Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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January 17, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The White Tower is an epic tale of a world that has outlawed magic.

What I liked: Another Epic Fantasy story about a world that has outlawed magic and a character who has no idea he possesses any magic at all. If you are a regular reader of Fantasy, then this is a theme you probably read a different version of a lot....

January 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Bone Spindle is an in-depth treasure hunt with a swoon worthy romance.

What I loved: The Bone Spindle is the first book in a Sleeping Beauty retelling with a twist. The twist is that our sleeping beauty is a man, destined to wake him is a female doomed by a mysterious butterfly curse. Fi and Shane are treasure hunters,...

January 05, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Bright & the Pale is a story of lost family and found destiny

What I loved: Valerie is the sole survivor of a frozen plague that traps her family and entire village in a sheet of ice. She flees, not knowing why she was spared. Growing up in this village and the mines of the mountain, she knows exactly where to find...

January 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Ivory Key sibling angst and a magical treasure hunt.

What I loved: Four siblings are determined to finish what their Farther started, but each with their own political and personal reasons for continuing to search for the Ivory Key. Vira is the Marahania (the queen). Riya is the one who ran away and joined up with...

January 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Excalibur Curse is a struggle for Guinevere to own her idenity.

What I loved: Guinevere has struggled to own who she is and who she was created to be throughout this trilogy. As we go further into the series, we learn from the first one that this Guinevere is not the honest Guinevere, but in reality, she has been created...

December 31, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Nightrender is a captivating story for a better world

Nightrender is a captivating dark young adult fantasy novel that incases the reader into a world of 3 kingdoms, a prince, a princess, and a dark force known as the Malstop. One savior has been called whenever this world has been threatened by the Malstop and the dark creatures...

Nightrender (Nightrender, #1)
December 23, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The counterclockwise heart is a adventure with a steampunk flare.

What I loved: The story revolves around Germanic folk tales, which gives you a clue to the dark undertone of the story. The author's magical system is unique because balance is the key to ensuring magic is not the cure-all for every problem encountered in the story....

The Counterclockwise Heart
December 18, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Righteous is a fantastic adventure with vampires and Fae.

The Righteous is the third book in The Beautiful series by Renee Ahdieh. The first two books of this series are focused on the vampire aspect of this world, but in this third book, we introduce the Fae into the mix. Whenever I encounter a series with Fae,...

The Righteous (The Beautiful Quartet)
December 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
4.0
Characters (if applicable)
 
N/A
Editing/Design Quality
 
N/A
Hidden Meridians the chance to take an advenure to save some magical creatures on a ship.

Hidden Meridians is the first novel about hidden worlds, endangered magical creatures, a dark society scheming to end it all, and a ghostly ship fighting to protect what can't be lost. Salem Swan loses his mother and is left with his uncle as his new guardian, who calls a...

Around Curiosity's Edge: Hidden Meridians
December 08, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Redemptor is a thrill ride to save the world

What I loved: Redemptor is the sequel to the outstanding first book in this series Raybearer. Tarisai is a character that grows significantly from when we first meet her in the children's palace in book one to this second one, where she is attempting to save the...

Redemptor (Raybearer, #2)
November 25, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
N/A
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
Kingdom of Ink and Paper is a book loving reader adventure.

What I loved: Books that center around adventuring into books are a unique genre and always hit high and deliver an epic adventure tale. Kingdom of Ink and Paper fits this description perfectly. An author dies, and his author abilities, so to speak, are magically transferred...

Kingdom of Ink and Paper (The Betwixt and Between Chronicles Book 1)
November 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Witch Haven is a magical mystery, historical fantasy.

What I loved: The Witch Haven is set in the early 20th century and takes place in a school for witches, which works very well for the mystery that is the core of this story, the murder of Frances's brother. The mystery aspect is very engaging. You...

The Witch Haven
November 19, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
A Psalm of Storms and Silence is a battle for those you love

What I loved: A Psalm of Storms and Silence is the sequel to A Song of Wraiths and Ruins. The writer writes so epically that you can be immersed in this world and not notice that hours have flown by as you read. This world is...

A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2)
November 10, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Force of Fire is a hilairous middle grade story.

What I loved: The Kingdom Beyond series returns with a novel centered around Pinki, who hails from a long line of rakkhosh resisters. Though her ancestors have fought long and hard against their snakey oppressors, Pinki has more pressing matters, such as watching her cousins, figuring out...

Force of Fire
November 10, 2021
Young Adult Fiction
Vespertine is a good versus evil story with a unique magic system.

What I loved: Vespertine has complex characters, beautiful writing, immersive world-building, a plot with twists and turns, and a unique and original magic system. This book has just what all fantasy lovers want from a story. Artemisia is our introverted main character who spends most of the...

Vespertine (Vespertine, #1)
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