May 242013
 
Review: The Silver Ninja

I gave up reading this book part way through because I couldn’t handle the main character anymore. Cindy is not a likable character. She is obsessed with her physical strength. Her relationship with her husband and sister are both unhealthy: she hits her husband, and has a vicious rivalry with her sister. Knowing that the story was supposed to be about Cindy’s fight to avoid becoming a villain, I found her to be a villain without anything happening to her. I found the dialogue in the story to be unrealistic. Several times I found myself thinking that people won’t talk […]

Sep 142012
 
Blade Song

Blade Song by JC Daniels Source: Review copy from Shiloh Walker, Inc via Netgalley Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake. So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money. Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or […]

Aug 282012
 
Stormdancer

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff Source: Review copy from Thomas Dunne Books via Netgalley Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website A DYING LAND The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever. AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder […]

Aug 202012
 
The Stone Girl

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B Sheinmel Source: review copy from Alfred A. Knopf BFYR via Netgalley Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website She feels like a creature out of a fairy tale; a girl who discovers that her bones are really made out of stone, that her skin is really as thin as glass, that her hair is brittle as straw, that her tears have dried up so that she cries only salt. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt when she presses hard enough to begin bleeding: it doesn’t hurt, because she’s not real anymore. Sethie Weiss is hungry, a […]

Aug 152012
 
Wilde's Fire

Wilde’s Fire by Krystal Wade Source: Review copy from publisher via Netgalley Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website “There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.”—Katriona Wilde. Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in […]

Aug 072012
 
January First

January First: A Child’s Descent Into Madness And Her Father’s Struggle To Save Herby Michael Schofield  Source: Review copy for Crown Trade via Netgalley Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Jani’s Facebook page A brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir, January First is the extraordinary story of a father’s fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity. At six years old, Michael Schofield’s daughter, January, was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of child-onset schizophrenia that doctors had ever seen. In January’s case, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time […]

Jul 202012
 
Rape Girl

Rape Girl by Alina KleinSource: Review copy from publisher via NetgalleyLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl. But not the rape girl. That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it. Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers. The real truth is, nothing will ever be the […]

Jun 222012
 
Worldsoul

Worldsoul (Worldsoul Trilogy #1) by Liz Williams Source: Review copy from Prime Books via NetgalleyLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world? Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die—or to flourish and rise again. Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein, but they have gone missing and no one knows why. The city is also being attacked with lethal flower-bombs from […]

Jun 082012
 
The Department of Magic

The Department of Magic by Rod Kirkegaard JrSource: Review copy from Curiosity Quills Press via NetgalleyLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Book on Facebook It’s hate at first sight. Jasmine Farah and Rocco di Angelo are competing for the same job in a dusty office in a secret Federal agency run by the mysterious, menacing Jefferson Davis Crawley – “Creepy” Crawley, as he’s known. When Crawley is murdered in front of them after their first day on the job, Jasmine and Rocco are left to figure out who killed their new boss, and exactly what a job in the so-called Department of Magic […]

Jun 062012
 
Existence

Existence by David BrinSource: Review copy from Tor Books via NetgalleyLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.” Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that […]