Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Posted April 20, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Please do me a favor. Do not read this book if you have depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness. It will mess you up. I read it so you don’t have to. And I am somewhat over my depression, but I deal with the anxiety on a daily basis. This book is more tragic than Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet Combined. And I promise that you will be sitting here with your thumb up your butt feeling like your grandma and your dog died all at once. This is what I’m dealing with right now. Well, insomnia too, but more »

Book Review: Between Two Ends

Posted April 17, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Between Two Ends

  Ehhhh… There’s a lot I want to say about this middle-grade novel, but it’s not coming together in my mind very well. There were good things and bad things, but mostly just okay things. Very average book in my opinion.  I do love the title though. It’s what drew my attention, and it makes a lot more sense if you read the book. The cover is decent, but not particularly eye-catching. I think the publishers could have come up with something a little more creative. Maybe like including the pirates? I like reading middle-grade novels. I love Harry Potter, more »

Book Review: The Poisoned House

Posted April 15, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: The Poisoned House

I was able to sleep on this one before I did my review, and as such, I think I see it in a better light than I did before. It’s not a great book, but neither is it horrible. It’s certainly an enjoyable read, but it is a very simple one with an even simpler plot. It’s basically just your run-of-the-mill ghost story. The ghost is trying to save the people in the manor and show everyone that what they believed had happened is not really the truth. There are a couple of villains: Mrs. Cotton is this awful housekeeper more »

Book Review: The Emerald Talisman

Posted April 14, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: The Emerald Talisman

I can’t give half stars here. Three stars is close enough. If I could it would be more like 2.5 stars. So what did I think? I didn’t particularly like it. I promise you I have good reasons. They are: It felt like it took FOREVER for the story to get going. Nothing happened for a long time. And by the time things started happening, I was already tired of reading it. It just felt really boring and kind of blah to me. The story just didn’t pull me in or do anything for me. I really feel kind of more »

Book Review: Dead Girls’ Dance

Posted April 12, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Dead Girls’ Dance

The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine isn’t winning any awards. The books are what I would like to call a guilty pleasure. Like reading a Harlequin Romance novel, which by the way I do not do. Just for the record. The novels are campy and plot-driven and simply-written. But they sure are a lot of fun. Every now and then I need to read a book like this to break up all the serious novels I’m reading and reviewing. I’m not too concerned about this review, and as such it will probably be fairly short. There’s not a whole more »

Book Review: Ultraviolet

Posted April 11, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Ultraviolet

Wacky, Wacky, Wacky. This book should come with huge flashing lights and a warning. “I am not what you think I am. I am a sci-fi novel. Despite what you may read in the first two thirds of the book, ultimately I will throw a twist at you that is so ridiculous and out of left field that you would not be able to believe it if it hit you in the face at one hundred miles per hour.” Yes I am serious. And no, I did not like it. Which really sucks because despite my insane dislike for this more »