Genre: young adult

Book Review: Pitch Dark

Posted February 14, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Pitch Dark

I just read a kickass book about killer aliens in outer space, two starships colliding, and ecoterrorism. It was tense, paced well, and pretty fucking scary, to be honest. And I thought that was all. But then I read the author’s note at the end. And suddenly what I thought was a straightforward horror novel in space became something a little different. It’s been a really difficult year and three months (so far) for anyone that was opposed to Trump’s presidency. But it’s probably been a terrifying nightmare come to life for anyone that isn’t white. If you’re a writer, more »

Book Review: Honor Among Thieves

Posted February 12, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Honor Among Thieves

Rachel Caine is one of my favorite authors, top five for sure. I was unsure about the premise of this book, and I can tell you right away, that part one of Honor Among Thieves is inferior to the rest. It’s not that it’s bad, because it isn’t, but it’s very mediocre compared to the rest. You have to stick with it to get to the meat and best parts of the book, which begin in part two. So resist the urge to DNF if you aren’t really into it–it gets a lot better. The book starts in a generic more »

Book Review: The Belles

Posted February 7, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Belles

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, graciously sent to my by the publisher, and I am thankful because it was fabulous. My favorite thing about this book is how it takes familiar tropes and plot elements and bends them and tells them in a completely new and original way. I have never read world-building like this before, and I LURRRRVVVVEEEEDDDD it. It’s so girly and pretty, and the the kingdom of Orleans was so imaginative. Camellia is a Belle. At the beginning of the book they tell you the myth that gives more »

Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

Posted February 2, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

I honestly expected nothing from this book. It just sounded really weird and out there, so I thought I would request it. I’ve never read this author before, and now I think when I have time, I’m going to go back and read everything Shaun David Hutchinson has written. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza was absolutely spectacular. Elena Mendoza has always heard voices, but she doesn’t know she can heal people. She finds that out one day while working at Starbucks. She’s crushing on a girl named Freddie, and she steps out onto the patio to talk to her when 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: Reign of the Fallen

Posted January 22, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Reign of the Fallen

Last year I read Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut, Fear the Drowning Deep. I appreciated the ideas presented in that book, but it wasn’t my favorite. Before I cross an author off my list, I read three of their books to make sure we don’t mesh. I was on the fence about reading Reign of the Fallen because I wasn’t sure the premise was for me, but I actually ended up really, really enjoying it. Odessa is a necromancer in a kingdom where all the nobles and ruling class are dead. Even the king is dead, and every few years Odessa more »