Category: book review

Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

I don’t know about you, but when I solve the plot of a whodunit at approximately fifty percent in, I get up and dance and toast my brilliance. It doesn’t happen often, but it IS happening more frequently which means I am starting to figure this shit out. And that doesn’t mean that the book let me down, by the way. On the contrary, I was paying attention all the way through to see if I was right and there were a few times where I was like, “Huh, maybe I’m wrong.” But no. I was right and when I more »

Book Review for Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Posted June 14, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 12 Comments
Book Review for Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I didn’t read the description when I picked this up, so I was completely surprised by the plot of the book.  That was, for once, a smart move on my part.  The description is great, and the entire 9/11 tie-in was a huge shock. Gated centered more on internal struggle and decides to toss in the action towards the end.  For some, this might seem like a huge turn off.  I usually side with the books with wonderful character development, so Gated was a hit for me.  Our main protagonist, Lyla, was a perfect blend of meek and frustrated, ready more »

Book Review of When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Posted June 13, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 22 Comments
Book Review of When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

I read this book on the plane to New York City for BEA, and I finished it on day two while I was trapped in the hotel room with messed up feet. So…this book will always hold a special place in my heart no matter what. I read it at a time in my life when I was experiencing new things and widening my horizons and comfort zone. It’s hard to be subjective about books like that and look at what’s there and see the flaws. But there are some. Fortunately, they are not many, and for the most part more »

Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 21 Comments
Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

I read The Girl Who Disappeared by April Henry sometime last year, and I wasn’t all that impressed by it. I felt it was average at best. A thriller with not a lot of depth and dull characterizations. Based on that, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. But I am glad I made the decision to try it anyway. The characterizations were MUCH better and I found myself caring for Cady and Ty and completely invested in the story. I don’t know what changed, I really don’t, but this book was more »

Book Review: The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

Posted June 7, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 9 Comments
Book Review: The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

I think this review might be a short one. Simply put, The Resurrectionist was a work of fiction with a great premise but was majorly lacking in execution. It’s supposed to be a fake biography of this doctor who ends up doing horrible experiments on animals. The short biography is about his life growing up and descent into madness. The problem it, it’s too short. It’s dry, and it’s boring.  Biographies tend to have this encyclopedic style that state the facts without much emotion, but still, I have read some great ones that managed to hold my interest throughout. This one more »

Book Review of Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Posted June 3, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review of Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

I should have known that reading Sky on Fire was going to be a bad idea. I didn’t really love the first book in the series, but it ended in a way that made me have to continue with the series. And I found out. And no, I didn’t care. I shouldn’t have. The writing declined in such a visceral way that I found myself cringing more than once. I’ll get to that shortly, but I also need to mention that if you are a fan of writing and great prose, you won’t find it here. There are very few more »