Review: The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2

I'll be honest: I don't really know how to review an art book. Much to my artist husband's sorrow, my appreciation of art is usually limited to such devastatingly acute thoughts as, "Wow. Pretty." I'm still training myself to read comic books. If I don't stop to think about it, my eyes go right to the text and completely pass over the art. When this book arrived in the mail, it was difficult for me to

Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

This is the first book in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, released February 5th, 2013. The Blurb It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees

Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination Edited by John Joseph Adams

Everyone knows that superheroes are boring. Villains are more interesting: more complex in their madness, more brilliant in their darkness. When the villains are also genius scientists... Well, then you have something remarkable. The authors writing for this collection go in all sorts of different directions. Some of their villains are well intentioned, others are narcissistic, some are spurred on by achievement, others by revenge. And some of them are truly, genuinely mad. I've been trying to

Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

This book is the first in a series from debut author Jay Kristoff called The Lotus War. It will be released on September 18, 2012 from St. Martin's Press in hard cover and digital. Buy it here. The Blurb A DYING LAND  The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood,

Review: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

This is the debut novel from Daniel O'Malley, published on January 11, 2012 from Little, Brown. The Blurb The body you are wearing used to be mine. So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to

Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

Fated is the debut novel from Benedict Jacka. It's been praised by no less than the likes of Jim Butcher -- with good reason, I say. It released on February 28th, 2012 by Ace Books (a division of Penguin USA).   The Blurb Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the

Guest Review: Department 19 by Will Hill [From ~ap~]

A Note from Kiara: Since today is my birthday, I'm taking a day off! The following review was written by my dear friend, ~ap~, who writes about reading over at Writing About Reading.  She's the best, and you should go read  her. Especially since she's currently giving away a signed, hardcover of Ghost Story by Jim Butcher. The contest ends tonight, so why don't you hop on over and enter? We'll wait. ... There. Now that

[Winner] Magic Most Foul Giveaway for DARKER STILL

Okay. We're finally ready to announce a winner! And our winner is.... DAWN! Who said, "Sounds like an interesting read. Will have to check out her work." Well, now you can, Dawn! Please email me at: kiara at Waiting for Fairies dot com with your mailing address so that I can get it to the appropriate people. Congratulations! Full disclosure: In order to draw the winner of this giveaway, I combined the comments from the two Magic Most Foul posts here

Top 10 Books I Read in 2011

Since everyone else was busy doing end-of-year posts, I figured I'd throw my 10 cents out there as well. Here are my top 10 from 2011. These are books that I read in 2011, not necessarily that were published in 2011.  1. Number one, of course, has to be Jim Butcher's Ghost Story. Because the 13th book in a series where the main character is dead? Not only is that some epic story-telling timing, but to also write it