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 »

Book Review: Ashfall

Posted April 10, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 5 Comments
Book Review: Ashfall

Wow. This is a tough book to review. I’m just going to speak from my heart and not think about it. I liked it. I did. But it was so so hard to read. Not because it wasn’t well-written. It was extremely well-written. It was just so depressing. There was not one moment of happiness in this book. Not one. That makes it really hard for me to read. I thrive on little bits of happiness. Even when life sucks more than you can possibly imagine, I’m always looking for the one ray of light that won’t make me lose more »

Author Guest Post: The Incomparable Jennifer Sommersby

Posted April 8, 2011 by Kara in Guest Post / 3 Comments

So, Yeah… Kara told me to go free form on this guest post. She asked for it. You’ve been duly warned. (And I’m going to try very hard not to talk about my ongoing struggle with not moving past an A-cup in the bra department at Sears.) One of the ideas she tossed at me was when I knew I wanted to be a writer. Here’s the part where I go on about always knowing that words were my passion, and I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I had a pen in my hand, and blah blah blah. Gag more »