Book Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Posted January 23, 2012 // 12 Comments
Book Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I haven’t been quite so surprised by a book in a long time. The back cover for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo mentions investigating a murder. It doesn’t say anything about what the book’s actually about, which is a lot touchier, scarier, and just plain more interesting than a simple cold case. Which should have been a given. The first half of the book is unspeakably slow-moving and boring. […]

Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

Posted January 21, 2012 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

There are a great many books out there that follow the same basic premise as Russian Winter. Two connected story-lines, one in the present day, one in the past. I’ve read only a few of these sort of books, but this one blows all others out of the water. First off, the balance between modern-day America and Soviet Russia was perfect. Both sides of the story were wonderfully developed, the […]

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Posted January 20, 2012 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I read a lot of 1-star reviews for the The Goddess Test that made me laugh out loud. I also read a lot of good reviews that gushed about the awesomeness of this book. Because I have a great abhorrence for the popular trend of modernizing/retelling Greek myths, I didn’t think I would like this book, but I was willing to give it a try. Characterization is really important to me […]

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Posted January 18, 2012 // 10 Comments
Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Paranormal romance has never been my genre. I don’t care for vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, ghosts, demons or mythological figures. However, I’ve decided that 2012 is the year I step out of my comfort zone, so I decided to give an angel book a try. Plus, Unearthly was a 99 cent ebook. Surprisingly, Unearthly was actually a very good book.The first thing that stood out to me was Hand’s writing; it […]

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Posted January 18, 2012 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

In the end, this series really came down to Peeta. It says a lot that the big, stand-out aspect of a world-famous, internationally bestselling trilogy is one soft-spoken Prince Charming of a Mary Sue. But in all honesty, Peeta was the reason I kept reading. I also really liked the super-cheesy happily-ever-after ending. Had things about this book been different, I wouldn’t have liked it, but the book being as […]

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Posted January 16, 2012 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I like Peeta. I like him a lot. In fact, he’s probably the only character I really and truly like without reservations, which makes me feel a bit bad because he’s a Mary Sue. But, eh… Everyone needs a little bit of Prince Charming in their life, right?The first two thirds of this book were very slow with little to no action, but the last third got a lot better, […]

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted January 14, 2012 // 9 Comments
Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The first thing that stood out to me was the world-building. If you will allow me an indulgent comparison, I’ll explain. Veronica Roth’s Divergent is widely being hailed as the next Hunger Games. It’s very obvious to me that Ms Roth took a great deal of inspiration from The Hunger Games. I won’t go into the similarities, but they’re there, and at times they almost verge on copy-cating. However, the […]

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted January 11, 2012 // 10 Comments
Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I’ve heard enough praise for this book to fill it reams of paper. It seems like everone’s obsessed with it. Apparently, it was the most popular book of 2011. Because of all the hype, I went into this book expecting to hate it. What I Liked: For one, the writing. Roth’s writing isn’t flashy or super image-heavy like Lauren DeStefano’s or Tahereh Mafi’s, but it gets the job done. Was […]

Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

Posted January 10, 2012 // 5 Comments
Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

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 Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book. (My List isn’t in any order.)     1. Markus Zusak: Seriously, go read this guy’s stuff. The Book Thief is good, but I Am The Messenger will leave you like…stunned and […]

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Posted January 8, 2012 // 15 Comments
Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Morgenstern wrote this with using a style of writing that would be fitting for a middle-grade book. As such, it was extremely easy to read and understand. I think that overall, this worked for her, though it may have added to the reasons I didn’t like to the book on a deeper level. The descriptions in this book are absolutely beautiful. This author has a real knack for imagery, and […]

Book Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Posted January 7, 2012 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

The era was an immediate draw for me. I was excited to read anything set in the Empire City around this timeframe, and for the most part, I feel that Hieber did a good job of presenting the period and the social structure of the time. The “magic” aspect was fairly well done, too. The broad generalizations made me cringe at times, but for those not really aware, it would […]

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Posted January 7, 2012 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

This is a tough book. It’s tough to read about, and I’m sure it was tough to write. The subject isn’t nice or pretty, but for the most part I feel that Donoghue handled it fairly well. For the most part. Telling this story from the point of view of a five-year old was a bold move, one that if not handled correctly might have made the novel come off […]