Tag Archive: high fantasy


Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so neat and fun to read! On the surface, you have the regular old human world, and then there’s another whole world entirely that most people aren’t aware of. The main character, Karou, bridges both worlds, and her escapades are delightfully entertaining. She’s a quirky character, yet easy to identify with and care about right from the beginning of the story.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone has so much going for it: thrilling action scenes, a fascinating mix of characters, an intriguing fantasy world, and epic romances. I highly recommend this book for all fans of fantasy fiction.



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Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Leigh Bardugo does a fantastic job of world-building and creating varied characters. I think anyone who loved the first book will also love Siege and Storm.

My new favorite character is definitely Sturmhond – his charisma shines out from the pages and his witty banter adds to his appeal. I know conflict makes for a good story, but Alina and Mal spend most of the book at odds, which I didn’t enjoy as much. I don’t really understand why Alina felt it necessary to continually lie to Mal. The first part of the book was quite exciting, but there was a lot of political discussion after that where I started to lose interest. It ended on a strong note though, and I’ll probably check out book 3 at some point.



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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this book didn’t completely knock my socks off, I did enjoy it and I don’t really have any constructive criticism to give.

Admittedly, I know absolutely nothing about Russian culture or history, but maybe that’s why I enjoyed that aspect of this book while others seemed to have an issue with it. I think the author did a great job creating a relatable main character; I felt immersed in her journey with its adventure, action, emotional ups and downs, betrayal, loyalty, etc. The world-building was well done and the plot moved along nicely with a few surprises thrown in.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of YA high-fantasy fiction, and I’m looking forward to the sequel.



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