Aug 072015
 
Review: Awake

Ugh. Just ugh. I quit this book somewhere around the halfway mark, and it’s a wonder I got that far. The premise of the book is just ridiculous. The whole idea is that Scarlet has no memories before the age of 5, and this is supposed to be a big deal. Except, very few people have many, if any, memories before the age of 5. How can this possibly be the basis of an entire story plot? It just doesn’t make any sense. But I kept reading, just in case there was something extraordinary. But nope. Just some stupid instalove […]

Aug 062015
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces

I will admit that after the disappointing last book, I was a little apprehensive about this installment of Kitty’s adventure, but it turned out great. This book saw the return of the upbeat, determined, and adventurous Kitty, the one who knows right from wrong, and wants to solve a mystery, in order to help solve an issue. I was pleasantly surprised that Charlie joined her on this adventure. It was nice to see a returning character, especially one so integral to the original adventure. Kitty and Charlie have a great sibling-like relationship, and it played out very well in the […]

Aug 052015
 
Review: Proven Guilty

This book surprised me by revealing a lot about a character that Harry has a spotty past relationship with: Charity Carpenter. She’s always seemed to hate Harry without any specific reason, and this book really helped fill in the holes in that attitude. It was interesting to get to know her better, and see what motivated her attitude towards Harry. The revelations really show how far in advance the series was plotted, and how intricate everything is woven together. Charity isn’t the only female Carpenter in the book. Molly is all grown up and in serious trouble of her own. […]

Aug 042015
 
Interview with K.C. Tansley

If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say? Prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally #timetravels to 1886 Connecticut to solve a #murdermystery and break a #curse. #YA #TGWIG What books have influenced your writing? I love Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade trilogy. I get pulled in by an action-packed book with supernatural beings and an underlying mystery. I am also a huge fan of cozy mysteries with paranormal elements like Paige Shelton’s Country Cooking School Mysteries. I adored Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’m a […]

Aug 032015
 
Review: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

This was a fun paranormal story with lots of action packed into every page. There are ghosts, a family curse, an unsolved murder, and time travel. So much stuff, but it never felt tangled or rushed. The plot was the highlight of the story, but the characters were fun too. I liked the focus on Kat and Evan. They were a good contrast, and I loved the hints at something between them. It struck just the right balance between sweet and teenaged awkward. There were a few developments right near the end that I didn’t care as much about, but […]

Aug 022015
 
July 2015 in review

I have been feeling out of sorts all month. It actually started just before my vacation in June, and doesn’t seem to be going away. I’m finding it extremely difficult to write reviews, and I’ve barely been reading at all. Everything just feels all wrong. I’ve had slumps before, both reading and review writing, but this one seems the worst ever. It seems to be a spiral as I’m not motivated to write the reviews in my backlog, and I don’t want to read and create more of a backlog. So round and round I go with no books and […]

Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

Jul 222015
 
Review: The Memory Game

This was a sad story, but one that really grew on me. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting to David because he was quite a jerk. Even as a ghost, he seemed to have little compassion or empathy for anyone else. But this changed slowly as the book progressed. It’s too bad David didn’t mature until after he was dead, but I guess it’s better late than never. All my sympathy was with Bethany. She led a hard life, with a horrible father. Every glimpse into her life brought more pain. The ending is what made the […]

Jul 212015
 
Review: Agents of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel

I want to like this, but I didn’t. It felt like the story was trying too hard to be funny, and ended up failing. There was too much college frat boy humour for me to enjoy, and once you removed the humour, the story fell apart. I read more than half of the story, but it just didn’t keep me interested enough to continue.

Jul 072015
 
Review: Those Girls

These girls are seriously cursed. And this book is seriously awesome, in a totally scary, uncomfortable, left me bawling on the ferry in public, kind of way. Do I need to back up here a bit? No way. I read this as quick as I could because it was entirely captivating and thrilling, but I don’t really want to relive it. Why? Because those girls went through hell, and I have no wish to go through it with them again. If anything could go wrong, it did. Think of your worst nightmare, and then double it. *shudder* I’ll never look […]