Month: May 2015

The Quest by Kai Andersen

The Quest by Kai Andersen
Posted on May 28, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

This was really good! It was a great story of how a woman—a princess—realizes that her life is not about riches and power but more about love. It goes kinda predictably until about the last 30%—then suddenly talking animals and enchantments and more quests are introduced and it becomes more like a fairy tale. But then at the end it gets really intense and comes back to the main theme.

Actually, the quests at the end were tests to make Giselda realize what her flaws were, but they weren’t necessary. Rodin was already making her realize that. So it just felt like a bit much. It was interesting but superfluous, and just felt all crammed in at the end.

But the love story between Giselda and Rodin was great, filled with a good mix of pain and love and doubt. The whole mystery surrounding Michael was really good too, and that’s what got really intense at the end. In fact, the ending was not what I expected at all, but it was really good. It wasn’t necessarily like a fairy tale at all. It felt more real that than—historically, anyway.

Giselda herself was an interesting character. She was a bit frustrated and naive at times, but it was clear that she was slowly changing. I liked Rodin better. He knew what he wanted and was patient and appropriate.

This was a fun, intense, intriguing story. It had some wonderful intimate moments and some really tender ones. It had a complicated plot with a central love story. I couldn’t put it down, really. I loved it.

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A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Posted on May 26, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I loved this book. It was more of a memoir than an actual history of dragons (however fictional) but it was still entertaining and suspenseful. And I really did love the role of the dragons in it. I probably loved the writing the most. It was so old-fashioned and kinda Victorian era. And every now and then there would be some high-level humor and I love that. Isabella is such a cool character. She’s so smart and witty and eager for knowledge and curious even though it sometimes gets her in trouble. That’s […]

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Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl

Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl
Posted on May 23, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I wanted to like this, I really did. I wanted something really realistic and contemporary about zombies. And that premise was a great one, and certain times in the book it was really cool. But the main problem was the writing. It may have just been the advance copy, but it looked like it wasn’t edited at all and I had to resist the urge to get out my red pen. There were a few main issues that I can’t help but point out:  Most of the time when there should have been […]

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Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl EXCERPT

Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl EXCERPT
Posted on May 20, 2015 in Blog Tour / 1 Comment

Excerpt EVE               As Cam holds me, I have an epiphany. I don’t share that epiphany with him. I keep it to myself, and no, it doesn’t involve suicide. I will have to do something even more drastic, even more painful.             I squeeze Cam back as hard as I can without hurting him. He smells like Cam, which is a combination of sweat, deodorant, and fabric softener. He would always lend me his sweaters in high school, and I would sniff them because his scent was so comforting. Perhaps I loved him then, […]

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Shadow, Shadow by V. B. Marlowe

Shadow, Shadow by V. B. Marlowe
Posted on May 18, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was really good! It was super eerie. Gave me a bit of a chill when reading it. I loved the characters, mostly Harley and Teaghan. They were such interesting main characters, both so different yet appealing in their own way. Life wasn’t great for the two of them. Harley probably had it worse, but she brought a lot of it on herself too. It wasn’t fair, but it could have been avoided. I liked the plot, even though it seemed like it should have been more terrifying. People were underreacting to […]

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Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson

Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
Posted on May 13, 2015 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 2 Comments

Main points I really liked this. I liked the realness—it’s pretty much the whole girl-gets-player-to-settle-down-with-her trope (as Lyssa even admits) but it just felt more real, mostly due to Hayden. Although certain aspects could be downright silly (Lyssa’s obsession with Double A), the realism of her relationship with Hayden really kept my interest. It’s just a good read. It really is. I finished it very quickly (one day). Lyssa’s great (if obsessed), Hayden’s good (a good person, good for Lyssa, etc.), and the other characters really bring life to the story. They’re not just background. […]

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Posted on May 10, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Main points This book was really good. I LOVED the philosophy part of it and the message. It seriously inspired me. There were times where I was frustrated with Astrid and wanted to yell at her to stick up for herself but later I realized that she didn’t have to. She didn’t feel the need to. She was actually really good at handling things, at least school things. She had good coping mechanisms.  It was her sister that was the total wreck. Her family was just awful. Her mom was a nutcase and her sister […]

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Reached by Ally Condie

Reached by Ally Condie
Posted on May 6, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Main points I liked it. It was okay, not as good as the others but a good conclusion I guess. A lot was going on. So many things changed. Things that seemed like they would be important before turned out to not be so much. I will give it this credit though: it stopped being a love story pretty quickly and turned into a let’s-end-this-revolution-thing-fast-so-we-can-live-happily-ever-after thing. And I mean I’m sure most dystopians end up like that. You really can’t have a dystopian without some grand ending where they destroy it. Anyway, the actual revolution […]

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Letters to Characters #4: Jack from 24 Girls in 7 Days

Letters to Characters #4: Jack from 24 Girls in 7 Days
Posted on May 3, 2015 in letters to characters / 1 Comment

 In this feature, we write letters to characters. They can be about anything, really. I kind of had the idea that if we didn’t like something they did in their book/series, we could yell at them about it or suggest something they should have done, or give advice some other way, or just gush about how awesome they are.  And also- these don’t have to be book characters; they can be movie characters, TV show characters, webcomic characters, manga characters, whatever. Welcome to LTC4! ~Dear Jack~ Your story seemed so silly. I’m sorry, but at […]

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Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie
Posted on May 2, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points I really like this one. I felt it had a deeper element to it. While the first book was about Cassia and Ky trying to be together, in this one they have to work on their emotional distance. This book has a lot more misfortune and it’s harder (emotionally) to read. Also very important is that we see Ky’s perspective a lot more clearly—it alternates POVs. We learn a lot about his past. His character really takes shape—it feels like this book is more about him than Cassia. Also, I didn’t like Indie. […]

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