Category: Book Review

Traveler by L. E. DeLano

Traveler by L. E. DeLano
Posted on March 17, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was REALLY good. Oh man, I have so much to say. I hope I remember it all. Okay, the story was excellent. It wasn’t entirely without plot holes (some of which I could fill in myself using logic, but not all) but it was mostly just really cool. Some of the smaller details really added to the story. In fact, I think all of them did. The fact that the Jessas shared memories when they Traveled, some things that Danny said that were strangely poignant or important, the subtle differences between […]

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ECHO Campaign by Taylor Brooke

ECHO Campaign by Taylor Brooke
Posted on February 23, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments

Main points This book was super good. I’d say it didn’t suffer from Second Book Syndrome at all. To be fair, I didn’t remember too much of the first one, but bits and pieces came back to me as I read this one. I had forgotten just how character-driven it was. Seriously, the dynamic between them was almost more intriguing than the plot. It was just all over the place. Trust was mixed with distrust so frequently, and even when people made up it didn’t feel genuine. A lot of the “steamy scenes” didn’t feel […]

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The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato

The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato
Posted on January 20, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I really liked this book. The writing was good, and the story was interesting. In a short time I grew to be very invested in the families, all of them. I think it was how they were described as people, because it wasn’t long enough to get to know them truly or see any development, but they were described as very loving, strong, family-oriented people. It was easy to believe because of their actions. They were so emotional but still rational in the face of all the tragedy. I loved how the Indian […]

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1930s Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 by Frank Brathwaite

1930s Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 by Frank Brathwaite
Posted on January 16, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main point This book was pretty all right. It was informative. I liked the presentation. The first section is short summaries of news articles throughout the decade. The middle section is all about Frank Capra. The last section is about Shirley Temple. I recognized some names, but didn’t know most. Still, it inspired me to check out a few old movies. I had already been familiar with Shirley Temple (I basically idolize her) so it was cool to read about how she became so famous. And reading about Capra’s movies made me want to watch […]

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Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales

Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales
Posted on January 14, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was okay, I guess. A lot confused me. The supernatural people confused me. I was never quite sure what they were supposed to look like. They were often described as being their animal, so Maltha was a dragon and Finch was a rat, for example, but then they would be described as having hair or clothes or body parts that make me imagine a human. So mostly I was picturing some animal-human hybrid, or like humans with heads of animals, and it was just unsatisfying not knowing what it was supposed […]

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Posted on January 10, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Preliminary remarks: This post is more an analysis (or an “assessment,” if you will) than a review, so if you’re worried about spoilers, maybe only read the first two paragraphs. The rest is a long Q&A session, where I ask questions about the book and then give possible answers. I’ve always liked this book. I mean, I’ve never been particularly knowledgeable about the Russian revolution, but I can tell that the state of things—of government—the farm devolved into is bad. (I did think it downright hilarious that the name Napoleon was used for […]

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Posted on January 7, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Foreword: Please listen to this and this while you read this review. Really get in the spirit of it. This book was amazing and deeply philosophical—and a bit religious, although not the kind of religious I tend to avoid. I will start with some notes about how I came to read it. I watched the movie for the first time years ago (when it came out in theaters) and have seen it a few times since. I didn’t know it was a book until after having seen it perhaps twice. I put it on […]

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Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede
Posted on December 29, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is…interesting. It’s hard to look at it as a cohesive book because all the short stories are so different. And they’re all written for different age groups. Some are kids’ stories, some for older audiences. Some are very dark, some make no sense, and some are just fun. I must say that my favorite was the last one, the one that brought back Cimorene and the Enchanted Forest. But a couple of the ones about princesses were good too. These stories felt like snippets of a lot of different mythologies. You […]

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Raene and the Three Bears by R. S. McCoy

Raene and the Three Bears by R. S. McCoy
Posted on November 29, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was INTENSE. It was unexpectedly difficult to put down. I gave up sleep and food for this book. There’s a lot to like, and some to dislike. I guess the main issues are the heartbreaking ending, and some of the character’s actions. I mean, Blossom goes missing, and despite the fact that she was about to be happily married, everyone thinks she ran away of her own free will? No one suspects foul play? Kaide said himself that they might try to change her totem, which they did, and he doesn’t […]

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Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Posted on November 13, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Okay, so this book is good. Cute but cliché. Very fast read. In fact maybe a little bit rushed. It feels very high-school-drama and not much else, except with gay protagonists. The good thing is that the stereotypical mean popular girl is more complicated than that. It’s not even that she’s mean to compensate for other things, because while she sort of is (and that’s not a new idea), she recognizes what she’s doing and she wants to stop, but sometimes she can’t. Sometimes she does. People aren’t black and white. You can’t […]

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