February Round Up

So I don’t nearly have enough time to review every book that I read, unfortunately. If I did, I wouldn’t have any time to read, and my TBR (to be read) shelf keeps getting bigger all the time! So in the interest of everyone’s time, here’s a short summary of the rest of the books I read in February.

The Decoy Princess by Dawn Cook – A young Princess’ betrothed arrives, prompting the revelation that she’s not, um … actually the princess. When her betrothed throws a temper tantrum and takes over the palace, it’s the decoy’s job to make sure the real princess gets the throne. This book was an awful lot of fun. [xrr rating=4.25/5]

Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E Feist – Yes, I know this is an older book, but one of my goals has been to try to read some of the major fantasy works that I hadn’t before. Feist has managed to combine science fiction and fantasy in one series.Which is quite a feat in itself. It’s also quite a great story, which is almost a miracle.  [xrr rating=4/5]

The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop – I enjoy Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy a double scoop of whole lot, but I’d never read this series. It’s not as tightly woven as BJT was, but it’s still enjoyable. It’s also kind of a scary look at what the Salem Witch Trials would have looked like.  [xrr rating=3.5/5]

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine – This is the first in the Weather Warden series. The series has been highly recommended by several authors and various blogs I follow, so I had to givei t a try. I  wasn’t disappointed, either. A unique urban fantasy. [xrr rating=3.75/5]

The Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cheryh – Another classic, this one a sci-fi. This trio of books portrays a  completely immersive alien world. Cheryh is very good at this kind of world-building, and although I didn’t fall in love with the story, I learned a whole heck of a lot. [xrr rating=2.75/5]

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I subscribed to Rothfuss’ blog based on a recommendation from Neil Gaiman, and I’ve never regretted it. Rothfuss is a hilarious guy, and his debut novel is so tightly woven you could bounce tennis balls off of it. Highly recommended. [xrr rating=4.5/5]