Posts Categorized: 2 – 2.5 Stars

Aug 05
Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

I feel deceived by Doon.  I was captivated by the gorgeous cover and the synopsis, but it soon became apparent that this story is little more than a cheesy NA-ish romance wrapped up in a pretty package.  Even if you enjoy NA, you might find yourself cringing over some of this writing: “‘Verranica, I’ve verra few choices that are mine.  But this’ – he grabbed my arm, his eyes drilling into mine as he crushed my body against his –… Read more »


Jul 25
Review: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

Review: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

At nearly 700 pages, The Fury is a monster of a book – nearly as monstrous as the image on the cover.  Unfortunately, before I was even halfway through, I was close to tearing my hair out.  Just end already!!!  I think this book may turn off readers who are drawn in by the cover and the synopsis.   You may think you’re getting a zombie story, but partway through this massive tome, the story suddenly turns supernatural, and I… Read more »


Jul 23
Review: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Review: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

“You are a pervert.” “I know.” He raises his eyebrows and his grin broadens. “My pervert,” I whisper. “Yes, yours.” This is actual dialogue between Ana and Christian, the narrator and her billionaire boyfriend. These books have conflicted me. The dialogue, plot contrivances, and most of the characters are completely ridiculous. And yet, for reasons I don’t fully understand, I am on book three of the trilogy. I guess I want to see what happens with these characters, even though… Read more »


Jun 26
Review: Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan

Review: Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan

Note – This review contains spoilers of Zom-B, the first book in the series.  (Check out my review of Zom-B here). I give Darren Shan credit for trying something different in the zombie genre.  Unfortunately, Zom-B Underground didn’t work that well for me.  B barely meets the definition of a zombie.  Yes, she craves brains, but all of her mental abilities are intact.  Where is the fun in that?  It felt like a bit of a cheat, to be honest…. Read more »


Jun 17
Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I kept waiting and waiting to like The Sea of Tranquility.  It has one of the highest ratings on Goodreads I’ve come across, with thousands of reviews, along with an overall 5-star rating on Amazon.  But it never happened.  I slogged through because of all the praise, but I was ultimately disappointed. The main source of my disappointment was one of the two main characters/narrators, Nastya.  Throughout the book, she references a horrible trauma without providing details.  This trauma led… Read more »


Jun 06
Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The title is certainly descriptive.  A big chunk of the book is all about test-taking.  If this sounds compelling to you, then the first third of the book will be right up your alley.  If not, you will likely find that it dragged, as I did.  I could easily see some people electing to not finish this book, but I pushed on.  Fortunately, the action picked up, but there were numerous other problems with the book that make it difficult… Read more »


May 26
Review: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

Review: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

Naturals, the second book in The Lost Souls series, has all of the key ingredients of a hundred dystopian novels before it: Evil leaders who conduct even more evil experiments. The haves and the have nots. Protagonists constantly on the run. A love triangle. However, unlike the typical dystopian novel, the plot in Naturals seemed to creep by.  It all leads up to a major cliffhanger and a “surprise” that probably won’t be too much of a shock to anyone… Read more »


May 19
Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 is a decent entry in the glut of YA post-apocalyptic novels.  It starts off with a monster of a hailstorm that results in the quite graphic deaths of a number of kids on a school bus.  The survivors – 14 kids and one adult – seek cover at a Wal-Mart-esque superstore.  That last adult is quickly removed from the equation when she heads out for help.  The kids learn from newscasts in the store that the world is… Read more »