Category: Book Review

Review – Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

July 20, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Akata Witch until it arrived on my doorstep. And when I skimmed some of the reviews, I saw that it was compared time and again to Harry Potter which immediately sparked my interest. They weren’t wrong. There are definitely similarities but this book is so much more than that. The story begins with Sunny, a twelve-year-old born from the United […]

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Review – The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

July 13, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

I should have paid closer attention to the comparison titles for this novel. I wasn’t big on The Star-Touched Queen (though loved the sequel, A Crown of Wishes) and unfortunately The Library of Fates fell in the same category of the former. This book reads like an extended story you would see in a book of folklore and that’s not necessarily a bad thing but it left me underwhelmed for a novel. […]

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Review – Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond

July 12, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond

I have mixed feelings about Bond’s work. My previous experiences with it had me loving one book (Girl on a Wire) and disliking the next (Girl in the Shadows) so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Strange Alchemy, especially as it’s listed as a revised version of her first book. I’ll say this for it: this book is certainly different from the usual YAs I’ve […]

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Review – The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

July 11, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

I feel like I’m in that in-between place with this book where I feel like I should have loved it more than I actually did. The Wood is one of those books that blends reality with fantasy, a bit more than what I’d consider magical realism but not enough to really fit in urban fantasy. We begin with Winter, one of the Guardians of the Wood, […]

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Mini Review – Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

July 7, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Mini Review – Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

Why, oh why, did I think it was a good idea to read the sequel? I didn’t have a great experience with the first in the series, Into the Dim, but I had this hope that MAYBE the sequel would be better. It happens. Sometimes. This, however, wasn’t one of those times unfortunately. It’s been a while since I left a book unfinished. After the previous […]

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Review – Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

July 5, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

I never thought I’d be reading a book about superheroes… sorry, superheroines… and I didn’t think it would be anything like Heroine Complex. I guess I was expecting lots of action and big epic battles, awesome superpowers, all that jazz. Instead, I read a book that was fabulously down-to-earth and just felt real (despite all the demon things running around the city of San Francisco). This book […]

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Review – A Fading Sun by Stephen Leigh

July 4, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – A Fading Sun by Stephen Leigh

So. From my understanding, A Fading Sun, is a play on history and mythology, combining the likes of Boudica, a Celtic queen, and her battles mixed with the paranormal. Which is pretty awesome because Boudica is seriously cool as a historical figure and one I don’t see represented, even loosely, in fiction very often. But… that’s where my excitement started to fade. First off, this book […]

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