Genre: young adult

Book Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Posted July 15, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 21 Comments
Book Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. Though I am trying to read more and widen my literature horizons, there are a lot of time periods that simple don’t interest me. I really wish that wasn’t the case, but such is me. And every time I do try to read in a time period that bores me, it never ends well. At any rate, the 1920s is one decade I feel good about. I will try to get my hands on any book set in that era. I almost feel it is impossible to talk about Born of Illusion more »

Book Review of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Posted July 12, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 22 Comments
Book Review of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars had a great formula: nice characters, suspenseful and possible romance, and a sci-fi subplot.   I was very excited when a certain co-blogger let me hold onto it for her for a while as she caught up on her BEA reading.  After I put this one down, however, I felt a little torn about my feelings for the book.  It was good, but it was a little off, like cheesecake left out of the fridge for a few hours. So what was to like? Some people like to compare this story to Titanic, and I would have more »

Book Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe

Posted July 5, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe

The Wall is an unusual book. Unusual in that is presented as a dystopian, and it is, but it also mirrors the Israeli/Palestian conflict and is loaded with a lot of realism and symbolism that makes it one interesting book. Basically, there are two sides. On the outside of the wall there are people fearful of the side that is trapped behind the wall. The land is called Amarias, and their military monitors checkpoints and continues to treat the people behind the wall in an abusive/controlling way. Joshua finds a secret tunnel under the wall, crawls through, and he finds himself more »

Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

Posted July 4, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

I did not realize that this was a novella when I bought this.  I was very shocked that it was so short! That was my own oversight.  I have nothing against novellas, but I felt that, overall, Nordic Fairies was lacking and very flat. Nordic Fairies doles out the story, bits and pieces at a time.  What was in the first part of the series was lackluster. Which is sad, since I thought the idea was very appealing. Starcrossed lovers is a fantastic guilty pleasure read.  Tying into Norse mythology just added the appeal factor to the line.  Sadly, I more »

Book Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Posted June 28, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 20 Comments
Book Review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I believe I was the last holdout for this book. A majority of the bloggers have picked this one up and declared their side – either it is the next big thing, or another hype creator. I’m stuck smack dab in the middle regarding The 5th Wave. The dystopia was great, bust some of the characters rubbed me the wrong way. This book is very dystopian-y – scavenging for food, loss of human life, trust issues, etc etc. I am a complete sucker for the hardships the human race would face if our society completely broke down. That certain element more »

Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Posted June 27, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments
Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Ink hasn’t exactly been getting great reviews. Most of my blogger friends have completely disliked it, and so I expected I would too since I usually agree with the masses. But honestly, I think a lot of the criticism it’s getting is kind of unwarranted. Yeah, it’s not a perfect book, and yeah, there are some things I didn’t love, and yeah, parts of it feel overwritten, but overall I did enjoy it for what it was. To me, Ink had an incredibly original storyline, and that’s where the book shone the most. more »