Book Review

Fire

I like Fire a lot more than Katsa from Graceling, which is saying a lot. Fire has so much more inner turmoil. She’s fascinating, and her relationship with her father is fascinating, and the depth and power in her are frightening and awesome to see.This story takes place before the events of Graceling, chronologically. I… Continue reading Fire

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Book Review

Graceling

This is one of those books that I keep around to re-read every so often. It’s such a delightful fantasy, with a female protagonist who is capable, interesting, and ultimately isn’t scared to ask for what she wants.I really enjoy the Graceling Realm books. Kristin Cashore knows what she’s doing, and her books are easy… Continue reading Graceling

Book Review

The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin is a brilliant writer, and I can’t get enough of her novels. Still, I feel like I should offer a trigger warning every time I suggest this book to someone. I’ve flat-out told my husband not to read it—and that makes me really sad, because it means he’s missing out on some… Continue reading The Fifth Season

Book Review

Angels & Demons

I remember really enjoying this book when I first read it. I liked the fast pace, the all-or-nothing drama of the mystery that needs to be solved. Scholars saving the day is always a fun trope—Indiana Jones is awesome, after all, and I LOVE The Librarian movies. Now that I’m older, I got pretty annoyed… Continue reading Angels & Demons

Book Review

A Torch Against the Night

Second books in a trilogy are sometimes lackluster. NOT SO WITH THIS BOOK. It doesn’t feel like a bridge between books one and three at all. This feels like an action-packed amazing continuation and escalation of the original story. Elias and Laia and Helene—they are such beautifully-wrought characters. I can’t get enough of Elias and… Continue reading A Torch Against the Night

Book Review

The Da Vinci Code

There are a lot of people out there that love this series, and there’s something to be said for the pacing, the way the puzzles fit into each other, the subject matter that is accessible but complex enough to make readers feel smart as they follow along. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this… Continue reading The Da Vinci Code

Book Review

Silence Fallen

I’ll start with the same disclaimer I always start with when I review Mercy Thompson books…if you haven’t already read all the previous ones, go do that. You start with Moon Called, and then work your way through. After you’ve finished up to Fire Touched, you can come read this. 🙂 Silence Fallen, the newest… Continue reading Silence Fallen

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Frost Burned

I absolutely love the way this book starts out. Mercy and Jesse are out shopping on Black Friday. So mundane, so human. Then Jesse says something interesting and…things really take off. The acceleration is insane in this seventh book of the series. As ever, if you haven’t read the others in the series, go read… Continue reading Frost Burned

Book Review

River Marked

Only Mercy Thompson could go on her honeymoon and encounter a friggin RIVER DEVIL bent on seducing all humans to their deaths by drowning, dismemberment, or mind-controlled thrall-ness. Damn. If you haven’t read the other books in this series yet, get the hell out of this review and go read them. Seriously. Spoilers ahead, and… Continue reading River Marked

Book Review

Silver Borne

This fifth installment of the Mercy Thompson books is a must-read for Mercy fans—especially those who love Samuel. I’m not saying I wanted Mercy and Sam to be together. Really, I’m not. It’s just that Samuel is so much more interesting than Adam. I’m not really drawn to the tortured, I’m-a-werewolf-therefore-I’m-a-hideous-and-irredeemable-monster type guys. I’d go… Continue reading Silver Borne