Genre: young adult

Book Review of A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Posted October 21, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 15 Comments
Book Review of A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Since we tightened the budget in the house and cut out paying for TV (we have streaming Netflix, DVDs and good friends), my sister has taken it upon herself to snoop around in my bookshelves and delve back into her reading. This was one of the books she decided to snag when I recommended it to her, warning her that I have only read some reviews. Afterwards, she insisted that I add this to my reading list right away. A Curse as Dark as Gold is something I never expected. This fairytale retelling of the German Rumpelstiltskin delivers a beautiful more »

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Posted October 18, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 25 Comments
Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl and I did not get off to a great start. Our relationship was rocky. I was worried we weren’t going to mesh well. I didn’t like the characters, particularly Cath. She made me all   And it was rough because I felt REALLY bad for not liking her because we had so many things in common. She’s a huge reader–HUGE. She has anxiety issues, she’s a bit agoraphobic, antisocial, and she doesn’t like going places that are out of her comfort zone. It was super easy to put myself in Cath’s shoes, and so not meshing with her personality more »

Book Review of Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Posted October 17, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 11 Comments
Book Review of Ashfall by Mike Mullin

    “A librarian can’t live by books alone, and I wouldn’t eat them if I could. Feel too much like cannibalism.”   “For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn’t taken our humanity. No, we’d given that up on our own.” Review: It is hard to write reviews for authors I know.  Mike Mullin is on my friends list at Booklikes, and I get so jumpy about my final rating and my opinion of said books.  I can say, with more »

Book Review of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Posted October 11, 2013 by Kara in book review, Guest Post, Lyn / 7 Comments
Book Review of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

This book was highly recommended to me by the entire blogging sphere.  Jessie at Ageless Pages Review and Pixie at The Bookaholic, and I tackled this as a group read at the start of the month. At the end, we shared our thoughts and joined together to create the Awesome Team and review it. I believe we were all on the same page: beautiful writing and some interesting concepts, but the bar was set a bit too high from the start, which ended in a lukewarm reception by all three of us bookish gals. (Note – possible spoilers are colored more »

Book Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Posted October 10, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 24 Comments
Book Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

I don’t know one blogger who didn’t love Anna Dressed in Blood. I’m sure they exist, but they are not someone I know. I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t true love. I gave it four out of five stars, and I believe the reasoning was that I couldn’t connect to the characters–that I didn’t like them very much. Well, as much as I hoped that wouldn’t happen again, it did. I found the characters to be flat, one-dimensional, and for the most part, completely unlikable. Athena was selfish, Hermes was a pushover, Aiden was googly-eyed over Cassandra without more »

Book Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

Posted October 7, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 6 Comments
Book Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

So I have a dilemma. Ever read a book where there were a few small things you liked, but then everything else was so awful that it overshadowed your reading experience and you couldn’t do anything BUT give a book one star? Yeah, that’s what I am dealing with when it comes to Engines of the Broken World. This book has a pretty cool creep factor and atmosphere I enjoyed, but everything else was so awful that in the end the good things don’t matter. I had a sucky reading experience, and I have to take that into consideration. One more »