(Book Review) Land of Stories: Worlds Collide

Wanted thief Goldilocks, a baby on an adventure, witches in Manhattan, an old writer with memory problems, the fairytales you know and love in a bright shiny Land of Stories No. 6–what could possibly go wrong?

Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Literally. We have history. I’ve been reading it since 2012 when the first one made its way to my library. I can’t think of the series without remembering being up with a flashlight after midnight that Christmas Eve, reading page afterContinue reading “Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey”

Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy

So it’s been a while! What with NaNoWriMo and my neglect of the Harry Potter Project, I haven’t posted a book review in some time. Never fear! I picked up The Castle Behind Thorns for a little light reading, swallowed it up within 24 hours, and now we’re back to the original purpose of thisContinue reading “Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy”

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

So here we are! After all this time, I have finally read Harry Potter! Or the start of it, anyway. And what did I, the diehard Tolkien reader think? Well, honestly, that it’s a bit odd people keep comparing the two. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are completely different. Saying they’re alike isContinue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Book Review: Heart of Iron

Book: Heart of Iron by Erkaterina Sedia Genre: Steampunk/Alternate History/Fantasy Content for the Sensitive Reader: mild language, discussions of religion and historical attitudes toward race and gender, implied romantic affair, distantly depicted death of several side characters. Very acceptable for YA and most middle-grade audiences. BookmarkedOne Rating: 4/10 SPOILERS CLEARLY MARKED, read at your ownContinue reading “Book Review: Heart of Iron”

A Little Writers of the Future Update

So since last time I did a writing update on Writers of the Future stuff…books and certificates and authors ahoy! I decided to treat myself to the seven-volume package of Writers of the Future anthologies that was on sale a few months ago. They came in a big cardboard box carefully packed all snug togetherContinue reading “A Little Writers of the Future Update”

Book Review: Violins of Autumn

Book: Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Series: (standalone) Genre: YA WWII Historical Fiction (emphasis on women in the French Resistance) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Three violent but not particularly graphic on-page deaths, amount of violence otherwise typical in WWII stories, some PG-13 and mild language scattered throughout, mild romantic themes, underage smoking andContinue reading “Book Review: Violins of Autumn”

ARC Review: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol. 36

Time to plunge into all things science fiction and fantasy with this year’s collection of the best of the best contest winners.
Read on for intergalactic travel, linguistic debates with squid people, fluffy deaths, and murdery time travelers.
Strangely no dragons this time around…

A Brief Book Blog Post

So a big drumroll please, because tomorrow, Writers of the Future Vol. 36 is released! And somehow I made it onto the advanced reader list for one of the biggest science fiction and fantasy anthologies of the year. One does not turn down that opportunity, however madcap the schedule. So in between the usual lifeContinue reading “A Brief Book Blog Post”

The Runaway King

Book Review No 20: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen Series: The Ascendance Trilogy, book 2 Genre: Low Fantasy (YA/Middle Grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Typical level of fantasy violence/bloodshed, two characters killed in-scene, various references to devils as oaths, presence of pirates, branding irons, implied innuendo, thievery and layers of deception necessaryContinue reading “The Runaway King”

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