Book Review: “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

In my First Impression Friday post about this book, I said how I was annoyed with the main character's constant clumsiness, and predicted that it actually meant she'd be super strong in whatever the Dragon had taken her for, and I was correct. She's clumsy because (paraphrasing) there's so much magic inside her that she … Continue reading Book Review: “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

Book Review: “A Winter’s Promise” by Christelle Dabos

So I'm going to freely admit that I was bored to tears in the first few chapters of this book, but I always give something a good 20% of the book before I put it down and tell myself that it wasn't for me. Luckily for A Winter's Promise, it really started to pick up. … Continue reading Book Review: “A Winter’s Promise” by Christelle Dabos

First Impression Friday: “Uprooted” by Naomi Novak

I've already said it a million times on this blog, but A Deadly Education was one of my favorite books that I read in 2020, and I didn't realize that Naomi Novak had written other books. I came across Uprooted on a Top Ten Tuesday list at some point and immediately added it to my … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Uprooted” by Naomi Novak

Book Review: “The Night Country” by Melissa Albert

We'll start this review off with what I said about it during my First Impression Friday post: I don't think this book needs to exist. Put down your pitchforks and listen - it is a good book. I'll get to that in a minute. But I don't think this book needed to exist. I think … Continue reading Book Review: “The Night Country” by Melissa Albert

First Impression Friday: “The Night Country” by Melissa Albert

I just finished reading Tales of the Hinterlands and then re-reading The Hazel Wood so I could prepare myself for this book, and I realized that, at least before reading this book, I don't think the world needed this sequel. The Hazel Wood was such a complete book, with an ending just open enough that … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Night Country” by Melissa Albert

Book Review: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibanez

I think my main issue with this book is that I'm supposed to feel sorry for Ximena in the beginning, when she's captured by the Llacsans, and I feel nothing. She is supposed to be the Decoy Condesa, but everything she does shows that she has had very little training in this matter. She is … Continue reading Book Review: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibanez

First Impression Friday: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibañez

There's a map at the start of this book, and I am a sucker for maps. From GoodReads: Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibañez

Book Review: “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

First things first: this book seems way more advanced, reading-level-wise, than the Percy Jackson series. I don't know if that's because the main characters are in the 15-16ish age range (whereas Percy was just 12 in The Lightning Thief), but this book doesn't feel nearly as middle school-y as the first series did. The stylistic … Continue reading Book Review: “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

Book Review: “Spellbreaker” by Charlie N. Holmberg

I really, really enjoyed Spellbreaker's London (and by extension, England). The magic system is believable (anyone can become a magician, but the main barrier is money, like it is with most things), and the characters all seem to have some purpose. Elise Camden is the main character of the book, although the perspective shifts between … Continue reading Book Review: “Spellbreaker” by Charlie N. Holmberg

First Impression Friday: “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik was October's book club book for the Fantastic Stranglings Book Club, led by Jenny Lawson over at The Bloggess. I, unfortunately, was in full wedding-stress-meltdown-panic mode, and a such I just picked up this book this week. From BookShop: I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik