Genre: Paranormal

Book Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted September 22, 2014 // 8 Comments
Book Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

My past experience with Kate Karyus Quinn told me to expect the strange, and that’s exactly what I got. (Don’t You) Forget About Me is a weird YA paranormal/mystery/horror book that has readers asking questions all the way up until “The End”—and it does so very well. Readers who enjoy the weird and different should look into Quinn’s novels, especially this one. The story takes place in Gardnerville, a magical […]

Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Posted September 3, 2014 // 4 Comments
Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Rich in history and culture, Yangsze Choo’s debut novel, The Ghost Bride, is a wholly unique blend of historical fiction and the paranormal. Through the eyes of protagonist, Li Lan, the reader is taken on a tour through 19th century Malaysia and the Chinese underworld. This is a gorgeously-written, imaginative novel that really stands out from the pack. Opening in 1893 Malacca, Choo introduces readers to Li Lan, the daughter of […]

Book Review: The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

Posted November 9, 2013 // 3 Comments
Book Review: The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

For me, The Murmurings is one of those reads that you can’t take too seriously. Suspension of disbelief is important, and you can’t get too caught up in logic and technicalities. Saying that sounds ridiculous. In order to enjoy a book, you shouldn’t have to turn your brain off. A truly amazing book will do well under close scrutiny—it may, even, become better, as you look at the author’s intent […]

Book Review: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Posted September 20, 2013 // 12 Comments
Book Review: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

For the first time, I’ve finished a Brenna Yovanoff novel completely detached from the story and characters. Though The Space Between can brag a truly different storyline and the author’s trademark imagery, I found this book unmemorable and dry, as by the end I was more or less apathetic to what was happening to the main couple. Daphne is the daughter of fallen angel Lucifer and demon Lilith. She’s grown up […]

Book Review: Thin Space by Jody Casella

Posted September 11, 2013 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Thin Space by Jody Casella

I think the only thing I can say about Thin Space is that it’s boring. The entire book was an emotionless trudge through stale words and and badly-executed (but decent) plot developments. I felt absolutely nothing for this book, and it’s really a shame, because I think Jody Casella’s idea was a good one, but the book itself isn’t good at all. The book is about Marsh, whose twin brother […]

Book Review: Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Posted September 9, 2013 // 5 Comments
Book Review: Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

If I were to briefly summarize my thoughts on this book, I’d say that the story propositioned in the jacket copy was far superior to the novel itself. Delia’s Shadow promises a lot in the beginning, but I never felt that it delivered. This was a disappointment for sure, and I found it boring and unengaging much of the time. Firstly, I’m not sure that Moyer managed to accomplish the […]

Book Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

Posted August 26, 2013 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

As much as I loved The Demon Lover and The Water Witch, I’m afraid that I found the conclusionary installment in the series to be a bit of a disappointment. Probably, The Angel Stone is just as good its predecessors (better, actually, since this one has a definitive plot); however, I found that—literally—the magic was missing from Juliet Dark’s storytelling. For me, much of the draw behind the Fairwick Chronicles […]

Book Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abé

Posted August 5, 2013 // 15 Comments
Book Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abé

Really, how you feel about The Deepest Night depends on whether or not you were a fan of The Sweetest Dark. Shana Abé’s storytelling is very consistent, meaning that if you liked the one, you’ll probably like the other. In a world where so often Second Book Syndrome is an unavoidable affliction, I was really pleased with this book as a whole. The plot is basically what’s suggested in the […]

Book Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Posted July 5, 2013 // 10 Comments
Book Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Coming away from this book, I can honestly say that In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a wholly unique book, that it’s worth reading, has a wonderful storyline, and that, for reasons I can’t quite explain, I didn’t love it like I know I should have. I’m honestly baffled by my reaction to this book, and I honestly have very little to say about it, one way or another. In […]

Book Review: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

Posted June 19, 2013 // 17 Comments
Book Review: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

Some books start off on such a lovely note—The Sweetest Dark did. The prologue hooked me with the author’s phenomenal prose, and as the story unfolded I was impressed with the world-building (or whatever we call it), and thought the story was interesting. But then, alas, Abé threw a highly unbelievable situation into the last 30 pages, and the only response I could muster was a disappointed headshake. More on […]

Book Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Posted June 10, 2013 // 19 Comments
Book Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

The combination of historical fiction and paranormal fiction is one of my favorites, and it’s been a successful one, as bestselling author Libba Bray can attest to. In Born of Illusion, Teri Brown deftly handles the task of writing a multi-genre young adult novel, and she does it in a way that I found to be quite enjoyable. I didn’t think Born of Illusion was a perfect read, but it […]

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Posted June 1, 2013 // 21 Comments
Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

This book is, well…it’s different. Different in many, many good ways, but different in some bad ways as well. Libba Bray, as I well know from my experience with A Great and Terrible Beauty and its sequels, is a wonderful writer who can truly create a haunting, gothic atmosphere in her stories; The Diviners did not disappoint me in regards to quality of prose and creepy factor. Characters, additionally, were […]