Posts Categorized: 2 – 2.5 Stars

Nov 06
Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Fault Line is a little book (240 pages) about a big, awful subject: rape.  It unflinchingly shows the devastating effects of rape, both on the victim and the victim’s loved ones.  In this case, the story is complicated by the fact that Ani, the victim, was intoxicated at a party and loudly announced that she was going to have sex with several guys.  After heading upstairs with them, Ani wakes up the next morning with no memory of what happened…. Read more »


Oct 21
Review: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

Review: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

My Take: The Dollhouse Asylum features one of the worst love triangles imaginable: a girl who is spineless, insipid, and subservient; a guy who is a murderous, raving lunatic; and another guy who is only notable because he is the lunatic’s brother.  If those were my only choices, I might hope for the disease called the Living Rot, to take me instead.The events of The Dollhouse Asylum are so out there that I kept waiting for Cheyenne, the protagonist, to… Read more »


Oct 11
Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 was a pretty big disappointment.  I’m all for great cliff-hangers that leave you desperate for the next book, but this felt like a commercial or a movie trailer.  In other words, not a whole hell of a lot happened.  Yes, it’s the first in a series, but there was a lot of build-up with very little payoff.  The “cliff-hanger” ending was a huge, “Um, was that really supposed to be shocking?” moment. But this wasn’t the story’s only… Read more »


Oct 06
Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

I had very high expectations for Frozen.  I love Las Vegas, and I love post-apocalyptic stories, and the combination of the two was irresistible.  I’ve already had a great experience with the video game,  Fallout: New Vegas, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic (you guessed it) Las Vegas.  But the story in Frozen couldn’t even measure up to the story in the video game. My first inkling that I might be in for some trouble came right at the outset… Read more »


Oct 04
Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Before you decide to read Six Months Later, you should ask yourself this question: Are you OK reading a mystery that is not mysterious whatsoever?  I’m not particularly adept at guessing endings, but in this case, I figured out the big secret very early on.  As I continued reading , it became increasingly evident that I was correct.  I was still prepared to enjoy myself, but everything here fell apart as the ending neared, and the story grew increasingly sillier…. Read more »


Sep 03
Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Note: This review contains spoilers of the first book in the series, The Sweetest Dark. The Deepest Night suffers from a case of sophomore-itis.  The first book, The Sweetest Dark (you can see my review here), revealed Lora’s shocking secret: she’s a dragon.  And so is Armand, who is deeply in love with Lora.  Small world!  That book was enjoyable for a lot of reasons: The WWI setting in England; the fish out of water aspect of poor-girl Lora given… Read more »


Aug 29
Review: Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

Review: Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I know this is a work of fiction.  I read (and love) books about zombies, vampires, and other outlandish topics.  Project Cain takes a topic that is actually real – cloning – and then makes a giant leap forward.  But that leap didn’t make a whole lot of sense. In real life, animals have been cloned, including at least one instance I can remember of a person cloning a beloved pet.  It’s… Read more »


Aug 26
Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Pivot Point, by Kasie West, is one of my top reads in 2013 and is a stand-out among books with a parallel lives focus.  (You can see my review of Pivot Point here.)  Just Like Fate is just like Pivot Point’s wanna-be little sister. Caroline’s story heads down two paths when her beloved grandmother is near death.  Caroline’s family is visiting her grandmother in the hospital to say their goodbyes.  Caroline’s best friend, Simone, encourages Caroline to get out for… Read more »