Publisher: Simon Pulse

Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

Posted February 2, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

I honestly expected nothing from this book. It just sounded really weird and out there, so I thought I would request it. I’ve never read this author before, and now I think when I have time, I’m going to go back and read everything Shaun David Hutchinson has written. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza was absolutely spectacular. Elena Mendoza has always heard voices, but she doesn’t know she can heal people. She finds that out one day while working at Starbucks. She’s crushing on a girl named Freddie, and she steps out onto the patio to talk to her when more »

Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy

Posted December 26, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy

Welcome to another edition of Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs 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: This Mortal Coil

Posted December 5, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: This Mortal Coil

I am so glad I downloaded This Mortal Coil. I didn’t originally, but I saw several positive reviews from folks I follow on Goodreads, and so I went back and decided to get it. That was a really great decision, because this book turned out to be one of my favorites from this year. It’s actually been a really great reading year and it’s almost over, and this may be the book that rounds out the list. At its root, This Mortal Coil is about a dangerous plague far in Earth’s future. People have technology panels built into their forearms more »

Review: Want by Cindy Pon

Posted June 8, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Review: Want by Cindy Pon

There’s something about Cindy Pon’s writing that I connect with. This is the first book by this author that I have read, but it certainly won’t be my last. Her writing is a perfect balance of characters, description, and plot. One does not dominate the other the way I find with so many other books. The setting for Want is Taipei, Taiwan, which is not a setting that is common in any genre, but especially not in young adult. Sidenote: I know YA is not a genre, but how else do you word that statement? I am loving the fact that more »

Book Review: 26 Kisses

Posted August 10, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments
Book Review: 26 Kisses

I wanted to read a fluffy, contemporary book so badly and that’s what I got. 26 Kisses kinda took me by surprise because I expected it to be more indepth, yknow? Like, about a girl who finally finds herself and realizes that she needs no man? BUT don’t worry, I’m not bitter about it. Quite the opposite actually, I think this book was really REALLY ADORABLE. I mean, a girl going around doing 26 kisses? I’m really glad the author did not shy away from pointing out the real consequences of a girl doing that, especially one who just got more »

Book Review: Escaping Perfect

Posted June 20, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 0 Comments
Book Review: Escaping Perfect

PSA: Firstly, this book is NOT a standalone, and from what I’ve read in the reviews, this book has NO similarities to Gone Girl, whatsoever. Honestly, I started this book on a good note. It seemed like a really good contemporary novel to me. I started at it around 10pm, and finished it within 2 hours in one sitting. Which would have been a pretty great achievement, if not for the fact that this book is frustrating. LIKE, SUPER FRUSTRATING and I honestly wanted it to be over and done as soon as possible. But let me talk about the more »