Genre: Fantasy & Magic

Book Review : Illuminations

Book Review : Illuminations

Whenever I need a bit of a feel-good pick me-up story, I reach for a T. Kingfisher work—even if it’s horror. I just love the originality and eccentricity of her stories and Illuminations is no exception to this rule. Illuminations follows the youngest daughter, Rosa, of one of the most well-known and famous illuminator families. Illuminations are magically imbued drawings that serve specific purposes, like a drawing of a cat […]

Posted January 19, 2024 in Book Reviews, Fantasy
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Book Review : The Warm Hands of Ghosts

Book Review : The Warm Hands of Ghosts

Every now and then a book comes along that makes you feel like you’re a better person for reading it—The Warm Hands of Ghosts is undoubtedly one of those books. The Warm Hands of Ghosts details a time, World War I, which is so often lost in the shadow of what came next. Author Katherine Arden lovingly and unapologetically places that time period out in the sun and shows it […]

Posted January 12, 2024 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : The Witchwood Knot

Book Review : The Witchwood Knot

When I saw Olivia Atwater, the author of the charming Small Miracles and the Regency Faerie Tale series (home to delights like Ten Thousand Stitches and Half a Soul), had written a spooky continuation of the latter’s world, I knew I had to read it. Like all of her novels, The Witchwood Knot features a charming and quirky romance as well as a strong female protagonist, Winnifred “Winnie” Hall, who […]

Posted November 9, 2023 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy
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Book Review : Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

Book Review : Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is a delightful cozy fantasy for fans of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and Emily Rodda’s Star of Deltora series. If pure sunshine could be contained in a book, it would look like this. Much like Kiki’s Delivery Service, this middle grade novel follows Evalithimus “Eva” Evergreen as she strikes out alone on her first quest as a witch, one […]

Posted June 15, 2023 in Book Reviews, Fantasy
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Book Review : Thornhedge

Book Review : Thornhedge

Ever since reading What Moves the Dead, I’ve become a huge fan of T. Kingfisher’s books, snapping them up left and right. I love how the author manages to effortlessly pivot from sweet and quirky fairytale retellings to dark and twisted horror stories. In Thornhedge, Kingfisher manages to merge both of these genres with aplomb, creating a simultaneously sweet, but dark and violent retelling of the classic tale Sleeping Beauty. […]

Posted February 15, 2023 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy
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