I’m a sucker for unique expressions of magic in fantasy novels. When I found out that Rowenna Miller’s novel Torn was the story of seamstress who sews enchantments into her bespoke garments, I knew I had to read it… especially when I saw the gorgeous cover design.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I put in a NetGalley request for Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories based solely on the cover. Oh, ok, maybe the comparison to Neil Gaiman helped, but mostly it was those beautiful dragonfly wings. Dreadful Young Ladies is a single-author short story collection featuring the work of Kelly Barnhill. All of the stories are of a fantastic nature, though a couple lean more literary despite the fantasy elements. The collection starts off strong with “Mrs. Sorenson and the Sasquatch.” I enjoyed the author’s voice and how the story was told through the eyes of outsiders, and […]
I’ve never one-clicked a book faster than when I found out about Robots vs Fairies. The only thing better than an anthology of stories trying to prove that either fairies or robots are the rightful masters of humanity is such an anthology that happens to feature work by some of your favorite authors and others you’ve had your eye on. I expected a delightful romp, and this book did not disappoint. It kicks things right off with an entertaining intro by editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. The first story, Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire, is sure to […]
Author: Rodney V. Smith Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy Publisher: Lost Bajan Publishing Pages: 332 pages Release Date: February 13, 2018 My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ Blurb: Nobody expects to get turned into a vampire, especially a guy like Bob. Everybody hopes that if they somehow get transformed into a vampire, they will instantly become some kind of superhero vampire out of the movies. Bad news guys: not gonna happen. More likely than not, you’re gonna be one of the poor clueless bastards hanging out on Thursday nights with Bob in his vampire support group. You may think you know what being a vampire is supposed […]
Author: Sandra Hurst Publisher: Createspace Genre: Epic Fantasy Release date: March 17, 2017 Pages: 268 My rating: ♥♥♥♥ Blurb: A young exile, Y’keta, finds a place to belong, only to find his new home threatened by secrets from his past. If Y’keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their history and traditions apart…but sharing his secrets may be their only hope for survival.
A backwards glance at the best books read in 2017. What were your top picks this year?
Content warning: Discussions of attempted child molestation and stalking. I almost always feel guilty when I don’t finish a book… and I feel even more guilty when that book was a specific review request!