The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden

34050917The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: December 5th, 2017
Publisher: Del Rey
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fantasy, Russian Folklore, Adventure, Family, Romance


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The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege. Continue reading

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Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)

35082438Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Cinderella, Magic


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Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she’s forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled–until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy’s spell that’s really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses… Continue reading

Giant Trouble (Hamster Princess #4)

31579908Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Adventure


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Princess Harriet Hamsterbone doesn’t go looking for trouble. She prefers to think of it as looking for adventure. But when she climbs to the top of an enormous beanstalk and sneaks into the castle at the top, Harriet finds plenty of both. The castle is home to one very poetically challenged giant rabbit with two unusual prisoners a girl who is half harp, half hamster, and an extremely large goose. This calls for a heroic rescue, and Harriet is just the hamster for the job. Continue reading