Find Me is set in a version of America not too different from our own, where memories—those we experience and those we create—have power over life and death. Joy, a former foster kid who has no one and nothing to lose, has a unique immunity to the memory-loss epidemic sweeping the nation. Her blood could … More Review of FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
War for the Oaks was published back in the 80s, but I’m just now getting around to reading it as it is “one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy” (according to Wikipedia). It certainly lives up to the praise and I read it with the zeal of a fantasy lover. Here’s my review:
Catherynne M. Valente’s The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden, is the first in a duology (two book series) about a strange girl with tattooed eyes who lives in a palace garden and spins stories for a bored prince. And that’s just the outermost frame story! I added the novel to my reading list this … More Catherynne M. Valente’s The Orphan’s Tales (Book 1)
Kelley Armstrong’s second novel in the Darkest Powers series gets off to a slow start, but then delivers on the shape-shifting and zombie raising action.
The Circle is the first in a supernatural trilogy by Swedish authors Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandsberg. The novel follows a group of teens who develop magical abilities following the death of a classmate. Elfgren and Strandsberg put a supernatural twist on the trope of strangers banding together to overcome insurmountable odds, in this … More Elfgren & Strandsberg’s The Circle
Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon is a fun, sexy, and action-packed novel that provides a glimpse of the modern-day demon hunter (in heels). I believe that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be drawn to McGuire’s InCryptid series because of her fun, headstrong heroine: Verity Price.
The following (rather lengthy) post is my review of Susanna Clarke’s doorstop, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Believe it or not, this was the abridged version! WARNING: The following review contains a (mostly) complete plot synopsis of the novel. There be spoilers! ***
I have to thank my Stonecoast friends for directing me toward Kelley Armstrong. I just finished the second book in her Darkest Powers series and they are a little addicting. Below is my review of the first Darkest Powers book: The Summoning.
Holly Black’s Tithe, the first novel in her Modern Faerie Tale series, leaves an impression, but fails to completely enchant because of flat characterization and an incomplete origin story.