Genre: Fantasy

Book Review: The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin

Posted August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin

I’ve always like N.K. Jemisin. I’ve been a fan of her books every since I first picked up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and I really liked every book that came after that. However, I think that this book, The Shadowed Sun, has just blown way past every Jemisin-related standard  I had. This is fantasy at its best, no other way to put it. For me, this was a one-sitting read, and […]

Book Reviews: Nimona & Serafina’s Promise

Posted July 23, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Reviews: Nimona & Serafina’s Promise

I’M A SHARK! No, but seriously. You start Nimona thinking it’s going to be all hilarious and nefarious, and then it comes up and punches you in the gut. Stevenson’s artwork was cute and just weird enough to grasp the nature of the characters and the pseudo-medieval setting that the story takes place in. It’s a quick read, but touched unexpectedly on some areas regarding humanity and truth that were far from […]

Book Review: The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

Posted July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

Ned is the wrong boy. He’s the twin who should have died, and no one will let him forget it. He’s weak, can’t read, can barely speak: useless, incompetent, stupid. The wrong boy. But when bandits come in search of the magic Ned’s mother keeps in a clay pot, Ned has no choice but to act, wrong boy or no. And as author Kelly Barnhill shows over the course of […]

Book Review: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Posted May 12, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin is an extremely impressive author through sheer scale of her world-building. She has so clearly put in the time and effort, covered all her bases—it shows in every facet of her books. The world-building in The Killing Moon is even better than in her Inheritance Trilogy, with its roots in Ancient Egyptian mythology and Freud’s dream theory. Though this book was not a huge success for me, I […]

Book Review: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Posted January 11, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

I was pretty anxious to see what would happen in Infinite, this final installment in a trilogy that completely took me by surprise and brought me on a wonderful, exciting fictional ride. The knowledge that I wouldn’t be able to follow along with any more of Ana’s adventures after this book was kind of disappointing, though at the same time, I think Jodi Meadows managed to settle everything quite satisfactorily, […]

Book Review: Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

Posted January 10, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

The world of Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul trilogy is one of the most creative and captivating settings I’ve encountered, and I was more than anticipating this chance to go back to the beginning and see what happened (and what went wrong). Phoenix Overture most certainly didn’t disappoint. Everything ended with death. Death claimed entire civilizations, leaving wastelands and ruins, forever stretches of destruction and darkness. Death claimed memories, the knowledge of […]

Book Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Posted January 9, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

“You are beautiful.” His hands rested on my knees. “And wiser than anyone has given you credit for. The world does need you, Ana. You challenge us, make people think and open their eyes to the truths that we’ve been ignoring for too long. Sometimes I’m so aware of how close the world came to not having you at all, and it terrifies me. Our immortality is not without a […]

Book Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Posted January 8, 2015 // 10 Comments
Book Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I have not for a very, very long time, felt an instant connection with a character or her story the way I did with Ana in Incarnate. This book made a wonderful, gripping first impression, with the best introduction to a conflict, setting, and protagonist I’ve encountered in a long time. The first five chapters of this book are phenomenal, and what comes after, while not quite of the same […]

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Posted August 27, 2014 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni is a melding of literary fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy; it rather defies being shoehorned into any one genre. Wecker’s debut novel is inventive, atmospheric, and richly nuanced. I didn’t find it to be a faultless novel, but it came close. Set in Gilded Age New York city, the book follows the unlikely existences of a Syrian jinni and a Polish golem, both of whom […]

Book Review: The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin

Posted July 11, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin

This final installment in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy is, like its predecessors, well-worth reading. The author’s world-building is inventive, her storytelling is always engaging, and her writing is fast-paced and easy to become immersed in. Overall, The Kingdom of the Gods was a highly satisfying fantasy novel. Though this book is quite a bit longer than the other two books in the trilogy, I didn’t feel that it was needlessly […]

Book Review: The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Posted May 23, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

This companion novel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is, overall, probably a much better attempt on Jemisin’s part. I felt that she’s matured in her craft from one book to the next, and as a result, The Broken Kingdoms is a very strong novel. Beginning about ten years after the close of the first book, The Broken Kingdoms tells the story of a blind young woman who paints and sees […]

Book Review: The Chronicle of Secret Riven by Ronlyn Domingue

Posted May 19, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Chronicle of Secret Riven by Ronlyn Domingue

Seeing that The Mapmaker’s War was one of my favorite 2013 reads, I was certainly eager to read this sequel. The world and mythology of this series is excellent, and Ronlyn Domingue tells her stories in such a way that defies specific categorization. The Chronicle of Secret Riven didn’t quite live up to the first book, but it was still a good story. This book takes place 1,000 years after […]