Posts Categorized: 3 – 3.5 Stars

Oct 28
Review: After Eden by Helen Douglas

Review: After Eden by Helen Douglas

I enjoy stories about time travel, but one of my big challenges can be trying to wrap my mind around the science.  Often, an author’s explanation can be so complex that I eventually give up trying to figure out whether the author has covered all the bases involving the paradoxes of time travel.  In After Eden, Helen Douglas keeps the science simple and accessible, but there were some plot points that didn’t make sense.  For just one example that happened… Read more »


Oct 25
Reivew: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Reivew: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Note – This review will contain spoilers from The Lost Prince, the first book in the series. The title of this book, The Iron Traitor, is attention-grabbing, isn’t it?  We’ve got the word, “traitor,” and we’ve got Keirran staring out at us, so…should we assume that he’s the traitor? Before I even began reading The Iron Traitor, I imagined where the plot could go.  At the end of The Lost Prince, Keirran delcares that he’ll do anything to stop Annwyl from… Read more »


Oct 24
Review: Friends and Traitors (Slayers # 2) by C.J. Hill

Review: Friends and Traitors (Slayers # 2) by C.J. Hill

My Take: Note – This review will contain spoilers from Slayers, the first book in the series.In Friends and Traitors, our fearless band of dragon slayers is back.  Tori, in particular, is better-trained and ready to do battle with Overdrake and his newly-hatched dragons.  We also finally meet Ryker, who was a fetus when we first encountered him.  He is determined to fulfill his destiny, against his parents’ wishes.Friends and Traitors doesn’t break a lot of new ground after Slayers,… Read more »


Oct 17
Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

My Take: Note – This review will contain spoilers of Falling Kingdoms, the first book in the series. I did not realize until after I’d read Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring that Morgan Rhodes is the pen name of Michelle Rowen.  Rowen wrote Coutdown, a book I read a few months ago and really disliked.  (You can see my review of Countdown here.)  I’m glad I didn’t know this until after reading the books, because I would likely have approached… Read more »


Oct 13
Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

I have been dying to read Just One Year ever since I read the last word of Just One Day.  (You can see my review of that book here.)  Just One Day gave such a realistic portrayal of love and heartbreak, and it took us through Allyson’s (Lulu’s) journey as she struggled to get over Willem.  And then that last moment of Just One Day when he opened up the door… What an amazing cliffhanger!  It left me so eager… Read more »


Oct 03
Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

My knowledge of the Tudor period primarily comes from the Showtime series, The Tudors, the wonderful film, Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, and the occasional historical fiction novel.  In other words, my knowledge is not exactly extensive, and I approached Witchstruck with the desire to be entertained and without any thought of wanting to nitpick for accuracy.  Obviously, since Lamb decided to feature a witch living alongside the future Queen Elizabeth, we know that this is not intended to be a… Read more »


Sep 26
Banned Books Week Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Banned Books Week Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

You can read my initial post about book censorship here. Maybe I was expecting too much from Two Boys Kissing.  I  specifically chose to read this during Banned Books Week, even though I have not heard news (yet) of Two Boys Kissing being banned.  But Levithan has had books challenged or banned in the past, and I assume that with this cover and title, the censorship police will soon be out in full force.  Based on my experience with Leivthan’s… Read more »


Sep 09
Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

How does an author write a story about angels while maintaining a sense of originality?  Give the main character a major case of memory loss.  Gaby, the narrator, is still mourning the loss of her brother, Jude, in a car accident.  She doesn’t remember much, but she has bizarre nightmares of fighting demons.  A guy named Rafa shows up and claims to have information about Gaby’s and Jude’s pasts, but it seems too far-fetched for Gaby to believe.  Readers unfamiliar… Read more »