Genre: Fantasy

Review: Taste of Darkness – Katie Reus

Review: Taste of Darkness – Katie Reus

A sexy dragon-shifter, a beautiful were-wolf, intrigue, war and betrayals, Taste of Darkness have all of that and a lot of slow romance as well. My Taste of Darkness review: Right back into the action, Taste of Darkness brought me back to a universe that is well made, with really good characters and a wolf-pack that is very different from the norm – what with the alpha married to a vampire, and the fact that they were willing and able to also help take care of a dragon shifter who had escaped from hell. Drake is confused by the world, after being brought to hell when he was only twelve, he spent the next fifteen-hundred years there. Mostly alone and […]

Posted 26 September, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Review: Dissonance – Erica O’Rourke

Review: Dissonance – Erica O’Rourke

*I received a free ARC of Dissonance from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelwiess in exchange of an honest review* Dissonance opens up multiverses of possibilities so vast it made my head spin in a good way! My Dissonance review: The concept of Dissonance – that each and every time a person makes a choice in the key world, they create at least one echo world where the echo of themselves made the other choice – is one that I love. If you have ever thought ‘what if…’ you will get the excitement I felt when I started reading. I stayed glued to my kindle reading throughout the whole day – and awake part of the night […]

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Review: The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2) – Richelle Mead

Review: The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2) – Richelle Mead

*I received a free ARC of The Immortal Crown from Dutton Adult in exchange of an honest review* The Immortal Crown lets the readers know Mae a lot better, and seeing how different Gods are wooing her makes her seem more human, in a way, and more likable. Therefore, the story here is much better than Gameboard of the Gods in my opinion, and there are several reasons for this. One reason is that the world makes more sense in The Immortal Crown, and since Age of X is set in an epic fantasy world, it is easy to understand why the second book makes more sense. I also enjoyed Mae and Justin both more in The Immortal Crown than […]

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Review: The Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown #1) – Melissa de la Cruz

Review: The Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown #1) – Melissa de la Cruz

*I received a free ARC of The Ring and the Crown from Disney Hyperion via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* The Ring and the Crown is a young adult fantasy story, which seems to aim toward a kind of modern fairy tale. While the story unfolds mostly in London in the 21st century, the world isn’t the way it is for real right now, there is magic, and a lot less technology because the mage wants to keep progress at bay to make sure people are still dependent on the magic. The Ring and the Crown is told from several different points of view, and the switching is not always very easy to follow. The actual story of […]

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#COYER Review: Reprisal (The Time Weaver Chronicles #3) – Thomas A. Knight

#COYER Review: Reprisal (The Time Weaver Chronicles #3) – Thomas A. Knight

*I received a free ARC of Reprisal from the author in exchange of an honest review* Reprisal is an epic ending to The Time Weaver Chronicles, battles, dragons, parallel worlds, time travel, love, and strong world building with even stronger characters. Krycin, Seth, Malia, the bard and the other characters are all still there, and now, the fight has to be fought both on Earth and in Galador. The new king of Findoor might just be the most powerful magician yet, and everybody is looking to Seth for salvation. There are a lot of different story lines that are wrapped up in Reprisal, and it is definitely a necessity to read The Time Weaver and Legacy before starting Reprisal. As […]

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Review: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) – Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) – Pierce Brown

Red Rising is a well-woven story set on Mars, in a dystopian society, where the readers follow Darrow from the mines where he extracts precious helium 3 to help the population from earth to come and colonize the red planet. The Reds working and living deep inside of Mars have little food, and everything is done to make sure the clans do not band together with each other – only staying with their own. Many things are forbidden, but not many people dare to rise and try to make things better. When Eo brings her husband to a secret place she’s found, a place that is fully terraformed already, Darrow has no idea what she means when she tells him […]

Posted 20 January, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 23 Comments
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Review: The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) – Scott Lynch

Review: The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) – Scott Lynch

*I received a free ARC of The Republic of Thieves from Del Rey via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* The Republic of Thieves is the third book in the Gentleman Bastard series, but the first one I read. If I missed anything because I started with the third book, I truly didn’t notice it! The characters are so well done, and I will certainly check out the prior books in this series just to be able to learn more about this world that is set in another time, and possibly in another world as well. There are alchemists and magi, as well as normal people. Then, we also have the amazing Gentlemen Bastards, who have been raised to […]

Posted 11 December, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 12 Comments
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Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) – A. G. Howard

Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) – A. G. Howard

*I won an ARC of Splintered from The Midnight Garden and I’m really excited to read it!* Splintered is an amazing mixture of a re-telling and a totally new story featuring Alice in Wonderland! I am still within the confines of the story, and I truly loved both Alyssa and Jeb, even Morpheus somehow managed to sneak his way into my heart. I love fairy tales, and Splintered really is a great spin-off that I enjoyed from start to finish. Alyssa is a great main character, she has a lot of stuff to deal with, both in the real world and in Wonderland. The way the story unfolded was so well done – I felt like I was right there […]

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Review: Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae) – Deanna Chase

Review: Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae) – Deanna Chase

*I received a free ARC of Influential Magic from Bayou Moon Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* Influential Magic is a very refreshing paranormal urban fantasy story! There are both fairies and vampires, but they are not exactly the same as they are in other stories. Willow has some strange powers, she can transform the essence of plants, which is one of the reasons her bakery is so successful. She also can tell if a vampire is near, and more importantly, when a vampire is near, it sucks out her energy. That is one part of her power she is trying to keep secret – just as she tried to keep one of her new cakes a […]

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Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) – Richelle Mead

Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) – Richelle Mead

*I received a free ARC of Gameboard of the Gods from Dutton Adult via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review* Gameboard of the Gods is about a world where religion is all but forbidden, after religious extremists almost destroyed all humanity. Mae and Justin need to work together to make sure a religious war won’t happen again. The premise holds so much promise, with a very strong woman, both physically and mentally, different mythologies, a gruesome murder mystery as well as family drama. I went into this story with pretty high expectations – I love the author, usually adore her books, and I really looked forward to reading an adult mystery with lots of mythology. Sadly, Gameboard of the […]

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