• 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…

  • Graphic Novel Reviews

    Watersnakes

    My this is one of the most magical graphic novels I’ve read perhaps ever. Watersnakes is a dark fantasy about a lonely girl that meets and falls for a mysterious girl named Agnes.The two share in mischief and it isn’t long before Mila finds out that there is something strange about Agnes. She finds herself embroiled in a battle between the Earth and the sea. “I can hear the children of the storm calling for their king.” The story starts slow and I had some difficulty getting into the rhythm at first but it is absolutely worth the patience of getting through the first chapter. The creatures in the novel…

  • Horror Book Reviews

    Miao Dao

    Of the Dark Corners stories I’ve read so far I can tell already that Miao Dao will probably be my favorite and is by far one of the strongest entries in the series. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked this novella up – thinking it’d be a story about a supernatural killer cat, but what I got was so much more. To me there are two distinct schools of horror – those that are pure fantasy, usually monsters or some other form of paranormal activity; and then there is the kind of horror that is grounded in the real world, the type of every…

  • Graphic Novel Reviews

    The Ghost, The Owl

    What a marvelous little graphic novel this is! I was expecting a simple ghost story when I picked up The Ghost, The Owl but what I got was a surprisingly dark tale about man and nature. The story is told from the point of view of the owl, who decides to help a lonely ghost. “Helping is what is necessary. It shouldn’t matter whom or what you are helping.” The highlight of this graphic novel, of course, is the artwork which was gorgeous. Every page is extremely detailed and begs to be admired, I spent a lot of time marveling at how beautifully the story is illustrated. I loved the…

  • 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…

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