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Book Review: The Shadow Cipher

Posted December 14, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Shadow Cipher

First things first, I don’t know whether to call this book York or The Shadow Cipher. I guess the title is the latter, but the former is in a GIANT font across the cover, and I didn’t actually realize that this novel was called The Shadow Cipher until I was filling in the information for this review. And even though I like the cover, now it bothers me. At any rate, this book was pretty disappointing. It started off slow but I pushed through because I liked the characters. Then it got really good. Tension, conflict, high stakes. Then the more »

Book Review: Killman Creek

Posted December 11, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Killman Creek

I’ve decided I will read anything Rachel Caine writes. It’s not a hard decision, really. I’m in the middle of her Great Library series that I love so much. I started and enjoyed Morganville Vampires, but then I got tired of vampires, though I will return to it at some point because it was really good. And now this: it’s the first adult series of Rachel’s that I have read, but it’s probably my favorite thing that she has written. I am not sure how long this series is; it may only be these two books because the end was more »

Book Review: This Mortal Coil

Posted December 5, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: This Mortal Coil

I am so glad I downloaded This Mortal Coil. I didn’t originally, but I saw several positive reviews from folks I follow on Goodreads, and so I went back and decided to get it. That was a really great decision, because this book turned out to be one of my favorites from this year. It’s actually been a really great reading year and it’s almost over, and this may be the book that rounds out the list. At its root, This Mortal Coil is about a dangerous plague far in Earth’s future. People have technology panels built into their forearms more »

Book Review: Artemis

Posted November 30, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Book Review: Artemis

First things first, I have NOT read The Martian. It’s on my very large list of books to read, but I haven’t had the chance to get to it yet, and now after reading Artemis, let me just say I’m not going to be in a hurry. I know, I know, so many love it, but I absolutely hated the voice in this novel, and I’ve read several reviews that state it’s very similar to the voice in The Martian (and works better there), and I just don’t want to go through that again anytime soon. There are excessive exclamation more »

Book Review: Jade City

Posted November 6, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Jade City

Jade City is a book about loyalty, family and warring clans. The world is Asian influenced, mostly Chinese from what I could tell–I’m not an expert or anything, but the location read like an island China, sort of like Hong Kong, maybe Taiwan because crispy squid balls are a Taiwanese dish and it’s featured as one of the entrees at the Twice Lucky Restaurant in the novel. Janloon even sort of sounds like Kowloon. Plus, with the inclusion of jade and jade powers, that just made it read even more like a Chinese fantasy world. I enjoyed Jade City quite more »

Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Posted September 14, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Okay, that’s it. I am done. This is my third Nova Ren Suma novel and it’s time for me to admit that her books just don’t work for me. I love her writing, I love her storytelling, and this book was completely a 5 star for me until I got to the damn ending. She always fucks me with the endings. And it’s just a shame, because atmosphere is such an important part of a novel for me, and there is no other author that excels more at writing atmosphere than this one. But it all falls apart for me more »