Category: book review

Book Review: SYLO by D.J. MacHale

Posted July 29, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: SYLO by D.J. MacHale

The first thing I noticed about in the first couple pages of SYLO is how straightforward and kind of dull the writing was. It lacked atmosphere. As I was reading along, there were moments when I started to like the book, but then Tucker would say or do something stupid and I would be back to disliking it again. The thing is, I never hated the story. But I never liked the characters one bit. Especially since they were incredibly flat and I couldn’t figure out their motivations or personalities. The book starts off with a bang but quickly gets more »

Book Review of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

Posted July 26, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 18 Comments
Book Review of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark was tempting, and I loved the description from the start (even if it seems to be a repeat of the majority of YA lit).  Gothic, orphanage, and England – dream come true.  I even overlooked the entire “two boys” plot.  And THAT, right there, should have been a large red flag. Lora Jones, in the role as the main character, did a fabulous job.  I downright liked her.  She was witty, smart, and somewhat cheeky.  I gave this book some credit for the heroine; Lora was everything I was missing in some of my recent reads. I more »

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Posted July 25, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

I liked In the After so much, you guys! I was wrapped up in this book from beginning to end and I loved every moment of it. I find this strangely amusing because I didn’t find the creature description intimidating at all. They did not scare me, and I sort of pictured them as human-sized Godzillas. LOL. If you decided to read it, when you get to the part where there are described, you will see why I got that mental picture. But even though they did not particularly scare me, that does not mean I didn’t find this book more »

Book Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

Posted July 22, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (only time I will type out the title) was a pretty interesting read for me. Though I didn’t like it very much at all, I still sort of enjoyed myself and thought the author did a lot of things right. So maybe I should talk about those first. I liked the writing a lot. I did. And I think the author has a lot of talent in that area. The sentence structure, flow, and imagery was done very well. I enjoyed the atmosphere and felt she captured the setting in an exceptional way. I more »

Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Posted July 19, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 16 Comments
Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

In case you are curious – here is my review of Cinder, which I read prior to joining Great Imaginations in January. Here is the run down – three stars, love Kai, confused by Cinder, upset about the transparent plot twist. Scarlet picks up right after Cinder, and the author wastes no time in steeping her readers back into the world of the cyborg Cinderella.  I like the idea surrounding the setting, but, at times, the world building is a bit shotty.  It seems that details about the history of the world is slowly delved out to the readers.  I more »

Book Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Posted July 15, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 21 Comments
Book Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. Though I am trying to read more and widen my literature horizons, there are a lot of time periods that simple don’t interest me. I really wish that wasn’t the case, but such is me. And every time I do try to read in a time period that bores me, it never ends well. At any rate, the 1920s is one decade I feel good about. I will try to get my hands on any book set in that era. I almost feel it is impossible to talk about Born of Illusion more »