Author: Kara

Book Review: Gunslinger Girl

Posted January 18, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Gunslinger Girl

I loved this book so, so, so much. The storytelling is fabulous, and the twists that come out of nowhere, OHMIGOD. I haven’t been this surprised by a book since I don’t know when. The author is an EXCELLENT writer as well. The only thing I wish? There was a fair amount of world-building, but I wanted more. I wanted to know about how this war happened, and what led to the degradation of the government and society that led to this second civil war and how the sides panned out and who went to where. I think the current more »

Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

Posted January 16, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

I really, really hate when I read an author’s debut and mostly don’t like it. It’s not that the writing was terrible, because it wasn’t. But this book was just sort of all over the place. The Other Side of Everything is written from three different POVs: an old man named Bernard, a middle-aged painter named Amy with a troubled marriage, and a teenager who works at the local barbecue joint (Maddie). I don’t mind multiple POVs, but they must be done well. And in this case, all of the voices sound the same, and that’s a problem because of more »

Book Review: A Map of the Dark

Posted January 12, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Map of the Dark

This is the first book in a new mystery series, and oh how much I wanted to love it. The truth is, though, that it’s really dull. I don’t know how many mass market paperback thrillers I have read over the years by average authors, and 95% of those have been better than this. Why? Well… 1. This is supposed to be a thriller. There should be some exciting element to it, but every single part of this book is predictable, with no surprises, and a truly linear plot line. You know exactly what’s going to happen when it’s going more »

Book Review: An Unkindness of Magicians

Posted January 10, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: An Unkindness of Magicians

An Unkindness of Magicians is Kat Howard’s sophomore novel. It’s the first book by this author that I have read, and it will not be my last. I love her ideas even though the book was not a perfect read. The storytelling was absolutely awesome, and I loved the idea of dueling magicians and a competition to battle for domination of the Unseen World and/or the establishment of your own house. I loved the duels themselves, though they happened awfully quickly and I wished they would have been drawn out a little longer for the excitement factor. The story was more »

Seventeen Best of 2017

Posted January 8, 2018 by Kara in book review, Imaginative Discussions, Kara / 1 Comment
Seventeen Best of 2017

Seventeen Best of 2017 I saw some bloggers and booktubers writing about their seventeen favorite books of 2017, so I decided I would participate. I’m not sure where the idea started or if it matters, but if you know, please leave me a comment and I will credit whomever it was. I actually don’t mind having to choose seventeen books, because there were actually a lot of books I liked this year. Some were published in 2017, and a few weren’t. As always, I’m behind on my ARCs so I did my best with those, and as a result most more »

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Stars

Posted December 28, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Conspiracy of Stars

While I was reading A Conspiracy of Stars I was thinking that this was one of the most inventive and original books I have ever read. The world-building is bizarre, yet totally works, and though I don’t have all the answers, I am thrilled to find them all out in the next book. This wasn’t a perfect book, but it was mind-blowingly entertaining, and I loved every minute of it. A Conspiracy of Stars starts as Octavia and her father are driving through the compound on an alien planet, speeding through a jungle filled with exotic animal species pulled from more »