Category: Jessica

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

When I was in college, I had this incredibly obnoxious French professor. The woman made us—grown men and women—sit in a circle and read (in French) basic sentences that would add up to nonsensical stories. Like we were in grade school. The first person would get a slip of paper with the equivalent of, “Jacques went […]

— Posted April 9, 2014 by Jessica / 94 Comments
Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

LOTS of dystopians flooding the YA market these days. That doesn’t particularly bother me, but as is true when a market is flooded with anything, I’ve had to become more selective in deciding which dystopians to actually read. I needed to create a method of separating the wheat from the the chaff, the silver from […]

— Posted April 6, 2014 by Jessica / 92 Comments
Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

A few years ago, YA Fantasy was suddenly swamped with brand new series from brand new authors. REALLY good brand new series from brand new authors. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was the second of that batch that I read, and I hadn’t really wanted to. The cover was weirdly creepy and looked to be […]

— Posted April 2, 2014 by Jessica / 80 Comments
Review: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

Review: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

So. Paranormal Romance. A lot of readers don’t see a huge difference between PNR and Urban Fantasy. I do. And for the most part, I infinitely prefer UF—more save the world, less cheerleader. Exhibit A: my sister and I were reading a well-known PNR a few years ago, our version of a buddy read (b/c […]

— Posted March 30, 2014 by Jessica / 68 Comments
Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

I basically had two separate lives growing up. My main life involved my nurse mother, my pharmacist (legal) father, and two of my three sisters, all living a suburban life just outside of Charlotte, NC. My secondary life involved my biological father and his entire family which was (they’ve since departed) headquartered in Bon Aqua (pronounced “ACK-qua”), TN. […]

— Posted March 25, 2014 by Jessica / 77 Comments
Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is a genius. No really. You know how “they” say that all myths and fairytales have an element of truth in them? How that element of truth is where the myths and fairytales originally came from? Well, in Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor treats all the myths like they’re Athena—sprung fully […]

— Posted March 23, 2014 by Jessica / 112 Comments
Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Urban Fantasy is a pretty diverse genre. There are all kinds of twists on various folklores and mythologies, as well as multitudes of different takes on a myriad of supernatural creatures. We all have our favorites (and not-so-favorites). For me, if it has something to do with the Fae or Native American folklore, I’m probably […]

— Posted March 18, 2014 by Jessica / 102 Comments
Review: Bloodfire by Helen Harper

Review: Bloodfire by Helen Harper

I’m not really sure how I stumbled across Helen Harper and her Blood Destiny series. I think I was in one of my Urban Fantasy funks (in which nothing but UF holds any kind of appeal, but I’ve read and re-read any of the mainstream, published UF that I’m interested in, and am desperate for […]

— Posted March 16, 2014 by Jessica / 71 Comments
Review: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

Review: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

Generally speaking, there are two types of YA books. There are YA books that take place in the modern world in which the MC(s) are 18 or almost 18 and therefore an “adult” and not completely subject to the rules and restrictions of their parents, OR they take place in a post-apocalyptic or fantasy world […]

— Posted March 11, 2014 by Jessica / 77 Comments
Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, and it has been since I was old enough to make my own bedtime story requests. My appreciation has grown and evolved as I have likewise grown and evolved, and as an adult, I’ll pretty much take it however I can it, be it Dark, Epic, High, […]

— Posted March 9, 2014 by Jessica / 80 Comments
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