Book Review

Book Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: February 28 2017

Number of pages: 279

Format: paperback

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the whereabouts of an ancient treasure. To retrieve it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested in the thief’s abilities. When Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey to find the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, and lightens up when they share tales of the old gods and goddesses.

My Review:

So funny story, I had not heard this series until after I found about the last book, Return of the Thief that was set to release this year – until they decided to set back the publication date to next year in 2020. That means fans have another year to read the conclusion but this gives me more time to read the rest of the books, so I’m not complaining. I set myself up with no expectations before reading and as a result I was pretty surprise as to how much I really enjoyed this. Continue reading “Book Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner”

Book Review

Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

37880094Rating: 5 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 2 2018

Number of pages: 450

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

A year after her brother Monty’s whirlwind grand European tour, Felicity has returned to England to study medicine. Meanwhile, avoiding a marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor in Edinburgh. But her intellect and passion will never be acknowledged by the school administrators who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then Felicity learns about her old childhood friend marrying a doctor who she idolizes in Germany, and an opportunity opens. Felicity believes if she could meet her idol then this man might be able to change her future. But she has no money for the trip. Luckily, a mysterious woman is willing to pay for her way, so long as she is allowed to travel as her maid in disguise.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees but once the woman’s true motives are discovered, Felicity regrets her decision after she becomes part of a perilous quest from the German countryside to Zurich and to the secrets beneath the waters of the Atlantic. Continue reading “Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee”

Book Review

Review: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

36949995Rating: 5 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 2 2018

Number of pages: 384

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: fantasy, mystery, adventure, romance, retelling

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies – girls hired to kill quickly and quietly, and also mercifully. But Frey is done with the death trade and dreams of a bigger life. When she hears about an unstoppable monster terrorizing villages, Frey decides this is the Mercies chance out of the death trade and into fame and fortune. This could ensure a new future for the Mercies and her actions may even change the story arc of women everywhere.

My Review:

This is one of the best standalone YA fantasy I’ve read this year. I don’t come across a lot of standalone books in YA these days as more and more authors are leaning towards series, but this is a standalone that was praised and blurbed by authors such as Laini Taylor. I was so excited when I first heard about this at a book preview and how it was blurbed as a retelling of Beowulf but with an all female cast! Since then this book exploded all over social media with people shouting out how amazing this story is and how everyone enjoyed it. I learn to take these hyped up reviews with a grain of salt as not all overhyped books I’ve previously read did well for me. But this turned out way better than I expected, with a strong story about four heroines and how they found each other, to the decision they made together that will change their fate forever, this story stayed with me and still has. Continue reading “Review: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke”

Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

34728667Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

Published: March 6 2018

Number of pages: 525

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Zelie Adebola remembers when Orisha was alive with magic. But then everything changed when magic disappeared. On that fateful night, under the orders of the ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving them including Zelie and her mother without hope.

Now Zelie has a chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outrun the crown prince who is obsessed with getting rid of magic for good.

In Orisha, where there are snow leoponaires and vengeful spirits lurking in the waters, the greatest danger is Zelie, as she tries to find control over her powers and her feelings for the enemy. 

Warning: minor spoilers ahead! Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi”

Book Review

Review: Everland by Wendy Spinale

everland by wendy spinalePublished: May 10 2016

Number of pages: 312

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: fantasy, romance, dystopian, adventure, classical retelling, steampunk

Audience: YA

Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

London was destroyed by a German blitz of bombs and a viral disease. The only who survived the destruction and the outbreak of the virus are children, including sixteen year old Gwen Darling, and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and avoiding the Marauders; the German army led by the ruthless Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer or Hook.

Captain Hook is on the search for the cure from the virus that has spread past England’s borders, and he thinks that the cure can be found in the children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets to find the children and are taken to his lab for experimentation. None have ever return.

But one day, they grab Joanna and Gwen will stop at nothing to make sure she is safe back in her arms. Later she crosses paths with a boy named Pete, a daredevil who offers her his help with the assistance of the Lost Boys and the fierce Bella who have been living in the underground city. But are Gwen, Pete, Bella, and the Lost Boys enough to save Joanna from Captain Hook? 

My Review:

This is one of the best steampunk YA stories I’ve read this year! A classic retelling of Peter Pan set in a dystopian world in London after the blitz attack from Germany, and following a dangerous virus outbreak, you end up with the most exciting adventure story there is. It’s very rare that I give a perfect 5 star rating but this book deserved it, the plot was edge-of-your-seat intense, the characters were fascinating, and the story was just out of this world! There is so much to love about this book that if you love reading Peter Pan, steampunk and dystopian, then you must read this book. Continue reading “Review: Everland by Wendy Spinale”

Book Review

Review: A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows FinalPublished: February 23 2016

Number of pages: 307

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure, magic, parallel universe, romance

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

 

 

Summary: 

It has been four months since the Black Plague, four months since Kell met Delilah Bard, and four months since the Dane twins wounded Prince Rhy, and Holland’s body was left in Black London. Now Kell has given up his smuggling habit, and is haunted by dreams only to wake up thinking of Lila. Meanwhile, Red London is preparing for the Essen Tach, the Element Games, an international magic competition to keep the ties of neighboring empires together. However, an ominous shadow reappears and the balance of magic is in peril.

My Review:

I have read disappointing sequels recently were a) the story suffers from middle book syndrome or b) the plot and the characters are just flat and I suddenly lose interest in the story. I recently read a sequel that was the latter and I was so bored to death with the story that eventually I was fed up and decided to DNF it. I don’t like to DNF a book unless I really have to; in the case of this particular book (which will remain unknown) I had no other choice because it was that terrible. There is nothing worse then a new series marred by the second book and immediately you decide not to continue with that series anymore. However A Gathering of Shadows isn’t that book, in fact it is the best sequel I have read this year and it only made my expectations of this series escalate ten-fold! Continue reading “Review: A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab”

Book Review

Review: Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Published: August 4 2015

egg & spoonNumber of pages: 469

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Genre: folklore, adventure, magic, mystery

Audience: YA

Rating: 2/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father died, the Tsar army took one of her brothers while the other was taken as a servant, and her mother is slowly dying. There is no food in their tiny cabin.

But a train arrives, and Elena meets a girl name Ekaterina, a girl of wealth and status and is the same age as Elena. When the two girl’s lives collide, an adventure is set including an escapade, a case of mistaken identity, a childish prince, and a witch of Russian folklore.

 

My Review:

An interesting story about how two girls with opposite lifestyles accidentally switch roles and live in each other shoes. Included are characters inspired by Russian folklore which was another reason I was attracted to this story as I do love reading folklore from different cultures! Continue reading “Review: Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire”

Book Review

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

snow like ashes by sara raaschPublished: October 14 2014

Number of pages: 416

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: high fantasy, adventure, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Sixteen years ago, the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and enslaved with no monarch and no magic. Now the Winterians hope for freedom as the eight remaining survivors who managed to escape, are waiting for the opportunity to fight back and regain their Kingdom. Meira, an orphaned Winterian raised by Sir, is trained to be a warrior. She is in love with Mather, her best friend and future King and she will do anything to help free their Kingdom again. When they discover the location of an ancient locket that can help restore their power, Meira goes on a mission to retrieve it but it doesn’t go as plan. Soon she is trapped into a world of dark magic and dangerous politics and realizes that her destiny isn’t her own.

My Review:

I heard a lot of hype around this book when it came out last year and I didn’t want to read it right away, instead I wanted to wait until the hype died down. I heard people recommending this for Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings fans so I was really intrigued, and I am always on a look out for a new high fantasy series too. Continue reading “Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch”