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Book Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Posted August 5, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Full disclosure: This author is a very dear friend of mine. I copy edit for her. We’ve attended an author event and Disney World together. We text back and forth. I think she’s a bad-ass. You should know this. But I didn’t edit this book, and I feel I can review it objectively. So I have. Up until the last ten pages of this book, Shooting Scars was a five star book for me. You know how rarely I give out that rating, and I almost did it here. So before I get critical, I LOVED this book. It’s unusual more »

Book Review: SYLO by D.J. MacHale

Posted July 29, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: SYLO by D.J. MacHale

The first thing I noticed about in the first couple pages of SYLO is how straightforward and kind of dull the writing was. It lacked atmosphere. As I was reading along, there were moments when I started to like the book, but then Tucker would say or do something stupid and I would be back to disliking it again. The thing is, I never hated the story. But I never liked the characters one bit. Especially since they were incredibly flat and I couldn’t figure out their motivations or personalities. The book starts off with a bang but quickly gets more »

Book Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

Posted July 22, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (only time I will type out the title) was a pretty interesting read for me. Though I didn’t like it very much at all, I still sort of enjoyed myself and thought the author did a lot of things right. So maybe I should talk about those first. I liked the writing a lot. I did. And I think the author has a lot of talent in that area. The sentence structure, flow, and imagery was done very well. I enjoyed the atmosphere and felt she captured the setting in an exceptional way. I more »

Book Review: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Posted July 11, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 21 Comments
Book Review: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

There is so much hype around this book. When I was able to pick up a copy at BEA, I was really excited. And they practically just shoved it in my hands. Redhook is a new imprint and it seems like they have a lot of good books coming out. The cool thing is they are only publishing one a month. So I am assuming this is their June release. I will definitely be following this publisher and watching to see what they do. As for The Universe Versus Alex Woods, it was good but it didn’t quite connect with more »

Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Posted June 27, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Ink hasn’t exactly been getting great reviews. Most of my blogger friends have completely disliked it, and so I expected I would too since I usually agree with the masses. But honestly, I think a lot of the criticism it’s getting is kind of unwarranted. Yeah, it’s not a perfect book, and yeah, there are some things I didn’t love, and yeah, parts of it feel overwritten, but overall I did enjoy it for what it was. To me, Ink had an incredibly original storyline, and that’s where the book shone the most. more »

Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 10 Comments
Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Oh wow was I ever looking forward to this book. It took me forever to get to it because I am so behind in my review copies right now, but I finally did and I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps not as much as the first book and I will tell you why in a minute, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, because it was so, so good. Leigh Bardugo has this compulsively readable writing style that keeps you flipping the pages even when nothing major is going on. I don’t know how she does it really, but I more »