Daughter of the Pirate KIng by Tricia Levenseller

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 nothing to worry about and it was lovely! In this world, there are three ancient pirate lines and once a long time ago they had a map that showed the Read More

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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 present. In the present the story is told from the point of view of the Bard. The past portion is told from the view of Tea, the bone witch. The Read More

The Dark Companions by M.A. Kassel

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 children being born with a dark companion was well explained and thought through. There is even a twist regarding control of the dark companions that I thought added some excitement. Read More

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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 even love it more? It is unfathomable! I had to wait a bit of time before writing this review because the ending of this book was such a bittersweet ending. Read More

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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 but tortured and I wanted to know more! The scenes in this book were easy to visualize. The development of the lowlands was spectacular. The concept of how souls were Read More

Eerie by C.M. McCoy

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 adult story. Two sisters who survived a life-altering trauma and now they only have each other and a gruff Uncle. There was good backstory development on the relationship between Holly Read More

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 freaking awesome that the abuses did not ruin it for me. Another thing that is love or hate about this book is that there are footnotes, which last for the Read More

Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

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 drawn to feel compassion for both species in this war and it can be compared to many past events that have occurred in our own histories. Myra is a great Read More

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

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 which is why I decided to read a book that is in the genre of middle grade fiction, not my usual choice but sometimes you just got to go outside Read More

Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth

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 almost appalling. Creatures known as Hags are stealing children to work in their factories, leaving coglings (essentially humanized automatons) in place of the children so that their theft goes without Read More

Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

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 returned to her people and is looking for information about “The Host” that King Adaro desperately wants. Not knowing what the Host is and coming to a dead end with Read More

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 taken back to the Harrow, a ten-mile stretch of land surrounded by a magical barrier that protects the inhabitants. She has spent the last two months at John’s house in Read More

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 it and looked at it. To read or not to read was my question. Well as part of my TBR for June I put this book on there because it Read More

The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 the same people, seriously ugh. The writing was done well enough that I wanted to read it to the end. Once I finished it my overall feeling was that the whole Read More

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 book and rolling in the grass in pure bliss like most reviewers are seeming to be doing. Now I am having that existential crisis of “is this it? Have I Read More

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 her parents and grieving. Trying to make the best of things she attempts a friendship with a couple of girls from her new school. It is through them that Honoria Read More

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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 of knowledge and you want, no truly desire for someone to care for those beautiful books. You understand why the Burners want the Library to end its control, because if Read More

Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

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 in to work because they need the money. During the course of her shift she meets a customer who seems to know more than he should and that makes Ari Read More

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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 absolute love of physical books. The premise of the story being that no one could own original works due to it being contraband. All original works were to only be Read More

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

REVISED Book Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Revised Review 04/15/2016: Well, I did not see that coming! I did finally finish reading this book and although the beginning was building up to what I thought was going to be very interesting it just really wasn’t. The book took a turn for the anticlimactic. That’s all it became for me. I did continue to enjoy the characters and the relationship between Cedric and Adelaide was nice but the witty dialoguing and humor I found in the first half just died away. In an extreme effort to not throw out any spoilers I will just say that after reading the entire Read More