• Book Review: Scarlet Odyssey by C. T. Rwizi - an amazing African-influenced fantasy

    Book Review: Scarlet Odyssey by C. T. Rwizi

    Title: Scarlet Odyssey Author: C. T. Rwizi Publisher: 47North Publication date: July 1, 2020 Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy Summary: Salo is an outsider in his tribe despite being the firstborn son to the chief. This is because he is more interested in magic (women’s domain) than becoming a warrior (men’s domain). But, when his people are attacked by a witch, he has no choice but to convince his queen to let him awaken as a mystic. She allows it, but only because she plans on using him and sending him as an emissary to the Jungle City. Along his journey, he befriends a fellow outcast, a female warrior who grew up not too far from…

  • What I Learned After Reading 3 Mysteries Set in the UK - I enjoy mysteries and love all the charming small towns in the UK, but 3 in a row might have been a little too much

    What I Learned After Reading 3 Mysteries Set in the UK

    I’m a huge fan of fantasy, but I also enjoy a handful of other genres. Like mysteries and thrillers. My absolute favorite book series for the past 15 years has been a cozy mystery series, The Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, which is kind of funny because I don’t even drink or like coffee. Anyways, I’m a little haphazard when I schedule out my book reviews. I always read the books in the order they’re scheduled. I schedule them based on publication date as I mostly read ARCs these days, otherwise I give the author a fairly set time frame for when they can expect a review from me, so…

  • Dropping Unannounced Into the Middle of a Book Series: 5 Books I've Jumped Into Halfway Through - ever started reading a book series not with book one? Check out some book series I did exactly that with

    Dropping Unannounced Into the Middle of a Book Series

    I’ve done this so many times to myself. You’d think I’d have learned by now to thoroughly check to make sure the book I want to read is not part of a series, or is at least the first in the series, before deciding to read it. But I don’t. I guess it’s my weird reading quirk? Or I enjoy being thoroughly confused for a good portion, or all, of a book? When I was a kid browsing in the bookstore, I had the luxury of opening up the book and perusing the front matter to see what else the author had published and to see, right then and there,…

  • Book Review: The Dragon Princess by Paris Hansch - the first book in the fantasy series Empire of the Dragon Gods

    Book Review: The Dragon Princess by Paris Hansch

    Title: The Dragon Princess Author: Paris Hansch Publisher: Origin Publications Publication date: April 5, 2020 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Before she can be crowned empress of the empire, the princess goes missing. Two years later, Anadrieth is on the brink of war with neighboring Lanadrin. Without a reigning dragon couple, the empire is teetering on the edge. Lord Alexander works tirelessly to find a way to divert war while also shielding his younger siblings, Adelia and Anton, who themselves find they have unique talents and abilities. But with a mysterious Mistress pulling strings to make the empire dance the way she wants it to, the siblings may find themselves in greater trouble than they realized, unless the…

  • Book Review: Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw - an incredible fantasy about memories

    Book Review: Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw

    Title: Last Memoria Author: Rachel Emma Shaw Publisher: Self-published Publication date: May 10, 2020 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Sarilla has the power to take memories, and is branded a monster because of it even though she is the king’s caged pet. Falon wants nothing more than to reclaim the 6 months worth of memories that were stolen from him. When fate throws them back together one night on a lake, they end up on a journey across the kingdom, one seeking to destroy and one seeking answers. The Characters: So Much Fun Oh my goodness, I loved the characters and the ways they interacted! And I really felt for Sarilla. Reading her hurt my heart. I understood…

  • A Bookish Transition or a Bookish Phase?

    The Lily Cafe is going through a change. I can’t tell if it’s permanent or temporary, but evolution is usually inevitable. Growing up, books were some of my best friends. I could always depend on them for adventure and countless daydreams. They were a way of life for me. I needed them. That remained true until earlier this year when I entered the worst reading slump I had ever been in. For months, I hardly touched a book. I thought about them. I considered picking one and reading it. I had a few books in mind that I really wanted to read. But I didn’t. It wasn’t until August that…