Book Review: The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener

» 23 November, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener

While I’m not opposed to fiction that runs toward the melodramatic, I do prefer that a book be well-written and consistent regardless, which, unfortunately, are not traits I can ascribe to The Emperor’s Conspiracy. Though I’d previously enjoyed Michelle Diener’s fiction, this book was far too silly and nonsensical, being neither a romance or a mystery, but rather being a fluffy, telenovela-esque combination of both. The protagonist, Charlotte Raven, is something of a Mary Sue. A former street urchin who […]

Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Brown

» 21 November, 2014 » Book Reviews » 3 comments

Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Brown

Jessie Burton’s debut novel is different from any sort of historical fiction I’ve read before. The Miniaturist really breaks molds and does its own thing, and I liked a lot of aspects about it. At the same time, this wasn’t the book I expected to read, or really wanted to read. Though there’s an overlaying message of hope and female strength, I found this book to be bleak in a way I doubt the author intended, and the story to […]

Book Review: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

» 19 November, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

I picked up Flight of the Sparrow because it sounded very similar to my #1 favorite middle grade historical novel—I really hoped Amy Belding Brown might have written the adult equivalent here, for my adult self to enjoy just as my pre-teen self enjoyed that other book. Sadly, I didn’t love this the way I’d hoped. Flight of the Sparrow is an interesting look at colonial America and the tensions between Puritans and Indians that existed, but I wasn’t completely […]

Book Review: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

» 17 November, 2014 » Book Reviews » 1 comment

Book Review: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

I was skeptical about this book. Reviewers compared Falling into Place to Jay Asher and If I Stay, and I know for sure that I don’t like those two things. But reviewers also mentioned a unique, third-party narrator, and that appeals to me on so many levels that I had to give this book a shot. And you know what? It was so worth it. Falling into Place is absolutely phenomenal and forever worth reading. Yes, there are definite similarities […]

Book Review: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

» 16 November, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Sometimes, when an author you love writes a truly fabulous book, it makes you wonder if they can ever write something worthwhile again. For a while, I wondered that about Helen Oyeyemi—could she possibly top Mr. Fox? And I think with Boy, Snow, Bird, that might have almost happened. This book, Oyeyemi’s fifth novel, is a clever reworking of the traditional Snow White fairytale, though of course with a wholly unique twist in the third act. It follows the intricate […]

Book Review: Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

» 15 November, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Imaginative fairytale-type books are always a point of interest to me, ever since I fell in love with Gail Carson Levine as a kid. Robert Paul Weston’s Dust City an urban-fantasy-meets-fairytale YA novel about the Big Bad Wolf’s son, Henry. I really appreciated how unique this storyline was, but when it was all over, I didn’t find too much to make this book truly spectacular. Our protagonist, Henry, as I said, is the son of the Big Bad Wolf, who […]