Genre: Fantasy & Magic

Princess of the Midnight Ball

Posted April 30, 2015 by Brin in Reviews / 4 Comments
Princess of the Midnight Ball

I love fairy tale retellings and I can clearly recall picking up Princess of the Midnight Ball a few years ago specifically because I saw it was a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The only other interpretation of this story that I have read was Juliet Marillier’s excellent Wildwood Dancing, which is a personal favourite. That may be the reason I put off reading this one for so long, fearing […]

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Posted August 11, 2014 by Brin in Reviews / 0 Comments
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

To say I was excited about Fool’s Assassin would be a complete understatement. I have been a massive fan of Robin Hobb’s The Realm of the Elderlings saga for years. It is my favourite fantasy series and Fitz and The Fool are two characters very dear to my heart. I felt heartbroken at the ending of Fool’s Fate – I couldn’t believe after journeying through so many ups and downs with these […]

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted February 16, 2014 by Brin in Reviews / 4 Comments
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I am not sure how Maggie Stiefvater does it but every time I read one of her books I fall a little bit more in love with her writing. To say that I enjoyed The Raven Boys would be a gross understatement. I absolutely loved every minute of it and was so disappointed when I got to the end (and so relieved that I waited until the second book The […]

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Posted January 5, 2014 by Brin in Reviews / 1 Comment
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I really enjoyed Unearthly by Cynthia Hand but at the same time did not quite understand why it appealed to me so much. I am not a huge fan of ‘angel’ themes in Young Adult paranormal novels. Probably the only book of this ilk I have enjoyed previously was Angelfall by Susan Ee but that is because it broke a lot of the conventions of this particular brand of paranormal […]

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Posted August 29, 2013 by Brin in Reviews / 0 Comments
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Shadowfell is the first book in a new YA series by Juliet Marillier and although it was not quite as magical an experience as her earlier Sevenwaters series, it did not disappoint. This is the story of Neryn, a young girl with certain ‘canny’ gifts that have made her a target. She has had to keep hidden, never staying long in any one place for fear of discovery. She has heard of […]