Genre: fantasy

Renegades Blog Tour (Super Villainous Playlist + Review)

Posted November 4, 2017 by Kara in blog tour, Kara / 1 Comment
Renegades Blog Tour (Super Villainous Playlist + Review)

If you’re looking for the Renegades, you’ve come to the wrong place. Today, it’s all about the Anarchists. Look. We know what the Renegades SAY they are, but they aren’t as squeaky clean as they pretend to be. They act like we’re the evil villains, but I could tell you about all sorts of things they do behind the scenes that they hide from the non-prodigies they govern. If you’re going to be a villain, you should just own it. That’s why I prefer we return to the Age of Anarchy. It wasn’t perfect, by any means, but at least more »

Book Review: The Midnight Dance

Posted October 16, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Midnight Dance

I’ve tried many different Swoon Reads titles, across a wide range of genres, and readers, I think I’m done. I think I’ve liked one of all the books from them that I have read, and the rest have been mediocre or pretty terrible. It’s not a Macmillan thing, it’s an imprint thing. The Midnight Dance was no different. The premise held a lot of promise, and the writing was atmospheric and full of delightful turns of phrase. But that’s where the good ends. First things first, if you are looking for a creepy book about ballet as a topic, skip more »

Book Review: The Wood

Posted October 6, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Wood

Chelsea Bobulski’s debut was interesting. I mostly liked it, but it left me sort of feeling bereft of emotion, and emotional connection to books and characters is a very personal thing, so what may have been my experience will not be someone else’s, so I wouldn’t not recommend this book based on that. In fact, I was quite won over by the genre-bending weirdness going on in The Wood. It’s mostly fantasy, with fae (they are immortal and called The Old Ones and The Council) and a creepy wood, but a little bit of Science Fiction (due to the time travel aspect), more »

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore (Review + Giveaway)

Posted September 20, 2017 by Kara in blog tour, book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore (Review + Giveaway)

Hey, so I was lucky enough to get myself on the Jane, Unlimited blog tour. I wasn’t a fan of Kristin Cashore before this. I mean, I’ve heard a lot about her books and I plan to read her Graceling Trilogy at some point, but I haven’t yet. Something about this book spoke to me though, and when I was invited to be on the tour (I honestly mostly hate blog tours because I always hate the book), I took the chance. So glad I did. My review follows this, and at the end of the post is a giveaway 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 Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Posted August 9, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

I’ve been seeing a lot of this book in my Twitter feed lately. People are raving about it, so I was really excited to read it as well. But…it didn’t live up to the hype. I found it rather disappointing, actually. It definitely read like the Chinese mythology version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an ass-kicking female heroine and a male sidekick that was weaker than she was, and lots of Chinese demon slaying. Plus it was set in California–okay, a different part of California than Buffy, but still. There were some similarities. That was the GOOD stuff. What more »