Posts Categorized: mini reviews

Mini Reviews: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Round Up

Mini Reviews: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Round Up

Here we have three entries that show just how varied fantasy novels can be. There’s a historical, paranormal fantasy, a fantasy romantic comedy, and a graphic novel that is part steampunk, part epic fantasy. Let’s take a look!              Title: These Vicious Masks Author: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Release Date: February 9, 2016 Publisher: Swoon Reads Age Group: YA Source: Borrowed I’m so glad I read this absorbing paranormal historical story set in Victorian London. If you typically enjoy books placed in this setting, These Vicious Masks will not disappoint. There are all the usual trappings: young heroine who defies Society and its restrictive gender roles, a dashing gentleman (or two), and a paranormal mystery/quest driving its heart. Evelyn is our sassy, independent MC on a quest to save her gentle, kind-hearted sister from the hands of a devious mad scientist bent… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: Magonia, Rook, and The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Guide

Mini Reviews: Magonia, Rook, and The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Guide

I have a nice little round up of April releases for you today! I think most of these have flown under the radar so far so I’m happy to shed a little spotlight here. We’ve got a dystopian (but sort of historical–you’ll see), a beautifully creative fantasy, and a science fiction-light romp that had me in stitches. Let’s dive in!     Title: Rook Author: Sharon Cameron Rating: 3 stars This is one of those times where I fear I just couldn’t connect with a book not through any fault of its own, but because I just wasn’t really in the mood at the time. I saw this initially billed as a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and while the threads of relation are definitely there, this is mostly an original story. In a dystopian future, Sophia spends her days as an English gentlewoman, but in her spare time is a daring rebel… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: The Cure for Dreaming and Made for You

Mini Reviews: The Cure for Dreaming and Made for You

You know what, I put off too many mini reviews because I dread formatting them prettily or want to tie them together for a theme. Which is silly, so today’s the start of more casually structured mini reviews, which I think will still be useful even if they aren’t perfect! Today’s pairing actually does have a theme, though–both stories combine paranormal with suspense, and while I rated them both the same, I definitely thought one succeeded in what it set out to do more than the other. Title: The Cure for Dreaming Author: Cat Winters Rating: 3.5 stars Olivia Mead is fighting for women’s rights in the early 1900s–not an easy task when her father has her hypnotized in the hopes it will make her more obedient. What ends up happening is that she is somehow able to see the “truth” of what everyone’s character is, but unable to speak… Read more »

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Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies! Well, I’m off being a very busy bee at BEA currently (Are you also here? Do say hello!). But I have an exciting international (!!!) giveaway today for one of the most hyped Spring 2014 releases! Let’s take a look at my thoughts: This book was such a surprisingly light read. I was expecting a dark, fantasy epic based on the cover and description, but this one reads much more like MG, and a very light MG at that. For instance, there were a fair amount of puns and lingo that I thought veered toward the very silly. Currency is “currensea” and  a girlfriend is a “merlfriend.” Candies are “bing-bangs” and “zee-zees.” I think your mileage on this book will definitely depend a good amount on your tolerance for this. Mine was not very high. I do appreciate the obvious thought and depth that Donnelly put into the worldbuilding, but it read… 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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Mini Reviews: White Lines, Strands of Bronze and Gold, Breathless + free novella!

Mini Reviews: White Lines, Strands of Bronze and Gold, Breathless + free novella!

Today’s mini reviews are for books that surprised me in different ways, mostly because the stories or characters weren’t quite what I thought they would be. Sometimes that can be a very good thing. —————————————— Title: White LinesAuthor: Jennifer BanashRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: April 4, 2013Publisher: Putnam JuvenileAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher White Lines by Jennifer Banash isn’t the sort of novel that I would normally be attracted to, so I am really glad that a copy landed on my doorstep. 17-year-old Cat is living a teenager’s dream in the 1980s–she has her own apartment in New York City, which is bankrolled by her neglectful father. By day, she is a fragile creature struggling with infrequent visits from her abusive mother. By night, she loses herself in the frenzied, glittering world of the club scene, where she fends off skeevy characters and succumbs to… Read more »

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