Transcendence Review

Transcendence Review

Want to know something really weird about me? I’m 25 and I’ve never been in a relationship.  I’ve given it a lot of thought over the past few years and I think it comes down to lack of opportunity — I’m shy and like to stay in — and not taking opportunities when they come — I don’t want to be involved with someone who turns me off, in even the slightest way.  I’m strongly intuitive and idealistic, and I’m… Read more »

Daughter of Deep Silence Review

Daughter of Deep Silence Review

Remember the TV show Revenge? It was a show with a wacky but compelling first season, about a young women on a mission of… revenge. I’m pleased to say that Daughter of Deep Silence is very similar to Revenge, both in subject matter and tone, but doesn’t approach copycat status.  Well done, Carrie Ryan, if the nod to Revenge was intentional, which I kind of hope it was. Daughter of Deep Silence follows Frances, a girl who was fourteen when unmasked gunmen boarded the cruise ship that… Read more »

Magonia Review

Magonia Review

Since becoming a blogger I’ve become a different reader.  Before I wrote book reviews, I wouldn’t bother finishing a book that wasn’t working for me.  Now, I make my best effort to read books in their entirety, because I can write more informed reviews that way.  Still, I was only able to get through about two thirds of Magonia before skipping ahead to the ending and calling it a day. Magonia is a Narnia-esque fantasy — a girl living in the normal world discovers… Read more »

Bone Gap Review

Bone Gap Review

So, Bone Gap. I picked up this book because I’ve been making an effort to read more critically-applauded YA titles.  I believe that the Young Adult genre, which can be tremendously fun, also has more to offer than juicy hooks and romantic drama.  There’s important stuff out there being written.  I just need to read more of it! Bone Gap popped up on my radar as such a book to read, but I wound up being largely unimpressed.  I give this book three… Read more »

An Ember In the Ashes Review

An Ember In the Ashes Review

An Ember In the Ashes is a great example of a book that was harmed by its hype. The publicity for this book was such that anyone who remotely followed the ins and outs of YA fiction would have Tahir’s debut on their radar. For an obsessive YA reader like me, An Ember In the Ashes was practically jumping up and down on the horizon. I couldn’t wait to get my mits on this book. From all of the advance… Read more »

I’ll Meet You There Review

I’ll Meet You There Review

My anticipation for this book was really high, despite my dislike for Demetrios’ recent novels, Exquisite Captive and Something Real.  I think the concept of a contemporary romance, filthied by such extreme issues as poverty and amputation caught my interest, frankly.  I’m past the point of my life where I find Dessen-caliber contemporaries compelling — I need a little more grit to muster up my enjoyment, as off-kilter as that sounds. Additionally, the early favorable reviews of I’ll Meet You There had me really… Read more »

My Heart and Other Black Holes Review

My Heart and Other Black Holes Review

Right now, novels about teen suicide are everywhere.  Just in the last few weeks, we’ve seen four high-profile ones — All the Bright Places, I Was Here, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and My Heart and Other Black Holes.  I wasn’t sure if I was up to reading another suicide book so soon after All the Bright Places, the ending of which really frustrated me, but Jasmine Warga’s debut came in at my library, I sat down to browse the opening pages, and then… Read more »

Girl In the Arena Review

Girl In the Arena Review

This book is so problematic — I can’t stop coming up with examples of how it falls short and messes up. Yet, despite this, I found it oddly compelling. The premise is that, starting in the 1960’s, a combat sport rose in popularity in the U.S. and the across the globe, in the tradition of Roman gladiatorial fighting. Although the sport didn’t start out advocating fatalities, gradually grievous injury and death became part of the business. Over time, the sport… Read more »

Tampa Review

Tampa Review

This novel is not enjoyable to read.  I went through it as quickly as I could, treating it as a grim, grim task.  I’m left very torn over whether it’s a book of any worth.  I’m uncertain over the author’s motives for writing it.  What am I sure of? It is a book about a female sexual predator.  The most convincing arguments I’ve read that support Tampa praise the book for its examination of predatory female sexuality.  They argue that Nutting’s writing is feminist,… Read more »

The Darkest Part of the Forest Review

The Darkest Part of the Forest Review

I have not read all of Holly Black’s written works, but I’ve covered a good deal, and it’s safe to say that I’m a fan. I *loved* Black’s Curseworkers series. I really liked The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Doll Bones was delightful.  The Iron Trial, Black’s collaboration with Cassandra Clare… I prefer to think that never happened. I was expecting great things from Black’s newest offering, The Darkest Part of the Forest.  Perhaps because of my high expectations I wound up being more than a little disappointed. It’s hard… Read more »