Posts Categorized: 2 – 2.5 Stars

May 02
Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe

Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe

One of the things I (and most people) love about books is the ability to escape into a world one would never experience otherwise.  In the case of Truth or Dare, that world is the upper echelon of the DC political elite.  What I expected was high-stakes political bargaining, conspiracies, and power plays.  What I got was not much different than the afternoon soap opera.  There were lots of Big Issues: date rape, drugs, eating disorders, classism, infidelity, stalking, and… Read more »


Apr 23
Review : The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Review : The End Games by T. Michael Martin

I’ve read through the current reviews on Goodreads, and one common thread is that everyone loved the relationship between brothers Michael, seventeen, and Patrick, five.  I’ll be the lone wolf who says I did not like it.  At all.  This child seemed straight out of 80’s sitcom land: way too cutesy and overly precocious in a way that made me (and I can’t believe I’m writing this about a young child) dislike him.  I suppose I can understand why readers… Read more »


Apr 22
Review: The Last Academy by Anne Applegate

Review: The Last Academy by Anne Applegate

Like many other bloggers, I take notes while reading to aid in the writing of my reviews.  While reading The Last Academy, my notes were comments like, “Is ANYTHING going to happen?” and “I feel like I’m missing something here.”  I considered giving up, because so much of this book just didn’t make a lot of sense, and it didn’t really engage me.  The synopsis describes a thriller plot, but what I was actually reading was more of the mundane… Read more »


Mar 27
Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

The opening of Stung is very similar to the recent Pretty Girl-13; a young girl suddenly finds herself at her home, seeking her parents, with a memory loss of several years.  Both girls believe themselves to be thirteen and are surprised to see their “new” bodies.  But whereas Angie from Pretty Girl-13 falls into the shocked and loving arms of her parents, Fiona falls out of a bathroom window as she struggles to escape a crazed, animalistic man who attempts… Read more »


Mar 14
Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

My main problem with Article 5 was the very premise upon which it was based.  And without that basic building block of the story in place, everything else falls apart.  The dystopian society portrayed in Article 5 didn’t seem very believable.  What is the purpose of society reverting to a Puritanical moral code?  Who benefits?  In dystopian books, there should be some acceptable rationale behind a radical societal and governmental change.  I didn’t get that from Article 5.  It seemed… Read more »


Feb 10
Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

“Graceful,” “strong”, “sliding fluidly”, “moved with animal grace and arrogant economy”, “turning in a leisurely pivot,” and “easy and unhurried stride.”  If you had to guess, to whom or what do those phrases refer? A leopard?  Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt?  Figure skater Michelle Kwan?  Certainly, those descriptions could apply to any or all of them, but in this case, these are phrases describing the walking habits of Gideon Cross, the love interest in Bared to You. I noticed all… Read more »