Jun 122015
 
Review: Shadow Scale

I feel so sad because I didn’t love this book. I really loved the first one, and this sequel has been so well received by everyone else, but I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. I found it slow and boring, and the best part was that I finished it. When I read the first book, I was very intrigued with the characters in Seraphina’s garden, wanting to learn more about them. This book is really all about those other characters, which I appreciated. It was interesting to see how Seraphina’s images and names tied into […]

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 […]

May 142015
 
Review: Being Emily

This is such a powerful story about a girl born in a boy’s body. The reader really gets to journey with Christopher as she fights to become Emily. It felt like an insider view to a very personal and emotional struggle. I liked that the focus was on the psychological side, with Emily learning to embrace herself, and really coming to terms with the person she wants to be. The story is primarily about Emily, but I really like the addition of Claire. Her character wasn’t just a vehicle to push education about transgender issues, she was fully developed with […]

Apr 232015
 
Review: Suspected

The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology. The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy. Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types […]

Apr 202015
 
Review: The Lair

Ugh. Just ugh. Where I loved the first book in this series due to its portrayal of an autistic character, this book read like a cliched teenaged angtsy relationship. It felt like all Lily and Carter did was whine about their relationship. How loving each other put them both at risk. How they couldn’t act responsibly or logically if they were near each other. And yet neither wanted to be apart. It was just all so overblown. I was most disappointed in the developments of Mel’s character. Being turned into a vampire “cured” her autism, and I found it almost […]

Apr 132015
 
Review: The Truth About Alice

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw details before its publication. I finally got to it, and in audiobook format even, and I’m so glad. This is an extremely powerful story. There are several things that greatly annoyed me, including the ending, but without spoilers, it’s hard to talk about any of it. Even though some parts made me angry, the fact that I felt such forceful emotions speaks volumes about the book. The audiobook has several narrators, one for each of the characters telling the story. It’s not often I listen to full cast narrations, […]

Apr 082015
 
Review: The Private School Murders

Normally I start audiobook reviews talking about the story, and put my thoughts on the narration at the end, but in this case, it’s the narration that really stands out to me. I doubt the narrator is actually a teenaged girl, but the voice fits perfectly. It sounds like a slightly snobby, privileged teenager girl who is struggling with rebuilding her life and her self. It’s just so believable. Getting to the story, I liked a number of the mysteries that Tandy helped to solve, although there was one big element I greatly didn’t enjoy. The whole obsession about James. […]

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 […]

Mar 172015
 
Review: Magic Study

It’s been almost a year since I read the first book in the series, but this book made it so easy to slip back into the world and characters. It felt very smooth, with just the right amount of recap. I found it interesting that the focus of this book is so different from the first. In this one, Yelena meets her family and basically goes to school to learn how to control her magic. It was an interesting development, and one that opened up a whole new range of issues, along with ones that continued from book one. I […]

Mar 092015
 
Review: Mortal Heart

I really enjoyed this ending book of the trilogy. It was incredibly sweet and romantic. Not at all what I’d expect from a series about assassin nuns, but when I look back at the series overall, there was a lot of romance, and it was all handled really well. Something that I didn’t really pick up while reading, but seems obvious looking back is the symbolism of the titles. It really speaks to the purpose of each book, and what portion of the god is revealed. It is a really nice touch to have such meaningful titles. The high point […]