Genre: fantasy

Book Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Posted October 10, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 24 Comments
Book Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

I don’t know one blogger who didn’t love Anna Dressed in Blood. I’m sure they exist, but they are not someone I know. I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t true love. I gave it four out of five stars, and I believe the reasoning was that I couldn’t connect to the characters–that I didn’t like them very much. Well, as much as I hoped that wouldn’t happen again, it did. I found the characters to be flat, one-dimensional, and for the most part, completely unlikable. Athena was selfish, Hermes was a pushover, Aiden was googly-eyed over Cassandra without more »

Book Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherrynn M. Valente

Posted October 4, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 16 Comments
Book Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherrynn M. Valente

This one was a long time coming.  I often saw this book pop up in my feeds, and everyone seemed very enchanted with the story. I feel a bit torn on my final rating. On one hand, it was a very different and beat-to-its-own-drum type of writing. Taking a chance generally scores well with me. However, the lack of pacing for the first part of the book and some characters I could have done without left me feeling a bit cheated. For the most part, I did have a nice experience with this book. I actually enjoyed September’s bittersweet personality. more »

Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted September 27, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

  “There was a beast in there. But there was also a girl who was afraid of being a beast, and who wondered if other people had beasts in their hearts too.” Review: Be warned, faint of heart! This book is grit and anger and fear and heartache.  This is not a novel for a “light, fun” read.  You’re going to need some tissues.   Tiger Lily turned the story of Peter Pan on its head and focused on a new perspective, coming from a more feral-type Tinkerbell as she narrated the twisting, heart wrenching tale of the title character more »

Book Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Posted September 26, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 8 Comments
Book Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

A book’s characters can make or break a reading experience for many. So can the world-building. So can the plot. But readers don’t have to worry about The Burning Sky lacking any of this content. It is all there and it is FUN. This was one of the most fun reading experiences I have had this year by far. In a year of mostly disappointments, this is definitely a book that is going to stand out as one that really made it all worthwhile. It’s not perfect–I’ll get to that in a bit–but it’s definitely one that I recommend regardless more »

Book Review: North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

Posted August 26, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 8 Comments
Book Review: North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

Oh man. It really sucks so badly when you are enjoying a book as much as I was enjoying this one, and then you get to the end and it all falls apart because you don’t like the ending or the way it was written. For that reason, I am super conflicted about the rating for this. I ended up giving North of Nowhere three stars, but it was pretty hard not to give it a two because it let me down so much. That said, I did enjoy it up until the last thirty-five or so pages, so I am more »

Book Review of Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted August 16, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 4 Comments
Book Review of Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

  “You are brightness. You are light. I come from a world of ice.” Review: This book was part of my Viking challenge. East of the Sun, West of the Moon is my favorite fairy tale, and brought me closer to Scandinavian literature. When I read the description for this book, I was all over it.  I already read East by Edith Pattou and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, so adding this to the collection of retellings only made sense.  I also noticed that the last book I read (Vessel) was also written by the more »