Publisher: HarperTeen

Book Review: The Tombs

Posted February 19, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Tombs

Before I start my review, I want to get the stuff about the usage of the word “gypsy” out of the way first. If you were following along with my status updates, you would have noticed that I mentioned the author note at the conclusion of the book talking about this very thing. The author mentions that she decided to use the word because that’s what society would have called them during the time the book was set, and that she decided to capitalize the word to show that she wasn’t using it as a slur. Which I get, but more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs For The Lazy

Posted February 23, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 3 Comments
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 those 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 about it. So since it was the new year, I tried my best to suck more »

Book Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Posted August 29, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

I don’t really like books about religion, so in order for me to choose one, it has to have other plot elements I might enjoy. I picked this one because I am trying to read more LGBT books, and also, I’ve heard a lot of pre-publishing buzz about it. Now most of that buzz has come from other authors, which I don’t actually trust, but I still thought I might enjoy the topic, so when it was available at ALA I grabbed it. There were things I liked and did not like about GPaOFF. I liked the protagonist, Joanna, but more »

Book Review: Behold the Bones

Posted February 22, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Behold the Bones

This series keeps getting better and better. It took a little while to get going, but once it did, the story was great! I loved being back with these three girls, and everything about their friendship in Beware the Wild came back to me immediately. And yet the recapping never slowed the pace or felt out of place. It takes a skilled author to summarize previous books and not make it come off awkward and stilted. Maybe it’s because I’ve read so many books, but it’s always very obvious me, to the point where it feels like the author is more »

Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Posted December 26, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments
Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

What do you do when a book is compulsively readable, well-written, and yet you don’t like it at all? How do you rate that? Do you even finish if you aren’t connecting with it? I decided to finish it (well, I didn’t actually decide that, it was kind of like before I had decided to quit reading, I was already done with it), but it’s almost as if I immediately forgot what the book was about. My brain dumped it. It’s not memorable. The premise is unique, fantastic even, but the book kinda falls flat and is completely forgettable. For more »

Book Review: Red Queen

Posted October 16, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Book Review: Red Queen

There is no pickier reader than me. I feel sorry for the bloggers and readers that follow me here and on Goodreads. My tastes are always changing, I’m inconsistent–some days I can read an entire book in one sitting, sometimes it takes me a week to finish a single book. I’m on a Sci Fi kick right now–months ago it was contemporary. It’s been paranormal. I still like dystopians and zombie novels, but most contemporaries just can’t hold my attention these days. I always seem to like high fantasies, but I didn’t really like The Winner’s Crime, and I still more »