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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 »

Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Posted September 7, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

I am a very, very picky reader. As the years go by and I continue to blog and read more than the average reader, I get even more picky. That’s why, when I read a book I really love that makes me forget about the world around me, I reward that book with a coveted 5 star rating. Warcross is only the second book this year to earn that rating. I know you are wanting to know what the first was, and it’s Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. My full review for that book is not out yet more »

Book Review: Even the Darkest Stars

Posted September 4, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Even the Darkest Stars

For those that need the warning, there are several animal deaths in this book. They happen fast but are fairly descriptive. I’m still a bit traumatized. Some things you will find in Even the Darkest Stars: witches, creepy forests, animal familiars, shamanism, ghosts, avalanches, yaks, talismans, fire demons, and astronomy. I was going to give this book 5 stars until almost the very end. There was something that happened that I found emotionally manipulative and unnecessary to the plot. I don’t think it made the ending have more of an impact, and so it was not needed. What happened really more »

Book Review: The Salt Line

Posted September 1, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 4 Comments
Book Review: The Salt Line

I don’t give 5 stars easily, but this book deserved every one of them. It was memorable, terrifying, and one of the most tense novels I have ever read. Maybe I should give it 4.5 stars because the pacing had a few issues early on with bad placement of flashbacks, but I can’t justify it. This book was really that good. Why? ~Killer world-building. Figuratively and literally. Those ticks will kill you, but the book is about so much more than just killer ticks. It’s a rich world with depth. ~Flawed but lovable characters. I adored Marta and Wes. I more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy (5)

Posted August 3, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy (5)

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: Little Monsters

Posted July 24, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Little Monsters

My taste for genres come and go, and come again, but I never get tired of a good thriller, especially a YA thriller. I like to be scared and creeped out, and I like the tension and urgency a well written thriller can put you through. Little Monsters had all the elements of a thriller I should love, and yet there was something missing that ultimately kept me from loving it as much as I should have. The biggest problem is that the storytelling seemed uneven. There were flashbacks and journal entries, and there seemed to be no rhyme or more »