Lesbian Book Review of ‘The Queen of Rhodia’ by Effie Calvin.
4.25 Stars. I am happy to say that I am on a roll of good lesbian fantasy books lately. This is the third book in the ‘Tales of Inthya’ series. I’m excited to see that this series just gets better and better with every book. Calvin is really hitting her stride and I can’t wait to see what will come next. While book one and two can be read in any order, I do recommend reading both books before this third installment.
After given the egg of a dragon to raise, Adale and Esofi find themselves parents to a baby dragon. The problem is no humans know how to raise one so information is sorely lacking. When a dragon comes to offer a treaty of peace, Adale and Esofi must decide if learning more about dragons would be worth risking their lives.Read More »
Lesbian Book Review of ‘The Sovereign of Psiere’ by K. Aten
5.00 Stars. I enjoyed every second of this. The book is as good as the cover is beautiful. As most people know I’m a huge Aten fan. I love her writing style and really appreciate that she writes in so many different genres. All of her books are completely different and I love that you never know what she might write about next. This book was on my list of most anticipated books of 2019, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. This is spec-fic at its best and I can’t wait to read more in this ‘Mystery of the Makers’ series.
This book is actually a mash-up of many different genres. It is action-adventure, romance, steampunk, fantasy, and even more, rolled into one. It has a bit of Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider feel but with queens and kings in a steampunk-like society. It is just so well imagined and really different than any other book I have read before. The world building is great as Aten designed a complete society from a royal ruling family to creatures of the sea and air. It’s a great fantasy world and I can’t wait to learn more of its secrets.Read More »
Lesbian Book Review of ‘Rogue hunt’ by L.L. Raand.
3.5 Stars. I’m a big Radclyffe fan. I have read all her full-length books and with me being a lesbian paranormal fan, I have always enjoyed this series. But after 4 years, I never expected to see another book from this series. It’s interesting but in the month of May, Bold Strokes Books released 3 series books that were a long time in coming. This book at 4 years, Godfrey’s book at 5 and Vali’s at 10 years. It was great coming back to all these older series but I do have to say I didn’t love this like I was hoping.Read More »
Lesbian Book Review of ‘Daughter of no one’ by Sam Ledel.
3.50 Stars. I thought this was a pretty good fantasy book. This is the second book I have read by Ledel and I thought it was quite a bit better than her first. It is YA or maybe New Adult since both characters are in their early 20’s. This is the first book in ‘The Odium Trilogy’ series, and while the main storyline is still open, the book ended in a good spot. It doesn’t leave you with a horrible cliffhanger feeling, you just know that more adventure is to come.
This story follows the lives of two young women. Jastyn, who is an outcast due to being born out of wedlock and Princess Aurelia. When the princess’ life is in danger, Jastyn’s extensive knowledge of the woods surrounding the Kingdom might just make her the perfect person to find the Princess. After being shunned by the Royals her whole life, can Jastyn put her feeling aside to bring the Princess home? Read More »
I enjoyed this, I thought it was a good read, but I am disappointed that I didn’t love this book. This is the third book in the epic fantasy series of Arravan. I love this series. The first two books were both 5 stars for me. That’s why even though I liked this book, I was bummed I could not put another full 5 star rating up. This is another series that I highly, highly recommend reading in order. Since reading book 2 of this series, I have read over a thousand books before I read this one. I found my memory to be a bit stuffed and I was a little lost in the beginning of this book. It took a while for my memory to kick in and remember all the characters and important plot points. If I was a little lost having read all three books, I just think it would be pretty confusing for someone new to start the series here.
I think one of the reasons I’m a little disappointed is because I expected this to be the end of the series. Book 2 was written almost five years ago. I was actually almost giving of hope of ever reading a book 3. I wrongly assumed that Godfrey came back to the series, after all this time, to give us a grand finale. Instead, this book wasn’t the end, and it felt like a lot of filler. Yes, some important things did happen, but this felt like Godfrey had written one big final book and it got cut into two and this was part one. While there was a little excitement towards the end, this book felt much slower than the previous one. I kept waiting for more to happen but it didn’t. It was also very mystical, diving into the Darry’s magic, which was important but it dragged on too long for me.Read More »
3.75 Stars. ‘The Soulstealers’ was a well written, YA fantasy book. I do have to admit that I didn’t love the story as much as I wanted to. However, I’m still rating this on the higher side because it’s a well done, quality, YA book.
In this world, magic comes at a steep price. When Druids come of age they steal and trap the soul of a person to leach magic off of. Arnaka is turning 16 and it is now time for her to get a soul familiar. The problem is the girl that must die to have her soul trapped by Arnaka is her best friend. Arnaka promises her friend that she will do everything in her power to stop any more people having to die for magic. Can Arnaka fight all that stands against her to keep her promise?
While this is a YA book, it is on the darker side. If librarians are considering this I would suggest it for older teens. One of my issues with the storyline is that I felt it was pretty depressing. There is friendship, hope, and even a teeny tiny baby f/f romance, so it’s not all doom and gloom, I just wish there were a bigger amount of lighter moments. I felt like this book weighed on me a bit.
The imagination of this book is very well done. While a floating city and palace above a ravaged land is not a new concept, the rest of the book felt pretty fresh. I have read a lot of mainstream and LGBTQ fantasy books so it’s always a pleasant surprise for a book to have really new ideas.
The characters are all pretty well done even the more secondary ones. It was a good cast of heroes and villains. As I mentioned before, there is a baby romance but nothing more than a couple of kisses. I wish there was time to develop the relationship between the characters more but with so much going on in the book, there just wasn’t.
This sort of leads me to one of my issues which is time. I wish there was more time for expanding on things in the book. I didn’t feel enough time was spent between Arnaka and her best friend to really cement their strong friendship connection. I wanted more time for the romance even if it was kept G-rated and I wanted more time at the end of the book, the ending was a tiny bit of a letdown.
This book has some great adventures, some good magic battles, and well thought out characters. The story itself felt refreshingly new. It did make me feel a little melancholy because it is on the sadder side. Overall I would still recommend this to YA fantasy fans.
NineStar Press really has some of the best covers. They impress me more and more every time I see a new book out.