Bursts of Fire

Bursts of Fire has so much going for it. Magic! Sisters! Political intrigue! But... To survive. To fight. To restore balance.The Falkyn sisters bear a burden and a legacy. Their mother, the imperial magiel of the kingdom of Orumon, protects her people from the horrors of the afterlife by calling upon the Gods with a … Continue reading Bursts of Fire

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Wicked Fox

Ripe with K-Drama level of feels and a rich fantasy woven through, Wicked Fox is a delight from start to finish. A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe … Continue reading Wicked Fox

Freeks

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Furyborn

But pick up Furyborn immediately. Right now. Pick up this beautiful, magical book and read it. I'll wait.

The Waking Forest

A dark, mysterious forest. A witch that grants wishes, a girl with nightmarish visions. I was intrigued and hopeful for The Waking Forest. And while some of the prose was beautiful, it quickly grew out of hand. The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very … Continue reading The Waking Forest

The Abyss Surrounds Us

If there's anything that can be said for me, is that I love my fiction to have a hearty dosage of pirates. And queer girls. And queer pirate girls. The Abyss Surrounds Us is that, and more. So much more.For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training … Continue reading The Abyss Surrounds Us

The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep was a creepy story with rich world building, beautiful language and amazing imagery. That, and the cover is amazing and so sparkly. I just need it on my shelves at all time, illuminated by a little spot light. But--there were plenty of issues too.Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to … Continue reading The Wicked Deep

The Everlasting Rose ★★☆☆☆

The fact that I couldn't get past the first chapter is awfully telling... Which is a shame, since I loved The Belles and was beyond excited for the release of The Everlasting Rose--I even pre-ordered it before I was approved to review it! But, sometimes, the second one just isn't as good as the first. … Continue reading The Everlasting Rose ★★☆☆☆

The Gilded Wolves – ★★★☆☆

A heist, a band of misfits, a stolen inheritance and Bond-levels of gadgets. What's not to love about The Gilded Wolves? Well... From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...No one believes in them. But soon … Continue reading The Gilded Wolves – ★★★☆☆

Bloodwitch ★★★★★

It is no secret how much I love Susan Dennard's Witchlands series. I fell head over heels in love with Truthwitch and even more so with Windwitch and Sightwitch. And then when I found out I won an ARC of Bloodwitch from BookishFirst a few weeks ago? Tears. Instant happy tears. And, y'all, I could NOT put … Continue reading Bloodwitch ★★★★★

The Brilliant Death ★★★★☆

A stunning, violent fantasy with beautiful writing and amazing queer characters that made me fall in love with them immediately. The Brilliant Death was one of my most anticipated 2018 reads, and it spot on the Favorites shelf is well-earned. For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that … Continue reading The Brilliant Death ★★★★☆

Toil & Trouble ★★★★☆

An incredibly beautiful and diverse anthology about witches, women, love and mischief. With stories that ranged from modern-day to historical to magical realism, there's a little something for everyone in Toil & Trouble. A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, … Continue reading Toil & Trouble ★★★★☆

5 Star Quotes: Furyborn

Furyborn ★★★★★

I was PUMPED when I was approved for a review copy of Furyborn late last year. It was one of my top anticipated YA Fantasies of 2018. I loved the concept, the cover was gorgeous (why am I such a shallow reader? I love shiny covers) and I'd been following Clare Legrand for some time on … Continue reading Furyborn ★★★★★

5 Star Quotes: Labyrinth Lost

The Girl and The Grove ★★★☆☆

There was a lot I was expecting from The Girl and The Grove and everything that I wanted didn't really come out. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts where I just had to put the book down. This one was a DNF from me. Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around … Continue reading The Girl and The Grove ★★★☆☆

The Wicked Deep ★★★★☆

The Wicked Deep was a creepy story with rich world building, beautiful language and amazing imagery. That, and the cover is amazing and so sparkly. I just need it on my shelves at all time, illuminated by a little spot light. But--there were plenty of issues too. Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced … Continue reading The Wicked Deep ★★★★☆

Ash Princess ★★★☆☆½

A princess kept captive, ready to take back her kingdom, a smart girl lying in wait to snap at her abusers, a hidden power waiting to be unleashed. Theodosia was meant to be all of this, but Ash Princess just fell short. Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was … Continue reading Ash Princess ★★★☆☆½

Inkmistress ★★★☆☆

I wanted to love Inkmistress. I wanted to so hard; I knew it was a prequel-companion type to Of Fire and Stars, which I hadn't read yet but c'mon, queer ladies! I got about halfway through the book before I just had to put it down... Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to … Continue reading Inkmistress ★★★☆☆

5 Star Quotes: Sightwitch

Sightwitch ★★★★★

It's no secret that I love a good fantasy book, and Susan Dennard sure knows how to write one. Sightwitch has catapulted to the top of my fave books of 2018 list and I have a feeling it's going to stay there for a while. From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in … Continue reading Sightwitch ★★★★★

The Belles ★★★★☆

Let me just say, The Belles made me so damn hungry. Hungry for snacks and hungry for more story. It was SO. DAMN. GOOD. Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are … Continue reading The Belles ★★★★☆

Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆

There are two things you, dear booknerds, should have gathered about me if you listen to our late-night podcast: one, I'm a lover of all things fantasy and two, queer books are my absolute faves. But Reign of the Fallen fell short of my expectations despite being an awesome queer necromancer fantasy. Odessa is one of … Continue reading Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆

Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆

I was really excited for this one. I'd read Amanda Hocking's Freeks and enjoyed it, but Between the Blade and the Heart just sort of... didn't work for me. Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆

Girls Made of Snow and Glass ★★☆☆☆

I had hoped, more than anything, that I would love Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I was promised a feminist f/f fairy tale retelling, but all I got was a slow, dull book where the LGBT+ themes took a backseat to...whatever the hell was happening. I really really wanted to like this book. But I had … Continue reading Girls Made of Snow and Glass ★★☆☆☆

Waiting on Wednesday #8

A Reaper at the Gates Publication Date: April 10th, 2018 Pre-order it here! Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #8

Mask of Shadows – ★★★★☆

Pre-order it here! Mysterious and tense, Mask of Shadows delivered on almost every promise it had given. I was pulled in by the characters and Linsey Miller’s writing was thrilling and poetic. Plus the representation of genderfluid and other queer identities was everything that fantasy books have been missing. And yet… I Needed to Win. … Continue reading Mask of Shadows – ★★★★☆

Witchtown ★★★☆☆

A mother-daughter witch duo that pulls heists as they travel across the continent seems like it would have been exciting, magical and engrossing. Instead, Witchtown was slow, vague and a bit of a let down. When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only … Continue reading Witchtown ★★★☆☆

The Best Kind of Magic ★★★½☆☆

A cute premise with great potential that was squandered by a forgettable character voice and boring writing. Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery … Continue reading The Best Kind of Magic ★★★½☆☆

Blood Rose Rebellion ★★☆☆☆

It's no lie that I'm a lover of all things fantasy; give me a book about magic and I'll instantly add it to my TBR pile. But sometimes, among the diamonds, I'll just find shiny bits of broken glass. And Blood Rose Rebellion certainly falls into the "glass" territory. The thrilling first book in a YA … Continue reading Blood Rose Rebellion ★★☆☆☆

The Magician’s Workshop ★★☆☆☆

The Magician's Workshop started with an interesting concept: magic that can make illusions from one's own imagination, a girl who wants to make beautiful things but can only make monsters, and a boy who wants to have fun but is an outcast in his own town. But it turned sour pretty quickly. I wanted to like The Magician's … Continue reading The Magician’s Workshop ★★☆☆☆

Scythe ★★☆☆☆

Neal Shusterman's Scythe is a tale of humans conquering death, and taking the matter of population control into the hands of the scythes, a group of men and women entrusted with the power of permanent death. I've always been a fan of Shusterman's work--I loved his Unwind series and Everlost--but Scythe was lacking something I desperately needed in a … Continue reading Scythe ★★☆☆☆

Freeks ★★★★☆

Magic abilities, a traveling performance troupe and a monstrous secret that could kill everyone sounds like the perfect recipe for a great story. That's exactly what Amanda Hocking's Freeks delivers! Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act… Mara has always longed for a … Continue reading Freeks ★★★★☆

Truthwitch ★★★★★

Can someone love a book more than I loved Truthwitch by Susan Dennard? Can anyone love anything more than I loved that book? Probably not. I loved Truthwitch (and Susan Dennard. I nearly cried when I saw her in the hallway at BookCon Chigaco) so much. In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate … Continue reading Truthwitch ★★★★★

The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★

If there's anything that can be said for me, is that I love my fiction to have a hearty dosage of pirates. And queer girls. And queer pirate girls. The Abyss Surrounds Us is that, and more. So much more. For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner … Continue reading The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★

Akarnae ★★☆☆☆

I always thought I loved portal fantasy stories; after all, I did spend ten years writing one, but Akarnae proved that I did not love portal fantasies as much as I thought I did. Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in … Continue reading Akarnae ★★☆☆☆

The Vanishing Girl ★★☆☆☆

The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa promised to be exciting and thrilling, with adventure and teleporting girls, but it ended up being creepy and disappointing. Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s … Continue reading The Vanishing Girl ★★☆☆☆

Citadel of the Sky ★★☆☆☆

I was intrigued right away by The Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas. A fierce warrior princess setting out to defeat a great evil with a flaming sword. Sounds awesome, right? I thought so too. But things never turn out how we hope they will, do they? I got more than halfway through this book before … Continue reading Citadel of the Sky ★★☆☆☆

A Book of Spirits and Thieves ★★★☆☆

 I picked up Morgan Rhodes' A Book of Spirits and Thieves on a whim. So far, most books I've picked up on a whim have been rather disappointing (I'm looking at you, Tiger's Curse) but A Book of Spirits and Thieves was surprisingly enthralling and interesting. But the whole time, I felt like there was something missing, and I can't quite put my finger … Continue reading A Book of Spirits and Thieves ★★★☆☆

The Girl At Midnight ★★★★☆

The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey had everything I could have hoped for: danger, magic, romance. I'm not usually one who actively searches for romance in novels (as I'm more interested in the plot than most relationships; but who doesn't enjoy a little extra icing on their cupcake?) and I found myself rooting for all of the … Continue reading The Girl At Midnight ★★★★☆