Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Book Review: A Darkly Beating Heart

Posted October 17, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: A Darkly Beating Heart

Disappointing. If I had to review this book with one word, that would be it. I was really looking forward to this novel. YA novels set in Japan are coming more often, but there still aren’t that many out there. When they get published, I generally jump at the chance to read them. I am obsessed with Japan and Japanese culture. I should have paid more attention, however, knowing that it was also a time travel plot. I’ve read about a hundred time travel books and I can count on one hand the number that I have liked. But whatever, I more »

Blog Tour: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Posted September 28, 2016 by Lyn Kaye in blog tour, Lyn / 1 Comment
Blog Tour: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Hello Readers! I’m beyond excited to host today’s stop for Jennifer Mathieu’s third novel, Afterward, a YA novel centered around a kidnapped boy and a sister of an abducted boy trying to find answers to help her autistic brother after both are released from their hostage situation. I was fortunate enough to read a copy of the ARC, and I loved the story! Our stop today is hosting an interview with Jennifer herself! Enjoy! JM: I’m not a native Texan, but I’ve lived here for almost 17 years.  It gets a bad reputation – sometimes justifiably so.  But personally, I more »

Book Review: Whatever.

Posted July 18, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Whatever.

I gotta be honest, I didn’t actually like Whatever that much. I wanted to like it more than anything, but the writing style really bugged me. I continued to read on because I liked where the book was going and I really appreciated that it was so gay positive and sex positive. I’m interjecting here to say that part of the plot was truly great, and if the characters had only been developed with a bit more depth, I would have enjoyed this book so much. I think the main issue with the execution was that it was written in more »

Book Review: The Inn Between

Posted March 21, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Inn Between

Before I officially get started on this review, there is something I have to mention: This book was not written for adults. None of the middle grade or young adult books I read are written for me, but this one was even MORE geared toward a younger reader. The writing was simple, and there was a lot of telling and less imagery which affected my reading experience. Still though, I have to rate accordingly, keeping even all that in mind. And I’m going to review this with spoilers, even though the are not exactly hidden that well. So if you more »

Book Review: The Rule of Mirrors

Posted March 14, 2016 by Lyn Kaye in book review, Lyn / 2 Comments
Book Review: The Rule of Mirrors

The Vault of Dreamers was a book I never was able to review from last year. Overall, the book was interest, with a strong premise, but the novel fell back on insta-love, bland love triangle issues, and suffered from a confusion of merging together the two plots of a reality TV meets sinister yet very cool-sounding sci-fi opportunities. I rated the book three stars. Despite some of the major issues, the book was able to keep me coming back. And I did like the idea of dream mining, taking the dreams of people and planting them into others. It had more »

Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights

Posted July 28, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in book review, Lyn / 6 Comments
Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights

I went into this one, not knowing what to expect. There wasn’t a lot of buzz on this one, but the cover was so beautiful that I couldn’t pass it up! In fact, I was expecting a comic when I downloaded this one. The book does have quite a few graphics, but it is not a graphic novel. Bright Light, Dark Nights is beautiful and heartbreaking, and there is going to be a lot of table smashing and wall kicking with this one, because despite the cute cover and the sweet description, this book hits hard with some very controversial themes. When more »