fantasy

B
A Crown of Wishes

Roshani Chokshi weaves a narrative of legend and magic based on Indian folklore in her latest novel A Crown of Wishes. This rich look at an ancient culture is full of lush, vivid imagery that will pull you into a story that is truly one from a long time ago in a place far, far away. This is the s ...

D-
Hunted

In Hunted, Megan Spooner, author of the Skylark and Starbound trilogies of books, attempts to restyle the popular tale of Beauty and the Beast as an action romp, with, unfortunately, little success. Set in ancient Russia, our heroine is Yeva, daughter of a rich merchant, who is at court as a lady ...

B
One Blood Ruby

One Blood Ruby is the follow-up to Melissa Marr's Seven Black Diamonds, published in early 2016. This second installment picks up shortly after book one ended, and I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of the series in order to have a full understanding of the characters, the world they i ...

B-
Fall Far From the Tree

I recently found out that one of my very favorite books of this decade was unlikely to be made into a movie because “How do we mitigate the financial risk without a white, male lead?” I’ve been a reader of novels with ethnically diverse characters for years, but reading that statement reminded ...

C+
The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop

In an effort to get into the holiday spirit I went in search of some holiday romances, and came across The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop. After all, as a fan of all things ginger, a story about a gingerbread shop has to be wonderful, right? This short romance delivered in terms of holiday story, al ...

B+
Tempest in the Highlands

The writing team known as May McGoldrick returns with the third volume of the Scottish Relic Trilogy, Tempest in the Highlands. Miranda MacDonald is carrying a heavy burden.  Her mother, Murine, was endowed with second sight thanks to a power-enhancing rune stone she holds, and a wicked privatee ...

A-
Unmasking Miss Appleby

It’s no secret that my least favourite trope is the one in which the heroine passes herself off as a man.  I find it too difficult to believe that nobody would notice she wasn’t one, even within the idealised setting of a romantic novel.  That’s not to say that some authors haven’t managed ...

C+
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

One of the hardest things about reviewing is grading a book with strong writing that for some reason leaves you cold. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is such a book. Normally, I love books that put a different spin on classical literature, and stories featuring lovers from rival clans is one of my favorite ...

B+
The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Anthology)

They say never judge a book by its cover, but the cover is why I picked out The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine. I love all things autumnal, and I can’t recall seeing another romance that focuses around Halloween. This collection of three novellas centers around Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast and its ...

F
Soldiers in the Mist

R.H. Burkett’s story of war, love and redemption was not at all the book I was expecting. Soldiers in the Mist is a reissue of a book originally published in 2011 and the storyline is what I can only describe as convoluted and pretentious. The book opens with the author herself, Ruth Weeks Burk ...