Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you […]

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“That was the thing about magic. It was everywhere. In […]

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

‘Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and […]

Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

I had no expectations for The Lost Girl. I stumbled […]

Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

I feel a little bad for this book. I didn’t […]

Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Oh, boy. I’ve been looking forward to reading Truthwitch for […]

Review: Alice by Christina Henry

Review: Alice by Christina Henry

“‘I wish I were a Magician,’ she thought. ‘I’d find […]

Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

“I breathe in. I breathe out. The sky’s full of […]

Review: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Review: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

“‘It’s not what you think,’ the horsefly said.” A few […]

Review: Life and Death (Twilight Reimagined) by Stephenie Meyer

Review: Life and Death (Twilight Reimagined) by Stephenie Meyer

Disclaimer: I read to about 65%. Skim read to about […]

Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

There’s sabotage, scheming, and various twists enough for the bloodthirstiest and most action-hungry, and things end in a satisfying enough way to leave the future open to plenty of possibility without being too open-ended. None of it is truly new or unique (in comparison to the setting, anyway), with plenty of reliance on those familiar rehashings of the dangers of overconfidence, the importance of friends, and so on. But all of it (generally speaking) has been done before, right?

Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

Kat Kennedy Reviews Dahlia Adler’s Last Will and Testament.

Review: The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

Review: The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

  The Haunted Vagina is fucking terrible. I don’t mean […]

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

“I really enjoyed the version of Isla and the Happily Ever After that I rewrote in my head.” Kiona reviews her disappointment with Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Flynn, though, obviously knows what she is doing, and her competence helps smooth the various hurdles that she seems so fond of tangling her readers in.

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Steph read A Shade of Vampire so you don’t have you.

Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

It is short, yet memorable. Funny, yet challenging. What more could one need from something with such a delightfully ridiculous cover?

Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Despite its length, the pages turn quickly, and events move briskly enough to keep the occasional lull brief. Turning the commercialized Christmas season into a playground ripe for terror is no easy task, and Hill proves himself largely capable of the feat.

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

So, though I picked this poor novel apart, I applaud Taylor for ending it all as she did. It works. It works well. She made some interesting (some may say poor, some may not) decisions, yes, but she was kind enough to bid adieu in a manner that was both expected and unexpected, bright and dark, perfect and problematic.

Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

“Haunted” is not powerful. It is not poignant. It is not smart. It is simply a waste, and I regret reading it wholeheartedly.

Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Meg reviews Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. It’s all the best bits of scifi with a fantastic cast of characters on top.

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

Meg reviews Defy by Sara B. Larson and can’t figure out for the life of her why she read it in the first place.

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

For all of that, though, “The Book Thief” is at its core a story, and it is a good one. It touched me despite its unsettling context and emotional puppetry. Zusak is an adept writer who uses words to great effect, and I love what he has done here.

Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

“11/22/63” is not a horror story, nor a science-fiction one. It is not a thriller, nor a romance. It is a great many things, and something worth the time of King fans and general fiction readers alike.

Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Meg reviews Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, gawdy satire at its finest.