The Bear & the Nightingale

I loved this book!  I mean… you guys!  I loved this book!!!!! With the exception of the tales surrounding Baba Yaga, Russian folklore is pretty much a complete unknown to me, but The Bear and the Nightingale has definitely peaked my interest in Slavic folktales and traditions.  If you’re already familiar with the tale on…

Unmentionable

This book is hilarious.  Let’s just get that out of the way right out of the jump: hi.lar.i.ous. The author has taken on the mantle of a 21st-century tour guide, essentially plucking you, the reader, out from behind your computer or tablet or smart-phone and plopping you straight into a 19th-century bedroom, where you begin…

The Magicians (Magicians #1)

Quentin Coldwater is such an asshole. There.  I said it.  Got that off my chest.  Whew. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy the television series, which is loosely based on this trilogy (or possibly just based on the first book, I’m not sure since the TV series did jump a bit wildly across…

Murder at Mistletoe Manor

Murder at Mistletoe Manor reminds me of an ugly Christmas sweater – it shows up right around the holidays and is so repulsive that you can’t help but mock it.  But this book sums up 2016 pretty well: if you managed to make it to the end, all you can do is laugh and shake…

He Wanted the Moon

This was a hard book for me to read and an equally difficult one for me to review.  There’s just nothing funny at all about the subject matter, so please excuse me if I refrain from my usual goofiness when it comes to this particular selection. He Wanted the Moon is the tragedy of a…

The Witch’s Boy

After breaking from my fantasy funk with The Girl Who Drank the Moon, I jumped immediately into a book published earlier by the same author: The Witch’s Boy. I think if I had read this one first, I would have had a higher opinion of it.  It’s not as polished, surreal, and beautiful as The…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This book.  You guys… this book.  This brilliant, beautiful, delightful, heart-breaking, gloriously wonderful book! That’s me now.  Two days ago, I’d never heard of the author prior to reading this selection, and at a glance I thought, “Eh, I’ll try it – but it sounds awfully kiddy to me.” Not that there’s anything wrong with…

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2)

I wavered here.  I loved The Fifth Season, but this installment was paced quite differently: the story moved quickly, but it didn’t have the same frantic, desperate scramble as its predecessor, and, in the end, our primary protagonist from Book 1 seemed to have come to a halt while the tale, her tale, flowed rapidly…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

I love Harry Potter.  I mean… all things – all things – Harry Potter.  I love ’em.  I wanted to go to Hogwarts… Okay, who am I kidding, I want to go to Hogwarts (though now I’m afraid I’m more along the lines of teaching a class than taking one – sign me up for…

The Swallow’s Tower (The Witcher #4)

If you’re unfamiliar with the Witcher series of books (I’m assuming most people are now at least passingly familiar with the highly successful series of video games), then there are two things you need to be aware of before you dive in headfirst:  (a) the books spawned the video games, the latter of which take…

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)

As a huge fan of N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy, I had massively high hopes for her new series, The Broken Earth… and unlike previous moments of excitedly high expectations that set the bar impossibly high for following novels, Jemisin in no way disappointed or fell short. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Author:…

City of Blades (Divine Cities #2)

I read City of Stairs last year and was absolutely blown away by the story, character development, complex world-building, and underlying theme – not to mention the author’s writing style.  When the sequel, City of Blades, was announced, you’d better believe I was all over it. City of Blades (Divine Cities #2) Author: Robert Jackson…