fantasy

Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor ★★★★

Blurb; The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

My Review; This is one from my library pile it is a long read at 536 pages, so it took me a while but well worth it! A brilliant story. Really enjoyed it…

Brilliantly written, I loved Lazlos charater. The ending of this story though is one that just blows you away, unbelieveable. A major cliffhanger. I have book two waiting to be dived into and answers uncovered. It’s one of those books that you keep thinking about even though you’re not reading it… Something different. I need to know what happens next!

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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fantasy · Historical fiction

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath – Ishbelle Bee ★★★★

Blurb; 1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr. Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

My Review; This is another off the library pile and I picked this up purely because of the cover, it is eye catching and absolutely gorgeous. The story was brilliant! An easy read. A wierd read, but I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it all. The ending was different and wierd but suited the story perfectly.

There are many unique characters in this story and some were just one of a kind, wierd, absurd and twisted. You need an imagination to read this story as this will just blow your mind. I cannot wait to read the next one by this author which also has a gorgeous cover. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something wierd and different. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy

The Gospel of Loki – Joanne M. Harris ★★★★

Blurb; The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods – retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

Loki, that’s me.

Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.

So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.

Now it’s my turn to take the stage.

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.

From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.

My Review; This is another from my library pile and another gorgeous cover. After reading this authors The Blue Salt Lane, I had to read more by her and this didn’t disappoint. It was different as Loki is narrating the story throughout (first person) which I don’t read a lot of, but it made the story a bit more personal and funnier in parts.

Loki is one funny, devious, clever and manipulative character but I wierdly love him for it. He’s definately a one of kind character. Memorable. This story does end on a major cliffhanger uhhh, but I have the next book so I can dive in. Brilliantly written. Plenty going on in the story to keep the pages turning, Loki is always up to something…

Looking forward to the next book. Highly recommed. A well deserved four stars from me.

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