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Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep

Posted January 24, 2018 by Lyn Kaye in book review, Lyn / 2 Comments
Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep made it onto my reading list because it just seemed like the perfect gritty mermaid story – one that so many of us have waited to hit the shelves. Sure, I love the beautiful myths and sugary scenes of lovely underwater scenery of flaxen haired women. I even love the darker imagery of smirking, half naked gals who flirt with pirates and bask in their own lovely forms. But mermaid lovers know that there is also another side to the story that is just waiting to come to light. not this book Mira Grant is here more »

Book Review: Reign of the Fallen

Posted January 22, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Reign of the Fallen

Last year I read Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut, Fear the Drowning Deep. I appreciated the ideas presented in that book, but it wasn’t my favorite. Before I cross an author off my list, I read three of their books to make sure we don’t mesh. I was on the fence about reading Reign of the Fallen because I wasn’t sure the premise was for me, but I actually ended up really, really enjoying it. Odessa is a necromancer in a kingdom where all the nobles and ruling class are dead. Even the king is dead, and every few years Odessa more »

Book Review: The Sky Is Yours

Posted January 19, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Sky Is Yours

I’ll confess, I’m not really a big fan of reading stories with dragons in them. I’m okay if dragons are part of the story, but not if the story revolves around dragons. But I requested The Sky Is Yours because it sounded truly unique, and it definitely was–I’m just not sure it was the kind of unique that I enjoy. The story revolves around a pair of dragons, one green, one yellow, that one day emerge from the ocean. The reason why is a complete mystery, but for many years the dragons torment Empire Island, burning down buildings in a more »

Book Review: Gunslinger Girl

Posted January 18, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Gunslinger Girl

I loved this book so, so, so much. The storytelling is fabulous, and the twists that come out of nowhere, OHMIGOD. I haven’t been this surprised by a book since I don’t know when. The author is an EXCELLENT writer as well. The only thing I wish? There was a fair amount of world-building, but I wanted more. I wanted to know about how this war happened, and what led to the degradation of the government and society that led to this second civil war and how the sides panned out and who went to where. I think the current more »

Book Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted January 17, 2018 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 1 Comment
Book Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

For some reason, I’m starting to get into the historical fiction funk here. I mean, I’ve been reading more and more of historical fiction, despite saying oh, I’m not a historical fiction kind of gal. YE SURE KEEP TELLING YO SELF THAT, MARYAM. But yes, I am starting to like reading about people in the past. Very interesting hmmmmmmmmmmm. A smol confession: I actually picked up this book from the library because it’s about Alexander Hamilton and for some reason, when you tweet that name, book twitter tends to start screaming in excitement. And I know Hamilton is a very recently famous play, which unfortunately more »

Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

Posted January 16, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

I really, really hate when I read an author’s debut and mostly don’t like it. It’s not that the writing was terrible, because it wasn’t. But this book was just sort of all over the place. The Other Side of Everything is written from three different POVs: an old man named Bernard, a middle-aged painter named Amy with a troubled marriage, and a teenager who works at the local barbecue joint (Maddie). I don’t mind multiple POVs, but they must be done well. And in this case, all of the voices sound the same, and that’s a problem because of more »