Book Review, Fiction

Mini Reviews: September 2019

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

A wonderful fantasy novel filled with magic and books. Especially books that have a personality and might bite your hand off if you don’t treat them with respect. Flavors of Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji and Clockwork Princess. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Starts off like an angst filled Twilight novel, but with werewolves. Then slowly turns into the type of enchanting Stiefvater books we love. It has the evocative world-building, luxurious descriptions and the sweet intimate moments between various characters.

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by the McElroy family and Carey Pietsch

A murder mystery with magic and mayhem. The art work is adorable and the characters delightful. These books are always impressive with how much story they tell.

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the wind is a very good high fantasy novel. In fact it might be five different books all crammed into one. 

It’s a story of a boy with no luck at all and who tends to forgets his grievous injuries quite fast. Well, that’s not the point. It is a tour through many variants of the classic fantasy tropes brought together as one tale. A tale told by an innkeeper with many secrets. 

I have some problems with this book. It is a great work of fiction, but it is frustrating in its teasing of information. The reader is always left waiting for the other shoe to drop.

In this book the characters are very self aware about not being in a story. Even though they are fictional and in a novel. The characters in Name of the wind repeatedly states that ‘this’ is not a story. Its all very meta.
And then there is a debate on whether a car sized lizard breathing fire is a dragon. Yes. I think that counts as a dragon.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

A proper tragedy in the classical Greek sense. This should not be a spoiler as most know of the Queen of Hearts. This is the tale of how a young girl, with dreams of opening a bakery, becomes the Queen.

It’s like watching a train speed up when you know the bridge ahead has collapsed. Flavours of Jane Austen meets Wonderland.

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

This is an ARC sent to me by the author. I honestly did not know what it was about. I agreed to read one book, but due to publishing complications was sent another.

I started reading Heart like balloons, but was unable to finish it. It is sweetly and sincerely written, but dealt with emotions and topics that I found uncomfortable to read after my own personal experiences. The first few chapters features a family going through a tragedy and dealing with grief and all that goes with it. I do not know what happens later in the book, but the first chapters were very real and raw. Not the escapist literature I usually seek and would probably not accepted the request if I had known.

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