Book Review: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

SHELVES: Young adult, contemporary, romance
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 12 January 2014
RATING: ★★★½
SUMMARY: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Book Review: Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce

SERIES: Fairy Tale Retellings, #1
SHELVES: Young adult, fantasy (fairy tales, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, werewolves), romance
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 05 January 2014
RATING: ★★★★
SUMMARY: Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris—the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend—but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

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Movie Review: Frozen

GENRES: Animation, comedy, adventure, fantasy
DATE WATCHED: 05 January 2014
RATING: ★★★½
SUMMARY: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

SERIES: The Hobbit, #2
GENRES: Action, fantasy, adventure
DATE WATCHED: 03 January 2014
RATING: ★★★½
SUMMARY: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

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Book Review: Death Sworn, by Leah Cypess (Advanced Reader Copy)

SERIES: Death Sworn, #1
SHELVES: Young adult, fantasy (high fantasy, magic, sorcerers), romance, assassins
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 02 January 2014
RATING: ★★★★
SUMMARY: When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

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Book Review: Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

SERIES: Throne of Glass, #2
SHELVES: Young adult, fantasy (high fantasy, magic, fairies), romance, assassins
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 01 January 2014
RATING: ★★★★
SUMMARY: After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown—a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon—forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

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