Thursday, November 23, 2023

Review: KEEPER OF ENCHANTED ROOMS by Charlie N. Holmberg


Rating: 4/5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Charlie's books never fail to impress me. 

Keeper of Enchanted Rooms is a historical cozy fantasy with some mystery and some romance. I love the combination of all of those genres together, and it works really well in this book. 

I love that there are twelve different kinds of magic in this world. There is a handy guide at the beginning describing them all, but I thought it was super neat because most fantasy stories only have one or two kinds of magic. 

Hulda and Merritt were both wonderfully stubborn characters whose interactions I really enjoyed. I loved their slow-burn clean romance. Charlie does slow-burn clean romance so well. 

I am super excited to finish this series and see where the story takes me. I know I am going to fall more in love with these characters and this world. 

Review: HOUSE OF ROOTS AND RUIN by Erin A. Craig


Rating: 3/5 stars

House of Roots and Ruin is a standalone companion novel to House of Salt and Sorrow. You don’t need to read that book first to understand this book. And frankly, this one is better so just read this one instead.

Read if you like: 

  • lots of plants, especially poisonous plants 
  • slow-burn clean romance 
  • a mysterious and potentially dangerous house with hidden rooms 
  • ghosts 
  • a historical-feeling setting 

I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it, but I don’t know how memorable it will be. I don’t remember anything about House of Salt and Sorrows except that the ending was confusing, and I do think I will remember more about this book, but probably not many relevant details.