The Wishing Heart – J. C. Welker Review

With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…

Why did I pick this up?: Honestly? I heard the word ‘jinni’ and I was in. Thieves, magic, jinni stuff… All immediate pick-ups for me. A definite interest.

Good points: It did all of what I expected and more. F/F relationship? YES PLEASE. It was so cute, too. At times it got a little trope-y, but that was all part of its charm. Magical creatures, sirens, werewolves, magicians, all looking for this jinni and the vase some girl thief picked up by accident. It read a little like a modern fairytale – perfect.

Quibbles: Like I said above, sometimes it got a little trope-y. I also lost the plot of it a couple of times and missed out on the smaller details. But other than that, a very good read with a very sweet story.

Overview (TL;DR): Cute, with a properly explored f/f relationship, modern fairytale vibes from this book. Worth a read.

-K Hart

The Spirit Rebellion – Rachel Aaron Review

In case anyone needed an assertion of how fast I read… here we go. I’m struggling to sleep tonight, so why not write up my review.

For anyone who doesn’t know, The Spirit Rebellion is the second book in Rachel Aaron’s Eli Monpress series. I have a great admiration for Rachel Aaron, and love many of her writing posts. Soon, I hope to read the Heartstrikers sequence too… it’s just a matter of getting hold of them! I didn’t review the first book in the series, but probably will at some point.

Re-reading this book, I honestly forgot how much I loved it. Although this is the second book in the series (the first being The Spirit Thief), this feels like the point at which Rachel Aaron really starts to engage with the characters on a level that I utterly adore. You get to see little bits of Eli’s past, Nico’s story becomes clearer, hell, even Josef is given a sort of ‘new life’ in this book. Along with the quips and adventures that we come to expect from even a cursory reading of The Spirit Thief, there is something more forming here, something deeper.

The Spirit Rebellion is a fantasy in the vein of the sort of fantasy I really love. Where characters and adventure take precedence over large political warfare, but those hints of worldbuilding and clear setting are still there. The idea of being able to communicate with spirits is one I adore, and Eli’s methods would be how I would choose! I love Miranda’s morals and absolute honesty, but Eli is the sort that really captures my heart. As always, I adore the thief. I’m not entirely sure what that says about me.

Obviously it is ALWAYS recommended that you start with the first book in a series, but this is definitely a series worth reading, if only for smartass thieves and spirit hounds with grumpy temperaments.

-K Hart