Book Review

Guardian of Honor

Romance reads are a guilty pleasure for me, except I don’t feel that guilty about it anymore. I love the expectations that come with the genre, and I love seeing how writers subvert or meet those expectations. It’s not my first love, when it comes to writing and reading—but a well-crafted romance can drop me… Continue reading Guardian of Honor

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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

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Goldenhand

Nix has really upped his narrative game with this one. Goldenhand came out so many years after the original books, I didn’t think he was ever going to revisit this world. Man am I glad he did. Once you start reading this book, you see why he wanted to write Clariel, too. Reading Clariel isn’t… Continue reading Goldenhand

Book Review

Abhorsen

There are some people who don’t enjoy the progression that happens in some trilogies, where the first novel is sort of the introductory conflict, the second novel deals with even bigger events like the fate of the world, and the third novel deals with the fate of the whole friggin universe. If you’re that type… Continue reading Abhorsen

Book Review

Lirael

Please excuse me while I gush about one of my favorite books ever. SO GOOD. The world you get in Sabriel is amazing and beautiful and dark and you get EVEN MORE of it in Lirael. Not to mention a protagonist who you might be able to identify with a lot more, if you’re anything… Continue reading Lirael

Book Review

Sabriel

The first scene of this book always gets me. It starts out so mundane. And then, all of a sudden, it absolutely isn’t. But in a sweet, introductory way that welcomes you into this amazing world with one of the most brilliant magic systems I’ve encountered. I first read Sabriel in middle school, back when… Continue reading Sabriel

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Clariel

My husband and I finally went to our local library to get new library cards. We've been living here for almost two years, so it was about time. It's a small town, with a small library, but it's dialed into the greater Central Coast network of libraries, so you can request any book at any… Continue reading Clariel

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

It doesn't seem nice (or business savvy) to waste the time of literary agents who are obviously not excited about the type of book you write. So you do research, you target your queries based on what they've represented and the books they say they enjoy reading. Dunham Literary, Inc. is friendly with my graduate… Continue reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Book Review

The Key Trilogy

Nora Roberts generally has a sort of pattern to her trilogies. The first woman is fighting for her self-respect, the second generally has some sort of specialization to round her out, like knowledge or fitness or a business, and the third is courageous and stubborn, fighting against all the odds. The Key Trilogy is one… Continue reading The Key Trilogy