Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Posted September 14, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Okay, that’s it. I am done. This is my third Nova Ren Suma novel and it’s time for me to admit that her books just don’t work for me. I love her writing, I love her storytelling, and this book was completely a 5 star for me until I got to the damn ending. She always fucks me with the endings. And it’s just a shame, because atmosphere is such an important part of a novel for me, and there is no other author that excels more at writing atmosphere than this one. But it all falls apart for me more »

Book Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison

Posted April 7, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison

First thing you should know about A Fierce and Subtle Poison, the blurb is kind of misleading. There is no magical world. The setting is Puerto Rico, there’s a curse, a sick girl, drowning victims, poisonous plants, and a mysterious house at the end of a lane. But magical? I would not describe any of that as magical. There is also nothing that is “enchanted.” Blurb writers need to stick to the facts. I know many readers don’t read blurbs anyway, but I do; in fact, I am a HUGE blurb reader. The first thing to draw me in is more »

Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Posted January 26, 2015 by Kara in book review / 3 Comments
Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Very few writers can pull off once what Nova Ren Suma does again and again.  Suma pushes limits.  No, she doesn’t push them – that’s not quite right.  Suma has gone so far past the limits that she can’t even see them anymore.  She breaks new ground with each new release, topping herself, breaking her own record again and again.  Hers is some of my favorite writing.  Her blend of paranormal and magical realism and gritty and ugly characters – that’s the stuff I live for. The Walls Around Us is a heartbreaking read.  It wasn’t easy, being exposed to more »

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 »