Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garbar

Caraval CoverBook Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garbar

In an unexpected twist, Scarlet’s childhood dream of attending Caraval comes true as she is preparing to enter into an arranged marriage. She knows she can’t attend, but her sister refuses to let her take the safe route, arranging instead their passage to the mysterious Caraval. Once there, Tella disappears, and Scarlett must find her in order to save her life, and hopefully the wish that comes as the reward for winning the game. The question is now, whom should she trust in place where nothing is as it seams?

So I’m a little late to the party on this book, but I was stalling until the series was finished (I gave up obviously). This novel is well written, and a quick read. Sometimes I wanted to poke Tella in the eye, because seriously??…but maybe that is the big sister in me?? LOL I’ll be curious to see where the next book takes the characters. I’m next on the hold list. WooHoo!

Quote: I think I loved the same quote most of Goodreads did: “Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

Recommended Grades: 9-12 (it’s suggestive, but not descriptive)
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Recommend (Almost a highly recommend…there was one thread that I found a tiny bit predictable, but other than that it was great).
Source: Audiobook

Book Review: Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Mass

Book CoverBook Review: Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Mass

When life gets hard for her family, Feyre must learn to hunt and provide for her family. When she kills a wolf that is really a faerie, she is forced to live with the faeries she hates. Except, the more time she spends with them, the more she realizes what she knew could have been wrong.

I listened to this on audio; which was really well done. Anxiously awaiting book two (seems like it’s been on hold forever, but I’m first in line now). I’m not a huge faerie fan, but I loved this story. It was as much about relationships and perception of reality as it was faeries.



Recommended Grades: 8-12

Genre: Fantasy

Overall Opinion: Recommended

Source: audiobook

Book Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

sineaterBook Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Twylla learns at a young age that instead of becoming a Sin Eater like her mother, she is goddess-embodied, and thus goes to live with the queen to become her executioner. Although she is engaged to the prince, she feels trapped. When her normal guard becomes ill, Twylla finds herself falling for her new guard because he doesn’t seem to be as afraid of her as everyone else around her.

This story is pretty action packed and has a definite cliff hanger ending. Personally, I felt like the relationship progressed too quickly (straight to sex) but I thought the storyline was interesting and am planning on reading the next book. I was surprised at how well we got to know the main characters in such a short period of time.

Quotes: None but only because I was on a road trip and I couldn’t safely bookmark.

Recommended Grades: 9th and up (some language and sex)
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:   Above average
Source: Free audiobook from Audiobook Sync

Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

glassBook Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Book 2 in the Red Queen series. Each book has so many new characters which makes it interesting because of the nature of the abilities that the silvers and new bloods develop. While Mare is uncertain about her future, she begins collecting new bloods in a hope of somehow conquering Maven.

I’ve enjoyed this series so far. It’s highly creative and well written. Sometimes Mare’s internal dialog got a little old, but once you get past that there is an interesting storyline.

Quotes: none

Recommended Grades: 8-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Above Average
Source: audio book

Book Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

fireBook Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire is a human monster that lives in the Dells. She is known for her special abilities to control minds. It is this ability that the royal family wants to use to expose a plot against the king. Fire isn’t sure she wants to use this power because she knows what it did to her father.

I’d started and stopped this book a few times. Guess I wasn’t in the mood. This time when I picked it up I enjoyed it. The world building that goes on in these books is impressive. Now I just need to read Bitterblue.


“He was also wrong about Small. Fire knew the look of stupid eyes and the feel of a fatuous mind in animals and in men, and she had sensed none of this in Small.”

“She wasn’t Cantrell, wasn’t anyone but herself. She had no one’s path to follow. Her path was her own to choose.”

Recommended Grades: 9-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:   Average
Source: Audiobook

Book Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

Sooo when you cue book reviews in advance, it helps if you have the right month. HA HA. Pain meds. That is my excuse. Wondering why this didn’t post last week…oops!

Bridersook Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

When he recovers from an accident too quickly, Gideon realizes that something about him has changed. He awakes to find a bracelet attached to his arm and quickly learns that his destiny is forever altered. As Gideon makes new friends, his role in this dangerous adventure is revealed. He is now War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Told in flashbacks during an interrogation, this novel jumps between the present and Gideon’s current situation. Characters and action are quick moving. This is the first book in a new series. I thought the idea was creative and well developed. For me the jury is still out. It has potential for greatness, but also worried it might not totally find its footing. There were a few things that were underdeveloped, but sometimes in a book like this that is intentional! Looking forward to book two to find out.



Recommended Grades: 9-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:   Good
Source: Edelweiss ARC

Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

roseBook Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Adelina’s story continues as she struggles to deal with the events from book one (trying not to spoil it for you by telling you what happens) as well as embracing her role as the White Wolf. As she slowly collects Elites and creates her own group called the Rose Society, she finds the pull of darkness more than she can handle at times. Will she be able to save Kenettra while still holding on to herself?

I thought the first book in this series was wonderful, so I guess this one had me expecting more. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but I think it fell into a little bit of the second book dilemma. You have to lay some back story and fill some gaps before the next book. There were some great parts, but overall I was left wanting. That said, the audio performance of this book is very well done.


“Caring for a scoundrel is a dangerous thing.”

Recommended Grades: 8-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Average
Source: Audiobook