Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Happy 4th of July, American friends! Here’s a book review for you. I bought this book because it sounded frickin’ awesome! A fantasy built around the disappearance of the 114 Roanoke colonists? So cool! However, while I still think the plot exciting and the characters adorable, overall the book left me feeling underwhelmed. First, the good: Roanoke Island’s mysterious past has always interested me, and I love that Blackwood uses that as its basis for Read More …

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book has: Pirates and assassins and Middle Eastern-inspired fantastical elements! Also adventure and romance and OMG amazing writing. Why I liked it: see above! Plus, the protagonist, Ananna, is rough-and-tumble but in a way that doesn’t just make her another “strong female character.” It actually felt like I was reading about a real person, and one I very much liked and rooted for. I particularly appreciated the slow-build romance, too; it’s an important part Read More …