Genre: fantasy

Book Review: An Unkindness of Magicians

Posted January 10, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: An Unkindness of Magicians

An Unkindness of Magicians is Kat Howard’s sophomore novel. It’s the first book by this author that I have read, and it will not be my last. I love her ideas even though the book was not a perfect read. The storytelling was absolutely awesome, and I loved the idea of dueling magicians and a competition to battle for domination of the Unseen World and/or the establishment of your own house. I loved the duels themselves, though they happened awfully quickly and I wished they would have been drawn out a little longer for the excitement factor. The story was more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy

Posted December 26, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy

Welcome to another edition of Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs for the Lazy! Do you have review copies piling up? Do you have eARCs that you requested but never got to because you got overwhelmed by life? Or did you just bite off more than you can chew? (That’s me.) At some point I was still hoping I could review these books (even though my review wouldn’t really be of use to the publisher anymore) because it would be still useful to readers, and also to me, because the pile-up was giving me anxiety every time I thought more »

Book Review: The Shadow Cipher

Posted December 14, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Shadow Cipher

First things first, I don’t know whether to call this book York or The Shadow Cipher. I guess the title is the latter, but the former is in a GIANT font across the cover, and I didn’t actually realize that this novel was called The Shadow Cipher until I was filling in the information for this review. And even though I like the cover, now it bothers me. At any rate, this book was pretty disappointing. It started off slow but I pushed through because I liked the characters. Then it got really good. Tension, conflict, high stakes. Then the more »

Book Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

Posted November 27, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

I have to be honest. I didn’t like this book at first and considered DNFing it. The sentences were too short and the style was choppy. I like long, descriptive sentences, plenty of imagery, and a world I can get lost in. This wasn’t that at all, but something kept me reading. Perhaps it was the delightful banter between characters, the shippy-ship goodness, the lovable protagonist who kept messing up (and owned her ineptness), the surprises that shocked even me, or this magical world that I wasn’t sure about at first but then bewitched me with its brilliance. It all more »

Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows

Posted November 8, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows

There’s just something about Francis Hardinge. I’ve never read a book by her I haven’t liked. I’ve read four, and even the one I DNFed (Fly By Night) I didn’t necessarily dislike. My favorite is still A Face Like Glass, but I’ve enjoyed them all immensely. A Skinful of Shadows was a little bit darker than the other books of Hardinge’s that I have read. It’s dreary, gothic, and creepily unsettling. Our heroine, Makepeace, can take spirits into her being and allow them to live within her. Her mother tries to teach her to fight them off, but that obviously more »

Book Review: Jade City

Posted November 6, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Jade City

Jade City is a book about loyalty, family and warring clans. The world is Asian influenced, mostly Chinese from what I could tell–I’m not an expert or anything, but the location read like an island China, sort of like Hong Kong, maybe Taiwan because crispy squid balls are a Taiwanese dish and it’s featured as one of the entrees at the Twice Lucky Restaurant in the novel. Janloon even sort of sounds like Kowloon. Plus, with the inclusion of jade and jade powers, that just made it read even more like a Chinese fantasy world. I enjoyed Jade City quite more »