Mini Reviews || 3 anticipated fantasy titles that felt underwhelming

As most of you should know by now, fantasy is hands down my favorite genre. I really cannot get enough of magical worlds, mythical creatures, and all that other wonderful jazz. For this batch of mini reviews, I will be talking about three fantasy titles that I was extremely excited about: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, and Society of Wishes by Elise Kova.

From what I’ve gathered, these titles have been positively received by my trusted sources (i.e. bloggers and friends whose opinions I consider before I pick up a book). Unfortunately, however, I ended up not liking any of the three books. In fact, I found them to be really underwhelming.



Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

A skilled painted must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

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Review (and author interview + giveaway!) || The Heart Forger, by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Heart Forger
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:
In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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Review (and giveaway!) || The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Bone Witch
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland… and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

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Review || Princess of Tyrone, by Katie Hamstead


Title: Princess of Tyrone
Author: Katie Hamstead
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:
Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her newfound friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado and their love blossoms.

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Review (and giveaway!) || Esme’s Wish, by Elizabeth Foster


Title: Esme’s Wish
Author: Elizabeth Foster
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Esme’s Wish follows the story of a 15-year-old girl who questions the reason behind the sudden disappearance of Ariane. Although most folks in their town have accepted this loss, Esme refuses to believe that her mother simply got ‘lost at sea’ and thus embarks on a journey to uncover the truth. Eventually, Esme accidentally stumbles upon the canal city of Esperance – the make-believe fantastical place her mother often talked about.

Here’s the thing: I prefer my fantasy stories thrillingly paced and jam-packed with action. I prefer plots that move along rather quickly and stories that involve a lot of action occurring simultaneously. Think Marvel and maybe Game of Thrones infused with tons of energy drinks. Esme’s Wish was not much of these things, if I’m being completely honest.

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Review || The Siren


Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Here’s the thing about Kiera Cass – whom I can really never completely hate, despite my vehement dislike towards all her books – that I just can’t seem to understand: she brings forth a ton of intriguing, refreshingly uncommon plot ideas but ultimately, carelessly rips them apart in favor of an unrealistically instantaneous, illogically all-consuming, hilariously cringe-worthy romance. It happened with her The Selection series, and the same mistake was made here in The Siren.

Supposedly, this standalone fantasy novel tells the tale of sirens, who are bound to serve the Ocean by luring people into watery graves through their singing. In turn, the Ocean is fed and is able to continue sustaining lives. Basically, the justification for this is as follows: sacrifice a few lives in order to sustain the lives of the rest of humanity. I found this tidbit particularly intriguing because it suggests that in the story, the Ocean is a thriving, living being with needs similar to those of people.

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Review || Fire Lines


Title: Fire Lines
Author: Cara Thurlbourn
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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To kick off this book review, here’s a short disclaimer: I received a digital Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of Fire Lines as part of my participation in a blog tour hosted by A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. This, however, neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review in any way.

For seventeen years, Émi, as well as the entire citizenry of Nhatu, was taught that the high walls isolating their city from the rest of the world were built to protect them against the armies of Mahg, a power-hungry wielder of black magick. Beyond the walls lay barren wastelands and unsightly ruins of the three other cities, which were completely destroyed by Mahg’s wrath.

Supposedly.

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