Genre: young adult

Book Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Posted August 29, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 8 Comments
Book Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

I don’t usually read books like If You Could Be Mine. They just aren’t my thing. Angsty contemporaries? Not what I find entertaining or enjoyable. So when an opportunity came up to review this, I passed on it. But then, I came across it at BEA and sort of felt it was kismet. Generally if a book keeps appearing in my life in various places, I take that as a sign I must read it. With so many books on my shelves, I only have so much time and I find myself being choosy with my reading material. But a book more »

Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Posted August 26, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 27 Comments
Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

It was high time I read a me book, and I had The Near Witch sitting on my shelf for quite a while. Obviously, I had heard a lot about Victoria Schwab from blogger friends, some of it good and bad, so I knew I needed to read one of her books. Since this was her debut, I started there. And wow was it a good one. First thing I need to praise is the writing. It’s poetic, flowy, quotable, and it almost has a cadence to it that carries throughout the book. There are certain writing styles that just speak to more »

Book Review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

Posted August 23, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 18 Comments
Book Review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

“Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, …, not the truth.” Review: I heard through the grapevine that this story was set in the heart of my homeland: Dallas, Texas.  Blythe Harris confirmed this via Twitter, and off to Amazon I went to purchase a copy of the book ASAP for the Kindle (I can’t get anything from Amazon physically at the moment). Even though it was a new purchase, I cheated and read it now, since I felt like I have fallen into a book rut.  Whoa – what a great decision. I have gotten into the habit into “scanning” a more »

Book Review: Starglass by Phoebe North

Posted August 22, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: Starglass by Phoebe North

Oh gosh, y’all. I hate so much that I didn’t enjoy Starglass as much as I wanted to. I was really looking forward to this one and I was so ecstatic when I got approved for an ARC. But…it just didn’t work for me, and I am not excited about telling you why, but I must, and so here we go. But first, as always, I want to talk about the good things. I didn’t mind the writing in the book, even if I didn’t think it was particularly special. It flowed well and I thought there was a nice mix more »

Book Review of Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted August 16, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 4 Comments
Book Review of Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

  “You are brightness. You are light. I come from a world of ice.” Review: This book was part of my Viking challenge. East of the Sun, West of the Moon is my favorite fairy tale, and brought me closer to Scandinavian literature. When I read the description for this book, I was all over it.  I already read East by Edith Pattou and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, so adding this to the collection of retellings only made sense.  I also noticed that the last book I read (Vessel) was also written by the more »

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 »