The Bone Season Review

The Bone Season Review

What an odd book! When trying to decide on a rating for The Bone Season, I was waffling between three and four stars. My reasoning for three stars was that, while this book is a fantasy of sorts, it was also unrelentingly weird, and I never really felt like I believed it all. What settled me on four stars, however, is the feeling that a lower rating would be doing the book a disservice, because The Bone Season really is… Read more »

The Sin Eater’s Daughter Review

The Sin Eater’s Daughter Review

“Who will save me?” The real question is what could’ve saved this book? Having a stronger heroine, or at least a stronger character arc. Many reviewers have noted how Twylla is a weak character. It’s true — she is highly reactive. Throughout the entire book, Twylla instigates nothing of importance. All of her actions are in response to other characters and forces; she’s pushed around. It makes for a boring protagonist and a boring read. Twylla’s passivity would have been… Read more »

September 2015 YA Releases

September 2015 YA Releases

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas September 1, 2015 from Bloomsbury USA Childrens Goodreads Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . . She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in… Read more »

The Madman’s Daughter Review

The Madman’s Daughter Review

This book made me want to tear my hair out! I usually don’t mind when what I read is bad or silly, but The Madman’s Daughter had such promise! It made the novel’s eventual failure so disappointing. The story is of the gothic style, nodding the kind of romantic horror embodied by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I loved this homage, especially in the beginning, with Juliet Moreau, our protagonist, creeping about a medical academy after hours, cleaning up after surgeries. There’s… Read more »

August 2015 YA Releases & More!

August 2015 YA Releases & More!

You know what is really difficult?  Keeping track of new books. Hundreds of books written in the English language are released every month, and as a dedicated reader, I don’t want to miss out on what’s new in publishing. I want to have my finger on the pulse of current literature. But how to keep it all straight?! What makes it easier is when readers band together to let each other know what’s on the horizon.  I want to do… Read more »

The Night Birds Review

The Night Birds Review

Okay… ahem… full disclosure: I’m going to do my level BEST to get you to read this little, unknown piece of historical fiction. Be prepared. It’s crazy how this book first popped on my radar. It was either 2009 or 2010 and I was browsing the stacks at my local library. I picked up The Night Birds because I got a good feeling from it, like some sort of wacky, mystical book-sniffer. Two days later, I’d finished the novel and… Read more »

Illuminae Review

Illuminae Review

It’s been a few weeks since I closed the cover on Illuminae and I’m rethinking my initial rating of four stars.  I might be a hardass and lower it.  As I’ve written this review, I’ve gotten crankier and crankier about certain aspects, although I do have to be fair — this book grabbed my attention from the get-go, and it wasn’t until late in the book that I started critiquing its faults.  Let’s get down to it. The novel is… Read more »

The Midnight Thief Review

The Midnight Thief Review

The only reason this little fantasy novel came to my attention is because its sequel was on a list for August 2015 releases.  Thank Jesus that I don’t have long to wait to read the second book, because I am officially a fan of the series. The Midnight Thief features thieves and assassins in a fantasy setting — a dynamite combination.  Our thief is Kyra, a young lady who pays the rent by taking on burgling jobs.  She’s has a bit… Read more »

The Falconer Review

The Falconer Review

Let me start this review with a small rant about steampunk. Steampunk, or mechanical fantasy as I call it, is a genre of fiction featuring a historical setting with advanced, often whimsical, technology.  It is often set in the Victorian period, although there are exceptions.  Dirigibles, automatons, spider-like vehicles, and weapons masquerading as ladies’ accessories are popular pieces of steampunk machinery. I DO NOT LIKE IT! I dislike how steampunk machinery makes no scientific sense whatsoever.  I also dislike how… Read more »

Court of Fives Review

Court of Fives Review

Court of Fives started out so, so wonderfully.  For the first third of the book, I was totally and completely enraptured.  So, understandably I think, I was a little miffed when the book took a turn for the worse right before its halfway point.  What Court of Fives did well, it did well.  Which made its mistakes that much more disappointing. So, what it’s about… It’s not a close enough interpretation of Little Women to be a retelling, but Court of Fives is definitely inspired by Louisa May… Read more »