• YA Fantasy Book Reviews

    The Witch of Duva

    I had been meaning to get around to reading something by Leigh Bardugo due to her popularity in the YA community. Though I had already picked up the original Grishaverse trilogy, I found this companion story on the Tor website and decided to give it a try. I am so happy that I stumbled across this short because I was honestly blown away. “There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls.” The Witch of Duva is a dark fantasy about a harsh winter and the mysterious disappearances of young girls in a small village. The tone of the story is overwhelmingly atmospheric as Duva was brought to…

  • YA Fantasy Book Reviews

    An Enchantment of Ravens

    I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for beautiful covers and the cover for this book is easily one of my all-time favorites. The world building in this book is pretty great, filled to the brim with fantastically imagery and seasonal-based nature magic. I also really loved that this book was heavily focused on the magic of art, which had a power all it’s own totally separate from the actual fairy magic. My favorite part of the book was the darker take on fairy folklore that I found to be both beautiful and haunting at the same time. I liked all of the fairy side characters, their flamboyant personalities bordered on…

  • YA Fantasy Book Reviews

    The Black Witch

    Elloren is sheltered and doesn’t know much about the other races or their conflicts. Her naïveté is very apparent in her first encounters with different races, not fully grasping their precarious positions in society and why she and her people are a threat to their survival. When bullied she lashes back with the same prejudice that they show her. For a while she’s more concerned about making friends and boys than she is about anything meaningful. Over time, however, she begins to open her eyes to the many injustices around her and slowly question her previous assumptions. I appreciated what this book was trying to do in terms of showing…

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    Now I Rise

    I didn’t think it was ever possible for this book to live up to the greatness of And I Darken and lord how wrong I was. I’m genuinely shocked to say that I love this book more than its predecessor and I am so, so happy about it. It was everything that I wanted from the first book and so much more, I can’t get enough of this series. “Let your loyalty be only where your heart is. Everything else can fall by the road and be trodden underfoot as we pass to our home.” While some of the historical content is, of course, questionable (not just the gender swapped…

  • YA Fantasy Book Reviews

    The Wood

    Winter hails from a line of guardians that protect the space between worlds, a guardian of time. She is raised to fulfill her destiny as another guardian of the mysterious wood, to lead travelers safely back to their own time periods and stop anyone that would use the power of the wood to alter time and space. However there are rules that every guardian must follow, because the wood was never a place meant for mortals. The idea behind the wood, the guardians, and the magic system in this novel is truly unique and I enjoyed the world building in this book. The wood came alive as both this beautiful…

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