Category: Book Reviews

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Book Reviews || 3 Comments
Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

I’m normally not a fan of the “I did this. Then I did that. Then he did that. And this, that, and the other thing. *insert metaphor here*” type writing style, but I think it worked really well for Shatter Me. Juilette has been in an institution with no social contact for almost a year when she gets a new roommate. The author did a great job of showing us how nervous (and conflicted) Juliette was about this, not only because of her previous isolation, but due to her little quirk: a deadly touch.Of course, that quirk is exactly why the Reestablishment wants her on their side. The Reestablishment is suppose to be…well, reestablishing society. However, Warner, the leader, has other plans; plans that require Juliette as a secret weapon. […]

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Review: Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Posted on December 6, 2011 in Book Reviews || 3 Comments
Review: Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Don’t let the gorgeous cover fool you; this book is bizarre!” ‘Did you kill your aunt?’I ate the last bit of grilled cheese. I licked the grease from my fingers. ‘Probably.’ “And that is how Hanna meets her mother! Well, that’s certainly a great way to draw me in! From that point things just get weird. On Hanna’s first day at Portero High, she notices two peculiarities: everyone wears black (to blend in), and they all have earplugs (to keep out the calls of hungry things). Of course Hanna is supplied with earplugs by a teacher, but she only wears purple, so she sticks out like a sore thumb. Then there’s the glass statues that students group around and mourn, and the mass amount of missing person reports. Portero, Texas […]

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Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Posted on December 2, 2011 in Book Reviews || 2 Comments
Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

This book was truly amazing. The final chapter and the epilogue had me in tears. I don’t think any other book has hit me as hard as Forbidden. While this may be shelved as YA, it does deal with some heavy topics including alcoholism, neglect, and the big one…incest. That being said, this is not going to be for everyone, but I highly recommend it if you can go into it with an open-mind.Honestly, to me, the relationship between Lochan and Maya did not seem dirty and wrong. It was obvious that they truly cared about each other very intensely, but the circumstances were just wrong. The chapters alternate between the view points of Lochan and Maya, so we get to spend a lot of time in each of their […]

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Review: Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1) by Anna Godbersen

Posted on November 26, 2011 in Book Reviews || 0 Comments
Review: Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1) by Anna Godbersen

I feel like this story could have taken place in any other decade and been exactly the same. I was really hoping for more insight into the Roaring 20’s, but instead got a few mentions of flimsy, sparkling dresses and people peacefully drinking their illegal liquor. Where was the excitement and the glamor?!The writing was also pretty dense, with paragraph long sentences. By time I’d get to the period, I forgot what the sentence was about.Example 1: “By then she knew that the flaky, crescent-shaped pastries they brought in the morning were called croissants, and she had gathered–although she still hadn’t heard anything to confirm it–that the bizarre flowers filing the tall, rectangular silver vases all over the room were calla lilies, even though they were more austere and futuristic […]

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Review: Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott

Posted on November 12, 2011 in Book Reviews || 1 Comment
Review: Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott

Pure is dark and disturbing. It takes place 9 years following the detonations which destroyed the Earth, turning it into a place completely unrecognizable. Those who survived have been fused with animals, objects, the Earth itself, and with each other. All except those within the Dome, the Pures.The first 60% of this reads more like a series of events, rather than a plot driven story, but I really liked that. There’s a ton of world building and character development, and it’s truly fascinating to learn about this new world that has been created. However, there are time when these descriptions seem to veer off too far, get confusing, and don’t seem to add anything of importance.Overall, this was a great start to a new series. The ending wasn’t exactly a […]

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Review: Bound by Blood (The Garner Witch, #1) by P.A. Lupton

Posted on September 27, 2011 in Book Reviews || 0 Comments
Review: Bound by Blood (The Garner Witch, #1) by P.A. Lupton

Brianna is an empath. Meaning, unlike our dear friend Sookie Stackhouse, who can read minds and discern emotions, Brianna can only read emotions. Also unlike Miss Sookie, she can read the emotions of the dead. This can come in handy, since she’s an FBI agent. Her current case involves multiple women who have all been drained of blood ( a quick look at the genre will tell you it’s by a vampire) and who share an uncanny resemblance to Brianna.This case generates many questions for Brianna as well as the reader: Who’s killing these women and why? What is their connection to Brianna? Who is Brianna? That last one is not a philosophical question, but literally who (and what) is Brianna.This book has a very small cast of characters which […]

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Review: Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Posted on September 2, 2011 in Book Reviews || 2 Comments
Review: Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the amazing books I’ve read this week, or this book really was just bad. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and found them either irritating (Luce and Daniel) or dull (Cam and Penn). I thought the reform school scenario was an interesting change of setting from other YA paranormal romances, but unfortunately it didn’t add much to the story. This was less of a love story and more of a tale of a disturbed girl obsessing over a guy who was extremely rude to her straight off the bat, while leading on the boring, cute, nice guy. Oh, and she sees shadows which make bad things happen.I found my eyes glazing over and my brain turning to mush as I read this. But […]

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