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Book Review: Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland

Posted August 8, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments
Book Review: Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland

I was a little worried about reading Templar, to be honest. Religious themes and a religious storyline? Not really my thing. But you know what? It didn’t bother me much at all. It certainly wasn’t preachy, and honestly, it was just a really GREAT story. What I know about the Templars I basically learned from a Steve Berry novel and I am kind of ashamed about that. I’m sure we learned a little about them in school but I don’t remember. But honestly, I think Steve Berry did pretty well with his historical accuracy so I can’t complain. I’m hearing more »

Book Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Posted August 5, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Full disclosure: This author is a very dear friend of mine. I copy edit for her. We’ve attended an author event and Disney World together. We text back and forth. I think she’s a bad-ass. You should know this. But I didn’t edit this book, and I feel I can review it objectively. So I have. Up until the last ten pages of this book, Shooting Scars was a five star book for me. You know how rarely I give out that rating, and I almost did it here. So before I get critical, I LOVED this book. It’s unusual more »

Book Review of Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted August 2, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 18 Comments
Book Review of Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Vessel grabbed my attention with the cover – I won’t even lie to you. The colors and the non-Anglo featured female caught my eye right away. I didn’t even bother to read the description (dangerous stuff right there, and very shallow, I know). The author was well-known, so I figured it was well worth the chance to dive into this novel. Well, fear not, book cover lovers! Beauty is page deep in this tribal high fantasy! Right now, I am suffering from a HUGE migraine, and things are completely crazy. So, (once again – this is so embarrassing) I shall more »

Book Review: Genius by Steven T. Seagle, Teddy Kristiansen

Posted August 1, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 6 Comments
Book Review: Genius by Steven T. Seagle, Teddy Kristiansen

Genius has a fairly low rating on Goodreads, so I didn’t really expect to enjoy it as much as I did. But I loved it! I told you I was going to start reviewing more graphic novels on the blog, and this is my second of many more (hopefully) to come. The story in this one is incredibly unique and entirely not what I expected. To be completely honest, I went into this one with almost zero expectations. I knew I loved the illustrations already after a quick peek upon receiving this in the mail. But I sort of thought more »

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 »