Category: Young Adult Fantasy

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Posted March 30, 2017 by Minx
Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Toward a Secret Sky was a like-dislike book for me. What originally excited me about this book was that the main character, Maren Hamilton, was ignorant to the fact that her parents were spies until she was sent her mother’s encrypted journal. Then throw in labyrinths, booby-trapped crypts and romance and I was desperately looking forward to this book! It just did not pan out the way I wanted it […]


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Posted March 21, 2017 by Minx
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King was a book I knew I had to read. I love anything pirates and bonus, female pirate protagonist, yep a must read. My reason for being unsure was whether or not I was going to like this story due to the age of Alosa. I wasn’t sure how believable her character at seventeen was going to come across as a pirate captain. Turns out I had […]


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Posted March 1, 2017 by Minx
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

What was it that drew me to this story? A story revolving around necromancy is not something you run into that often and hello on that gorgeous cover! Upon reading it I find that there is a significant Asian (think geisha) influence throughout the writing and the story itself is about love, loss and revenge. This story is told from two points of view and it transitions from past to […]


The Dark Companions by M.A. Kassel

Posted February 21, 2017 by Minx
The Dark Companions by M.A. Kassel

Let’s start by saying that this story involves children but I do not think it is meant for young readers. Heck, maybe not even some teens. It is a dark fantasy and the characters are not interested in good versus evil. There is very little good. Even the main character of Sid is not wholly good. I did however truly appreciate his love for his sister. The entire plot about […]


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Posted January 28, 2017 by Minx
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I was first introduced to author Leigh Bardugo when I read the Grisha Trilogy. That series was just spectacular (imagine fireworks and sparkles after this word), so when I read about the first book in this duology, Six of Crows, which is set in the same world as the Grisha books, I had to read it! I adored the first book and this book was even better! How could I […]


The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Posted January 20, 2017 by Minx
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

An amazing young adult debut that had me on the edge of my seat! I wanted to read this story because the main character is a bounty hunter from a hell called the lowlands. That alone sounded so intriguing and I was thrilled when I got my hands on this book! From the start, I was into X’s character. He just came on the scene appearing so strong and confident […]


Eerie by C.M. McCoy

Posted December 23, 2016 by Minx
Eerie by C.M. McCoy

  Captivating, dark and spectacular! This is an amazing story and once I started reading it I could not get enough! I just want to gush about this story but I do not want to spoil it for anyone. So, I will try to rein it in but I am bursting at the seams with excitement about this book. The beginning of the book started out like a typical young […]


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Posted December 18, 2016 by Minx
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Terrific Tuesday post from 08/09/2016 Violence, gore and cruelty! This is a story that you will either love or hate. I am absolutely in the love category! Some people had issues with how the book was composed. Yes, there were some abuses of the English language, specifically metaphors and similes. Purple prose (prose that is too elaborate or ornate) does abound BUT the overall story with the characters are so […]


Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

Posted October 24, 2016 by Minx
Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

Utterly alluring and remarkable! This story was set in a dystopian future where humanity is at the brink of annihilation. When I started this book I was struck by how Ms. May created a terrifying reality for humans who survived a harrowing extermination attempt. I so enjoyed the attention to detail that explained the positions of both the side of the vampires and the humans in this conflict. I was […]


The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

Posted October 19, 2016 by Minx
The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

If you have read “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp” or “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” then you will enjoy this tale. It is not based upon those stories but rather is influenced by them and seems to beg the question “but what if it was real?” “What if the lamp survived time and what would be its purpose?” I needed to know what happened with Hannah after she rubbed the lamp […]


Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

Posted August 29, 2016 by Minx
Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

This is the second book I have read from author Jordan Elizabeth Mierek and she has such a talent for bringing the story to life. Her detailed writing never fails to surprise me. This is a steampunk inspired fantasy that was filled with action from beginning to end. Written for middle grade/young adult but is bound to delight readers of all ages. The idea behind the story is different and […]


Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

Posted August 26, 2016 by Minx
Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

Being a huge fan of mermaids and mermen I jumped on a chance to read this book and I was blown away by the writing, depth of characters and the world development. This story is told from the point of view of both Meela and Lysi, which is just wonderful because it really adds the emotional draw. The story starts out where it’s predecessor, Ice Massacre, left off. Meela has […]


The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Posted July 20, 2016 by Minx
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

I was looking forward to reading this book so much that it made one of my Terrific Tuesday postings, to read that click HERE. I will say that although it has tons of actions and plot twists it did not live up to the hype. In the second and final book of the Witch Hunter series, the story picks up shortly after the end of book one. Elizabeth has been […]


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Posted July 18, 2016 by Minx
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

How do you write a review on a book that is near perfection? It is quite the challenge. This book is written so very well, A+ to the characters, the plot, the sub plots. All is fantastically done! So with this book what it comes down to is the little things but first the synopsis: This book has been sitting on my shelf for three months. I have looked at […]


Mini-Reviews from June 2016 Re-Cap

Posted July 16, 2016 by Minx
Mini-Reviews from June 2016 Re-Cap

As you know I read a ton of books in June. I wanted to do some “mini-reviews” (well in some cases more like rants) on a few of those books because I thought it would be fun. I gave this 2 stars. I was not the biggest fan of the storyline or characters. The fantasy portion was “been there, done that.” The romance angle, ugh too much brother and sister kissing […]


Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Posted June 15, 2016 by Minx
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

I was so excited for this book to come out! I was eagerly awaiting the day, it was on my Terrific Tuesday posting for June 07, 2016 and I was pumped. Then I read it, slowly deflated, and I am sitting here thinking that there is something wrong with me because I was not blown away like everyone else. It was a very enjoyable read but I am not grabbing the […]


Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

Posted June 13, 2016 by Minx
Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

I was expecting a young adult fantasy and the story delivered that but what I was not expecting was a story with time transitions and multiple storylines woven together to create an intriguing mystery that made you hang on until the end. Honoria and her brother have moved to Arnn with their aunt and uncle after the recent loss of their parents. Honoria is still reeling from the loss of […]


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Posted June 6, 2016 by Minx
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

This book will have a lasting impact with both book lovers and activists for personal freedom. The thread that is woven between both books is about the power of knowledge and its connection to personal freedom. It is a resounding call that few would dare to ignore. Reading this book you are pulled emotionally in different directions. You are entranced by the world building of the libraries and other centers […]


Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

Posted June 1, 2016 by Minx
Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

This story was really hard for me to rate. Arianna is a normal girl who recently dropped out of college to work at a diner so that she could help her mother pay the bills, although Ari’s mom is actually unaware of this fact. Hard times bring on hard decisions and even though Ari would love nothing more than to stay home on her eighteenth birthday, she has to go […]


Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Posted April 22, 2016 by Minx
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Jess Brightwell’s childhood is described in such a way that I felt misery for the first few chapters of this book. I am not saying that I did not enjoy reading the backstory of this character but it did evoke many emotions and misery was the main one. His family just sucks. I would not have been truly drawn into the book initially if it had not been for his […]