If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you will know that fantasy and historical fiction are my two favorite genres. Books that combine both elements, however, make me absolutely giddy. Well done historical fantasy, as I’ve dubbed this genre, is much more difficult to find than you might expect (with the industry riddled with time-traveling romances like Outlander), so today I’ve drawn up a list of my top ten books for lovers of well done historical fantasy. Continue reading →
Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore
Well, my first ARC from Book Con was a trip and a half and I totally wasn’t expecting it.
When Jane, who recently lost her Aunt Magnolia, is invited to the lavish island mansion of Tu Reviens, she finds herself swept into a world of mystery where everyone has a secret. When Jane is faced with five separate choices, the story splits into five, each detailing increasingly bizarre outcomes as Jane discovers the secrets hidden within the house. Continue reading →
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
“Richard was sitting in the dark, on a ledge, on the side of a storm drain, wondering what to do, wondering how much further out of his depth he could possibly get. His life so far, he decided, had prepared him perfectly for a job in securities, for shopping at the supermarket, for watching football on the telly on the weekends, for turning on a heater if he got cold. It had magnificently failed to prepare him for a life as an un-person on the roofs and in the sewers of London, for a life in the cold and the wet and the dark.”
This is my first time reading a Neil Gaiman book and all I can say is . . . WHAT IS MY PROBLEM? WHY HAVE I WAITED SO LONG? Continue reading →
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Historical Fantasy
“The circus arrives without warning.”
I have never read nor will ever read anything like this book. Morgenstern orchestrates a masterful mixing of genres whose wheres and the whys, much like the circus itself, are deliciously difficult to pin down. The deeply human longing for magic and wonder are piqued within the dream-like realm of Morgernstern’s prose, and I couldn’t help but be enchanted by it. Continue reading →
Genre: Thriller, mystery
3.5 stars because of the ending, otherwise I would have given this a four.
Interesting read and an excellent use of an unreliable narrator. The book was well written, well paced, so that the reveals didn’t seem to come from no where, but weren’t too expected either. However, the ending was entirely cliche and expected, and it rendered a greater part of the book and it’s exploration of certain characters pointless. And really? We get an epic bad guy monologue at the end that makes no sense? The first 3/4 of the book were riveting because of the mystery, but also because of how trapped we became in the narrators’s minds. The ending, however, did not live up to not only the hype of the “amazing twist” I’d been promised, but also the first 3/4 of the novel.
Genre: Historical fantasy, sci-fi, fairy tale — not quite sure what to classify this as.
I really liked the concept behind this book: exploring seven different stories, each further back in time than the one before, slowly connecting more dots as to why what is happening in the first story happens. I have always been fascinated with history and its interaction with the world as we know it. I enjoyed that aspect. Also, Vikings, which is one of my loves. Continue reading →
I have very mixed feelings about this book. Part of me wants to give it four stars, but most of me wants to give it three stars.
The book was generally well written, it was dark, disturbing, incestuous, and grew darker and more disturbing with every page. But I also think it did not do a believable job of dealing with how incredibly messed up the Creswell siblings would be if they really grew up the way they did. There were moments when I felt this family and their horrific story were done justice, but Castley’s revelation and sudden change of heart at the end were too fast and furious. Continue reading →