Posts Categorized: 3 – 3.5 Stars

Apr 05
Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

In “Dare Me,” a group of high school cheerleaders finds their “Queen Bee” status challenged with the arrival of Colette French, their new coach.  The girls had no use and no respect for their previous coach; they “owned” her.  When Coach French enters the girls’ world, she commands their respect.  She breaks them down and whips them into shape.  But cracks soon begin to show in Coach’s professional facade as she crosses boundaries with these girls, inviting them into her… Read more »


Apr 01
Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I loved the concept of this book.  In an online chat with Jessica Brody, she said that she got the idea from an actual plane crash that left only one survivor.  This seems like fertile ground for an author, with some exciting options to explain how it could happen.  There could be a sole survivor crash, similar to Unremembered, except there is no doubt that the person was a passenger.  (I believe this was a Dean Koontz book from a… Read more »


Mar 21
Review: Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Review: Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Each story in this anthology is around 30-40 pages.  I’ll provide a synopsis, mini-review, and rating for each story.  I’ll also provide an overall rating for the book as a whole at the bottom of page. Hearken by Veronica Roth: Hearken features Darya, a musical prodigy, and her older sister, Khali.  While there is some competitiveness between the two, we feel the bond between them very quickly, and the two share some tender moments.  These prodigies are called Hearkeners, and… Read more »


Mar 09
Review : The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Review : The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Full-disclosure: I love anything with an apocalyptic slant, so I was predisposed to like this book.  I was very intrigued when I read the description of “The Age of Miracles,” with its unique premise of an Earth whose rotation is slowing down. The story is narrated by Julia, now a young woman, but ten years old at the time the world first realizes what is happening to Earth. We never learn why the Earth has slowed, but nevertheless, the implications… Read more »


Mar 03
Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

“It would be like you deciding if it was worth befriending a butterfly, even though it wouldn’t be there in the morning.” If you imagine a dog that has been abused by people its entire life, you have a sense of Ana, the narrator of “Incarnate”. Ana is wary, distrusting of kindness, and extremely cautious, and she has good reason. During the eighteen years of her life, she suffered constant abuse at the hands of her mother, Li. Ana inhabits… Read more »


Feb 26
Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

“We see you, Meghan Chase. You will not escape.” In The Iron Daughter, the second book of the Iron Fey series, the half-human/half-faery Meghan Chase returns to Winter Court with Ash. A major betrayal, a stolen scepter, and a series of misunderstandings leads to a declaration of war between the Winter and Summer Courts. For me, some of the magic from The Iron King has worn off. Meghan’s boomeranging emotions and inability to think rationally when it comes to Ash… Read more »


Feb 25
Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

***Note – This review contains spoilers of the first novel, Unearthly.*** Oh, Cynthia – you had me at Unearthly.  But you’ve started to lose me with Hallowed.  Not completely; not by a log shot.  But much of the magic that was in Unearthly just was not here for me.  Let’s start with the BIG REVEALS.  Now, I like a big reveal; who doesn’t?  But one heaped on top of another can start to feel cheap.  Or manipulative.  We had a… Read more »


Feb 06
Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

You touch her, you die. That is Juliette’s life in Shatter Me, a combination dystpoian/post-apocalyptic novel. We learn that there was some man-made environmental catastrophe that killed off much of the Earth’s plant and animal life, and human life along with it. A group calling themselves The Re-Establishment has seized control, promising that they have the solutions to the world’s ills. These solutions primarily involve ruling with an iron fist. When the story opens, Juliette has been imprisoned for nine… Read more »