Category: Reviews

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore Review

Posted February 22, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 2 Comments
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore Review

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore My rating: 5 of 5 stars Publisher: Delacorte Press Length: 416 pgs Series: Goodnight Family #1 Format: Hardcover, borrowed from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn’t as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that “normal” doesn’t mix with magic, and she’s worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life. Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard […]


Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Review

Posted February 19, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Review

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor My rating: 4 of 5 stars Publisher: Little Brown Length: 513 pgs Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2 Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world. Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: […]


The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Review

Posted February 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Review

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory My rating: 3 of 5 stars Publisher: Touchstone, 2006 Length: 390 pgs Series: The Tudor Court #1 Format: Paperback, borrowed from my Grandmother.  Find it on Amazon here Goodreads Synopsis: “I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known…and I will be Queen of England.” Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess […]


Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Posted February 10, 2014 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Angelfall by Susan Ee My rating: 4 of 5 stars Publisher: Feral Dream, 2011 Length: 282 pgs Series: Penryn & The End of Days, Book #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Onyx

Posted August 5, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Onyx

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was the book of the summer that had me reading in every inappropriate place and circumstance: parked in parking lots instead of going into stores, in the bathroom, while waiting for other people to use the bathroom, when I had guests, and basically every other moment when I should have been doing something else. I was addicted. I was shocked. I’ve noticed a trend in YA novels that the second book in the series tends to disappoint the most (for example, the introduction of the inevitable love […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Posted July 24, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I heard about this book for the first time, it was not from all the hype it has apparently received from readers of the YA genre. I was guided to it by a whimsical YA-novel specialist who worked at my (then) local independent bookstore. I told her that I was in my twenties but still loved reading YA, yet found some of the options to be way too youthful, in terms of oversimplified writing, plot devices that made me want to roll my eyes, and […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Obsidian

Posted June 27, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Obsidian

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m so glad to have been pleasantly surprised with this YA series. I was starting to loose hope that maybe I was getting too old for the genre, because I hadn’t read a series that I had really, really loved in a long time. But Obsidian really captivated me, and I’m anxiously awaiting for the next two books to arrive on the library hold shelf for me. I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t impressed. First of all, Daemon was (and still is) a HUGE jerk. It seemed overdone. […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Boundless

Posted June 8, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Boundless

Boundless by Cynthia Hand My rating: 3 of 5 stars (3.5 out of 5 stars) I had this book waiting on my desk to read for a while, thinking, this will be a fantastic, enjoyable read, no problem. I had read the two previous novels in the series and had really liked them (as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a total sucker for angel/fallen angel books). And while this book does deliver at the ends, the first half was a real slough to get through. Since the first half of the book was relatively disappointing (at least for the standards I […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Girl of Nightmares

Posted June 4, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m glad I picked this sequel up because it’s really what a sequel should be- focused on tying up loose ends from the previous book and finishing the story rather than presenting a bunch of new plot lines. Girl of Nightmares is a quick, fun read, just like it’s predecessor, offering the same witty narrative and endearing characters as Anna Dressed in Blood . The sequel follows the aftermath of Anna disappearing into (what is assumed to be but is really open to interpretation) “hell” with the ghost […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted May 30, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky My rating: 5 of 5 stars There’s so much to say about this book it’s hard to know where to begin, or where to end for that matter. I never read this book in high school, though it would ironically always be that one book that people claimed to have read (by choice) and loved, often times it seemed for the sake of having “read” it, almost as a status symbol. Having read this for the first time in my later college years, I definitely see how much of the issues […]