Category: book review

Book Review: The Sky Is Yours

Posted January 19, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Sky Is Yours

I’ll confess, I’m not really a big fan of reading stories with dragons in them. I’m okay if dragons are part of the story, but not if the story revolves around dragons. But I requested The Sky Is Yours because it sounded truly unique, and it definitely was–I’m just not sure it was the kind of unique that I enjoy. The story revolves around a pair of dragons, one green, one yellow, that one day emerge from the ocean. The reason why is a complete mystery, but for many years the dragons torment Empire Island, burning down buildings in a more »

Book Review: Gunslinger Girl

Posted January 18, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
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: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted January 17, 2018 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 1 Comment
Book Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

For some reason, I’m starting to get into the historical fiction funk here. I mean, I’ve been reading more and more of historical fiction, despite saying oh, I’m not a historical fiction kind of gal. YE SURE KEEP TELLING YO SELF THAT, MARYAM. But yes, I am starting to like reading about people in the past. Very interesting hmmmmmmmmmmm. A smol confession: I actually picked up this book from the library because it’s about Alexander Hamilton and for some reason, when you tweet that name, book twitter tends to start screaming in excitement. And I know Hamilton is a very recently famous play, which unfortunately 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 »