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Book Review: Pitch Dark

Posted February 14, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: Pitch Dark

I just read a kickass book about killer aliens in outer space, two starships colliding, and ecoterrorism. It was tense, paced well, and pretty fucking scary, to be honest. And I thought that was all. But then I read the author’s note at the end. And suddenly what I thought was a straightforward horror novel in space became something a little different. It’s been a really difficult year and three months (so far) for anyone that was opposed to Trump’s presidency. But it’s probably been a terrifying nightmare come to life for anyone that isn’t white. If you’re a writer, more »

Book Review: The Belles

Posted February 7, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Belles

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, graciously sent to my by the publisher, and I am thankful because it was fabulous. My favorite thing about this book is how it takes familiar tropes and plot elements and bends them and tells them in a completely new and original way. I have never read world-building like this before, and I LURRRRVVVVEEEEDDDD it. It’s so girly and pretty, and the the kingdom of Orleans was so imaginative. Camellia is a Belle. At the beginning of the book they tell you the myth that gives 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: Unearthed

Posted December 20, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Unearthed

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner write well together. This is my second book by them, after loving These Broken Stars. I didn’t finish that series–it’s not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t have time, but they definitely write fun and exciting science fiction romps through space and dangerous planets. I didn’t like Unearthed as much as These Broken Stars, and I will get to the reasons why shortly. Unearthed takes place on a planet called Gaia, and here is where we run into our first problem. So I knew something was up with that right from the very more »

Book Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

Posted November 27, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

I have to be honest. I didn’t like this book at first and considered DNFing it. The sentences were too short and the style was choppy. I like long, descriptive sentences, plenty of imagery, and a world I can get lost in. This wasn’t that at all, but something kept me reading. Perhaps it was the delightful banter between characters, the shippy-ship goodness, the lovable protagonist who kept messing up (and owned her ineptness), the surprises that shocked even me, or this magical world that I wasn’t sure about at first but then bewitched me with its brilliance. It all more »

Book Review: Flashtide by Jenny Moyer

Posted November 13, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Flashtide by Jenny Moyer

Many people are tired and have moved on from the dystopian genre. BUT NOT ME! As long as authors continue to come up with original ideas, I will keep reading them. And man is this duology an original story. Okay, so there’s a bit of a Red Rising vibe, but I DNFed that and I adore this, so it can’t be that similar. I will admit, I didn’t like this installment quite as much as the last one, but I still really enjoyed it. My favorite thing about this duology is how tense it is, and how much I love more »