Genre: young adult

Book Review: Unearthed

Posted December 20, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Unearthed

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner write well together. This is my second book by them, after loving These Broken Stars. I didn’t finish that series–it’s not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t have time, but they definitely write fun and exciting science fiction romps through space and dangerous planets. I didn’t like Unearthed as much as These Broken Stars, and I will get to the reasons why shortly. Unearthed takes place on a planet called Gaia, and here is where we run into our first problem. So I knew something was up with that right from the very more »

Book Review: This Mortal Coil

Posted December 5, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: This Mortal Coil

I am so glad I downloaded This Mortal Coil. I didn’t originally, but I saw several positive reviews from folks I follow on Goodreads, and so I went back and decided to get it. That was a really great decision, because this book turned out to be one of my favorites from this year. It’s actually been a really great reading year and it’s almost over, and this may be the book that rounds out the list. At its root, This Mortal Coil is about a dangerous plague far in Earth’s future. People have technology panels built into their forearms more »

Book Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

Posted November 27, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

I have to be honest. I didn’t like this book at first and considered DNFing it. The sentences were too short and the style was choppy. I like long, descriptive sentences, plenty of imagery, and a world I can get lost in. This wasn’t that at all, but something kept me reading. Perhaps it was the delightful banter between characters, the shippy-ship goodness, the lovable protagonist who kept messing up (and owned her ineptness), the surprises that shocked even me, or this magical world that I wasn’t sure about at first but then bewitched me with its brilliance. It all more »

Book Review: Flashtide by Jenny Moyer

Posted November 13, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Flashtide by Jenny Moyer

Many people are tired and have moved on from the dystopian genre. BUT NOT ME! As long as authors continue to come up with original ideas, I will keep reading them. And man is this duology an original story. Okay, so there’s a bit of a Red Rising vibe, but I DNFed that and I adore this, so it can’t be that similar. I will admit, I didn’t like this installment quite as much as the last one, but I still really enjoyed it. My favorite thing about this duology is how tense it is, and how much I love more »

Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows

Posted November 8, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows

There’s just something about Francis Hardinge. I’ve never read a book by her I haven’t liked. I’ve read four, and even the one I DNFed (Fly By Night) I didn’t necessarily dislike. My favorite is still A Face Like Glass, but I’ve enjoyed them all immensely. A Skinful of Shadows was a little bit darker than the other books of Hardinge’s that I have read. It’s dreary, gothic, and creepily unsettling. Our heroine, Makepeace, can take spirits into her being and allow them to live within her. Her mother tries to teach her to fight them off, but that obviously more »

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 »