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Category Archives: Magic

Godsworn: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

An outcast, grieving woman finds herself balancing the weight of kingdoms — hated by her relatives, coveted by the gods, and in danger from all.  Rating: 4.75 out of 5 … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Briar Child: Princess of Thorns

An enchanted girl fights to reclaim both throne and family, torn by conflicting desires and loyalties, even as she begins to realize that no one can truly fight alone. Rating: … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Glamour and Manners: Shades of Milk and Honey

A light, Austen-era novel of manners with a touch of magic, centering on two sisters and the struggle to find one’s way amid suitors, dowries, and deceptions.  Rating: 3 out of 5 … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Birthright Restored: Heir of Fire

Note: This is the third in an ongoing series, so spoilers lie ahead — if you haven’t started any of the books yet, see these reviews and pick up Throne … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Books I Read In 2014

It’s the start of a new year — a good time to look back on past reads and reflect on the highlights. It’s devastatingly cold here in the Northeast, so … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Clockwork Ballet: Winterspell

A bold re-imagining of The Nutcracker, this story crackles with magic and adventure, with a fair dose of deception and desire tossed into the mix. Overall rating: 3.5 out of … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Crowns and Swords: The Queen of the Tearling

A fantasy centered around an untested, exiled queen in the making, this first novel has an engaging narrative and some strong elements. Don’t be fooled, though: it’s not The Hunger Games … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Knives and Shadows: Death Sworn

Ileni never expected to die this way. We meet her walking underground, entering a cave of assassins, readying herself for the inevitable. Because this is where her people have sent … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dreams and Mirrors: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

[WARNING: This review is for the third of a series, and contains spoilers for previous works. If you haven’t read The Raven Boys or The Dream Thieves yet… you should … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Blood and Witches: Half Bad

When we first meet Nathan, he’s introducing us to his cage. The shackles hurt, but the animal skins on the floor are nice. Surroundings are picturesque, outside the bars: mountains … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment