ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner
My Thoughts Hunted was a unique take on the "beauty and the beast" fairytale that felt familiar at the same time. It's clear that Meagan Spooner knows how to write a fantasy setting, and I really enjoyed the parts that felt wholly new to me. One of my favorite things about this book was the Beast. Spooner's interpretation of this character was dark and scary -- deliciously mysterious and compelling. I loved the sense of danger that hovered in his presence. Some of this book very much reminded...

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ARC Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
My Thoughts In some ways, The Bone Witch was Very Different — but in other ways, it felt somewhat typical... but with a twist. First sentence into this review, and I hope I'm making it clear that I have conflicted feelings about this book! So, let me state up front: I definitely liked this book, but I didn't love it. The world building here is undoubtedly one of its best features. The magic system had some familiar aspects, but it also felt altogether different from any other. Societal norms,...

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ARC Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

ARC Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
My Thoughts What intrigued me initially was the mental hospital (I'm a sucker for that setting) and the fantasy. Of course, I didn't get much of the mental hospital, since it quickly moved into fantasy, and that was okay. There were some imaginative and interesting aspects of the world-building, but I'd definitely call it 'fantasy lite'. There were also plot points that annoyed me, but maybe that's to be expected. Overall, it was a light, easy read with some magic and intrigue. Nothing truly grabbed...

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ARC Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

ARC Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
My Thoughts I've had some trouble putting my thoughts together on this book, and I'm not sure why. On the one hand, A Fierce and Subtle Poison was an interesting experience, with a setting and theme that aren't my typical fare. On the other hand, I suppose I felt a bit disconnected from the story. The book is set in Puerto Rico and I think this is one of my favorite things about it. At times, I almost felt like I was there -- I could feel the heat and humidity, imagine swatting those mosquitoes...

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ARC Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

ARC Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating
My Thoughts I wanted to read Dreamology because — hello, dreams! I'm fascinated by dreams and love reading about them (as evidenced by my Sci-Fi Month posts from 2014). So of course I wanted to read a book about people who hang out in each other's dreams! (Honestly, it's what my husband and I WISH we could do!) This book was pretty much exactly what I was expecting. It didn't dive too heavily into anything very scientific or philosophical or ~meta~... but it was an entertaining, imaginative, and...

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