Genre: young adult

Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 10 Comments
Book Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Oh wow was I ever looking forward to this book. It took me forever to get to it because I am so behind in my review copies right now, but I finally did and I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps not as much as the first book and I will tell you why in a minute, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, because it was so, so good. Leigh Bardugo has this compulsively readable writing style that keeps you flipping the pages even when nothing major is going on. I don’t know how she does it really, but I more »

Book Review of Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Posted June 21, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments
Book Review of Runemarks by Joanne Harris

I was supposed to love this book.  The Norse influence was very strong with this one, and the author had a wonderful take on one of my favorite “gods,” Loki (I loved him before he was cool – totally hipster of me). Not even a fabulous Loki, however, could help this book recover from the muddled, horrible mess of a storyline. I’m not sure why the description for this book was so small.  It seems a tad bit misleading.  Maddy, our main and very bland MC, is sent out to stumble through a complicated obstacle course of events.  Just when more »

Book Review: The Impossibility of Tomorrow by Avery Williams

Posted June 19, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 6 Comments
Book Review: The Impossibility of Tomorrow by Avery Williams

When I read The Alchemy of Forever last year, I remember loving the book for it’s unusual premise, and I remember thinking it felt like that type of story had not been done before, even if it had. Though I am not sure, all I knew was that I had never read about alchemy and immortal souls. The book was not perfect, but what it lacked in execution, it made up for in plot and excitement. I would have never thought I was able to feel for a character that kills each new body she switches to. But I did, more »

Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments
Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

I don’t know about you, but when I solve the plot of a whodunit at approximately fifty percent in, I get up and dance and toast my brilliance. It doesn’t happen often, but it IS happening more frequently which means I am starting to figure this shit out. And that doesn’t mean that the book let me down, by the way. On the contrary, I was paying attention all the way through to see if I was right and there were a few times where I was like, “Huh, maybe I’m wrong.” But no. I was right and when I more »

Book Review for Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Posted June 14, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 12 Comments
Book Review for Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I didn’t read the description when I picked this up, so I was completely surprised by the plot of the book.  That was, for once, a smart move on my part.  The description is great, and the entire 9/11 tie-in was a huge shock. Gated centered more on internal struggle and decides to toss in the action towards the end.  For some, this might seem like a huge turn off.  I usually side with the books with wonderful character development, so Gated was a hit for me.  Our main protagonist, Lyla, was a perfect blend of meek and frustrated, ready more »

Book Review of When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Posted June 13, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 22 Comments
Book Review of When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

I read this book on the plane to New York City for BEA, and I finished it on day two while I was trapped in the hotel room with messed up feet. So…this book will always hold a special place in my heart no matter what. I read it at a time in my life when I was experiencing new things and widening my horizons and comfort zone. It’s hard to be subjective about books like that and look at what’s there and see the flaws. But there are some. Fortunately, they are not many, and for the most part more »