Publisher: Amulet Books

Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows

Posted November 8, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows

There’s just something about Francis Hardinge. I’ve never read a book by her I haven’t liked. I’ve read four, and even the one I DNFed (Fly By Night) I didn’t necessarily dislike. My favorite is still A Face Like Glass, but I’ve enjoyed them all immensely. A Skinful of Shadows was a little bit darker than the other books of Hardinge’s that I have read. It’s dreary, gothic, and creepily unsettling. Our heroine, Makepeace, can take spirits into her being and allow them to live within her. Her mother tries to teach her to fight them off, but that obviously more »

Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Posted August 9, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

I’ve been seeing a lot of this book in my Twitter feed lately. People are raving about it, so I was really excited to read it as well. But…it didn’t live up to the hype. I found it rather disappointing, actually. It definitely read like the Chinese mythology version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an ass-kicking female heroine and a male sidekick that was weaker than she was, and lots of Chinese demon slaying. Plus it was set in California–okay, a different part of California than Buffy, but still. There were some similarities. That was the GOOD stuff. What more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews Of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy (4)

Posted June 30, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Better Late Than Never: Reviews Of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy (4)

Welcome to another edition of Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs for the Lazy! Do you have review copies piling up? Do you have eARCs that you requested but never got to because you got overwhelmed by life? Or did you just bite off more than you can chew? (That’s me.) At some point I was still hoping I could review these books (even though my review wouldn’t really be of use to the publisher anymore) because it would be still useful to readers, and also to me, because the pile-up was giving me anxiety every time I thought more »

Book Review: Noteworthy

Posted May 1, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: Noteworthy

Noteworthy is the cutest book of 2017. No, really, I think it is. Or at least it has been so far. I know a lot of young adult readers love the cross-dressing trope, and it’s usually when a girl poses as a guy. It’s really popular in movies and KDramas too, and I gotta be honest, it’s not really my thing. It’s just always really hard for me to believe that a girl could pass as a guy for that long–it’s not just the appearance that has to pass, but mannerisms, voice, behavior, everything. And I mean, if  a guy more »

Book Review: The Last Thing You Said

Posted April 3, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Last Thing You Said

I really, really enjoyed The Last Thing You Said. I don’t rarely read books about grief, because I just don’t handle the topic well. I’m well and truly aware of my mortality to the point that I almost have a phobia of dying. It makes me have panic attacks sometimes. But once in a while I come across a book with grief as a theme that I really want to read. Last year is was Second Chance Summer, and this year it’s The Last Thing You Said. SCS is still my favorite because I just really related to the characters more »

Book Review: Done Dirt Cheap

Posted March 14, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Done Dirt Cheap

Let’s get this started off right–by me insulting something. That’s always a good way to begin because you know I’m going to be brutally honest. I think bikers and biker clubs are stupid. Actually, I think most clubs are stupid, but especially biker clubs. That ridiculous hierarchy. Brotherhood that you have to be initiated into so men can feel special about their testosterone. *makes jerking off hand motion* Rules made up by men that reinforce women as second class citizens. The fact that women still can’t be members but can only be basically hangers on. As a feminist, I am more »