Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Posted February 22, 2012 // 10 Comments
Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

This book has one of those vague yet intriguing cover blurbs that tell you a book is going to be good. Only a truly good book can afford to give half-truths about its contents. That, combined with the extreme amount of hype for this enigmatic little book, had me completely interested. What I Liked: The first thing about this book was Karou’s character. Within twenty pages, I knew she was […]

Book Review: Feed by Mira Grant

Posted February 20, 2012 // 18 Comments
Book Review: Feed by Mira Grant

As a general rule, if someone tells me a book is about zombies, I’m running the opposite direction. The word brings up images of Michael Jackson and cheesy Hollywood gore. I think I Am Legend cured me of any interest I had in zombies. But there were so many 5-star ratings for this book. I have a friend who in four years of book blogging has given out only three […]

Book Review: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Posted February 17, 2012 // 3 Comments
Book Review: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

If you’ve read my review of Moran’s previous novel, Nefertiti, you’ll know how that I have a hard time with this author. I think she has some fantastic things going for her, but then some less okay things. However, the summary for The Heretic Queen sounded more promising than its prequel, so I wanted to give Moran another chance. I love Moran’s descriptions. The way she goes into detail on […]

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books That Broke My Heart

Posted February 13, 2012 // 15 Comments
Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books That Broke My Heart

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.) Lord of the Flies — This book is unspeakably depressing. It’s brutal and harsh, but also honest. The things those little boys did to each other were horrifying, yet fascinating all the same. This is one of those books […]

Book Review: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Posted February 12, 2012 // 5 Comments
Book Review: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Originally, I gave the book 2 stars, then after a month changed my mind and gave it 1. And even though at the time I didn’t like Nefertiti, I still wanted to read the sequel, The Heretic Queen. However, it had been a long time, and I’m not familiar enough with the whole Nefertiti/Tutankamun/Ramesses the Great debacle to just dive in. So I decided to read it again. My how […]

Book Review: Beautiful by Amy Reed

Posted February 9, 2012 // 5 Comments
Book Review: Beautiful by Amy Reed

I stubled across this book on B&N while I was spending my Christmas cash. After reading the little excpert they had up, I knew right away that I had to read this book. So worth my money. Initially what drew me into this was the writing. Reed’s style is absolutely phenomenal. It’s the sort I look for in my YA reads. As a genre, YA doesn’t do much for me […]

Book Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Posted February 8, 2012 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Lookit here, another one of those headless pseudo-teenagers in a nice dress with some ethereal photo effects thrown on top. Pretty cover, but also pretty standard. Same old same old. Even so, I was willing to give it a try, see what the hype was about. Though I must say, I’m getting a bit tired of books about Persephone. Why is that myth the most popular? What I Liked: Ashton’s […]

Book Review: After by Amy Efaw

Posted February 5, 2012 // 3 Comments
Book Review: After by Amy Efaw

One of my friends who’s read almost every recent contemporary YA release recommended this one to me. The concept, a baby in a trash can, sounded a bit iffy to me, and I didn’t particularly like the cover. But I gave it a go anyway. What I Liked: I loved Efaw’s choice in setting. Stadium High School is one of the coolest locations in the Puget Sound area. The building […]

Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Posted February 2, 2012 // 7 Comments
Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Picked this one up at the library, didn’t read the cover-blurb, and just took it home. I’d seen it around on Goodreads and stuff, somehow coming up with the idea that it was about mermaids. I’ve never read a mermaid book before but always wanted to. Lesson learned: read the cover-blurb, otherwise you’ll have no idea what you’re walking into. Because guess what? Starcrossed isn’t about mermaids, it’s about demigods. […]

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Club Picks

Posted January 31, 2012 // 8 Comments
Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Club Picks

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. This week’s subjects is the 10 Books I’d Pick for Book Club. (My List isn’t in any order.) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer — I think this is a book that could start all sorts of conversation, especially if you want to debate morals. […]

Book Review: And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

Posted January 28, 2012 // 1 Comment
Book Review: And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

What I Liked: The combination of historical fiction and a classic whodunit mystery was perfect. I’m sure it’s a fairly standard genre duo, but I can’t say that I’ve read many books like And Only To Deceive. Alexander did an fairly good job of highlighting the book’s historical elements while still maintaing the momentum of the mystery. Emily’s character is also pretty good. She does start out a bit silly, […]

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Male Characters I Wanted to Marry When I Was A Kid

Posted January 24, 2012 // 18 Comments
Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Male Characters I Wanted to Marry When I Was A Kid

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. This week’s subject is a freebie. (My List isn’t in any order.)   10 Male Characters I Wanted To Marry When I Was A Kid Calvin O’Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time — I found my mom’s old copy of this in a box somewhere, and […]