Queen of Thieves


Time-travel books are by far my favorite type of book.  Even more than fae books.

I freeze and gape in horror at what I just typed.  “Le gasp!  How dare I?”

Oh, I dare.

Before No Good Deed by Kara Connolly appeared on the “new books” shelf in the library, I’d exhausted the Young Adult department’s time-travel selection.  Basically, I saw it, snatched it up, and almost forgot to check it out before I staggered out of the library, already nose-deep in it.

Ellie Hudson is on the road to a gold medal for the U. S. Olympic archery team, but, when she makes a wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle, she ends up in medieval England.  Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages, she just wants to get home.  But, as she spends time in the past, she sees that people are suffering and she has the skills to make it better.

Filled with humorous outlaws, dashing knights, and cunning royals, Kara Connolly delivers a fantastic romp.  Well-paced and fairly historically accurate (for a time-travel and a spin on Robin Hood), I read it in one sitting.  Heck, I cried when it ended.

No Good Deed hit the bull’s eye, so I award it five out of five gold stars.


Paranoia, is That You?


Ever since I convinced my mom to read the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren back in 2012 and we some of the other’s favorite books, we trust each other.  When it comes to books, if my mom tells me to read a book or thinks that I’ll like it, I’ll give it a shot.  So when she told me about a book about seemingly perfect families and zombies, I thought this would be a creepy fun read.  Amy Lukavic’s The Ravenous was certainly creepy.

Form the outside, the Cane family looks like they’re the perfect military family.  Behind closed doors their father is neglectful, their mother struggles with depression and addiction, and the sisters barely stand each other.  When the youngest sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, the sisters are devastated, and when she’s brought back to life, they couldn’t be more relieved.  But after their mother deserts them and they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, the sisters find out how far they’ll go to keep their fractured family together.

It takes a lot for a book to truly frighten me, and this book did, pulling out my fear of cannibals out of the shadows.  While the concept of the living dead surviving on human flesh is very “zombie,” the way Amy Lukavics delivers it is very “cannibal.”  Suffice to say, I slept with a light on for the next several nights.  (Thanks, Mom.)

With the fear of being devoured in my sleep keeping me on the edge of my seat (and bed and, well, everything), I bestow upon The Ravenous five out of five stars.  I’m looking forward to reading The Women in the Walls and Daughters Unto Devils and getting thoroughly terrified.

Is it a Kitsune?



The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken has one of those covers that makes me want to gobble it up.  The dark grays and blues and that eerie candle in the background grabbed my attention.  I felt like curling up on the floor next to my dog with a fuzzy blanket and a mug of tea and reading this.  As I’m sure you’ve guessed, that’s exactly what I did early last December.

In a wealthy family with a rich history and exceptional people, Prosper Redding is comparatively unexceptional…  until he discovers a demon his many-times-great grandfather summoned living inside him.  The demon, Alastor, gave the Redding family fortune in exchange for eternal servitude.  When the Reddings betrayed him, Alastor had one purpose: to destroy them.  With the help of his uncle and cousin, Nell, Prosper can see a chance of him having an afterlife without eternal servitude.  But there’s a lot going on that Alastor hasn’t told Prosper, and the fox-demon is growing stronger with each night.

With a strong message of keeping promises, this quirky tale of betrayal and family asks an important  question.  Can you ever right a wrong and truly escape your history?  For Prosper’s sake, I certainly hope so, but only time (and the next book) will tell.

I rate this four out of five stars.

Immortality Without Creativity


Facebook, as it would turn out, has other uses than obsessing over peoples’ timelines.  The illustrator of Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, Charlie Bowater, creates fan art for the Throne of Glass series.  I’ve seen dozens of her works and I get quite excited when I see a new project of hers.  When I saw this book pop up in a Throne of Glass group, I figured that I just had to check it out.  And check it out I did.

Artist Isobel creates breathtaking portraits for the fair folk.  These immortals cannot do anything creative without crumbling to dust.  So naturally, they crave human Craft terribly, and will trade enchantments for said Craft.  Isobel is over the moon when the autumn prince, Rook, is her patron.  But she paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, and this weakness could cost him his throne and both of their lives.

Bursting with lyrical prose and journeying across lush faery settings, Isobel and Rook grow close, even while they’re attacked at all sides.  Honestly, this wasn’t my favorite fae book but it certainly wasn’t the worst I’ve read.  The romance was a bit too quick for my taste but that could be just me.  I’m usually more of a fan of romantic relationships that form over the course of a series, not within the first one hundred or so pages.

Other than Rook and Isobel’s slightly forced connection, it was a wonderful light read.  I rate it four out of  five stars.

Truth Requires Thorns


Midnight tales and dangerous magic.

The very minute I saw the cover and read the inside flap, I knew it was love.  I’ve been wanting to read a Leigh Bardugo book.  heck, I’ve owned Shadow and Bone for years but I have yet to break the binding.  Figuring that this would be a good way to get a feel of Bardugo’s writing style, I dove straight in.

Drawing heavily form mythology and folklore and fairy tales, Bardugo’s seven short stories are nothing if not gripping.  Whether the characters were tromping through thorny woods, dealing with witches, or singing deep under the sea, I felt as if I was right beside them.  Each story had a lesson woven into the fiber of each paragraph and it wasn’t preachy.  It was prickly and honest, and I hungered for more when each story drew to a close.

I was truly blown away.  The Language of Thorns anthology deserves more than five measly stars, but that will have to suffice, because Goodreads doesn’t let me rate higher than that.

Dreamy Book Cover Tag

Tiana from The Book Raven came up with the  Dreamy Book Cover Tag and I couldn’t resist doing it.  I’m going to use the books that I’ve read this year for this challenge.  I’m tagging jenacidebybibliophile, A Whisper of Ink, and conquerorofworlds to complete this tag.  I hope you enjoy this!

The Rules: 

1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love!

2. Mention me Tiana @ The Book Raven as the (insert adjective here) creator of this book tag!

3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, Feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)

4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag. Even if you’re like me sometimes and feel a bit lazy 😉

5. List the rules

The Tag: 

“𝔑𝔬 ℑ𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔰 𝔅𝔲𝔱 𝔦𝔫 𝔗𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔰”

 A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.


“𝔇𝔞𝔯𝔨 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔏𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔩𝔶”

A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up.


“𝔖𝔲𝔤𝔞𝔯𝔶 𝔖𝔴𝔢𝔢𝔱”

A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug.


“𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔖𝔦𝔪𝔭𝔩𝔢 𝔄𝔢𝔰𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔱𝔦𝔠”

A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design.


“ℭ𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔈𝔫𝔳𝔶”

A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet.


“𝔗𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔄𝔟𝔯𝔬𝔞𝔡”

A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own.


“𝔗𝔥𝔢 ℭ𝔬𝔩𝔬𝔯 𝔚𝔥𝔢𝔢𝔩”

A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors.


“𝔖𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔠𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔊𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔰”

A cover change you absolutely adore.

“𝔒𝔩𝔡𝔦𝔢 𝔟𝔲𝔱 𝔊𝔬𝔬𝔡𝔦𝔢”

A favorite cover of your favorite classic.


“𝔄𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔚𝔦𝔫𝔫𝔢𝔯 𝔦𝔰…”

Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?


Book Haul: Friday the 13th

Yesterday I braved the ominous weather and raided the local library’s book sale.  I went from amassing two hundred books and DVDs then downsized to about forty-four items.  My wallet is sad and deflated but my library is overflowing, so it was a good decision.

Here are the DVDs.