Review of Ashes to Ashes by C. J. Archer

Ashes to Ashes
The Ministry of Curiosities Book 5
By C. J. Archer

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 128

Date Started: June 28, 2016
Date Finished: June 28, 2016

Synopsis: (From Amazon)ashes
Charlie is gone, and Lincoln finds that Lichfield Towers offers no sanctuary. With reminders of her at every turn, and employees threatening to mutiny, he must try to find the murderer who is killing supernaturals on his own. And keep the murderer away from Charlie.

When the strongman from the visiting Barnum and Bailey’s circus is murdered, Lincoln suspects a link, but piecing together the clues becomes dangerous and difficult work. He can’t afford to be distracted, yet he finds he can’t concentrate fully on the task. Even worse, Seth’s mother, the incomparable Lady Vickers, has come to stay.

ASHES TO ASHES is a bonus novella-length story, told entirely from Lincoln’s point of view. It is shorter than the rest of the books in the Ministry of Curiosities series.

Review:
This book was a complete shift– everything is from Fitzroy’s perspective.  This book, unlike the last, doesn’t have a complete conclusion, perhaps in part because Charlie isn’t there.  Fitzroy is learning that while he might have gotten along fine on his own, things change when you care about people.  Seth, Gus, and Cook take to being Charlie’s champions and one can only hope that Fitzroy will come off his pedestal and realize that he shouldn’t let her go.  This book left me with more questions than answers.

I had thought that book six was the end of the series, and that I’d get to soak it up as soon as I finished this one.  I was wrong.  The sixth book isn’t due out until August 23rd, and there is no mention of the 6th book being the last one.  I quite wish I could read more now.

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Author Biography: (From Amazon)
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”, one after the other. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.

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Review of Grave Expectations by C. J. Archer

Grave Expectations
The Ministry of Curiosities Book 4
By C. J. Archer

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 252

Date Started: June 27, 2016
Date Finished: June 28, 2016

Synopsis: (From Amazon)grave expectations
Charlie’s life is perfect. She has everything her heart desires. Until it all goes horribly wrong.

Charlie and Lincoln return to London to find two supernaturals have been murdered, and Charlie might be next. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the man who adopted her has escaped from prison, and the committee members have just learned some news that infuriates them. Now there’s talk of sending Charlie away again. Far away.

But the worst is yet to come. Charlie is kidnapped and forced to summon one of the murder victims – but she’s unable to send him back. With an angry dead supernatural on the loose and the committee determined to get rid of her, Charlie’s time with the Ministry of Curiosities, and Lincoln, is in grave danger of coming to an end.

Review:
Finally, we see Lincoln drop his defenses and admit his feelings!  Unfortunately Charlie might just be high on the list of supernaturals that will be exterminated, and it seems the person behind the supernatural deaths has decided using her adoptive father to “save” her might work well.  Charlie shows she is brave and thinks fast in the face of danger and that she works well with both the men in Lincoln’s house, and becoming the mistress of that house.  Due in large part to Lincoln’s previous lack of being social, he finds that although she can be quite a help, he isn’t sure he can deal with the potential for her being hurt.  The ending made me cry.

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Author Biography: (From Amazon)
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”, one after the other. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.

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Review of Beyond the Grave by C. J. Archer

Her Majesty’s Necromancer
The Ministry of Curiosities Book 3
By C. J. Archer

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 284

Date Started: June 26, 2016
Date Finished: June 27, 2016

Synopsis: (From Amazon)beyond the grave
At the request of Lady Harcourt, Charlie and Lincoln begin searching for her missing stepson. Still recovering from her ordeal at the hands of a diabolical villain, Charlie is supposed to be resting. But resting is dull, so she throws herself into the task at hand, much to Lincoln’s frustration.

The search leads them down a dark path littered with family secrets and titillating scandal. Using her necromancy to expose those secrets, Charlie unwittingly raises a spirit with the power to override her control. With a dead body on the loose in London, Charlie and Lincoln must work together to send it back before havoc is unleashed, and the committee members find out.

Because if they do, they will have more ammunition in their fight to send Charlie away from her home and everyone she loves.

Review:
Charlie can’t stand to be idle while those she cares about are off fighting and doing dangerous things.  Unfortunately this sometimes leads her to go against what Lincoln has told her to do.  Despite learning that her necromancy can’t always be used to help, Charlie knows that her people skills can help get answers far better than some of Lincoln’s tactics.  Again, the characterization and tension is perfect, and through this book you begin to see a deeper side of some characters, which reinforces what, as the heroine, is disliked about them to begin with.

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Author Biography: (From Amazon)
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”, one after the other. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.

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Review of Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C. J. Archer

Her Majesty’s Necromancer
The Ministry of Curiosities Book 2
By C. J. Archer

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 247

Date Started: June 26, 2016
Date Finished: June 26, 2016

Synopsis: (From Amazon)her majesty's necromancer
When bodies go missing from the cemetery, Lincoln and the Ministry of Curiosities investigate. But not Charlie. As a housemaid at Lichfield Towers, she doesn’t get involved in Ministry business.

Instead, she conducts investigations of her own. She searches for details about her real mother, and makes inquiries into Lincoln’s background. What she learns has the power to destroy the fragile trust they’ve built, or bring them closer together.

As secrets are revealed, and investigations don’t go as planned, Charlie finds her necromancy sucking her into a whirlpool filled with betrayal, lies and danger.

Review:
Another fantastic book, that was again impossible to put down.  I dedicated much of the morning and early afternoon to soaking up this delicious tale.  The tension between Charlie and Lincoln continues to sizzle, especially as she begins to gain more independence and strength on her own, as a woman.  Charlie is quite resilient and an easy character to become while reading.  The characterization is quite well done and each action and reaction is entirely justified– there is never a point where one thinks that anyone is acting out of character.  Charlie continues to forge her own path, showing that she can be more than just a pretty face or a maid, and that her ability with people can gain more information than force or looks alone.

cjAuthor Biography: (From Amazon)
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”, one after the other. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.

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Review of The Last Necromancer by C. J. Archer

The Last Necromancer
The Ministry of Curiosities Book 1
By C. J. Archer

Star Rating: 
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 270

Date Started: June 24, 2016
Date Finished: June 25, 2016

Synopsis: (From Amazon)last necromancer

For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.

Review:
Oh my goodness, this book is fantastic and almost impossible to set down once you’ve started.  Transported back to Victorian England, this book starts and ends with action packed adventures.  Charlie does what has to be done in order to survive, even if she finds it scary, even if she doesn’t necessarily want to, until she’s thrust into a completely new order of people who might understand.  Charlie is faced with trying to find herself among the facade she’s built, and learning that what some might see as monstrous makes her different but not necessarily evil.  As Charlie has to fight to figure out who she really is she is also faced with a daunting choice of who she should rely on and trust, having to hope she’s made the right decision. 

cjAuthor Biography: (From Amazon)
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”, one after the other. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.

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Review of Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Jinx
By Sage Blackwood

Star Rating: 
Genre: High Fantasy/Young People/Young Adult/Children

Number of Pages: 384

Date Started: June 22, 2016
Date Finished: June 23, 2016

Synopsis: (From Amazon)jinxThe highly acclaimed first book of a fantasy adventure series set in a mysterious forest, starring a daring new hero.

“Readers will thrill to journey with Jinx” (SLJ, starred review), a wizard’s apprentice, as he sets off on a quest through the dangerous Urwald, a magical forest full of wizards and were-creatures, and discovers that it is more complex than he could imagine, and that it needs him more than he could ever guess.

This humorous and smart tween fantasy adventure is perfect for fans of Septimus Heap, The Sisters Grimm, and Fablehaven.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Review:
This story is magical.  I am so glad that this book is the first in a series because as I got further and further along I was really worried that I wouldn’t get to continue on and learn more about Jinx’s life.  The Urwald is perfect.  Simon is the perfect differentiation from Jinx’s stepparents.  Jinx is refreshing and unique without shoving anything in your face.  The characters are gripping, the plot is intriguing, and I found myself less and less willing to set the book aside.  I definitely think this book is along the lines of Howl’s Moving Castle but this book has such unique qualities that it’s hard to compare it to anything.  The magic seen is new, refreshing, and interesting.  Everything you thought you might have known about magic and magical creatures might be right, or it might be turned on its head, depending on the person.  There are great morals, and it’s overall an amazing book.

Author Information: (From Amazon)
Sage Blackwood was born in Chicago and grew up in New York State. She graduated from Antioch College and the University at Albany, and taught ESL for many years. Her first fantasy novel, JINX, was selected as a Best Book of 2013 by Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Amazon.

Review of Once Upon A Curse 17: Dark Faerie Tales

Once Upon A Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales
An anthology of short stories by a multitude of authors

Overall Star Rating: 

Genre: Fantasy (Fairy Tale Retellings)
Number of Pages: 360

Date Started: June 16, 2016
Date Finished: June 22, 201630278687

Synopsis:(From Amazon)#1 Bestseller in Fantasy Anthologies and Dark Fantasy! Seventeen magical stories from NY Timesand USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors that will entice you to the darker side of faerie tales. More Grimm than Disney, in this collection you’ll find twists on Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Snow Queen, Cinderella, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland, and Red Riding Hood, plus new tales paying homage to the old traditions.

Shadows cannot exist without light, however, and you’ll find enough happily-ever-afters to lift your spirits in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love.

Short Story Synopsis followed by my review: (each short story will have a review)

YARROW, STURDY AND BRIGHT by Devon MonkSweet music cannot hide a wicked heart…
Yarrow, Sturdy and Bright was quite well done.  It had excellent motifs and upheld what one would expect from a fairy tale.  It was quite enjoyable.  “Take the silver dagger.  Carry the copper lantern.  Wear a cloak the color of blood.”  This is an interesting epilogue style retelling of a tale, where the reader learns that all they thought the knew about the original story was off, and the reader cannot help but want Yarrow to succeed, for her own happiness, and that of her town.

FAE HORSE by Anthea SharpFaerie bargains can grant any desire, but be careful what you wish for.
I really enjoyed this story as you were immediately taken and put down right into the action.  There were times where I thought that our lovely female protagonist likely was being misunderstood, and other times where I felt that what was happening was (during that time period) justifiable.  I definitely became invested in the characters and wanted to see what would happen to them at the end.  This story is written as a faerie tale and has many elements thereof, but is not a retelling of any one story in particular, to my knowledge.  (Feel free to correct me if you see a correlation I’ve missed!)

THE QUEEN OF FROST AND DARKNESS by Christine PopeHer heart is the only thing colder than a Russian winter….
The premise of this story is quite nice.  I love the tie in between the name Tatiana for a Snow Queen story when mixed with faerie magic.  There were some parts that were repetitive, “earned it and more” used twice as well as some general editorial/grammatical mishaps: “that didn’t mattered.”  The imagery of the Snow Queen’s lair would have been more gripping if it hadn’t been compared to the Novodevichy Convent and had instead been linked to something most readers would recognize and understand– like a hockey rink.

BONES by Yasmine GalenornSometimes, your most cherished dream can turn out to be a nightmare.
Bones was an interesting read, and had a few good morals within, including: sometimes it is better to keep to the path and not try to run off and that if you get what you want by force it usually doesn’t end up being as soothing and perfect as you had hoped for.  This wasn’t exactly a retelling but moreso a tale written in the same style as many traditional faerie tales.

MAGIC AFTER MIDNIGHT by C. GockelThe Wicked Stepmother is about to meet her match…
I very much enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella.  It’s nice to see a retelling in which Cindy believes herself to be a victim, but that things are hard on her stepmother and step-siblings too, whether or not she sees it.  I liked that Cindy is a typical teenage girl, and that this story showed how easily manipulated someone who is in a state of turmoil can be.  I didn’t like that the stepmother was constantly stamping her feet.  I found it jarring as most people don’t go stomping around when angry, and there are much better ways to show irritation and displeasure.  There were a few lines that were a bit hard to read and a few times where things were said instead of shown/experienced, but overall it was quite a good story.

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Donna AugustineWhen the devil makes a deal with a dancer, he gets more than he bargained for.
I love this.  I absolutely love it.  I would have bought the entire book just for this one short story.  Sometimes, all you need is to believe in yourself and let everything else fade away.  Or is that it?  I can’t say much about this one except that it is perfection, and I clearly adore it.

NO GIFT OF WORDS by Annie BelletNever steal from a witch…
No Gift of Words jolts a reader into a new world, and doesn’t do a great job of making it an easy to understand place.  The names were jarring and hard to get used to, and there was no basis of time as it seemed to jump forward without explanation.  Although there is a small moral of being nice to all creatures, overall, this one wasn’t as well done as the others, predominantly because of the disconnect between the reader and what time period/culture you are supposed to be in.  Had the author taken more time to make the land/culture accessible, it may have been more enjoyable.

THE GRIM BROTHER by Audrey FayeNot all walks in the wood end well…
The Grim Brother is very well done.  I quite enjoyed the first person narrative about what can happen when one is not quite as good as everyone seems to think.  This is definitely worth the read, especially for people who love faerie tale retellings.

BEAST INSIDE BEAUTY by Danielle MonschHappily Ever After ain’t guaranteed when Once Upon a Time is here.
I love Beauty and the Beast.  I’ve mentioned before that it’s my favourite faerie tale and had been for quite some time.  This story, however, fell hard and flat.  There was really no relation between this story and any faerie tale, and it feels like the author used the idea of a connection between this story and a fairy tale to get traction, as she appears to be planning to do for her series that this story starts.  In one particular part of this story the author uses uncommon vocabulary, which is jarring since the story is, for all intents and purposes a modern story written in common vernacular.  Not a fan.

FAESCORNED by Jenna Elizabeth JohnsonThe Morrigan, Celtic goddess of war and strife, must relive a painful memory that reminds her of what she can never have.
If you are going to skip a story, this one isn’t a bad one to consider skipping.  The story itself was alright, but could have been greatly condensed– probably to a few pages.  There is a lot of fighting and a lot of insulting but no basis for it in the beginning.  The story, even as the situation started to be explained, dragged.  It was a trudge to read this, in part because the vocabulary used was never explained, and you were expected to already know what the author was talking about.  Don’t bother trying to use the kindle dictionary to look up the words– they aren’t in there.

DRAWN TO THE BRINK by Tara MayaSajiana’s job is to hunt down monsters brought alive from paintings. She never expected to meet one so handsome… or to need his help.
Drawn to the Brink is a great telling of something like a faerie tale, without actually being one.  I really did enjoy this story, though it did have a small bit of grammatical issues.  There is a lack of romance in this story, which makes it even more interesting and entertaining.  While I definitely think this is worth the read, and I quite enjoyed it, I couldn’t help but think that the premise might have been entirely inspired by The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.  This story is quite different in the use of magic, and quite enjoyable.  I highly recommend Holmberg’s novel series to anyone who enjoys this short story.

THE VARIANCE COURT by Alexia PurdyAnna, a struggling college student, discovers a mysterious ring that turns her quiet life chaotic when the ring’s magic doesn’t do what it’s told.
The Variance Court is quite interesting.  I expected there to be some sort of romance or connection between our protagonist and the man she got the ring from, and was quite disappointed in what the ring was ultimately used for.  I think that the story had great promise, and it was squandered on trying to mesh it with an already existing story instead of doing something new and different and going its own way.

THE MORRIGAN by Phaedra WeldonA young man discovers he has leprechaun blood – and is wanted by dark faerie forces.
The Morrigan is epic!  There’s a lot of Celtic/Irish language and culture mentioned but it’s explained in a way that draws the reader in and makes it understandable.  I liked that there was mention of the common myths that most people know, and how folklore has the information wrong, which is, “how we like it.”  Imagine being grabbed from regular everyday life and finding that you are an extraordinary leprechaun!  This is definitely worth the read!

ALICE by Julia CraneA twisted tale of Alice and Wonderland. Facing madness and an ominous prophecy, Alice chooses to follow her heart despite knowing her world is about to change forever.
I enjoyed that Alice isn’t the girl we thought she was, but the shift in her relationship with the Red Queen makes the story difficult to get behind.  The tie in of twins was excellent, but I would have much preferred that the twin the Red Queen had wasn’t Alice, as Alice has a particular personality that this short story doesn’t have the time or depth to rewrite.

STILL RED by Sabrina Locke – When the Hunters come, can there be any escape?
I thought that this was a very interesting story, but perhaps not the best or most well done.  It was definitely a twist on the original Red Riding Hood story, but what Red is supposed to be is never fully explained, and what she was in the woods was also never explained.  In many ways this story seems like the ramblings of an insane woman… but maybe that’s the point.

THE FINAL STRAW by Jennifer BlackstreamTo banish a gold-spinning demon, first you must guess his name…
The Final Straw was a very cute story.  I enjoyed the use of supernatural creatures and the explanation of what Rumpelstiltskin is.  There isn’t much I disliked about this story, nor can I say too much without giving the plot away.

THE UNICORN HUNTER by Alethea KontisOnly Snow White knows what really happened in the forest…
The Unicorn Hunter showcases the vulnerability and stupidity of a young girl who doesn’t know anything and wants to trust anyone.  I liked the antagonist more than I liked her.  Snow White did seem to grow at the end, perhaps, so their is hope that maybe someday she’ll be a great queen.

TL;DR:  Of the 17 I strongly recommend reading Yarrow, Sturdy and Bright, Magic After Midnight, Dance With the Devil, The Grim Brother, Drawn to the Brink, The Morrigan, and The Final Straw.  7 out of 17 isn’t bad!

Author Bio:
For more information on any of the authors, click the link next to their name and you’ll get to their amazon page.  Sabrina Locke does not appear to have an Amazon page, which is why there is no link for her.