Fantasy

Monday, Sep 10, 2018

Hi. My name is Hebah. I’m a giant nerd. I don’t just read genre fiction shamelessly; I also attend conventions dedicated to them. And yeah, going to a ComicCon isn’t really a big deal anymore, but I go to sci fi cons, which is probably a couple steps further along the grand scale of nerddom. This year, I attended WorldCon, or the World Science Fiction Convention, a science fiction and fantasy convention established in 1939.

This is a picture of the cover of Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

Renegades

Marissa Meyer
5
Rated by
Shannon G
Saturday, Sep 8, 2018

If you enjoy retellings of traditional stories, Marissa Meyer is for you! Heroes and villains are not what they seem in this fantasy story. Nova is a villain seeking vengeance against the (mostly) beloved Renegades, but as she grows closer to one Renegade in particular, the lines begin to blur. I found myself wanting to root for both heroes and villains. It's fast-paced and action-packed.

Gospel of Loki cover

The Gospel of Loki

Joanne Harris
4
Rated by
Dylan R
Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

For many readers, Joanne Harris will forever be known as the author who brought them the delectable Chocolat. They'd likely be as shocked as I was to discover this gem from Harris, a collection of Norse myths all written from the perspective of the diabolical Loki!

(Sorry, Loki . . . I just couldn't resist!)

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1565889036

Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang
5
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018

Prince Sebastian has a secret, one no one can ever find out. At night, he wears beautiful dresses and takes Paris by storm as a fashion icon named Lady Crystallia. Only two people know his dangerous secret, and one of them is his best friend, Frances, his dressmaker. But she dreams of greatness as a fashion designer, but as long as she remains a secret, she will never be able to gain recognition for her work. But how long can she put her dreams on hold to protect her friend?

I loved how this book turned around the YA cliche of a girl dressing up as a guy, but I honestly loved...

a young blond boy in a red cape on a castle balcony facing away from the camera towards a kingdom

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Bandai Namco
4
Rated by
Rachel C.
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018

Before I say anything else, I just want to say, without qualifications, that I had a lot of fun playing this game.

image of armored anthropomorphic cat standing on a mountain

Cat Quest (PS4 Game)

Gentlebros
4
Rated by
Rachel C.
Monday, Jul 9, 2018

Sometimes you want to play a game that is deep and meaningful, with intricate gameplay and insight into human nature, that will draw you in for weeks on end.

Sometimes you just want some cute fluff you can knock out in a matter of hours.

This is definitely the latter.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/557691036

Ruins of Gorlan

John Flanagan
4
Wednesday, Jul 4, 2018

Will Treaty was a young slender man growing up in an orphanage. Both of his parents were killed in the past. Growing up all his wardmates new what occupation they were suited for and prepared for them. However, Will had not the slightest idea of what he was for, and was worried he might have to be a farmer. This all changes when he gets a letter saying he has been selected as the new ranger's apprentice. He gets his exciting position not long before the evil Lord Morgorath starts assembling his army.

At the beginning I thought the book had a few boring valleys with not much action....

Inkheart

Cornelia Caroline Funke
3
Friday, Mar 11, 2016

Years ago, when Meggie was just a baby, her father discovered he had a terrible and dangerous gift. He can ‘read’ fictional characters to life out of his books, but something always has to go into the book to replace them. When he reads aloud the book Inkheart, he releases angry characters into the world, but at the same time his wife disappears into the story. Later, when Meggie is 12, one of them comes back and abducts them, trying to force her father into his service. When Meggie discovers she has the same talent, will she be able to keep it hidden from her captors, and possibly use it...

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1505181036_fish_girl

Fish Girl

Donna Jo Napoli
5
Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

She is a mermaid. She has lived her entire life in an aquarium located on the boardwalk. She is the main attraction, but visitors can never catch more than a glimpse of her. She can’t walk or speak, but she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for life outside the water. She can grow stronger and braver, and with the help of her determination, a touch of magic and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.

Fantasy and reality intersect in this mermaid tale. It was beautifully drawn, with a good story too.

A fun, middle grade novel, this did not take...

Book cover

The Hazel Wood

Melissa Albert
5
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018

I'm not a fan of gruesome, graphic, gory horror; however, I'm a big fan of stories that are dark. Atmospheric. Disquieting. Plumbing the depths of the human psyche. Some of those stories are creepy dark. Some of them are deliciously dark. The Hazel Wood is gritty dark.

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