Book Review: Ash Princess

Posted November 12, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Ash Princess

  I wish I could say something new about Ash Princess, but it’s hard when it’s another young adult fantasy that doesn’t really do anything new. That doesn’t mean it was bad, because it wasn’t–I enjoyed it very much–but in the long run after I compare all the YA fantasy novels I have read this year, this will bleed together with the rest of them. But I’d rather talk about what it does do to stand out. IT’S VIOLENT. Incredibly violent and pretty graphic, if I am being honest. It was almost too much for me, and I didn’t expect more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews of ARCs/eARCs For The Lazy (11)

Posted November 9, 2018 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review / 0 Comments
Better Late Than Never: Reviews of ARCs/eARCs For The Lazy (11)

Welcome to another edition of Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs for the Lazy! I’m heavily involved in being a Cybils 2018 panelist now, and it’s hard for me to read as much as I have to, write full reviews, and still manage to have a life and take care of my family and keep the house clean. I am reading some great books though, and I want to acknowledge that at least, so this blog feature will continue for the foreseeable future. This feature was born out of laziness. Basically, there are some reviews I just can’t write more »

Book Review: The Spy With The Red Balloon

Posted October 22, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: The Spy With The Red Balloon

If you haven’t yet started this series, I don’t know what you are waiting for. I probably would never have read these books were it not for the Cybils, because World War Two settings are not my favoritest things ever (I’m just burnt out), but I’m glad I was able to read them because they are fabulous. I didn’t review the first book, but the 1988 East Berlin setting during the Soviet Occupation and the Berlin Wall was intriguing because it’s not a setting you often read about in fiction, and the weaving of magic with science and oppression, pulled more »

Book Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Posted October 18, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

I’ve never read Frankenstein, and I don’t plan to anytime soon. I’ve read samples of it, and it’s incredibly long-winded and takes forever to get to the point like most classics of that time period, and I am not the most patient reader. Prose and story development is so important to me. If it’s too purple, I’m out. If it’s pages and pages of exposition, I don’t want that either. So I actually really appreciate this retelling, though I probably missed some references and homages to the original. But oh well. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is about the female orphan more »

Book Review: Beneath the Citadel

Posted October 8, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: Beneath the Citadel

I liked Beneath the Citadel even better than Iron Cast. Destiny Soria’s writing has improved quite a bit. It was decent before, but the world-building in this book worked a bit better than the world-building in her first book. I really liked the idea of four different types of powers that could manifest in people, and that the Council was viewed as pure, because they had none of those powers and controlled everyone that did, and how that relates to the country/government we are currently living in/dealing with. I mean, most days I want to burn this entire mother effer more »

Book Review: The Boneless Mercies

Posted October 5, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 4 Comments
Book Review: The Boneless Mercies

I had to read the original Beowulf in college, and I’ll confess I can’t remember a thing about it except there was some sort of beast and that the prose was almost unreadable. I know that’s just my inability to understand the text it was written in, and also my professor’s inability to teach it–she was TERRIBLE. So I wasn’t all that thrilled to read a retelling but something about the blurb grabbed me, and I wanted to request it. I’m so glad I did. This is a pretty loose retelling, and that’s probably honestly a good thing. I know more »