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Book Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe

Posted July 5, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe

The Wall is an unusual book. Unusual in that is presented as a dystopian, and it is, but it also mirrors the Israeli/Palestian conflict and is loaded with a lot of realism and symbolism that makes it one interesting book. Basically, there are two sides. On the outside of the wall there are people fearful of the side that is trapped behind the wall. The land is called Amarias, and their military monitors checkpoints and continues to treat the people behind the wall in an abusive/controlling way. Joshua finds a secret tunnel under the wall, crawls through, and he finds himself more »

Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Posted June 20, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 22 Comments
Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

You know, I really, really loved The Sea of Tranquility. But…it was far from perfect. I get why it has such a huge fanbase though, as it was absolutely one of the most compelling and character rich storylines I have read in a long time. I think Nastya/Emilia was an engaging, heartbreaking, and infuriating character all rolled into one. I loved her. I felt for her. My heart broke for her. I wanted her to choose to live and be happy. But she needed to deal with her past and come to terms with losing everything first. And Josh. OMG. more »

Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

I don’t know about you, but when I solve the plot of a whodunit at approximately fifty percent in, I get up and dance and toast my brilliance. It doesn’t happen often, but it IS happening more frequently which means I am starting to figure this shit out. And that doesn’t mean that the book let me down, by the way. On the contrary, I was paying attention all the way through to see if I was right and there were a few times where I was like, “Huh, maybe I’m wrong.” But no. I was right and when I more »

Book Review for Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Posted June 14, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 12 Comments
Book Review for Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I didn’t read the description when I picked this up, so I was completely surprised by the plot of the book.  That was, for once, a smart move on my part.  The description is great, and the entire 9/11 tie-in was a huge shock. Gated centered more on internal struggle and decides to toss in the action towards the end.  For some, this might seem like a huge turn off.  I usually side with the books with wonderful character development, so Gated was a hit for me.  Our main protagonist, Lyla, was a perfect blend of meek and frustrated, ready more »

Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 21 Comments
Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

I read The Girl Who Disappeared by April Henry sometime last year, and I wasn’t all that impressed by it. I felt it was average at best. A thriller with not a lot of depth and dull characterizations. Based on that, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. But I am glad I made the decision to try it anyway. The characterizations were MUCH better and I found myself caring for Cady and Ty and completely invested in the story. I don’t know what changed, I really don’t, but this book was more »

Book Review of Below by Meg McKinlay

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 10 Comments
Book Review of Below by Meg McKinlay

You know, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. Originally published in Australia in 2011, it did draw my attention because it is extremely difficult to get Aussie fic in the US unless you pay top dollar for it or know someone who will ship it to you. It was titled Surface Tension in Australia, and I have to admit to liking that title better than the one Candlewick chose. I do like the current cover a lot better though. The colors draw me in and it does fit the story of the book well. For me, this more »