Monthly Archives: February 2014

Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) by Rachel Bach

I have to admit, I am very impressed that author Rachel Bach not only managed to meet the fun and excitement of the first book but also to keep the momentum going. The romance, that honestly felt tacked onto an … Continue reading

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker is a solid story with a complex and well described world. Yet oddly enough, this never gripped me – I was reminded so much of authors such as Homer Hickman who write about boys coming of age with … Continue reading

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Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood feels like a very big missed opportunity. Complete lack of worldbuilding, a shallow and unlikeable protagonist, huge leaps of logic, and too much borrowed from the Hunger games (in particular) makes this a really second rate YA … Continue reading

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Moth and Spark

Moth and Spark was an interesting read: a mature, intelligent, Austen-influenced romance in the middle bookended by solid fantasy at the beginning and end. Unlike so many of the books written in either of those genres, the decisions made by … Continue reading

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Alabaster: Pale Horse by Caitlin R Kiernan, Daniel Chabon

Alabaster: Pale Horse is a collection of short stories featuring the same protagonist, albino Dancy Flammarion. The stories are moody and atmospheric, lyrical but very much horror in nature. There are occasional illustrations but for the most part this is … Continue reading

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Fish: The Complete Fish and Seafood Companion by Mitch Tonks

This book comes at a timely moment for me – I’m wanting to eat healthier and that includes more fish and seafood. However, I have no experience buying, preparing, or cooking fish at all. And now I have this beautifully … Continue reading

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Good Housekeeping Calorie Counter

Calorie Counter is a resource companion book to diet programs (or bulk programs) requiring precise calorie, fat, cabs, protein, or fibre figures.  It breaks down the figures on a comprehensive variety of foods, from fish to soups, bacon to biscuits. … Continue reading

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The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements

The Vogue Factor is purported to be a tell-all from an insider but honestly the agenda here seems to be more about congratulating the associates whom she favored and the celebrities she admired.  As such it lacks an interesting angle … Continue reading

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ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

ARV-3 is a YA dystopian that reads like an homage to the post apocalyptic movies of the 1970s: most especially The Omega Man (complete with white eyed angry plague victims). The plot flows smoothly and is an easy read, though … Continue reading

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Vampire Knight 18 by Matsuri Hino

Vampire Knight 18 is the penultimate volume in the long running series and sets up the events for the finale. The theme of this volume is sacrifice. Each character choose or is forced to lose something precious by the final … Continue reading

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The Last Akaway by Gary Karton

The Last Akaway is a fun adventure featuring a good plot and interesting characters. I read this to my 11 year old and she loved it – all the wish fulfillment that a tween/pretween could desire in the forum of … Continue reading

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Star Wars Legacy Volume 3

Star Wars Legacy, Volume 3, is a frustrating contradiction to review.  On the one hand, there is a lot in the book, the story is complex and diverse, artwork colorful and assured, and the author brings up some interesting themes. … Continue reading

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Moirai (Aberrant 2) by Ruth Silver

Moirai is the second book in the Aberrant series and, unfortunately, does not improve upon the problems so rampant in the first book. Lack of plot logic, character inconsistencies, grammar/writing issues, and amateurish plotting, as well as lack of originality … Continue reading

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Foreverland is Dead by Tony Bertauski

After reading Foreverland is Dead, I came to realize a few things about this Foreverland series. The first is that I really underrated the first book in the series, The Annihilation of Foreverland.  The second is that I really, really, … Continue reading

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is one of those series that will likely divide readers into the love or hate category. By this second book, it is clear that the story will be very emotional driven rather than action-oriented. And in setting up the … Continue reading

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Variant by Robison Wells

Variant is an easy, undemanding read featuring a slow burn mystery and a plot that, if not unique, flows. It is the first in a series and, although abruptly ends with a ‘big reveal’, has enough surprises to keep the … Continue reading

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Cinder (Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles) By Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a very unique take on the fairytale genre – transporting it cleverly to a science fiction settings but retaining the storybook feel.  Elements of Cinderella, Snow White, and several other fairy tales are cleverly woven into a complete … Continue reading

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Scarlet (Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles and continues the story of Cinder while introducing a new heroine, Scarlet. While I liked the first book, I found this one really dragged and I had a hard time even … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Attic by Shusterman and Elfman

Tesla’s Attic is a smart, well written, and enjoyable adventure novel for tweens/young teens.  The characters are unique, interesting, and well fleshed out. The plot moves well, with many bon mots and quips and an overall mystery to keep readers … Continue reading

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Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games is the second book I’ve read by Author Kiersten White and I definitely enjoyed this book much more (the first book, Chaos of Stars, earned only 3 stars from me). Although short and with an abrupt ending, it … Continue reading

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