Genre: fantasy

Book Review of Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted August 2, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 18 Comments
Book Review of Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Vessel grabbed my attention with the cover – I won’t even lie to you. The colors and the non-Anglo featured female caught my eye right away. I didn’t even bother to read the description (dangerous stuff right there, and very shallow, I know). The author was well-known, so I figured it was well worth the chance to dive into this novel. Well, fear not, book cover lovers! Beauty is page deep in this tribal high fantasy! Right now, I am suffering from a HUGE migraine, and things are completely crazy. So, (once again – this is so embarrassing) I shall more »

Book Review of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

Posted July 26, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 18 Comments
Book Review of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark was tempting, and I loved the description from the start (even if it seems to be a repeat of the majority of YA lit).  Gothic, orphanage, and England – dream come true.  I even overlooked the entire “two boys” plot.  And THAT, right there, should have been a large red flag. Lora Jones, in the role as the main character, did a fabulous job.  I downright liked her.  She was witty, smart, and somewhat cheeky.  I gave this book some credit for the heroine; Lora was everything I was missing in some of my recent reads. I more »

Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

Posted July 4, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

I did not realize that this was a novella when I bought this.  I was very shocked that it was so short! That was my own oversight.  I have nothing against novellas, but I felt that, overall, Nordic Fairies was lacking and very flat. Nordic Fairies doles out the story, bits and pieces at a time.  What was in the first part of the series was lackluster. Which is sad, since I thought the idea was very appealing. Starcrossed lovers is a fantastic guilty pleasure read.  Tying into Norse mythology just added the appeal factor to the line.  Sadly, I more »

Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 10 Comments
Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Oh wow was I ever looking forward to this book. It took me forever to get to it because I am so behind in my review copies right now, but I finally did and I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps not as much as the first book and I will tell you why in a minute, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, because it was so, so good. Leigh Bardugo has this compulsively readable writing style that keeps you flipping the pages even when nothing major is going on. I don’t know how she does it really, but I more »

Book Review of Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Posted June 21, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Book Review of Runemarks by Joanne Harris

I was supposed to love this book.  The Norse influence was very strong with this one, and the author had a wonderful take on one of my favorite “gods,” Loki (I loved him before he was cool – totally hipster of me). Not even a fabulous Loki, however, could help this book recover from the muddled, horrible mess of a storyline. I’m not sure why the description for this book was so small.  It seems a tad bit misleading.  Maddy, our main and very bland MC, is sent out to stumble through a complicated obstacle course of events.  Just when more »

Book Review: The Impossibility of Tomorrow by Avery Williams

Posted June 19, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 6 Comments
Book Review: The Impossibility of Tomorrow by Avery Williams

When I read The Alchemy of Forever last year, I remember loving the book for it’s unusual premise, and I remember thinking it felt like that type of story had not been done before, even if it had. Though I am not sure, all I knew was that I had never read about alchemy and immortal souls. The book was not perfect, but what it lacked in execution, it made up for in plot and excitement. I would have never thought I was able to feel for a character that kills each new body she switches to. But I did, more »