Category: book review

Book Review: Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington

Posted September 20, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 4 Comments
Book Review: Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington

I honestly downloaded this book because it contained the name “Nightwing” – nerd girl points for me.   I hate to attach a certain popular wizard tale to this title, even though the author mentions the book in passing, but it did feel slightly like a coat tale ride along.  That isn’t saying that the book didn’t stand out and venture out and lay down a very complex storyline to veer off the beaten path.  I’ll even admit that this was a fun read.  Let’s look at the pros and cons: What Was Good: The writing was very easy to more »

Book Review: Suicide Watch by Kelley York

Posted September 16, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 21 Comments
Book Review: Suicide Watch by Kelley York

This is going to be one of my more serious posts. It was hard to decide to read this book.  I won’t bore you with too much back history, but I will try to touch upon it.  My own sister attempted suicide when she was in high school.  She survived, but the splinters of the decision worked into the skin of our family unit.  We weren’t a perfect family.  My father left my mom due to depression when I was in kindergarten, and he began to grow distant from us when we remarried when I was in 3rd grade.  His more »

Book Review: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted September 13, 2013 by Kara in book review, Guest Post, Lyn / 13 Comments
Book Review: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

We all need a little help from out friends – even with reviews.  Lucky for me, Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews was awesome enough to agree to a chat review for the hot new title Conjured. We jumped right in (after some lighthearted teasing about e-mail screen names from our past – we can’t get together without some banter, you know!   Warning – Spoilers Ahead!! Jessie:  Basically, I liked it, but thought it fell short on almost anything that was promised in the blurb. Or just watered down. Lyn:  First, you said the POV was off – I agree.  I really threw more »

Book Review: Fallout by Todd Strasser

Posted September 12, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 6 Comments
Book Review: Fallout by Todd Strasser

Fallout really let me down. It’s my first Todd Strasser novel, and as much as I hate to say it, it will probably be my last. I wouldn’t say my expectations were super high going into this, but I knew he had written A LOT of books, some of them adapted into films, so I knew he was a seasoned writer. I expected more. With a blurb like that, I expected excitement. I expected drama. I expected to be engaged to the story. But instead, I was bored and just ready for it to be over from page ten on. more »

Book Review: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Posted September 11, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 10 Comments
Book Review: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

I feel that this read is somewhat ironic, after I have stated many times that I avoid Christian fiction. I make an exception when it comes to Amish literature. I find the Amish lifestyle highly fascinating, and I have a level of respect for their culture and living close to the Earth and caring for their own. When I saw this book at Recycled in Denton, I picked it up and put it down three times before I finally threw it into the basket. I figured that it would make a fun read, and the description was downright tempting. Oddly more »

Book Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Posted September 9, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 20 Comments
Book Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Tarpon Springs is an interesting place. It has a ton of character, it’s a little bit eccentric, and it’s most definitely an awesome place for a book setting. After finishing Where the Stars Still Shine I knew I had to go. It’s only a little over an hour’s drive from where I live, and this was my first opportunity to bring a bookish setting to life right before my very eyes. I think the author did a fantastic job rendering the setting throughout the narrative as it was pretty much exactly how I pictured it.      I walked the more »