORGEOUS.     Ahhhh! Do you see the cuts on Yukiko’s determined face and the blood on her hands? What is this epic land-sky battle we see in the distance? WANT WANT WANT, I WANTS IT NOW. This goes so well with the stunning artwork of the previous two novels,… Read more »

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Strange Sweet Song: Review

Strange Sweet Song: Review

A wish granting feral space cat. This book has one. I kind of just want to leave that there and walk away. Seriously, do you need to know more?! Okay, okay fine. Were you like me? Did you take one look at the synopsis, see that the main character’s name is Sing, and that she…sings? Did you think this book must therefore be senselessly silly? If you were like me I have good news for you: you tragically underestimated Strange Sweet Song. Yes, Sing is a very silly name and especially for a singer. This is true. It should console you to know that Sing herself hates it as well. Her parents were celebrities in the classical music world. Think of it as an unfortunate celebrity baby name. It is a part of her prison. A command, and a  constant reminder of the shadow of her famous parents from under… Read more »

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Stolen Songbird: Review

Stolen Songbird: Review

This is a beautifully written book, with strong characterization, a beautifully eerie and atmospheric fantasy world, and an interesting political climate to explore. And yet, I thought its heart skipped a beat or two. The world building is solid and engaging. I felt wholly transported to this silvery, dark world. A place of shadow with a only a sliver of the sun or the moon ever reaching it. Even the small portion of the book spent Earth-side has a clear and vibrant brightness to it, a cheery farm town feel. I did find I kept getting distracted by the name of the world: Trollus. I kept seeing “Troll us” and asking myself, “Is the author trying to…troll us?!” I think a little bit, yeah? The tone and mood are similarly matched to the dark and magical feel of Trollus. There is a sumptuousness to this world full of stylish grace, courtly manners,… Read more »

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The Goblin Emperor: Review

The Goblin Emperor: Review

What an intriguing and refreshing surprise this book was! I was hoping I would find a story special and worthy enough to be reviewed on my birthday and I succeeded. Steampunk, feminist elves (and goblin) for the win! This is not a fast paced, action adventure fantasy. There is no strong magical aspect. Rather, it is a fascinating character study, a meditation on subtle court politics and intrigue, and an examination of the relationships that make it all worthwhile. Much like the intricate clockwork in the story, the book itself is one of many details and pieces, some interconnected, some working separately but contributing their own importance, and all ticking steadily on to bring us one truly complex and captivating tale. First off, I will say that there is some adjustment needed to the language used. At the back of the book is a guide to the pronunciations and naming… Read more »

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The Nethergrim: review

The Nethergrim: review

The Nethergrim is an enjoyable middle-grade fantasy by first time author Matthew Jobin. It tells of the adventure of three outsiders: Edmund, the son of an innkeeper, who spends what little money he saves on books of spells, legends, and histories; Katherine, the daughter and only child of the Lord’s master of horses, who should be learning how to be a lady but instead is riding horses and wielding swords; and Tom, an orphan slave, who serves as shepherd to an abusive farmer. They live in Moorvale, a village akin to one you might find in the medieval times. It’s all very primeval and gothic. Mysterious things have been happening: lost animals, missing children, and whispers of an old terrifying tale more suppressed than forgotten. You see, the town of Moorvale owes its existence to three heroes: Tristan, the greatest knight that ever lived; Vithric, the greatest wizard that ever… Read more »

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Dorothy Must Die: review

Dorothy Must Die: review

Well, color me surprised! These riffs on classic stories can go either way, but it turns out that Dorothy Must Die is an awesomely skewed Oz. There’s plenty to enjoy for all lovers of fairy tale-type fantasy whether you’re familiar with the books or film. Those who love the original stories will appreciate the nods to all the Oz inspirations, including a rescue from a pole, unsettling statues, a protective kiss, eye trauma, chamber maid disguises, and so on. Personally, I’d always thought Dorothy should have clicked her heels together and wished for something better than a trip back to Nowheresville. “You only heard half the story. She did go home,” Indigo said. “Turns out, home wasn’t so great after all…one way or another, when Dorothy got here, that’s when all the problems started.” But while Dorothy Gale found that there was merely a man behind the wizard, Amy Gumm… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: Magic and Chills Edition + Giveaway

Mini Reviews: Magic and Chills Edition + Giveaway

Today I’m taking a look at three books, two fantasy and one thriller, all featuring female leads ranging the badass spectrum from “totally” to “eh, not really.” One of them is also one of my favorite reads of 2013 and we’re giving away a finished paperback! Two of these covers are so summery and fantastical and leave me just longing for warmer weather. Even though it’s spring, the cold weather is hanging on here in Philly; it snowed just a few days ago! Coincidentally, I didn’t like the snowy covered book nearly as much as the pretty fantasy books. Let’s see what happened.  Title: A Snicker of Magic  Author: Natalie Lloyd  Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars  Release Date: February 25, 2014  Publisher: Scholastic Press  Age Group: MG  Source: Advance copy provided by the publisher  A Snicker of Magic is such a charming and delightfully Southern little story. The enchantingly named Felicity  Pickle is on a quest… Read more »

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