Book Review: Three Souls by Janie Chang

» 20 December, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Three Souls by Janie Chang

I’m not quite sure what to think about this book. It’s very, very well-written, and the story is engaging and haunting throughout. Afterlife-type books aren’t traditionally my go-to (see If I Stay), but Janie Chang’s Three Souls is really quite lovely. At the same time, I did get a tad bit bored in the middle section. This novel has two major sections, plus a fairly open-ended epilogue. The first thing we learn is that Chang’s protagonist, Leiyin, has just died, […]

Leafing Through Lit: Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils

» 19 December, 2014 » Leafing Through Lit » 0 comments

Leafing Through Lit: Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils

I absolutely love so-called “Classic” literature, and this feature was born of that love. Leafing Through Lit is my way of spotlighting and commenting on old-school lit. This is not a formal review, per se, though it might have similarities in format. However, I won’t attempt to be nearly as objective as usual in this feature, so mostly I’ll talk about my feelings related to books and stories. The purpose with Leafing Through Lit is to expose the community to […]

Book Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

» 18 December, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Sometimes books just don’t work out. Cat Winters’ YA historical/paranormal crossovers are consistently unique and intriguing; they are well-written and entertaining. I liked both In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming quite well on an intellectual level, but I was nevertheless not impressed in the long run. I did like the latter more than Winters’ debut, but only just. One would think that historical fiction about suffragists and women’s rights would be something right up my alley. […]

Book Review: Rivals in the City (The Agency #4) by Y.S. Lee

» 17 December, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Rivals in the City (The Agency #4) by Y.S. Lee

It’s been a fairly long time since I read the first three installments in this series, but I certainly don’t remember them being this…bad. Rivals in the City reads in a very stiff, inauthentic manner that defies believability in almost every area: characterization, plot, historical accuracy. I’m quite sure that Y.S. Lee has never before offered so unsatisfactory a novel. Every aspect of this book seems false. The dialogue between characters is overly formal and flowery, emotionless and stilted. The […]

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite 2014 Releases

» 16 December, 2014 » Top 10 Tuesdays » 7 comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite 2014 Releases

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week features a different “top 10″ topic, which you make a list for. My list isn’t in any order. Favorite 2014 Releases Torn Away by Jennifer Brown — I’ve been a longtime fan of Brown’s realistic fiction, but this book is her best yet by a galloping landslide. The emotional intensity and stark realism in this book are absolutely unforgettable. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama — While Monstrous Beauty was enjoyable in many […]

Book Review: The Scarlet Sisters by Myra MacPherson

» 15 December, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: The Scarlet Sisters by Myra MacPherson

It’s really astonishing how certain figures are left out of our history. Prior to reading this biography, I had no idea that Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, existed. Yet when one speak about pioneers in areas of women’s rights, the two of them deserve to be remembered just as much as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Myra MacPherson’s work here in highlighting the public lives of these women is tremendously important, and if The Scarlet […]