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Book Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe

Posted July 5, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe

The Wall is an unusual book. Unusual in that is presented as a dystopian, and it is, but it also mirrors the Israeli/Palestian conflict and is loaded with a lot of realism and symbolism that makes it one interesting book. Basically, there are two sides. On the outside of the wall there are people fearful of the side that is trapped behind the wall. The land is called Amarias, and their military monitors checkpoints and continues to treat the people behind the wall in an abusive/controlling way. Joshua finds a secret tunnel under the wall, crawls through, and he finds himself more »

Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

Posted July 4, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

I did not realize that this was a novella when I bought this.  I was very shocked that it was so short! That was my own oversight.  I have nothing against novellas, but I felt that, overall, Nordic Fairies was lacking and very flat. Nordic Fairies doles out the story, bits and pieces at a time.  What was in the first part of the series was lackluster. Which is sad, since I thought the idea was very appealing. Starcrossed lovers is a fantastic guilty pleasure read.  Tying into Norse mythology just added the appeal factor to the line.  Sadly, I more »

Book Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Posted June 28, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 20 Comments
Book Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I believe I was the last holdout for this book. A majority of the bloggers have picked this one up and declared their side – either it is the next big thing, or another hype creator. I’m stuck smack dab in the middle regarding The 5th Wave. The dystopia was great, bust some of the characters rubbed me the wrong way. This book is very dystopian-y – scavenging for food, loss of human life, trust issues, etc etc. I am a complete sucker for the hardships the human race would face if our society completely broke down. That certain element more »

Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Posted June 27, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Ink hasn’t exactly been getting great reviews. Most of my blogger friends have completely disliked it, and so I expected I would too since I usually agree with the masses. But honestly, I think a lot of the criticism it’s getting is kind of unwarranted. Yeah, it’s not a perfect book, and yeah, there are some things I didn’t love, and yeah, parts of it feel overwritten, but overall I did enjoy it for what it was. To me, Ink had an incredibly original storyline, and that’s where the book shone the most. more »

Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 10 Comments
Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Oh wow was I ever looking forward to this book. It took me forever to get to it because I am so behind in my review copies right now, but I finally did and I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps not as much as the first book and I will tell you why in a minute, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, because it was so, so good. Leigh Bardugo has this compulsively readable writing style that keeps you flipping the pages even when nothing major is going on. I don’t know how she does it really, but I more »

Book Review of Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Posted June 21, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Book Review of Runemarks by Joanne Harris

I was supposed to love this book.  The Norse influence was very strong with this one, and the author had a wonderful take on one of my favorite “gods,” Loki (I loved him before he was cool – totally hipster of me). Not even a fabulous Loki, however, could help this book recover from the muddled, horrible mess of a storyline. I’m not sure why the description for this book was so small.  It seems a tad bit misleading.  Maddy, our main and very bland MC, is sent out to stumble through a complicated obstacle course of events.  Just when more »