Wyrd & Wonder 2022 – Month Long Fantasy Celebration

So I recently learned about a really cool month long celebration. Zezee With Books posted about it recently and I had never heard about it before! I am a huge lover of all things fantasy so this sounded like something that I could get behind. The whole idea behind it is to celebrate fantasy, in any form, for the month of May. They’ve got photo prompts, discussions, a giveaway. It seems like a lot of fun!

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Legends & Lattes – Book Review

Title: Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes
Author: Travis Baldree
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Publisher: Cryptid Press
Themes: Greif, Sapphic Romance, Friendship, Cozy Vibes, Baking, Fire, Minor Obsessive/Stalking Behaviour

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The Mellification || ARC Review

Title: The Mellification
Author: Nat Buchbinder
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ+
Age: Adult
Page Count: 211
Publication Date: December 1, 2020 
Publisher: Self Published
Themes: Vampires, Trans MC, Polyamorous relationships, Secrets,

Synopsis:

Holly is a young transgender vampire in an underground society that values patience as their principle virtue. But as Holly watches his community become more isolated and reluctant to act in the face of danger, he begins to question if it might be better to leave.

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The Ruin of Kings || Book Review

Title: The Ruin of Kings
Author: Jenn Lyons
Series/Number: A Chorus of Dragons #1
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Age: Adult
Page Count: 560
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Themes: LGBTQ+, Dragons, Friendship, Magic, Thieves

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son to a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a prince isn’t what the tales promised. He also learns that the tales lied about a lot of other things: dragons, demons, prophecies, gods, love, and that the hero always wins. But, kihrin is not destined to save the empire. He is destined to destroy it.

Alright, this review is long over due. I mean I finished reading this book a couple months ago and I’m sorry I never reviewed it until now, but here we go.

I will start off by being honest. It took me a couple months to get through this chunker of a fantasy book. It didn’t take me long because I wasn’t enjoying it or because anything was wrong with the book, I was just having trouble with the physical format of the book (font, page setting, etc.).

I will say that though it took me forever to get through it I absolutely loved this book. I loved the interesting plot and the characters. Our main chracter started off as most fantasy characters do, by being poor or of a lesser class, however I found the take on magic and his circumstances really interesting.

I also enjoyed how we had two timelines happening. We were reading present day of our characters lives, as well as how they got where they are now. I think that was a nice touch in making connections throughout the story, as well as slowly providing the important information you need.

At times the info dumping was a bit dense. I found there were points that felt like it took forever to get through the background or history within the story. I think those were the hardest parts to get through within in the book.

Overall, the world was great, the pacing was good, the characters were amazing, the LGBTQ+ was good, and I mean, there were dragons. So, how could I not love this?