Genre: young adult

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Stars

Posted December 28, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: A Conspiracy of Stars

While I was reading A Conspiracy of Stars I was thinking that this was one of the most inventive and original books I have ever read. The world-building is bizarre, yet totally works, and though I don’t have all the answers, I am thrilled to find them all out in the next book. This wasn’t a perfect book, but it was mind-blowingly entertaining, and I loved every minute of it. A Conspiracy of Stars starts as Octavia and her father are driving through the compound on an alien planet, speeding through a jungle filled with exotic animal species pulled from more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy

Posted December 26, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy

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: Here Lies Daniel Tate

Posted December 22, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: Here Lies Daniel Tate

It’s always irritating when you are loving the shit out of a book only to get to the end and be disappointed. Seriously, this book is compulsively readable and it’s great, so it may be just me, but I found the ending to be incredibly anticlimactic. But before I get to why, I want to talk about the good stuff. First, we have an unreliable narrator, and if that’s your thing, you’re probably going to love this book. I usually love unreliable narrators but it depends on the author’s execution. You never know what Daniel is truly thinking or feeling, more »

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 »