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A Matter of Magic

A Matter of Magic: Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward (1991/1997) Patricia C. Wrede This is a reissue of two lovely YA novels, Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward. Kim is a thief in London, who hopes that this job will help her get off the streets for good–before those around her discover […]


Unbreakable (2014) C.C. Hunter Chase Tallman appeared in the Shadow Falls series, and although we know he’s in love with Della, we don’t know much else about him. This story gives us a glimpse into his life–when he was first changed, and how it happened. First, I do enjoy how CC Hunter writes teens. Chase […]

Salsa Nocturna

Salsa Nocturna (2012) Daniel José Older This is a collection of intertwined short stories. It doesn’t seem quite so at the beginning, but they are are all more than just set in the same world. The characters are ghosts and ghost hunters and those who can see the dead, and with each story you learn […]

Girl Genius Vol 13: Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City

Girl Genius Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City (2014) Phil & Kaja Foglio Needs more Jagers. Rating: 7/10 Published by Studio Foglio

Girl Genius Volume 12: Siege of Mechanicsburg

Girl Genius Volume 12: Siege of Mechanicsburg (2013) Phil & Kaja Foglio The problem with Girl Genius is that it’s been running so long I forget much of what has happened previously. And the fact that I’ve had this volume for about a year before getting around to reading it doesn’t help. This doesn’t mean […]

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal (2014) G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphonsa Marvelous! This is a lot of fun, and had me giggling multiple times! Kamala Khan is your average 16-year-old Muslim girl living in New Jersey–which means there is nothing average about her. She wants all the things she can’t have–or isn’t allowed to […]

Seeress of Kell

Seeress of Kell (1991) David Eddings The conclusion of the Mallorean is a lovely wrap-up, but that also makes it somewhat frustrating. All the ‘i’s are dotted and ‘t’s crossed and everyone who wasn’t already married and in love ends up so by the end of the book. That’s not to mean there aren’t lots […]

Sorceress of Darshiva

Sorceress of Darshiva (1989) David Eddings This isn’t particularly one of my favorite of his book, but there are still fun parts, such as their meeting with Senji. After about three hundred years of argumentation, it suddenly occurred to the disputants that Senji was not merely talented, but also appeared to be immortal. In the […]

Demon Lord of Karanda

Demon Lord of Karanda (1988) David Eddings The third book of the Mallorean finds our heroes meeting Zakath, the emperor of all Mallorea. As with Urgit, the meeting has unexpected results, and again, Garion discovers that the Anagraks are not all he was expecting. Brador cleared his throat, fought for a moment with one of […]

King of the Murgos

King of the Murgos (1998) David Eddings < The second book of the Mallorean finds Belgarion once again on the road with companions (including my favorite, Silk) but not all those who went on the first quest are allowed on this one, which causes some grief, and will come up again in later books. And […]

Guardians of the West

Guardians of the West (1987) David Eddings I’ve been sick, so I’ve been craving comfort reading, hence my re-reading of the Mallorean. This book starts with Errand, who is living in the Vale with Polgara and Durnik. Errand is a strange child, which is unsurprising giving his early upbringing. Like the previous series, there is […]

The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After

The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After (2006) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer The third Cecelia and Kate book comes ten years after their Grand Tour. Both have offspring that seem to get into as much trouble as their mothers did when they were younger, and some of the children seem to be showing […]

The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia

The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia (2004) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer We last saw our heroines married and getting ready to start their Honeymoon Grand Tour, or travel across Europe, which begins with the trip across the Channel. “Don’t fret,” Thomas told him, in what I thought was a most unfeeling […]

Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot

Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (1988) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer I had somehow managed to forget how marvelous this story is. Kate and Cecy are two young ladies in Edwardian England–where there is magic. Kate has been sent to London for her Coming Out during the Season, while her cousin […]

Castle of Wizardry

Castle of Wizardry (1984) David Eddings Book four of the Belgariad finds Garion and his companions with the Orb, and needing to make their way back to safety. We discover who Garion really is, and what the future has in store for him. There are some marvelous passages in this book. Such as this bit […]

Eternal: Shadow Falls: After Dark

Eternal: Shadow Falls: After Dark (2014) C.C. Hunter This is the second full book of Della Tsang’s story (although she has been the center of several novellas, one of which is the reason I started reading this series). Della coming to terms with being one of the Reborn, and also dealing with her continued guilt […]

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (2014) Maggie Stiefvater I knew this was not going to end cleanly. I KNEW it. But I read it anyway, because OMG I love this series. This book begins a few weeks after the last book ended. Maura is missing, Blue and the Raven Boys are getting ready to start school, […]

A Fistful Of Sky

A Fistful Of Sky (2002) Nina Kiriki Hoffman I’m in need of comfort reading right now–and it needed to be an ebook, so I splurged and bought the ebook version of A Fistful Of Sky and dug in. Gypsum LaZelle comes from a magical family. At some point when they are young teenagers, most LaZelle’s […]


Reborn (2014) CC Hunter This is part of the Shadow Falls series, but Kylie’s arc is completed, and we now come back to Della, who was the character who introduced me to Shadow Falls in her short story and “Turned at Dark” (still free!) then again in the novella “Saved at Sunrise“. What is Shadow […]

Heroes ‘Til Curfew

Heroes ‘Til Curfew (2011) Susan Bischoff This is the second book in the Talent Chronicles (and sadly, the last one available) and a follow-up to Hush Money, a YA book where children and teens with Talents are taken by the NIAC and put into special schools where they are “protected” from society (but in reality […]

Impulse Control

Impulse Control (2011) Susan Bischoff This is an introduction to Susan Bischoff’s Talent Chronicles series. It’s a self-contained story that gets you into the writing and the world, but is quite separate from the books (at least for now). I’m a fan of short stories, and this one is very well done: it has world […]

The Raven Boys: Audible Version

The Raven Boys (2012) written by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Will Patton I read this last year, then on a trip Michael and I started listening to the audio version. Then I remembered I had the second book in the series, so I re-read the book, and then read The Dream Thieves (oh, Ronan), […]

Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares (2012) Kendare Blake I really loved Anna Dressed in Blood, so I had very high hopes for Girl of Nightmares. I think if I’d had no expectations going in, I would have enjoyed it more. But unfortunately, this was a second book, so I had expectations I would like it as much […]

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves (2013) Maggie Stiefvater Right. Now I know why I put off reading this, even though I pre-ordered it. It’s book two in a projected four book series. (sigh) However, once I started listening to Raven Boys, I had to finish re-reading it, and then I had to read The Dream Thieves, because […]

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys (2012) Maggie Stiefvater This is a re-read. I picked up the audio version on sale, and Michael and I started listening to it, him, for the first time, and me because I wanted to read the next book. We got about halfway though, and then didn’t take another car trip, since I […]

The Thief

The Thief (1996) Megan Whalen Turner I’ve been feeling out of sorts, and every book I start to read I put right back down, because it’s not what I’m in the mood for. Which is how I ended up re-reading The Thief, because it sucks me in and doesn’t let go. I keep trying to […]

The Privilege of the Sword

The Privilege of the Sword (2006) Ellen Kushner I’ve been listening to the audio book version of this, when I reached a point where I gave up and started re-reading (from the beginning) on the Kindle. Mind you, I’m still listening to the audio version, but it had been too long since I’d read the […]

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys (2012) Maggie Stiefvater This cover kinda makes me wish I’d gotten a print book of this. Not enough to make me want the hardback, but I really love this cover. Blue Sargent comes from a family of psychics, but isn’t psychic herself. Instead, she seems to be some sort of psychic amplifier, […]


Sabriel (1995) Garth Nix I was feeling depressed and sad, so I took advantage of the fact I’d picked up Sabriel as a deal at one point, and decided it was just what I needed to re-read. Sabriel has spent most of her youth in Ancelstierre, and is now preparing to return to the Old […]

Chosen at Nightfall

Chosen at Nightfall (2013) C.C. Hunter The conclusion to Kylie Galen’s story arc at Shadow Falls. Kylie has had a rough couple months: she lost her grandmother, her parents are divorcing, she’s discovered she’s a supernatural being, she learned the man she’d called her father her entire life was not, in fact, her biological father, […]

Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy (2012) Robin LaFevers Ismae Rienne has been sired by Mortain, death himself. At the age of fourteen she is wed to a pig farmer who, upon discovering the scars upon her body, beats her and locks up her to be burned or drowned by a priest the next day. But the local hedge […]


Send (2012) Patty Blount This was the Kindle YA deal of the day yesterday, and after reading the blurb, didn’t think it was at all anything I was interested in reading. But I decided to scroll down to see the reviews, and the excerpt from the first chapter caught my eye. I was immediately sucked […]

Whispers at Moonrise

Whispers at Moonrise (2012) C. C. Hunter Kylie Galen now knows she’s a chameleon, but she doesn’t know what that means. Nor do any of her classmates or teachers at Shadow Falls, her boarding school for the supernatural. She also doesn’t know what to do about Lucas, the werewolf she’s supposed to be dating, but […]

The Westing Game

The Westing Game (1978) Ellen Raskin Six families are offered the opportunity to rent an apartment in the new apartment complex, Sunset Towers. Plus, there are spaces for a doctor’s office, a coffee shop, and a restaurant! Just matching the needs of three of the tenants! Just up the hill is the Westing House, home […]

Across the Nightingale Floor

Across the Nightingale Floor (2002) Lian Hearn I first read these several years ago, and, as I said at the time, couldn’t wait for enough time to pass so I could reread them. Far more time than I expected has passed, but when I came across other books in the series, I had to read […]