Fantasy novels are speculative fiction stories with imaginary characters set in imaginary universes. They’re inspired by mythology and folklore and often include elements of magic. The genre attracts both children and adults; well-known titles include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Book Review: The Witches of Bone Hill
If dark and stormy nights, eccentric Victorian mansions, atmospheric landscapes, chilling family crypts, strong magic, handsome yet brooding groundskeepers, and witchy family legacies appeal to you, this is your next read.
Book Review: In Darkness: The Werewolf
Vickie is a young American woman who has come to England to attend fencing school. She soon finds herself attracted to her landlord's son, Nicholas. Just as romance begins to bloom, she discovers…
Book Review: The Book of Gems
The Book of Gems by Fran Wilde My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fran Wilde has a knack for pulling readers under the skin of her well-crafted characters, where we intimately ride out…
Book Review: The Dragon Eater
My reaction to reading this title was, “I have so many questions already.” The rest of the back cover blurb didn’t help that problem much. In fact, it raised many more.
Book Review: Tempus Fugit – The Engagement Ring
Bravely written in second person, past tense, Jules Pelarski’s The Engagement Ring addresses you, the reader, as the protagonist. You’ll be told what’s happening to you and what’s going on all around you…
Book Review: The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook
The Princess Bride Cookbook: the Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world… except for a nice MLT. Mutton, lettuce,…
- Anthology, Book Review, Dystopian, Fantasy, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
Book Review: Bioluminescent: A Lunarpunk Anthology
I've highlighted my own standout tales. Your favorites will be your own to choose. Each story or poem has its own personality - the theme is often interpreted very loosely, which I like.
Book Review: Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.
Last year I bookmarked Unseelie Brothers, Ltd. at Uncanny's website, dropping the link into my browser's 'to read' folder. Unfortunately, I had so many things saved to read that this story ended up…
Book Review: Keeper of Enchanted Rooms
This is a book I probably shouldn't have liked... but in spite of that fact, I *loved* it.
Book Review: The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales
I enjoy re-imagined stories. It's fun to see a new twist on an old plot, through fresh writer-eyes. The Queen of Clocks did not disappoint.
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Book Review: Clarity
Clarity by J. Scott Coatsworth My rating: 5 of 5 stars How much story can possibly be told in only 300 words? Quite a lot, actually. It’s no small feat to take a…
Book Review: Fix the World
There's lots of ways to break the world, and plenty of diverse, interesting ways to fix it. There's twelve good examples in this engaging, enjoyable, extremely inclusive, joyously LBGTQ+ anthology
Book Review: Thistlefoot
Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott My rating: 5 of 5 stars A retelling of the old Russian/Ukraine/Belarus stories about Baba Yaga and her chicken-footed house. This time around though, she’s not just a creepy,…
Book Review: The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney
Our intrepid Miss Tilney definitely endures trials and tribulations, which have been heaped upon her by her own choice.
Book Review: Blown Away
Blown Away by Holly Day My rating: 3 of 5 stars Espen is the closest you can get to being a big cuddly teddy bear. He loves his creature comforts (and yes, I…
Book Review: Dare vs the Doll
This very short story is sassy, weird and oddly cute. The dialog is giggle-worthy sass, and the situation is so far removed from the realm of possibility that you just can't help but…
Book Review: Arko: The Dark Union
While scientists in Mexico work on Mayan ruins research , their offspring are off discovering—and playing around with—ancient alien technology.
Book Review: A Born Angel
A Born Angel by Jenn A. Morales My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s clear the author put a lot of thought into worldbuilding and character development. From the first pages of the…
Book Review: Happily Ever After Rescue Team: Agents of H.E.A.R.T.
What if you could make wishes and have them granted by fairytale princesses who leap out from the pages of a magical book? What could possibly go wrong?
Book Review: What Wonders Do You See… When You Dream?
Rituals can be comforting. They're useful to soothe a busy mind and remind a person that they are in a safe, familiar place. Children—who are still figuring out the world and their place…
Book Review: Spellbreaker
Elsie Camden's world is a place where magic is real, and it is a commodity. If you're born a wizard, you're in the market for good quality spells of all sorts.
Book Review: Cyrus LongBones and the Curse of the Sea Zombie
Loads of thrilling adventure, violent fights, and fantastical worldbuilding excitement for teenagers. I have a few issues with this one, though.
Book Review: Chasing His Own Tale
Chasing His Own Tale by Marc Vun KannonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars His Muse is on strike…His Hero hates his lines…His Villain has sworn revenge…The Editors are in revolt…What’s an Author to…
Book Review: Manners and Monsters
Manners and Monsters by Tilly Wallace My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s the height of the season in Britian’s Georgian Period, and people are turning up dead. No, we don’t mean those…
Book Review: The Complete Works of Beatrix Potter
After watching Miss Potter recently on Amazon Prime, I found my interest in Beatrix Potter's artwork rekindled. And now my Kindle is rekindled, too
Book Review: Blood of the Pride
Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s easy to believe that this story is real, thanks to well thought out worldbuilding, fully developed characters, engrossing conversations…
Book Review: A Stitch in Time
A Stitch in Time by Susette Williams My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a charming romantic adventure that employs a sweet and simple method of time travel. I won’t give the…
Book Review: Inspector Hobbes and the Blood
Inspector Hobbes and the Blood by Wilkie Martin My rating: 3 of 5 stars Downloading Inspector Hobbs and the Blood, to my Kindle, I read the first few pages, laden with uppity gerunds,…
Book Review: The Timble Family Curse
The Timble Family Curse by Laury Falter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Timothy Timble is having a lousy childhood. Orphaned as a babe, he’s being raised by mean Storka Ickle in a…
Book Review: Riverland
Riverland by Fran Wilde My rating: 5 of 5 stars I went into the story knowing in advance that aspects of our protagonist’s home life might be difficult to read. Fran Wilde has…