22/30 Book Review: Thick as Thieves

thieves.jpgThick as Thieves
Megan Whalen Turner


Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. Set in the world of the Queen’s Thief, this epic adventure sees an ordinary hero take on an extraordinary mission.

A Warning

I’m a raving fan of the Queen’s Thief books. I read all four in a breathless rush several summers ago and I’ve since Continue reading

17/30 Book Review: Hunted

Meagan Spooner
YA fantasy

Plot Summary

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin, or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


Spooner hooked a lot of people (including me) on the dedications page Continue reading

6/30: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

If you follow me on Twitter, it’s no secret that I love Victoria Schwab. Her writing is poetic, with each phrase carefully crafted. The story is always elegantly woven, complete in millions of intricate connections. And her books are beautifully dark, almost always exploring themes of monsters and what it means to be human. (Apparently she has a Master’s degree in monsters or something.)

But I’ve never posted a review of her books on the blog. Time to remedy that! My most recent Schwab read:

V.E. Schwab

Place in Schwab Canon

Vicious is one of Victoria’s middle books. Published in 2013, it precedes the better-known Monsters of Verity Duology (Our Dark Duet coming soon!) and Shades of Magic trilogy. Vicious was originally published as a stand-alone, although Victoria had hopes and plans for further books. A second book, Vengeful is projected for 2018 publication. At an event, Schwab mentioned that she wants to make her readers sympathize with Eli (the “villain” of Vicious).

Plot Summary via Wikipedia

Victor and Eli begin as college roommates and discover that near-death experiences, under the right conditions, can create superhuman abilities. When Victor tries to create his abilities, he accidentally kills Eli’s girlfriend. Eli begins to believe that all those with power are evil and starts a crusade to kill them. Continue reading

Book Review: The True Bride and the Shoemaker

true bride
Title: The True Bride and the Shoemaker
Author: L. Palmer
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Pippington Tales, Volume 1

A few weeks ago I had the joy of reading a book by another blogger, the awesome L. Palmer. I read True Bride partially because a blogger I follow wrote it, but also because I’m a total sucker for adapting well-known tales. So here we go!

Plot Summary

I usually write my own plot summaries, but it’s my least favorite thing to do, so:

“There is magic in the streets of Pippington, but most people are too busy to notice.

Shoemaker Peter Talbot needs a little magic. Cheap, factory made, shoes are putting him out of business, his nagging sisters will never let him rest, and his efforts to find true love are constantly thwarted by Continue reading

Book Review: Battle Magic

battle magicTitle: Battle Magic
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: Fantasy/YA 

I loved Pierce’s Beka Cooper trilogy, so I was excited to pick up her most recent book, Battle Magic. Not long into the book, I began to wonder if it was part of a series, but couldn’t find any indication on the cover that it was. Afterwards, I did some research and discovered that it’s a continuation of other Pierce books in the Circle universe. So now I need to read those.

Plot Summary

Have I mentioned that I hate plot summaries? I love going in not knowing anything. So the summaries I write are a bit skimpy. Anyway…

Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy are three mages who are traveling in the East, visiting various realms and learning from other magicians. But they end up caught in a massive war and have to choose their allegiances.


The characters in this book are well-developed. I found them especially interesting not having the background of previous Circle books (apparently Rosethorn and Briar feature heavily in the earlier series). Continue reading

Book Review: Pegasus

pegasus_cover1Book: Pegasus
Author: Robin McKinley
Length: 404 pages
Genre: Fantasy

I was hooked from the moment I saw this new Robin McKinley book on the library shelf. McKinley has been a favorite of mine since elementary school. One of her early books, The Hero and the Crownis a Newberry Award winner. I’m also a major fan of The Blue Sword, Beauty, and Outlaws of Sherwood. However, it’s been a very long time since I read those.

But I saw a new McKinley book of the library shelf and it caught my eye. Partly because it was McKinley, as I’ve explained, but also because of the title. Pegasus. I’m a sucker for fairytales, legends, mythologies, anything in the realm of lore. It did not disappoint. Continue reading