I blame faintingviolet (and crystalclear) for my new obsession with everything Rowell. I was so happily ignorant before cracking one of her books, but now I’m like an addict and I can’t get enough. I haven’t suffered from book-hangover in a very long time, but Wayward Son has me moping around wondering when book 3 is going to hit the shelves. I don’t know what to read next, I have a stack from the library that I’m sending back because everything is just paling in comparison to the Watford cast. Is this book perfect? No. If I’m being honest and true […]
4.5 stars Spoiler warning! This is the second book in a series, and this review will contain spoilers for the first book, Carry On. If you haven’t already read it, you should do yourself a favour and do so. Simon Snow was the Chosen One, destined to bring an end to the threat to all magic. Of course, it turned out that he himself was in fact the thing that was threatening the magic in the first place, and his mentor/father figure (and actual biological father, although none of the characters in the story ever found out that part, only the readers did), […]
Spoiler warning! This is book 13 in a series, and really not the place to start. The first book is Rosemary and Rue, that’s where you want to begin, if you’re interested. Official book description: Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong. When the Luidaeg—October “Toby” Daye’s oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for […]
4.5 stars This is the first book in a new trilogy, so it will work fine to anyone new to the authors or this fantasy world, but readers may want to have read at least Diamond Fire, a novella which introduces the heroine and bridges the completed trilogy and this new one. In a world where magical abilities bring wealth, power and possibly even fame, Catalina Baylor has reluctantly become the head of House Baylor and the main investigator of her family’s detective agency, after her sister stepped down, because she’s married to the Prime of another powerful House. While Catalina’s […]
Recently I was singing, well, really, yelling, the praises of the reboot of She-ra: Princesses of Power and its creator Noelle Stevenson on my Facespace page. Many like-minded folks also sung along. Someone commented asking if I had read Lumberjanes (I had) and Nimona (I had not) so here we are! Brief aside: if you like things that are awesome, you should read the Lumberjanes and watch She-ra. I binged through She-ra on a sick day and I have zero regrets about it. Stevenson creates awesome female characters and awesome worlds of adventure that can be enjoyed by 30something women […]
Due to a bathroom remodel, my husband and I slept in our front room, where all our bookcases are, and when we finally went back to our bedroom a stack of books was unearthed with A Darker Shade of Magic sitting on top. This book was my introduction to author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, also known for the Monsters of Verity duology and Vicious. I devoured the story and highly praised it in a previous Cannonball. My TBR list is intimidating, so even though I often find comfort in re-reading, I’ve been making a conscious choice not to in favor of new books. A […]
Bingo 23 Banned Book The Harry Potter series has been challenged for many things including glorifying witchcraft, encouraging bad behavior like disobeying rules and lying, and for being un-Christian. This recent ban though is almost laughable, but it did make the international news (click for link): Reverend Dan Reehill, head St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, apparently decided that the spells presented in the series were real. He supposedly consulted the Vatican on this, and had the books removed from his school library so that his students could not use them to summon evil who knows what from the […]
Summer had barely begun and already the city of Janloon was like a spent lover–sticky and fragrant. (Kindle loc. 125) And with that line, Fonda Lee’s book grabbed me at the end of the first paragraph and didn’t let go.