Caraval by Stephanie Garber

4.0/5.0 “So not all games occur in a total dystopia and result in societal transformation? Huh.” – Katniss Everdeen, Hunger Games When the world runs out of plots, since there are only a finite number of ways people can interact, you can still have amazing stories….. change the setting or the time or the characters…

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

“Maybe Norbert would enjoy a play date.”  Hagrid, Harry Potter This is first book of the year I really felt compelled to finish and the first of those I have reviewed here to break the 4.0 barrier. The Bone Witch is a dark, high fantasy style novel with elements of Japanese/Geisha tradition woven in a magical,…

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

“Well, put that to bed, folks. At least Phoebe was listening to the opening lyrics” -LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow Bookishly Ever After is a cute geek-girl (vice chick lit) novel, romantic and heart breaking at the same time. I was giddy with the delight over the main character, Phoebe, and her crazy personality,…

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

3.2/5″Our children will go to boarding school in Europe….. nothing strange, weird, anomalous, unsual ever happens there.” – the overwhelming majority of fictional parents of tweens/teens in paranormal/fantasy novels Roseblood is not so much a retelling of Phantom of the Opera but more an evolution of the story. A “What if” set in modern France….