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Review: The Glass Casket

Review: The Glass Casket

Title: The Glass Casket
Author: McCormick Templeman
Published: 2014
Length: 337 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Standing there in the snow, one raven-haired beauty wrapped entirely in crimson and one pale-haired sparrow of a girl swathed in white. 

“We must look like a tragedy,” Fiona said. “We must look like blood in snow.”

A series of disturbing deaths suddenly plague the small mountain community of Nag’s End during the same winter that Rowan Rose’s mysterious cousin Fiona Eira moves there with her stepparents. Things go from bad to worse not long after Fiona and Rowan’s best friend Tom fall in love. Bodies pile up as Tom’s behavior becomes erratic and violent, and frightened rumors begin to fly. But not all is as it seems. Rowan must discover the truth about her cousin–and herself–before years of secrets destroy Tom–or Nag’s End itself.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: 2015
Length: 416 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ¾

After killing a wolf in the woods outside her village, Feyre is ripped away from her miserable life with a crippled father and ungrateful sisters by a faerie who demands her life in exchange for the wolf’s. He takes her north of the wall that separates the mortal world from faerie realm of Prythian. Feyre slowly adjusts to her new life and, despite her lifelong hatred and mistrust of faeries, begins to warm to her companions–Tamlin and Lucien–after learning that she will never be able return to her home in the south. Yet the longer she spends in the faerie world, the more aware Feyre becomes that something is terribly wrong there. Prythian, she discovers, faces a threat that even its seven powerful High Lords cannot stand against.

Note: this review is mostly spoiler-free. I’ve included some spoilers in my Goodreads review.

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Review: A Thousand Nights

Review: A Thousand Nights

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Published: 2015
Length: 325 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

When the king comes to her village looking for his three-hundredth wife, she dons a purple gown and sacrifices herself to save her more beautiful sister from the terrible fate that awaits his queens: death in the marriage bed. In turn, her sister promises to make her a smallgod–a minor local deity–while she yet lives. That night, the new queen tells her murderous bridegroom about the sister whose place she took, and somehow, she survives until morning. As the days and nights pass, she begins to unravel the mystery of why the king has murdered three hundred brides, and her sister’s prayers and rituals begin to instill in her the power she needs to save them all.

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Review: Shadows on the Moon

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Review: Shadows on the Moon

Title: Shadows on the Moon
Author: Zoë Marriott
Published: 2012
Length: 447 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ¾

Suzume’s quiet country life is destroyed when, at fourteen, she sees soldiers cut down her beloved father and cousin. After her mother remarries her father’s friend Lord Terayama, Suzume discovers the terrible truth about her family’s deaths. She flees, first to her stepfather’s kitchens to work as a drudge and then from the house entirely. Along the way, she learns that she is a shadow-weaver, capable of creating powerful visual illusions, which she uses to disguise herself as well as to hide the evidence of her self-harm. As she settles into her second new identity and hones her powers, Suzume devises a plan to bring Terayama to justice at last–by winning the heart of the Moon Prince. She has only one problem: the fact that she has already fallen in love with another man.

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Review: The Mirk and Midnight Hour

Review: The Mirk and Midnight Hour

Title: The Mirk and Midnight Hour
Author: Jane Nickerson
Published: 2014
Length: 371 pages

My star rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★

With her father away serving in the Confederate Army and a new stepmother, stepsister, and young cousin to care for, and the still-raging war making even the most basic supplies difficult to come by, Violet Dancey has her hands full already in the summer of 1865. Then, while exploring in the woods, she and her adventurous cousin Seeley stumble across a badly-wounded Union soldier called Thomas. Violet, still grieving her twin brother Rush, thinks she knows the ins and outs of the war. Her acquaintance with Thomas, however, makes her reconsider more than just her view of Northerners even as her situation at home grows dire.

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Review: Tam Lin

Review: Tam Lin

Title: Tam Lin
Author: Pamela Dean
Published: 1991
Length: 468 pages

My star rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★

In 1971, Janet Carter begins her freshman year at Blackstock College, where her father teaches. She and her two roommates fall in with an eccentric group of Classics majors. Over her four years as an undergraduate, Janet experiences all the usual the ups and downs of college life, but she also bears witness to the more mysterious side of Blackstock, such as book-throwing ghosts and midnight horse rides on Halloween night. Only in her senior year does she begin to understand the truth behind these strange happenings, and by then she has herself become a player.

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Review: Wildwood Dancing

Review: Wildwood Dancing

Title: Wildwood Dancing
Author: Juliet Marillier
Published: 2007
Length: 407 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Jena and her four sisters have the ability to visit the “Other Kingdom,” a fae realm, every month on the night of the full moon, where they dance and rub shoulders with an assortment of non-human creatures. But with their ill father away for the winter, the sisters face sudden obstacles—such as their power-hungry, disapproving cousin Cezar—that threaten their monthly tradition, their happiness, and their futures. As the situation grows more dire by the day, Jena struggles to keep everything from changing forever.

[9/15 novels in November]

Note: This review is (relatively) spoiler-free. I have included some hidden spoilers in my Goodreads review.

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