Category: Fantasy

Review of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I’ve been reading rave reviews about Patrick Ness for the last couple of years, and finally got around to reading one of his books.  A Monster Calls was amazing and completely unexpected.  I’m not sure how to review this book so I’ll just recommend that you read it. The story was originally conceived by Siobhan…

Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s been a lot of hype around this book, considering it’s not even out until August 20.  I’ve heard Shannon referred to as “the next J.K. Rowling” and the book as “the next Hunger Games.”  I can’t say that either of those are even close.  But I will say this: for a 21-year-old literature student’s…

Review of Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series is one of the best and most original fantasy/alternate reality series out there.  But that said, her last few books have not been as good as the first part of the series. If the idea of Napoleonic-era history WITH DRAGONS sounds interesting, or you like British nautical historical fiction, definitely check…

Review of The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Note: The Book Stop is on vacation!  This post was written in advance.  But please feel free to comment. If you like well-written fantasy with a strong female character, this is the book for you.  The Hero and the Crown won a Newbery Medal in 1985, which is awarded once a year to the best…

Review of Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone is the first of five books in Susan Cooper’s classic children’s series, The Dark is Rising.  She won a Newbery award for the fourth book, The Grey King.  It’s on my Classics Club list and also counts towards the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge.  March’s country is Wales, and…