I’ve read a lot of fantasy this year, but I took a bit of break from it in April so I could concentrate on some of the other reading challenges I’m doing this year. In total, I only read four fantasy novels. One was a re-read, another is the 13th book in a series. One was a tad unnecessary, though enjoyable to read. And another was a galley given to me via NetGalley. For the most part I enjoyed each and every one, though there were some flaws. Take a look at my list below and read the excerpts for the book reviews. Just click on the link if you’d like more!
J.R. Ward finally delivered the book I’ve been waiting for! Not only did the 13th book in her ever-popular The Black Dagger Brotherhood series hit stores this past Tuesday, but it lacks the narrow focus so many of her other novels in this series have had. In the past BDB books, there was always one main story surrounding the romance of one of the main characters, usually a member of the BDB, a secondary story of another main character, and a tertiary story with one of the BDB’s many enemies. As nice as this is, the narrow focus of the writing usually means a character the reader has grown to love in the previous book has fallen by the wayside. (Cont…)
Veronica Roth’s Four: A Divergent Collection is a wonderful addition to a reader’s book shelves if they are a die-hard Four fan. The book features four brand-new stories that take place prior to Divergent, told from Four’s perspective.The four new stories don’t really do anything in the way of adding to the series. Most (if not all) of the events mentioned in them were already revealed by Four or other characters in the Divergent trilogy. The only gain here is that readers get more details about those aforementioned events. (Cont…)
I love this book series so much, that I’ve been dying for an opportunity to read it again. However, since I’ve been so busy reading all the other books on my TBR Pile, my curiosity wasn’t piqued enough to pick up the novel again until the premiere of STARZ’s cable series, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novel, this fall. As I watched the cable network’s adaptation, I began to question certain small things in the episodes as to whether they happened in the book. Finally, my curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to read Outlander again for the first time in two years. (Cont…)
Chimera reads like the set up to an intense psychological thriller. The story begins with the heroine Cassandra being held prisoner in a strange facility by people she doesn’t recognize. She has no memory of how she got there, and is completely ignorant of why they want her. Her captors never speak to her, and everything looks medicinally clean. To escape the abuse she suffers, Cassandra withdraws into her mind. As the story progresses, Cassandra gets rescued by her uncle and thrust into a strange community. Everything is strange, and no one will give Cassandra answers to her questions. I really like Cassandra. Her past has made her tough, and now that she’s free, she refuses to be anyone’s victim. Despite her 13 years, Cassandra is very mature. She knows her own mind after depending on it for years, and sticks up for herself. Along the way she learns about her long-forgotten past, makes a new friend, finds a potential boyfriend, and discovers things within her new home aren’t exactly what they seem. (Cont…)