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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Review: Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Posted on August 26, 2011 in Book Reviews || 0 Comments
Review: Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

The page count on this seems intimidating, but I enjoyed every word of Outlander. I was expecting to hit a few parts which would just drag on and bore me, but that wasn’t then case at all. Even though every page didn’t have action or romance, it was always interesting. The pacing was just right, and I felt like the story unfolded very naturally. Nothing was forced or rushed, or added gratuitously.The romance between Claire and Jamie was not at all what I was expecting. In fact, at a few points it made me a bit uncomfortable. But I did enjoy how different it was; it kept it from being just another novel romance.If I had to sum this book up in a single word, it would be epic. There […]

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Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Posted on August 22, 2011 in Book Reviews || 2 Comments
Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I picked this up not knowing a single thing about it other than the title and that it has a pretty yellow and purple cover. At first I was quite put off by Aibileen’s opening chapters, with the broken English and heavy accent, but once I got into the story it all started to flow nicely. The language chosen for Aibileen soon made her a more distinct and real character, rather than a minor annoyance.I’ve said this in other reviews, and I’ll say it again, I absolutely love reading multiple POVs! I felt that this book was an exceptionally strong example of multiple POVs done right. It gave great insight in how each of these three women felt about the events taken place around them. I found myself completely invested […]

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Review: Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil, #1) by Patricia Eimer

Posted on August 17, 2011 in Book Reviews || 0 Comments
Review: Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil, #1) by Patricia Eimer

What do you get when you combine a less than evil daughter of Satan, her spoiled siblings, brother-in-law who has “fallen up,” inept succubus roommate, crazy mortal mother, Satan himself, a hunky lawyer across the hall, the ghost of a dead doctor, and a stalker? One wacky mystery, a little bit of romance, and the family reunion from Hell!This was a very fun read, but was also quite predictable. Some plot points mysteriously disappeared after the initial set up, which bothered me a bit, but it was nothing too important. Over all, I enjoyed this one, but was left feeling a bit disappointed.

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