Finishing February on a Red Note: The Ascendant, Red Rising, and Romancing the Duke
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Finishing February on a Red Note: The Ascendant, Red Rising, and Romancing the Duke

In a new feat of subliminal book cover messaging, it seems as if books with red covers provoke added interest in the month of February. Looking back at the books I read this month, I was surprised to find a not insignificant quantity of red-covered titles up for review: Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Hilary … Continue reading

Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0
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Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0

Should you really buy that book enshrined on the top titles of 2013 table at mega bookstores’r’us? Is it more of a checker-outer book? Or, can it safely be avoided altogether? Here are some sound bite opinions on a few more noteworthy titles of 2013 that I read, but did not review in a full … Continue reading

Has the Next J.K. Rowling Apparated onto the Scene? Samantha Shannon and The Bone Season
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Has the Next J.K. Rowling Apparated onto the Scene? Samantha Shannon and The Bone Season

I have been hearing about The Bone Season for months now. What began as murmurs about a talented young fantasy writer quickly snowballed into a full-fledged media firestorm, crowning Samantha Shannon as the next J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and the list continues. Shannon has been linked to just about every major female writer … Continue reading

Paranormal Fiction is Not Dead Yet: The Shambling Guide to New York City
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Paranormal Fiction is Not Dead Yet: The Shambling Guide to New York City

With the quantity of bad paranormal fiction books in the young adult, romance, urban fantasy, and general fiction spaces, I had begun to lose hope that anything original, substantial, or entertaining could still be eeked out of  the relentlessly picked over tropes, stereotypes, and plots of the genre. Mur Lafferty, however, challenged me to rethink … Continue reading

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Of Allomancy, High Fantasy, and Pure Awesomeness: Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn: The Final Empire”

I initially read Mistborn: The Final Empire when it was released in 2006. It is the first in a trilogy published between 2006 and 2008. While Sanderson’s debut novel Elantris was well-received, it was the Mistborn series  and being chosen to complete renowned fantasy writer Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series that catapulted him to fame. … Continue reading

The Killing Moon: Epic Fantasy Meets Freudian Dream Theory
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The Killing Moon: Epic Fantasy Meets Freudian Dream Theory

A rising star in the world of contemporary fantasy writers, N.K. Jesimin wowed critics with her debut novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award and the 2011 Hugo Award, among others. After rounding out her first trilogy, Jesimin began a new dyad called the Dreamblood series. The series’ first … Continue reading

Tamora Pierce Works Her Magic with Fantastical “Beat Cop” Beka Cooper Series
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Tamora Pierce Works Her Magic with Fantastical “Beat Cop” Beka Cooper Series

It’s no secret that Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors. With the relatively recent release of the third and final book of her Beka Cooper trilogy, I set about to read all three books in quick succession. An ancestress of George Cooper, king of thieves and romantic interest from Pierce’s well-loved Alanna series, … Continue reading