Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Want to Reread
Top 5 Tuesday / May 7, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books I want to reread This first pick is because of all the books I’ve not read the sequels to, this is the one that I most wish I had made the time for. Now that its been so long, I feel like I need to re-read it before continuing the series. This one is because when I when I featured it for Throwback Thursday, I became very curious what I would think of it were I to read it now. The next three books are pretty much my 3 favorite series, so any chance to re-read them (not just the first one, but entire series), would be very, very welcome. Hobb’s books are such an emotional roller coaster. Any book that can drag my emotions through such highs and lows and leave me wanting moreis worth a re-read. One can never have enough of Locke Lamora and his crew of thieving orphans.  These books are a great mix of fun and darkness I feel like this series has the most complex and interesting characters. I…

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned In Books I’d Like to Visit
Top Ten Tuesday / February 26, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right?    This week’s theme is  Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit (submitted by Georgia @justreadthemm) The Eolian My first pick is the The Eolian. A place where the top musicians come to try and earn their pipes (the highest honor, that will pretty much ensure they can work as a musician anywhere). There are so many reason why I love The Kingkiller Chronicles, and the magic of The Eolian is definitely one of them.   Glamourist Histories I honestly can not remember what the setting for this one was exactly, but it’s pretty much Regency with magic and glamours. It just sounds beautiful, so I wanna go. Camorr A city of canals, bridges, and elderglass (which can glimmer in the dark), towers of different colors, it just sounds beautiful. The Great Library I mean, the name says it all. Even if the people running this library are a bit evil, I still want to go. Just have to make sure not to piss off the killer automatons guarding it.    The Just City A place where the greatest…

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Magic (in the title)
Top 5 Tuesday / October 23, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books with magic So when you have a Fantasy blog, and read mainly fantasy books (which typically feature *MAGIC*), how on earth do you pick the Top 5? I debated several ways to go about this. The Top 5 Magic Systems. The Top 5 Most Powerful Magicians. The Top 5 Most Creative Magics. But I took the easy way out and went with fantasy books that actually feature the word Magic in the title.            

Top 5 Tuesday – Cozy Fall Reads
Top 5 Tuesday / September 25, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 Cozy Fall Reads I’m not entirely sure what criteria I used for this list other than “Books I would most love to curl up and lose myself in again for the first time. A number of them just “feel” fallish to me for some reason, maybe because of travelling through woods and such.  

Top Ten Tuesday – Purple Cover Lover
Top Ten Tuesday / May 8, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is :  Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title) I listed only books I’ve read, though a number of them I read before I started writing reviews (Lies of Locke Lamora, Way of Shadows, Beauty, Odd Thomas). BUT … this list is all about the covers, so here you go!   The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life. Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate. Fallon was warned. Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire. When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help…

Review: Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
5 Stars , Reviews / May 8, 2017

Assassin’s Fate is an emotional roller-coaster of a book that is heartbreaking, bittersweet and absolutely perfect. This book is not just a perfect ending to The Fitz and Fool trilogy, but also to The Realm of the Elderlings series so far. So much so, that my only negative reaction is fear that there may not be another series in this world that Hobb has made me love so much. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely huge potential for more stories to be told there, but for this conclusion, Hobb expertly weaves together threads from all the prior series in to one epic conclusion. For any readers that have previously wondered how disconnected the non-Fitz series are from the Fitz ones, I can say they do all come together in this final book. If you have not read Liveship Traders or Rain Wild Chronicles, I strongly advise you to go read those first as there are characters and references from every series that really just add an extra layer of enjoyment. All of The Realm of the Elderling books are worth reading and I believe you will get more out of this conclusion if you have experienced all of the…

Backlist Burndown Review: City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
4 Stars , Reviews / January 29, 2016

City of Dragons is the third of the four book Rain Wild Chronicles. I have to admit, I binge read this entire series back to back and so I feel like I can’t comment on how this book stands by itself. I have seen complaints about the story arc of this one, that it did not feel like a self contained story. All I can tell you for sure is that I enjoyed the hell out of it, and was eager for the next book. The dragons and their keepers finally find Kelisingra, the utopian city the dragon’s have been dreaming of. For the dragons to get there, they have to fly. This is a major challenge for the dragons who were born deformed and have been almost sickly. Some respond with great determination, others with resignation. It is interesting to see how it plays out and how each dragon (and their keeper) handle the challenge. For the keepers who can get there by boat, what they find is an amazing city unlike anything in the human world. Full of ornate craftsmanship and magical artifacts, it is nothing short of amazing. But it is also has the feel of a place lost in time,…

Backlist Burndown Review: Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Reviews / December 31, 2015

For me, Hobb writes the most addictive stories. Dragon Haven is the second book in her Rain Wilds Chronicles that is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings story. For those not familiar, I highly, highly recommend reading all of her series in order. I’ve mentioned in other reviews the reason for my strong opinion on this is that I did not read them in published order because I did not realize how they connected. So, because of my unconventional reading order, I actually read all of the Rain Wilds books after reading all of her other published books to this point. I continue to be intrigued with the Rain Wilds, but I will confess If I was absolutely forced to rank all of the books, this is my least favorite of the series. And within this series, this particular book I think may be my least favorite. But, I still found it impossible to put down, and my least favorite book by one of my favorite authors is still a book worth reading. There was actually a lot to love in this book. While you may have had an idea of why Rain Wilders are marked and the…

Backlist Burndown Review: Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
4 Stars , Reviews / November 27, 2015

It took me a while to get to this series, and I’m not entirely sure why since I count Robin Hobb as one of my favorite authors.  I also have to confess to reading the different series that make up The Realm of the Elderlings in the wrong order as I was ignorant of how much interconnection there is between all of them. So, lesson learned. Going into this series (The Rain Wilds Chronicles), I have read all the other published books that make up Realm of the Elderlings (for those unfamiliar, it is comprised of The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Rain Wilds Chronicles and The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy). That means I have read books both preceding and following this trilogy. I will be very upfront, reading the books/series out of order is a mistake. I really had no idea how much connected between them. But now I do, and even with my unique reading order, I am really enjoying this. Actually, I have to confess to enjoying knowing some of the connections that come from my knowledge of The Fitz and the Fool books, but I would have preferred to have read them in…