I should have known there’d be trouble in paradise when […]
Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ll be brief. The problem with The Raven Boys was […]
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
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: Room by Emma Donoghue
Think of “Room” as an experiment of sorts. It isn’t a lengthy or overly demanding piece, despite the hesitant progress and rereading that comes with its opening chapters and initially distracting presentation. It is the sort of book that, regardless of one’s final opinion, will stick to the back of the consciousness for days afterward, demanding contemplation and consideration.
Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby
I definitely don’t venture into the realm of contemporary YA […]
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: 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
It is doubtful that one will truly like every piece found here, but so too is it unlikely that one will dislike them all. The important thing to note is that the highs and lows are evenly spread throughout and for the most part mild in their permutations, and should consequently ensure an engaging reading experience from beginning to end.
Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Though it ends with a (fairly ridiculous) cliffhanger, “The Magicians” isn’t near captivating enough to make it a story worth rereading or immediately following up on.
Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Ultimately, this is a story about the humans (those on both sides of the great mortality debate) that live in a dangerous world and how they find peace within it. There’s plenty of violence thrown in, of course, but it never feels excessive or pointless. Instead, it helps further the story and give depth to the characters and their actions.
Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Kat Kennedy reviews Warm Bodies – blah, blah, blah, you know the drill, right?
Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
It may not be an enjoyable reading experience, but I believe that “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is an important one.
Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This is a wonderful first installment in what will likely prove to be an incredible series, and it pains me to know how relatively unknown it is at present.
Review: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
It’s quirky, well-written, smart, witty, and emotional. It has everything that a certain other book with a rather similar name does not have.
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Don’t read this. Not even as a joke. It’s just not worth it.
Review: Fear by Michael Grant
“Fear,” while not perfect, is a powerful and altogether brilliant sequel that promises an incredible end to an incredible series.
Review: Plague by Michael Grant
To be honest, I feel that this series may have peaked with “Lies.” While “Plague” is an excellent follow-up, it feels more like a maintainer than an innovator, keeping the quality of the story steady instead of enhancing it. Rather than significantly improving upon the aspects of its predecessors, as the last two books have done, this installment keeps the status quo.
Review: Lies by Michael Grant
A much thinner read than its predecessors, Grant’s third offering packs so much excellence into every page that any possibility of the shorter length being a hindrance to the storytelling is crushed within the first few chapters. It may not be long, but it’s a damn good story.
Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos
This review may contain spoilers. And by may, I mean […]
Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
“Imaginary Girls” is not a book for everyone. Some will love it. Some will hate it. It certainly is unique, however, and that alone makes it worth your time.
Review: Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Kat Kennedy reads and fangirls over Zoe Marriott’s Shadows on the Moon. Come check out why.
Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
“The Snow Child” is simply one of those books that really cannot be adequately captured in words that come from someone other than the author, I think, and any attempt to do so too extensively will kill the magic that is imbued within it.
Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
So, yeah: I liked “Shatter Me.” It has plenty of teeth-grinding stupidity, but I certainly don’t dislike it as much as many others seem to. I think that Ms. Mafi shows a great deal of promise, and I’ll be reading the rest of the trilogy to see if she can overcome her issues and smooth out those rough edges.
Review: Hunger by Michael Grant
Lengthier, grander in scope, and significantly darker than the already mature “Gone,” the second installment in Grant’s ambitious series is a marvelous sequel that is much better than its predecessor.
Review: Gone by Michael Grant
Thankfully, however, “Gone” manages to be just about as good as I remember. Sure, there are some things that irk me, and they had enough of a presence in my reading experience that I was forced to give this one a relatively mediocre score, rather than the perfect five stars that I had hoped to bestow. But what Grant does right far outshines the little issues, and that makes this book worthwhile, despite its flaws.
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