Blog Tour: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee Review – Post Thirty Seven of Stay Home Order

After posting so frequently in May for Wyrd & Wonder, I found myself focusing more on reading and less on blog posts in general this month. So I’m very happy to participate in the spontaneous surprise blog tour honoring Lori M. Lee‘s newest release, Forest of Souls! The blog tour was put together by Hear Our Voices Book Tours, and this is their first one. I’m excited to see what they can pull together in the future!

Lori M. Lee is the author of FOREST OF SOULS, first in the Shamanborn series, as well as GATES OF THREAD AND STONE and THE INFINITE. She’s also a contributor to the anthologies A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS and COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. She considers herself a unicorn aficionado, enjoys marathoning TV shows, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

ARC Review: Fae Spell by Eve A Hunt – Post Thirty One of Stay Home Order

Fae Spell (Yew Queen, #3)

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: May 25th 2020

I had the pleasure of once again helping the author hunt for typos before releasing this book into the world for mass consumption, which means I received a free earc in exchange for an honest review. I can happily say that this did not impact my enjoyment of this book!

This is a great conclusion to the trilogy! I love how the author was able to both introduce new concepts that felt logical and wrap up many of the loose ends all in one compact novel. We were introduced to chapters told through Coren’s best friend’s POV, which allowed for some extra steam. And, of course, our dark unicorn friend makes a return. Sadly, we lose some characters as the war comes to a peak. But, I was pretty happy with how the humans rise to the challenge placed before them.

Overall, I definitely think you should check out this series if you haven’t already. This story arc wraps up nicely, but it sounds like the author has more stories planned for this universe. I’m excited to see what she has up her sleeves!

Summary:

A dragon. A twisted curse. And a finale to rival the glory of chocolate croissants.

I used to think burned scones and bad hair made for a rough day. When a dragon crawls out of a hole in Main Street, I realize it’s time to rework that definition.

I broke the Mage Duke’s curse, but the dark spell hasn’t disappeared. Instead, the casting morphed into a legless dragon thing that wants to eat me.

Nailed it.

And to top off this crap sandwich, the town’s local reporter has decided to rouse a mob against me. 

I have a lot of witch work to do, friends. Send doughnuts.

Book Review: The Wolf of Cape Fen by Juliana Brandt – Post Thirteen of Stay Home Order

The Wolf of Cape Fen

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers

I want to start by saying thanks for Sourcebooks for granting my request for a physical ARC of this title back before the pandemic made everything go crazy.

Saturday afternoon I just wanted to get away from the television and computer, so I took this book into the library, where I read the whole thing start to finish in one sitting of about three hours.  This was largely in part of the author’s great writing and also because I found myself wanting to discover the riddle to the mystery presented.

But at the end, I was dissatisfied.  I didn’t want to be, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wanted a different ending.  I think this was due to two things.  One, I am not the target audience, which is a middle grade reader.  (Although if I had read this as a young person, I don’t think I would have liked it much better.)  Two, I don’t think I caught enough context clues for the ending to be a clear summation of them.  Perhaps I was reading too quickly and missed them.  More likely I am just being overly critical.

This is the type of book that I would recommend adding to a library collection for public or school due to its interesting nature and different take on the mystery and fantasy genres combined.  I also think that many fantasy readers will also enjoy this regardless of age.  I want to go back to my earlier comment about the author’s writing style because I do think she did a fabulous job.  The pacing and character development were great and were the reasons that I finished the book in one sitting.  And did you see that gorgeous cover?

Definitely give this one a chance or share it someone younger who’s into fantasy or mystery.

Summary:

First Frost has touched Cape Fen, and that means Baron Dire has returned. For as long as anyone can remember, Baron Dire has haunted the town come winter, striking magical bargains and demanding unjust payment in return. The Serling sisters know better than to bargain, lest they find themselves hunted by the Baron’s companion, the Wolf.

Then the Wolf attacks Eliza’s sister Winnie. They manage to escape, but they know the Wolf will be back, because the Wolf only attacks those who owe the Baron Dire. Winnie would never bargain, so that must mean that someone has struck a deal with Winnie as the price.

Eliza embarks on a journey to save her sister, but as she untangles the links between Baron Dire, the Wolf, and her family, she discovers a complicated web of bargains that cross all of Cape Fen. If Eliza can learn the truth, she might be able to protect her sister, but the truth behind the bargain could put her own life in danger.

ARC Review: The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh

The Dragon Egg Princess

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by HarperCollins

I’m very happy with the number of March releases that I’ve managed to read and review so far!  Especially since so many released on March 3rd.  This one is a middle grade fantasy (possibly standalone) that I requested from HarperCollins.

This was a quick read that held my interest all the way to the end.  It’s a wonderful middle grade read that I think the target audience will love.  Adults reading this one might find that it does more telling than showing, especially where complex emotions are involved.

I found it fun that this book also had a firebird take part in the narrative-although briefly.  Seems like a theme.  And I love it!  I also enjoyed the emphasis on friend and family relationships.  And the idea that someone might make bad decisions followed by good ones doesn’t make them good or evil.  Just human.

I think this might be a planned standalone, and it works like one.  But, if the author did write another book in this world or with these characters, I would certainly read it.

Summary:

In a kingdom filled with magic, Jiho Park and his family are an anomaly—magic doesn’t affect them.

Jiho comes from a long line of forest rangers who protect the Kidahara—an ancient and mysterious wood that is home to powerful supernatural creatures. But Jiho wants nothing to do with the dangerous forest.

Five years ago, his father walked into the Kidahara and disappeared. Just like the young Princess Koko, the only daughter of the kingdom’s royal family. Jiho knows better than anyone else the horrors that live deep in the magical forest and how those who go in never come back.

Now the forest is in danger from foreign forces that want to destroy it, and a long-forgotten evil that’s been lurking deep in the Kidahara for centuries finally begins to awaken. Can a magic-less boy, a fierce bandit leader, and a lost princess join forces and save their worlds before it’s too late?