After a much more enjoyable experience with Frostbite, listening to it on audiobook, I continued on with the series in this format as soon as I could. Now, Shadow Kiss gets a fair amount of hype for being the strongest in the series, which is particularly tied to a heartbreaking, shocking plot twist at the end of the book. Unfortunately for me, that twist was spoiled by an uncivilized human being thing on Goodreads who decided to ALL CAPS their outrage over that twist in their review, without spoiler tags – just two sentences to tell everyone WHAT happened and that they couldn’t believe it. […]
Those of you who’ve been around for a bit longer may remember my adventures in reading Vampire Academy as a vampire hater, practically on a dare. Though I found the overall experience likable enough, I wasn’t exactly over the moon enough to binge the series right away – and I certainly didn’t understand the hype. But this is where a different format can totally come in to save the day! I’m SO glad I decided to listen to this on audio. It has multiple benefits for me. First, I didn’t feel like I was spending that much time or concentration on it because I could […]
M.A. Larson’s debut novel, Pennyroyal Academy, is a charming middle grade story (with some crossover appeal to young adult readers) that is sure to delight readers with its fairy tale lore, magic, and mystery. At the end of the day, this short little story just left me wanting… a bit more. I will say that I was instantly intrigued by the main character. At the beginning of the book, she didn’t even know who she was. She had no name – but one goal in her mind: to join the Pennyroyal Academy. Once there, she finds it’s a school that trains girls (and one boy […]
After reading Eon for book club and unanimously loving it, we decided to read Eona as well, so hopefully we could gush more and more about this amazing high fantasy duology. Now, while 3.5 oranges is not a BAD rating and Eona is not a BAD book, this was disappointing to me in several ways… unfortunately. It did not live up to the high expectations instilled in me after its predecessor. But let’s start off with the good: the world building is still absolutely incredible. It’s so carefully crafted with the Japanese and Chinese mythological elements. The magic is layered and extremely intriguing to read […]
Eon is a Chinese mythology-inspired fantasy story involving dragons and genderbending, so obviously when I heard about it, it went on my GAH-MUST-HAVE-THIS-NOW list. Due to its length, I needed some extra persuasion to actually read it, but that’s when I can always count on book club. I breezed through and absolutely adored this story. Right off the bat I’ll just say that while this book is a daunting 530 pages, it doesn’t feel like it at all. It reads so easily that you just blaze through the pages and soon are at the ending begging for more. It has a lot to do, I […]
When I decided to try out more historical fiction, the one young adult series that kept getting recommended was Katherine Longshore’s Tudor-inspired books. High ratings all around, and who can resist a good Tudor book? Gilt centers on Catherine Howard’s reign which make my relationship with this book a bit strained, but I did still enjoy it.
WARNING: This review contains spoilers. I’ve hidden the big ones. Proceed at your own risk. I think The 5th Wave was the most hyped up non-sequel book of 2013. In my opinion, at least, it definitely was. (Well there’s These Broken Stars too, but I think The 5th Wave was bigger.) As I am writing this, my friend average on Goodreads is 4.04. I… how… I… no. The hype train can kindly go fuck itself and get the hell out of my life forever and always. As you may have noticed by now, and by my rating, I am not a fan. And it wasn’t […]
One of my goals for 2014 was to finally read some historical fiction. I don’t know what held me back from the genre, to be honest. I eat up historical fiction movies and TV series and adore them, but it never really occurred to me that I could also read some. Anyway. Enter A Mad, Wicked Folly. It popped up on my radar because of the lovely Christina and Gillian. Their reviews got me extremely pumped, and the synopsis sounded awesome, so I was all for it. It went on my most anticipated 2014 debuts list, and I even pre-ordered a copy. When it got […]