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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Jul 252014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Midnight Thief

I’d been looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I was counting down the days until it came out, but I ended underwhelmed. The plot is actually pretty interesting and as I was reading it I was thinking, I should be engrossed by this, I should be on the edge of my seat, but I never got there. The writing in this book is very simplistic, and I didn’t get a real sense of personality or voice from it. There weren’t any clever turns of phrase, no attitude in the narration at all. When I’m reading […]

Jul 112014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Ruin and Rising

The third book in a series always has a lot to do. Plot threads need to be wrapped up, the bad guy needs to be dealt with, romances need to be resolved. Maybe that’s why I always feel a little let down by final instalments in a series. There so much the book need to cover, it rarely gives completely satisfying closure. That’s why this book really surprised me. It did a great job of wrapping up everything with the primary characters. There wasn’t a ton of action in the book, but I still enjoyed the story. Actually, I was […]

Jun 262014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Nameless

After tearing through Wayfarer, which was the second book in this series (I accidently read it out of order) I was really excited to read Nameless. I wasn’t disappointed. This one is very loosely based on Snow White. Cami, the main character, doesn’t remember where she came from and she struggles to feel like she belongs in her family and still wants to know what happened to her in her past. This series features one of the more interesting, weird systems of magic I’ve seen. Cami was adopted by the Family, which are, as close as I can tell, mafia […]

Jun 132014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would. Once the story really got going, it was captivating and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end wondering how everything was going to turn out. It was also impressive that the book had eleven sisters who managed to have, if not totally developed personalities, at least enough unique character traits for each sister that I knew which one was which, and I cared about what happened to all of them. Particularly, I ended up very invested in the romance between Josephine […]

Jun 062014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Wayfarer

There were lots of things to like about Wayfarer. I’m a fan of reinventing fairy tales, and this one is definitely puts an original twist on Cinderella. Her take on the fairy god mother was fantastic. The book is dark and funny at the same time, and I really enjoyed the author’s quirky and descriptive writing style. Ell as a character is likeable, despite the fact that sometimes she misreads things so badly I just want to shake her. I ended up liking the fact that she was determined and trying to do things on her own. Also, I think […]