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Book Review: The Tombs

Posted February 19, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Tombs

Before I start my review, I want to get the stuff about the usage of the word “gypsy” out of the way first. If you were following along with my status updates, you would have noticed that I mentioned the author note at the conclusion of the book talking about this very thing. The author mentions that she decided to use the word because that’s what society would have called them during the time the book was set, and that she decided to capitalize the word to show that she wasn’t using it as a slur. Which I get, but more »

Book Review: Honor Among Thieves

Posted February 12, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Honor Among Thieves

Rachel Caine is one of my favorite authors, top five for sure. I was unsure about the premise of this book, and I can tell you right away, that part one of Honor Among Thieves is inferior to the rest. It’s not that it’s bad, because it isn’t, but it’s very mediocre compared to the rest. You have to stick with it to get to the meat and best parts of the book, which begin in part two. So resist the urge to DNF if you aren’t really into it–it gets a lot better. The book starts in a generic more »

Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

Posted February 2, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

I honestly expected nothing from this book. It just sounded really weird and out there, so I thought I would request it. I’ve never read this author before, and now I think when I have time, I’m going to go back and read everything Shaun David Hutchinson has written. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza was absolutely spectacular. Elena Mendoza has always heard voices, but she doesn’t know she can heal people. She finds that out one day while working at Starbucks. She’s crushing on a girl named Freddie, and she steps out onto the patio to talk to her when more »

Book Review: White Chrysanthemum

Posted January 29, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: White Chrysanthemum

I’m in a weird place with this book. Objectively, I realize it was well-written and shines a light on a horrible thing that was done to women from many different nations during the Japanese occupation of WW2. I’d honestly never heard about “comfort women” before reading this book, and that’s not a good thing. I’m not proud of it either. And I feel like books like this can help spread that knowledge and the horrific atrocities done to these women for many, many years. But. I can’t say I enjoyed this book. Though it’s not the type of book that more »

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: REVIEWS OF EARCS/ARCS FOR THE LAZY (7)

Posted January 25, 2018 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 0 Comments
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: REVIEWS OF EARCS/ARCS FOR THE LAZY (7)

Welcome to another edition of Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs for the Lazy! Do you have review copies piling up? Do you have eARCs that you requested but never got to because you got overwhelmed by life? Or did you just bite off more than you can chew? (That’s me.) At some point I was still hoping I could review these books (even though my review wouldn’t really be of use to the publisher anymore) because it would be still useful to readers, and also to me, because the pile-up was giving me anxiety every time I thought 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 »