Nov 032015
 
Martin Reviews: Undermajordomo Minor

. A castle and the town under its shadow is the setting for Patrick deWitt’s latest novel, Undermajordomo Minor (Ecco, 2015). It is in this alpine landscape where Lucien Minor (Lucy), deWitt’s protagonist, is provided all the requisite tests of adulthood and where deWitt loots the motifs of the Romantic coming-of-age tale to produce a rollicking, modern work. We join the seventeen-year-old Lucy as he leaves home for his new job as an under-servant at the castle Von Aux. After an exchange of farewells with his mother, he sets off down the road and soon finds the opportunity to sit […]

Jun 172015
 
Review: The Library at Mount Char

This book takes a little bit of time to get into, and to really understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it. So very worth it. By the time you get to the end, the story will have blown you away. It’s hard to describe the book, but my description would be if someone asked a person high on a variety of drugs for story elements, and then a great writer wove a story around all the ideas. Basically it’s a crazy mess of a story that was told wonderfully. That’s the only way I can think to describe a […]

Jun 122015
 
Review: Shadow Scale

I feel so sad because I didn’t love this book. I really loved the first one, and this sequel has been so well received by everyone else, but I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. I found it slow and boring, and the best part was that I finished it. When I read the first book, I was very intrigued with the characters in Seraphina’s garden, wanting to learn more about them. This book is really all about those other characters, which I appreciated. It was interesting to see how Seraphina’s images and names tied into […]

Jun 022015
 
Review: The Dragons of Heaven

I wanted to love this book because it has a cool, and original sounding premise. There are super heroes, with dragons, and Asian myth lore, told through a female protagonist. Unfortunately, it’s told using a dual now and then narration that felt more like 2 different people. The story starts with the now narrative, but it’s very confusing as to who everyone is, and what’s happening. Most of this is explained in the then narrative, but since the two narratives switch back and forth throughout the story, you don’t really get the full background until near the end of the […]

May 042015
 
Review: The Innocent Mage

This was a very classic feeling epic fantasy with magic story. It was slow and long, but also very satisfying. The highlight of the book was the friendship between Gar and Asher. The majority of the first part of the story was the building and deepening of this relationship, and it was quite special to witness. The last part of the story is where the action really starts. It’s where the plots start to unfold and events start happening. It all happens very quickly, and the story ends on a cliffhanger. Oh, the dreaded cliffhanger. Usually I don’t enjoy them, […]

Mar 302015
 
Review: The Watchers

This book was long. So long. Not just in pages, but in feel too. Some long books can zip by, and you’d never know they were over 700 pages in length. With this book, I felt every page. I actually considered DNF-ing a few times, but by then I was already halfway through, and I kept thinking “I’ve already gone this far, I have to finish”. I mean really, once you’ve read 400 pages, what’s another 300? The book focused mostly on 3 people, Marc, Katherine and Jay. Of the three, I only really liked Marc. I didn’t care at […]

Mar 092015
 
Review: Mortal Heart

I really enjoyed this ending book of the trilogy. It was incredibly sweet and romantic. Not at all what I’d expect from a series about assassin nuns, but when I look back at the series overall, there was a lot of romance, and it was all handled really well. Something that I didn’t really pick up while reading, but seems obvious looking back is the symbolism of the titles. It really speaks to the purpose of each book, and what portion of the god is revealed. It is a really nice touch to have such meaningful titles. The high point […]

Jan 062015
 
Review: There Will Be Lies

This was an interesting mesh of YA contemporary, mystery, and North American fantasy. The mythology and fantasy part was completely unexpected, and I found myself wishing it wasn’t there, so I could concentrate on the contemporary mystery. The mystery portion is all about Shelby, and who she is, and what is going on with her mother. I liked the way this plotline unraveled. There were multiple twists and turns, and was very exciting. I found that I didn’t even try to guess what was coming next because I was too busy enjoying the story. In contrast, the fantasy-based part of […]

Sep 122014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Fire Wish

I’d been waiting for this one for a while and I think it really delivered. The writing is good, the story is exciting, and the worldbuilding is creative. Half of this book is set in Baghdad, the other half in the jinni’s caverns. The two unusual settings made the book really feel different from anything I’ve read in YA recently. All the little details, from what people are wearing to what houses looked like, were really interesting and add a richness to the story. The plot moved along pretty fast and I never found myself bored with the story. The […]

Sep 062014
 
Review: Kendrick and Sara of Draconia

Ugh. I DNF’d this rather quickly as this seemed like a prime example of telling instead of showing. I kept waiting for the story to start, but instead, all I was getting was back story and asides. Without a clear plot or direction, this just felt aimless and painful. The narration itself was okay, with voices that seemed engaged and appropriate, but without a decent story, it wasn’t worth listening to.