Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer

» 30 January, 2015 » Book Reviews » 1 comment

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer

Epistolary fiction is a tricky writing style. I’m not personally averse to it, but neither is it exactly my favorite sort of book to read. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, being a book whose content is comprised entirely of letters, telegrams, and the odd journal or two, was a book I went into with uncertain expectations—though I was generally hopeful because it came so highly recommended. The authors’ protagonist is one Juliet Ashton, a writer living in […]

Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

» 29 January, 2015 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

This is not a good book. This is a very, very terrible book. I honestly really hate it. Not only is it poorly written and unrealistic, it’s horrifyingly sexist. I don’t know who thought publishing The Prince of Venice Beach was a good idea, but I honestly question their judgment. This book was just awful, with not a single redeeming quality. First off, let’s just discuss our main character, Cali, and his situation. He’s 17, and he ran away from […]

Book Review: Poltergeist (Greywalker #2) by Kat Richardson

» 28 January, 2015 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Poltergeist (Greywalker #2) by Kat Richardson

Having been pleasantly surprised by Harper Blaine’s first adventure, I was quick to pick up Poltergeist, hoping for more of the same. And while Kat Richardson’s stories are still entertaining, this book as a whole was just not as good as the first book in the series was. The “case” this time has to do with a psychology experiment at a local university in Seattle, where a group is attempting to create a poltergeist with their minds. And it looks […]

Renae Recommends: Books for Snowy Days

» 27 January, 2015 » Renae Recommends » 9 comments

Renae Recommends: Books for Snowy Days

It’s the end of January now, but winter days are definitely still upon us. I, personally, am not much of a seasonal reader, but there are certainly some books that really remind me of winter weather and long nights and cold temperatures. So, I have compiled a list of seasonally appropriate novels for all and sundry! Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Summary from Goodreads: Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing […]

Book Review: The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

» 26 January, 2015 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

Reeling from the death of his brother, Kevin comes to live with his grandfather in Kentucky for a summer. The town of Medger is small and is the sort of place where being different won’t just get you shunned, it’ll get you killed. Kevin makes friends with Buzzy Fink, and together they explore the nearby mountains, even while the big mining companies are threatening to destroy those same mountains forever. This book just took me completely by surprise. I was […]

Book Review: Endsinger (The Lotus War #3) by Jay Kristoff

» 25 January, 2015 » Book Reviews » 3 comments

Book Review: Endsinger (The Lotus War #3) by Jay Kristoff

I don’t really want to talk about this book. It kind of hurts to even think about Endsinger. But I’m going to try. For science. Or something. Jay Kristoff is pretty open about how he likes to write “sad” (AKA life-ruining) books, and he doesn’t believe in happy endings. Which I’m cool with, because I think the world needs fewer happy endings in fiction. And, don’t get me wrong, Endsinger is fabulously written, broad in scope, full of well-rounded female […]