My Review of A Coronation of Kings


A Coronation of Kings - Samuel N. Stokes

A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes is the first installment of the Chronicles of Meldinar. Tristan is son and heir to Marcus, Lord of the Listarii. Never knowing his mother, Tristan was raised by his father. After losing everything he loved, Tristan vows revenge on those who destroyed his world.


This book has so much potential; it has all the elements for an excellent epic fantasy, but the execution and the lack of editing had me pulling my hair out! It is truly a shame. Hopefully the next installment will be better executed, and better edited. Also, the characters could use a bit more fleshing out. I’m willing to give the next installment a try because of Stokes’ potential.

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My Review of Betwixters


Betwixters: Once Upon A Time (Volume 1) - Laura C. Cantu, Laura C. Cantu

Betwixters by Laura C. Cantu is the first book in the new Betwixters series. We follow three friends, Noah, Ethan, and Skye, on a fantastical journey where they face creatures of the dark while trying to help a new fairy friend.


This is a well written story about friendship, and what it means to truly be a friend. The three friends work together to solve a problem, and they never give up. This is such a delightful story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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My Review of Redwall


Redwall  - Gary Chalk, Brian Jacques

Redwall by Brian Jacques is the first installment of the series Redwall. Redwall Abbey is home to peaceful mice, and other woodland creatures. When their abbey is threatened by Cluny the Scourge, the peaceful residents of Redwall Abbey have to defend, and fight for what they hold dear.


I absolutely adored this story! The creatures came to life on the pages, and the world building is quite beautiful. This story grabbed me, and wouldn’t let go. There were moments that I laughed out loud, and there were moments when my heart was broken. There were a few grammatical errors, but did not hinder my flow of reading at all. This is a wonderful middle grade fantasy story; I highly recommend it.

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Dragons of Nova is on fire! Read our #review and enter to #win your own copy! @elisekova @chapterxchapter #loomsaga

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The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2)

by Elise Kova

Publication Date:  July 11, 2017

Publisher:  Keymaster Press

Synopsis (beware spoilers for book 1):

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out…

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My Review of 2084


2084 - Mason Engel

2084 by Mason Engel is a futuristic novel where the populous wears “lenses” instead of using computers.


The main character, Vincent, has other ideas about what the “lenses” are for.


When I read the Goodreads blurb, I thought this was going to be an intriguing story. The concept is intriguing, but the execution fell flat. This book starts off strong, but towards the middle, I feel, the author was in too big of a hurry to get to the climax of the story. The writing wasn’t as engaging, and there were more grammatical errors that threw me off my reading flow.

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Update on Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge

I have posted an update on the Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle.


You can read my progress here at my main blog:


My Review of Gwendy’s Button Box


Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King, Richard Chizmar

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is a tale about Gwendy and her button box. Of course the button box is enchanted, or cursed. That is up to the reader to decide.


What else can I say about this book? It’s Stephen King! I’m a bit bias when it comes to his books. I usually don’t review his books because of this, but it was included in my reading challenge, so I thought I would give a bit of a review. Of course this book is well written, and I love a story that flows.


I have never read anything by Richard Chizmar, but the collaboration with King has made me want to indulge in a book or two by him.

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My Review of Talon and the Dragons of Crinnelia


Talon and the Dragons of Crinnelia - Diana Metz, Dave Metz

Talon and the Dragons of Crinnelia by Diana Metz is the first book in The Prophecy of the Dragons trilogy. We follow Talon in this coming of age story on his quest to becoming a wizard.


I would have really enjoyed this story, but there were flaws that hindered that for me. There were times when a certain character was referred to as she or her, then the next mention of said character would be him or he. There were also quite a bit of grammatical errors that interfered with the flow of my reading.


I chose this book as part of my Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge at The Bookshelf Gargoyle blog. You can read more about that here:

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Guest Post on Mighty Thor JRS!

F.T. McKinstry

Today I have the pleasure—nay, the honor—of being a guest over at Mighty Thor JRS, one of my favorite fantasy book blogs. I’ll be talking about the venerable wolf and raven, their place in myth, folklore, and my own work; and their ancient association with Odin, the Allfather in the Norse pantheon and a patron of warriors, magicians, and poets alike. If you’re into Norse mythology, shady creatures, shapeshifters, shamans, berserkers and the like, and you’d like to see some art inspired by such things, stop by for a visit:

Wolves, Ravens and the Hooded One

My heartfelt thanks to James Schmidt for this wicked fun opportunity to geek out. 🙂

The Wanderer The Wanderer

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Picture Book Perusal: The Sloth Who Came to Stay…

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Today’s picture book is a beautifully rendered reminder about the amount that can be gained from being unhurried.  We received a copy of The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Vivienne To from Allen & Unwin for review and here’s the blurb from A&U:

A wryly amusing story about a fast family who are taught to slow down when an adorable sloth comes to stay by the award-winning author of Fox and Ruby Roars.

Amy’s family is speedy! They are always in such a rush that there is no time to talk or play – until the afternoon Amy brings home a sloth. Then things start changing very, very slowly …

A timely tale about enjoying the little things in life from award-winning author Margaret Wild.

the sloth who came to stay The Sloth Who Came To Stay by Margaret Wild & Vivienne To.  Published by Allen & Unwin, 28th…

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