Nov 032015
 
Martin Reviews: Undermajordomo Minor

. A castle and the town under its shadow is the setting for Patrick deWitt’s latest novel, Undermajordomo Minor (Ecco, 2015). It is in this alpine landscape where Lucien Minor (Lucy), deWitt’s protagonist, is provided all the requisite tests of adulthood and where deWitt loots the motifs of the Romantic coming-of-age tale to produce a rollicking, modern work. We join the seventeen-year-old Lucy as he leaves home for his new job as an under-servant at the castle Von Aux. After an exchange of farewells with his mother, he sets off down the road and soon finds the opportunity to sit […]

Jun 102015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Queen

I picked up this book because I thought it would be a light, entertaining read that would be engaging, but wouldn’t leave me an emotion wreck or anything. Unfortunately, it just made me mad by how light this thing really was. Red Queen is a mashup of all the YA books that have come before it, without adding any interesting twists. The beginning is very similar to The Hunger Games. The main character is in the middle of doing an illegal activity that she’s been forced to do because Oppressive Society (In Hunger Games Katniss is hunting, in this book […]

Apr 022015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Golden Son

It took me a long, long time to write a review for this book because it left me with such a book hangover. It was very, very good, and it was so easy to get caught up in the story. But the ending was just crushing. Really good. But crushing. Golden Son picks up two years after Red Rising ended. Darrow is just finishing up at the Academy, which is sort of like the Institute from the first book, only with space ships. And like the Institute, the Academy isn’t lessons in class so much as it is war games […]

Feb 192015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Stitching Snow

Initially I liked this book. The setup was good, the world building was interesting, and the action starts right away. At the onset the main character, Essie, is introduced as a tough, no nonsense girl with serious fighting skills and limited social skills. Which is fine, it’s just I’ve seen this type of main character so many times. It doesn’t feel very fresh to me anymore. But I was willing to let that go because hey, maybe her character would develop more so she’d feel more unique. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen for me. As the book went on, Essie’s character […]

Jan 222015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Rising

This is a gritty, dark story. There are no punches pulled in this novel. It makes The Hunger Games look like a sweet, bedtime story. I’ve read quite a few YA dystopian novels, and this one blows them all away. It’s more like Game of Thrones than any young adult novel I’ve read. Red Rising is definitely one of those books that pulled me in and took over my head for a few days. The book is about Darrow, who gets recruited to join a rebellion after the death of a loved one. He’s the strong and silent type, but […]

Nov 202014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Job

This is the third installment in this particular series, and this one is definitely consist with the first two. It’s a light hearted but well-written story about some cons who con the bad guys. It’s full of action, exotic locations, designer brands, and multiple capers. It’s fun, easy reading. Personally, I tend to get very emotionally invested in books. Will the two leads get together in the end? Will the bad guy get away? Is everything going to work out?!? It’s bad. I routinely look at the end of a book before I get there to see how things are […]

Nov 062014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Curse Giver

I wasn’t expecting much when I got this book. The cover looked a little like a corny romance novel, but I was going on vacation and I figured why not try it. By the second page I knew I was going to love this book. The action gets going right away and once it starts it really doesn’t drag. It was one of those stories where you just had to see how it was all going to work out, or if it was going to work out, even if it meant reading into the early hours of the morning. The […]

Oct 022014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Thorn

This book is based on The Goose Girl, a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. I sort of wish I’d known that going in, because after doing some research it seems like some of the plot points that felt a little random were actually part of the fairy tale and that’s probably why they were included. Anyway, the first few chapter of this book were so interesting, I was drawn right in. The writing is strong, the world is interesting, and it felt relatively unique compared to other fantasy novels I’ve read. These first chapters introduce Princess Alyrra’s (AKA Thorn) family, who […]

Sep 122014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Fire Wish

I’d been waiting for this one for a while and I think it really delivered. The writing is good, the story is exciting, and the worldbuilding is creative. Half of this book is set in Baghdad, the other half in the jinni’s caverns. The two unusual settings made the book really feel different from anything I’ve read in YA recently. All the little details, from what people are wearing to what houses looked like, were really interesting and add a richness to the story. The plot moved along pretty fast and I never found myself bored with the story. The […]

Aug 282014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception has a really corny title and it doesn’t exactly break new ground as far as fantasy novels go, but it was still a solid read. The writing is enjoyable and it’s easy to get sucked into the story. For the first seventy percent of this book I really couldn’t put it down. The best thing this plot has going for it is a pretty big twist I really didn’t see coming that made me go back and see the story in a whole new light. Normally I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but I […]