Genre: Fantasy

Average Rating: 3.77


Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Ma..

Posted 26 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.” Sarah J. Maas has done it again. What it is, I don’t quite know, but I’m still recovering. A Court of Thorns and Roses is an incredible retelling with a faerie twist, and if it was any other author I would have been weary. Like her Throne of Glass series, Maas’ writing is effortless, with perfect pacing, and characters that are to-die for — a sure breathtaking read for all fantasy and fairytale lovers. Feyre and her family are poor and impoverished, yet they are still above begging for food and clothing… for now. For now, Feyre is the sole provider for her weak father and two older sisters, which means she must hunt and bargain just to keep her family alive. So when she encounters a seemingly ordinary wolf preying after the same doe, Feyre must risk the consequences of breaking the Treaty in order to keep her family alive. When a beast-like creature comes knocking at her door demanding retribution, Feyre is dragged to the magical faerie lands, where she must live out the rest of her life in her captor, Tamlin’s, estate. There, she begins to learn that the myths and legends told […]


Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Posted 14 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“I never feared the night, not even as a child, but Blackcliff’s night is different, heavy with a silence that makes you look over your shoulder, a silence that feels like a living thing.” SEQUEL? Sequel. Need sequel. Tell me there’s a sequel. There’s always something captivating about a book that refuses to let your fingers pry itself from its pages. An Ember in the Ashes is like that, with a little hint of something… more. Again, we come across a hybrid novel of fantasy and dystopia, and again, it works. Though the novel presents a world that is left slightly unanswered, Tahir gives readers an enticing spark of a story with characters you just can’t leave behind. Laia and the remaining members of her family live under the Martial Empire. It’s tyranny at its finest, and for Laia and the rest of the oppressed Scholar people, it’s useless to fight back. But when her brother is taken away by the Empire’s soldiers, all Laia has left is to fight — even if it means infiltrating the Empire’s most dangerous walls: Blackcliff Academy. For Elias, Blackcliff Academy’s walls breed nothing but heartless, brutal weapons for the Empire. He knows this because he’s one of the academy’s top soldiers, trained to enforce the Empire’s cruelty on command. But as promising as his future is in Blackcliff, what Elias desires is far more dangerous: freedom. When Laia and Elias cross paths […]


Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Posted 24 March, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.” When there are stories that leave you up at 3:41 in the morning, wondering why haven’t I learned my lesson yet, then those are the stories worth talking about. I always try my best to stay away from hype, but sometimes, sometimes I just can’t resist. Red Queen was a good read. And while this story is indeed reminiscent of other YA favourites, it is Aveyard’s writing and world building that win you over. All her life, Mare has only known how to survive. As a Red, it’s the only thing that matters. Pickpocketing scraps for the family seems like the right thing to do, before she’s conscripted to a centuries-war fought by the Reds and won by the Silvers. Mare can’t afford to waste her time longing for a life elsewhere… that is, until her best friend is forced to join the war. To save her friend, Mare enters the Silvers’ elite society — one of privilege, power, secrets, and to her surprise, a revelation that would change history. Mare’s world is divided between Red and Silver, but what Aveyard reveals is a story much greyer than expected. Nothing’s certain in Red Queen. There are secrets. Betrayals. Lies. The history between the Reds and Silvers sprawls through centuries […]


Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Posted 18 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly was unlike any book I’ve read before. It was an interesting plot element—a gifted race of beings called the Oculi who could wish anything into existence. I found the concept intriguing and the world building was interesting in a scientific way. I had actually been learning about some of the chemistry-based knowledge that this book utilizes (as can be seen in the series name, Schrodinger’s Consortium) so it was easier for me to understand some of the explanations that came from the characters. I felt, however, as though maybe it can be more difficult for someone without that prior knowledge to understand. Regardless, it was an enjoyable novel. The dual POV really added depth to both of the main characters, Josie and Reid, and it gave a different perspective of what was going on than we would have had if there was only one narrator. It had great pacing and the book flew by. I enjoyed Josie’s character. She just had all types of things thrown at her! And she handled it graciously. I though that she was a a very brave character. She was also insanely smart, and it was kind of nice to hear the thoughts of an extremely intellectual character. I felt like some of her knowledge rubbed off on me, and if we are going to be completely honest, she probably helped out my chemistry […]


Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Posted 16 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

I actually picked this book up at BEA. It seemed interesting so I was willing to give it a try. I liked the premise of this novel, what with having two people being the last descendants of ancient biblical bloodlines working together to destroy demons. Then there was the added twist that the main male, a descendant from the line of Judas, was fated to betray the last descendant of the line of David. And of course, feelings start to build between the two of them. Plot-wise, the novel was decently engaging. There was a pacing problem, about 20% in which made it practically impossible to read the book for long periods of time. At moments, I debated DNFing, but I really liked the basis of the novel and wanted to see it through. I’m glad that I did. The pacing eventually picked up and it was smooth sailing from then on. Ivy was the last descendant of the Davidian line. She was a really brave and selfless character. She got dumped into the middle of all of this while looking for her sister who was kidnapped and then was almost kidnapped by a demon herself. Ivy was very trusting but not too much to the point of stupidity. She made some mistakes in the novel and made some decisions that I didn’t agree with, but that just made her […]


Mini-Review: Found by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted 31 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Found by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Check out my review of Flight (The Crescent Chronicles #1) Check out my review of Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2) Found is the final installment in The Crescent Chronicles, and I am so sad to see this series coming to an end! But it went out with a bang—everything culminates in this last thrilling installment. Toby has Jess as a hostage and Allie is trying to figure out just how important she is in the scheme of Pteron politics. There was a ton of action in this novel, and at times, my heart was absolutely pounding. It was definitely an interesting read that kept me hooked from page one to the very last page. Allie was particularly independent in this novel, and I liked seeing that. She took matters into her own hands, especially because things seemed to revolve around her. She was selfless and brave and risked a lot to get her friend to safety. I felt like she was truly acting as the Queen she would become. The romance between Allie and Levi was as swoony as always—that is, when they weren’t arguing. Regardless, they are one of my favorite couples of all time, so I hope that they end up making cameo appearances in the spin off series, The Empire Chronicles. It is seriously heartbreaking to let them go. Found was an amazing close to an absolutely […]


Review: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo

Posted 17 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo

Check out my review of Darker Days (The Darker Agency #1) I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Darker Days, so of course I had to read book two! A Darker Past follows Jessie and Lukas as they get themselves into yet another sticky situation of the paranormal kind. This time, Jessie has accidentally released a super-demon into the world and he is out for blood. A Darker Past was just as interesting as Darker Days. It was a really easy read with a good pace that kept me interested. It had me cracking up laughing at various points throughout the novel. There was a ton of drama in this novel, too—family drama, relationship drama, everything! It was definitely entertaining. Jessie was as much of a trouble-maker as usual. She was tough and sarcastic just as she was in book one. She is in servitude to a demon in this time around but that didn’t do anything to quell her spit-fire attitude. Jessie is always a fun character to read because of her internal and external dialogue. She never fails to give me a laugh! Lukas is a bit different in this novel—he’s been freed of Wrath but is now going through a different kind of change. He was a bit off in this novel because of it, but he was still a great character. Jessie and Lukas […]


Review: Rush by Eve Silver

Posted 8 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Rush by Eve Silver

I’m usually not the type of person to read sci-fi dystopian novels, just because it is so hard for me to find one that I genuinely enjoy. However, I’ve seen great things about Eve Silver’s Rush so I thought I’d give it a try. Rush was a very interesting novel that definitely kept my interest. It was action packed and suspenseful. The premise was unlike anything that I’ve read so it was really something different for me. The pacing was fast but not hard to keep up with. There weren’t any boring points and I literally could not put the book down! Miki was the main protagonist. She was hit by a car saving a little girl and was pulled into the Game. I thought she was a very strong character, dealing with all of the things that they were forced to do in the game. She was also a great leader. She was determined and caring. She grew a lot in this novel, from shocked and curious girl to fearless leader, and I can’t wait to see how else she changes in the next novel. Jackson Tate has been in the Game since he was twelve years old. Jackson was definitely a mysterious book boy. He was kind of bipolar, sometimes nice, sometimes aloof. He was a nice character to try to get to know. His past is really […]


Review: Chameleon by Kelly Oram

Posted 4 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Chameleon by Kelly Oram

In this novel, we are introduced to a world full of various supernatural creatures: warlocks, witches, seers, vampires, werewolves–everything under the sun. Danielle grew up in a small tow in Pennsylvania with the company of her parents, her best friend Russ, and Russ’ father Alex. On Dani’s sixteenth birthday, Russ tells her that he’s a warlock. Soon, Dani is thrust into the world of the supernatural and is told that she is to fulfill the great prophecy. This novel definitely was not boring. There was such a great and busy story line that it never got dull. There were also some unexpected twists and turns and misleadings that you never exactly knew what was going to happen. Dani was the leading lady. She was definitely a strong character. She was a bit of a trouble maker, tough, and didn’t take crap from anyone. She was brave and strong when faced with kidnappers, torture, and everything else evil in the world. She was an inspiration, and she wanted to go what was right. In that way, she was also a very selfless character, and I immensely enjoyed reading about her adventures. This novel definitely has a love triangle in it. Russ: Russ was Dani’s best friend, the guy that she had spent her whole life with. So of course, there is some confusion about feelings when the day she gets thrusts […]


Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Posted 30 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

` This is the last of the trilogy and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while but never had the time! Goddess is the conclusion to Lucas and Helen’s story. It had a very complicated plot line. And by complicated, I mean a bit too complicated. There were so many things happening at once—so many different stories being told at the same time that it was difficult to follow at times, making the reading much less enjoyable. In addition to that, there were a few things left unanswered at the end that I would have loved to have been wrapped up. However, the plot left no dull moments, perhaps due to the too-fast pacing of the novel. In addition to that, a lot of things happened in this novel making it easy to stay engaged. Helen peaked in this novel as a character. She took on some really tough stuff and had to step into the plate as a leader as the Scions waged war against the Gods. She was determined to do what was right. We also see a lot more of Helen’s past lives. That was really interesting to me to see how she differed from her past selves. She was a great heroine and that was enunciated in this installment. Lucas was as patient as always. He was drawn back because they still believed themselves […]