Genre: science fiction

Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Posted August 15, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 16 Comments
Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I’m just going to start off by saying how impressed I was with The Bone Season. It’s not every day I come across a book that blows me away in the world-building department. I am notoriously hard to please when it comes to settings and research, so when I give an author props for world-building, I mean it more than anything. The details here are fantastic–the magic system, the cities, the government, the different species–it’s pretty mind blowing. And the best part is that it never feels heavy and overwritten. When it comes to details, it’s easy to go overboard more »

Book Review: SYLO by D.J. MacHale

Posted July 29, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: SYLO by D.J. MacHale

The first thing I noticed about in the first couple pages of SYLO is how straightforward and kind of dull the writing was. It lacked atmosphere. As I was reading along, there were moments when I started to like the book, but then Tucker would say or do something stupid and I would be back to disliking it again. The thing is, I never hated the story. But I never liked the characters one bit. Especially since they were incredibly flat and I couldn’t figure out their motivations or personalities. The book starts off with a bang but quickly gets more »

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Posted July 25, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

I liked In the After so much, you guys! I was wrapped up in this book from beginning to end and I loved every moment of it. I find this strangely amusing because I didn’t find the creature description intimidating at all. They did not scare me, and I sort of pictured them as human-sized Godzillas. LOL. If you decided to read it, when you get to the part where there are described, you will see why I got that mental picture. But even though they did not particularly scare me, that does not mean I didn’t find this book more »

Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Posted July 19, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 16 Comments
Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

In case you are curious – here is my review of Cinder, which I read prior to joining Great Imaginations in January. Here is the run down – three stars, love Kai, confused by Cinder, upset about the transparent plot twist. Scarlet picks up right after Cinder, and the author wastes no time in steeping her readers back into the world of the cyborg Cinderella.  I like the idea surrounding the setting, but, at times, the world building is a bit shotty.  It seems that details about the history of the world is slowly delved out to the readers.  I more »

Book Review of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Posted July 12, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 22 Comments
Book Review of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars had a great formula: nice characters, suspenseful and possible romance, and a sci-fi subplot.   I was very excited when a certain co-blogger let me hold onto it for her for a while as she caught up on her BEA reading.  After I put this one down, however, I felt a little torn about my feelings for the book.  It was good, but it was a little off, like cheesecake left out of the fridge for a few hours. So what was to like? Some people like to compare this story to Titanic, and I would have more »

Book Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Posted June 28, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 20 Comments
Book Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I believe I was the last holdout for this book. A majority of the bloggers have picked this one up and declared their side – either it is the next big thing, or another hype creator. I’m stuck smack dab in the middle regarding The 5th Wave. The dystopia was great, bust some of the characters rubbed me the wrong way. This book is very dystopian-y – scavenging for food, loss of human life, trust issues, etc etc. I am a complete sucker for the hardships the human race would face if our society completely broke down. That certain element more »