Genre: adult

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: Into the Drowning Deep

Posted January 24, 2018 by Lyn Kaye in book review, Lyn / 2 Comments
Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep made it onto my reading list because it just seemed like the perfect gritty mermaid story – one that so many of us have waited to hit the shelves. Sure, I love the beautiful myths and sugary scenes of lovely underwater scenery of flaxen haired women. I even love the darker imagery of smirking, half naked gals who flirt with pirates and bask in their own lovely forms. But mermaid lovers know that there is also another side to the story that is just waiting to come to light. not this book Mira Grant is here 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 »

Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

Posted January 16, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

I really, really hate when I read an author’s debut and mostly don’t like it. It’s not that the writing was terrible, because it wasn’t. But this book was just sort of all over the place. The Other Side of Everything is written from three different POVs: an old man named Bernard, a middle-aged painter named Amy with a troubled marriage, and a teenager who works at the local barbecue joint (Maddie). I don’t mind multiple POVs, but they must be done well. And in this case, all of the voices sound the same, and that’s a problem because of more »

Book Review: A Map of the Dark

Posted January 12, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Map of the Dark

This is the first book in a new mystery series, and oh how much I wanted to love it. The truth is, though, that it’s really dull. I don’t know how many mass market paperback thrillers I have read over the years by average authors, and 95% of those have been better than this. Why? Well… 1. This is supposed to be a thriller. There should be some exciting element to it, but every single part of this book is predictable, with no surprises, and a truly linear plot line. You know exactly what’s going to happen when it’s going more »