Archive of Fantasy

Book #45: The Beyonders, A World Without Heroes

For the second half of the books in this reading challenge, there will be quite a few that I read for the book group of homeschooled teens that I am mentoring this year.  The Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull is one of them.  When I met Brandon Mull at Life, the Universe and Everything Conference in February, I told him that I was going to have my book group read that series.  I

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Book #38: 100 Cupboards

In this great big world, there are more books than I can possibly ever read, though I’m sure gonna give it a try.  I’m grateful for people out there who are digging through the piles and finding the gems.  Sarah Mackenzie, whose books I’ve reviewed here and here and whose blog I regularly read, is a pile digger and I trust her selections.  One day I was perusing the shelves at my local us

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10Aug2018

Book #30: Time Jumpers

In order of my favorite Brandon Mull series, #1 The Beyonders, #2 Fablehaven, #3 The Candy Shop Wars, #4 Five Kingdoms.  I know, it’s sacrilege not to have Fablehaven as #1, but that’s just how much I love The Beyonders series.  Having Five Kingdoms at the bottom of the list doesn’t imply that it’s bad, just not my favorite.  It was definitely fun to read aloud as a family each book as

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08Aug2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #27: Oathbringer

If you haven’t read The Way of Kings or Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, then nothing in this blog post will make any sense.  So go and read the review I did for The Way of Kings and then decide if you’d like to commit to three 1,000 page books.  I think you should, but you know, epic fantasy might not be your thing. Instead of going through a synopsis of a book that is the third i

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08Aug2018

Book #26: Sabriel

Oh goody.  This is one of my favorite books, and the first in one of my favorite series of all time.  I suggested it for my book club and it didn’t even bother me that it wasn’t universally loved.  I don’t care.  It’s still awesome. Garth Nix is an amazing writer and Sabriel isn’t even the best book in his Old Kingdom series.  It’s a good hook to keep going, but I love the othe

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05Mar2018

Book #9: The Snow Child

Before last week, if someone had told me what I needed in my life was another fairy tale retelling novel, I would have laughed at them and rolled my eyes.  I mean, we’re over it, am I right?  You, me, my kids, all the people.  No more fairy tales, unless they’re really awesome.  Oh wait, I guess I would if they’re really awesome. Enter The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Yes, this novel is

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28Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #8: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

I was positive I’d reviewed this book.  I scoured the blog for the post I was sure I had written, but came up empty.  Then I checked Goodreads and found I’d read it in 2012, but in November, after the great drought had begun on the blog.  If only I could have kept it together for a few more months so I could have written my first impressions!  Reading it a second time was definitely worth

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22Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Self-help, Young Adult

Book #7 Geoffrey P. Ward’s Guide to Villainy

Last week I made a trip to the Life, the Universe and Everything Writing Conference.  I had heard about this conference from my writer sister-in-law who is in the know about these sorts of things.  As a birthday present, my husband surprised me with a plane ticket to go with Caren and not really knowing what to expect, I excitedly headed off. I write.  Sort of.  I have mounds of thoughts an

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19Oct2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Fiction
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Kinda sorta like Jane Austen

I don't dare say that I've read some books that are remniscient of Jane Austen because I'm afraid that the secret Austen mafia that patrols the internet for blasphemous claims about their idol will hunt me down and sew me into an inescapable corset, doomed to take shallow breaths the rest of my life.  Or I'd get some hateful e-mails.  So let's just say that I've read a couple of books that aspir

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Caught up in four sentences or less

Oh my, what a summer I've had.  Between preparing for a cross-country move, driving about two thousand miles for a wedding and a vacation, moving 1700 miles away to the East Coast, frantically unpacking and getting ready for school to start, writing reviews of books has been so low on my list it nearly fell off.  But I'm back!  I'm ready to get caught up and dive into reviews!  Instead of decl

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