Genre: Fantasy

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Review of Cress

Review of Cress

A great third book of the Lunar Chronicles series. Lots of good action, great characters, and a great ending. Cress starts as a sheltered, somewhat naive girl who grows into a major thorn for Queen Lavana. While the book is about Cress, there is plenty of story for Cinder, Wolf,… Read more »

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Review of Rebelborn

Review of Rebelborn

So this book took a completely different turn from the other two. I was expecting more of a book about how they rebuild society and put Roselle in charge, but instead it goes off into a wild science fiction direction about mind-controlled humans (introduced at the end of book 2),… Read more »

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Review of The Fifth Doll

Review of The Fifth Doll

At first I found it hard to get into this novel, which was set in a historical Russian village and seemed to have a rather weak premise. But as the story unfolded, I came to enjoy Matrona’s character and the magic of the world she was dealing with. I will… Read more »

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Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

This was a pretty good followup to Cinder. The characters were pretty well-done and the plot was non-stop. I enjoyed both Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. However, Scarlet acted recklessly and naively throughout most of the novel, and the whole human-wolf hybrid thing is kindof strange. Emperor Kai is a bit… Read more »

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Review of The Adventures of Tom Stranger

This is a slapstick, science fiction in the likes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that goes for absurd humor. I found the book entertaining and listened to the entire thing, but I felt like the humor was very juvenile so targeted to young teenagers, but it had a ton… Read more »

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Review of The Time That’s Given

Review of The Time That’s Given

This book was an adventure of a man straddling two worlds… a real one and a fantasy one. In the fantasy world, he seeks to learn the source of all despair, and to save a woman and her children. However, the two worlds tend to blend together and what he… Read more »

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Review of Supernova (Renegades)

Review of Supernova (Renegades)

This final book of the Renegades series brings everything together, finally pitting Nova and Adrian against each other, revealing their secrets, and showing Ace Anarchy’s plan for the world. Overall, it was a fitting conclusion and resolved most everything the other novels began. It was a lot of action, a… Read more »

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Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Another fine Brotherband book. The crew of the Heron take on the Temujai in a remote region and must work together to stop the Temujai from invading. The stakes here were definitely raised…so much to put the Heron itself in peril and several of the crew. There really aren’t any… Read more »

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Review of Duel at Araluen (Ranger’s Apprentice)

Review of Duel at Araluen (Ranger’s Apprentice)

Another good Ranger’s Apprentice story and was quite enjoyable. I’m not giving it a five because of a few small things: it was missing a bit of fun of the previous stories (following two groups being constantly sieged is a bit draining), it wasn’t stand alone or a new adventure… Read more »

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Review of Wishes and Wellingtons

Review of Wishes and Wellingtons

This is a book set in 1800’s England about a girl in a boarding school who discovers a magical genie. It was very entertaining and the historical setting made things a bit different and fresh. However, the main character Maeve was a bit unlikeable, full of questionable decisions (to be… Read more »

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Review of The Forsaken Throne

Review of The Forsaken Throne

Overall I really liked the Kingfountain Series and this book was mostly a fitting conclusion, except for some key parts in the end that I really disagreed with. One main character was killed off rather unjustly at the end, and one character was forced to make a long-term sacrifice and… Read more »

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Review of The Maid’s War

Review of The Maid’s War

This was a nice prequel about the Maid of Donremy. It had a bit of a rough start by introducing a lot of characters who I neither knew nor cared about. However, once I got into the book, I found the two main characters (Alan and Jenette) to be pretty… Read more »

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Review of Resolution of the Marked

Review of Resolution of the Marked

This fourth and final book of the Marked series is amazing, and really a step up from the prior book. The action is pretty intense, the characters are strong and varied, and Qaede deepens his evil and depravity. I never really felt myself get bored and I was always wondering… Read more »

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Review of The Woodcutter

Review of The Woodcutter

This book is about The Woodcutter, a being whose job is to watch over the woods and keep the peace between fae and mortals. The book borrowed a lot of material from various fairy tales (Snow White, Red Riding Hood, etc.). The Woodcutter himself was a very noble character and… Read more »

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Review of Iron Garland (Harbinger)

Review of Iron Garland (Harbinger)

This series continues to amaze, and the third installment is no exception. There is plenty of action, more unraveling of mysteries, and a great look at the world of King Fountain. In addition, the true enemy of the empire is revealed, and Sera finally gains her freedom. I really liked… Read more »

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Review of Storm Glass

Review of Storm Glass

This is another entertaining and satisfying series by Jeff Wheeler. It follows two young girls in difficult circumstances (one from the streets, one from royalty) destined to be great people, in a magical world (the same one as Muirwood in fact). The main characters are both interesting and well-developed. Cettie… Read more »

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Review of Mage Against the Machine

Review of Mage Against the Machine

This was a really novel concept and plot that I thoroughly enjoyed. Part science fiction/dystopia, and part fantasy. The two main characters are in different worlds but ultimately those collide. The world building was really great, several of the characters were well developed and strong, and the plot never really… Read more »

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Review of Mirage Audiobook

Review of Mirage Audiobook

This is quite an interesting book about a young girl, kidnapped from her home, and forced to be a body double for the princess of an occupying alien race. I found the story to be great and I really enjoyed it a lot. However, it’s not quite up to the… Read more »

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Review of Archenemies

Review of Archenemies

I really enjoyed Renegades, so I was excited to listen to the sequel, Archenemies. There were a few slow parts, but for the most part, the action was non-stop. Nova continued to straddle the line between the two sides and her constant flip-flopping keeps the reader guessing. However, it is… Read more »

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Review of The Caldera (Brotherband)

Review of The Caldera (Brotherband)

Yet another great book in the Brotherband series, with plenty of action, creative solutions, and character interaction. The only drawback is this: Someone from Stig’s past returns, but this character doesn’t have a whole lot of depth, and the potential in this twist is mostly wasted. The short story at… Read more »

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