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Book Review: A Line In The Dark

Posted October 27, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Book Review: A Line In The Dark

First things first, A Line In the Dark features awesome lesbian representation. Nearly all characters are female. and the few that are male are only on the page as a parent or a brother, and I loved that, and I loved the relationship dynamic between all the women, and the different conflicts presented. How often do we get a lesbian love triangle? I’d like to see more of them, honestly, as long as they are well done. Love triangles can be tricky. The book is set in East and West Bedford, a city that is somewhat near Boston. It’s divided into more »

Book Review: The Midnight Dance

Posted October 16, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Midnight Dance

I’ve tried many different Swoon Reads titles, across a wide range of genres, and readers, I think I’m done. I think I’ve liked one of all the books from them that I have read, and the rest have been mediocre or pretty terrible. It’s not a Macmillan thing, it’s an imprint thing. The Midnight Dance was no different. The premise held a lot of promise, and the writing was atmospheric and full of delightful turns of phrase. But that’s where the good ends. First things first, if you are looking for a creepy book about ballet as a topic, skip more »

Book Review: The Wood

Posted October 6, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: The Wood

Chelsea Bobulski’s debut was interesting. I mostly liked it, but it left me sort of feeling bereft of emotion, and emotional connection to books and characters is a very personal thing, so what may have been my experience will not be someone else’s, so I wouldn’t not recommend this book based on that. In fact, I was quite won over by the genre-bending weirdness going on in The Wood. It’s mostly fantasy, with fae (they are immortal and called The Old Ones and The Council) and a creepy wood, but a little bit of Science Fiction (due to the time travel aspect), more »

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore (Review + Giveaway)

Posted September 20, 2017 by Kara in blog tour, book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore (Review + Giveaway)

Hey, so I was lucky enough to get myself on the Jane, Unlimited blog tour. I wasn’t a fan of Kristin Cashore before this. I mean, I’ve heard a lot about her books and I plan to read her Graceling Trilogy at some point, but I haven’t yet. Something about this book spoke to me though, and when I was invited to be on the tour (I honestly mostly hate blog tours because I always hate the book), I took the chance. So glad I did. My review follows this, and at the end of the post is a giveaway 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 (5)

Posted August 3, 2017 by Kara in Better Late Than Never, book review, Kara / 3 Comments
Better Late Than Never: Reviews of eARCs/ARCs For The Lazy (5)

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 »