Genre: Paranormal

Book Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

Posted May 31, 2013 // 16 Comments
Book Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

I don’t have much to say about Insomnia. It’s not exactly a bad novel, but I wasn’t particularly impressed, either. There always seemed to be something missing from this, something I can’t quite describe but was still very present throughout the text. I certainly didn’t like Insomnia much, if at all. In this book, debut novelist J.R. Johansson tells the story of Parker, a high school student who spends his […]

Book Review: Shift by Em Bailey

Posted May 29, 2013 // 9 Comments
Book Review: Shift by Em Bailey

To say that Shift was disappointing would be an understatement. Psychological thriller, this book is not. In fact, due to the very underdeveloped nature of Bailey’s paranormal elements, I’m not quite sure what it was. Certainly, this book was underdeveloped and in need of a bit more fleshing out. The novel’s plot is pretty much what the blurb suggests, and it’s nice that there wasn’t much misrepresentation. Protagonist Olive may […]

Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Posted April 10, 2013 // 17 Comments
Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

The final book in a series comes with a lot of pressure. This is especially the case with Boundless. As the third installment in Cynthia Hand’s (almost) universally-loved trilogy, I can’t think of a reader who wasn’t anxiously waiting for the answer to the big, pressing question—will Clara choose Christian or Tucker? For myself, I was fairly nervous. The Unearthly books are the only angel books I’ve read or am […]

Book Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Posted March 15, 2013 // 11 Comments
Book Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

As other reviewers have said, readers in search of a murder mystery should not pick up Paper Valentine in hopes of an enthralling chase to unmask a serial killer. Personally, I came into this with that expectation, and it took a bit of adjustment for me to realize that Yovanoff’s story had more to do with people living their lives and going through day-to-day stuff (whilst a serial killer is […]

Book Review: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Posted March 5, 2013 // 10 Comments
Book Review: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Fans of upbeat, non-serious paranormal will doubtless love The Nightmare Affair. It’s a quick read, featuring fun characters and a unique premise, and it’s unquestionably entertaining. Of course, at the same time, Arnett’s plot construction was a bit too simplistic, the story too predictable, and the text, overall, lacked the sort of emotional depth I tend to look for in books. So there’s definitely a trade-off there. Initially, the reader […]

Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Posted March 2, 2013 // 28 Comments
Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

As a general rule, I don’t read books I know I won’t like. Much as I’m tempted, sometimes, to give in to a bad case of morbid curiosity, I don’t. Reading books I don’t enjoy isn’t fun, and writing reviews for those books isn’t fun either. It’s a no-win situation. When the reviews for Of Poseidon started circulating, about six months ago, I promptly put this book off of my […]

Book Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Posted February 28, 2013 // 9 Comments
Book Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

It all came down to this. After five books and multiple incidences of “what is going on?” from my end, the Wicked Lovely series has come to a close. And, in the end, I’m not sure how I feel about it. The way Marr tells a story doesn’t really work for me, and I wasn’t particularly satisfied with the way things ended up. EVERYONE had a happy ending (except the […]

Book Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

Posted February 27, 2013 // 14 Comments
Book Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

There’s a general sense of fangirliness among my circle of reading friends for author Karina Halle, and going into The Devil’s Metal I had very high hopes but at the same time was more than a little skeptical. Books that have only positive reviews are generally too good to be true. And generally, I’m the hypercritical reviewer who comes along to ruin the party. There were many things I didn’t […]

Book Review: Glass Heart by Amy Garvey

Posted February 25, 2013 // 8 Comments
Book Review: Glass Heart by Amy Garvey

Much like its prequel, Glass Heart is far from your typical paranormal novel, and readers should adjust their expectations accordingly. The magic these characters wield is kept low-key and subtle, and Garvey treats it more like an everyday staple than a specialty item on the menu. The major themes in this novel are family dynamics and relationship struggles—magic is a secondary, but all-consuming, background player. As a reader who likes […]

Book Review: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Posted February 20, 2013 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Though Melissa Marr was never able to match Wicked Lovely as far as overall quality goes, I think Radiant Shadows marks a definite downward turn for this series. Though this is one of the strongest concepts I’ve seen from Marr, haphazard plot construction and a case of borderline instalove left me noticing many areas that could be improved. Basically, nothing happens in Radiant Shadows until the halfway mark. It isn’t […]

Book Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Posted February 19, 2013 // 11 Comments
Book Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

There’s been a lot of buzz lately due to the fact that Kiersten White wrote the first draft of Mind Games in an astonishing 9 days. That’s pretty cool, when you think about it, and for myself, I was looking forward to this book due to my past experiences with the author. Paranormalcy and its sequels were fun, fluffy books that I liked perhaps in spite of my own better […]

Book Review: The White Devil by Justin Evans

Posted February 18, 2013 // 6 Comments
Book Review: The White Devil by Justin Evans

In my normal reading habits, I don’t read a lot of horror. I’m not an easily scared person, so it seems like a wasted genre to me. Therefore, I’m not as familiar with typical horror tropes, conventions, and plot devices as I’d like to be. Reading The White Devil by Justin Evans was a fun and entertaining, definitely creepy, informative to the time period Lord Byron lived in, and above […]