Posts Categorized: Paranormal

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 18
Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

“Stay here with others like you, or leave the Compound and live in a world surrounded by people who only use ten percent of their brains.”  This is the choice Addie must make when her parents tell her they’re getting a divorce and that she must choose with whom to live.  As a Searcher, Addie has the ability to see into the future of either potential option.  With that framework set in place, we are off!  Each chapter switches between… Read more »


Mar 09
Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

***Note – If you have not read the first two books in this series, this review will contain spoilers. *** When I finished Boundless, one of my most pressing questions was: Does Stanford actually have a course called The Practice of Happiness?  Indeed, it does.  Now that that urgent matter is out of the way, let’s get on to the story. I loved Unearthly, I was less enthralled with Hallowed, and I wanted so badly for this series to finish… Read more »


Mar 08
Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Let’s get straight to it.  This book was WAY TOO LONG.  As in 200 pages too long.  Maybe 300.  I felt the same way while reading this book that I felt when I watched Pearl Harbor at the movie theater.  I squirmed in my seat during the three and a half hour run time, and I grew increasingly distraught as calendar pages drifted across the screen.  I wanted to scream, “GET TO DECEMBER 7TH ALREADY!!!”  Same thing here.  I read… 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 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 18
Review: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

Review: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

This is a somewhat difficult review to write, because while there are hints throughout to the existence of various supernatural elements, they are not revealed in full until about halfway through the story, and they play a major part in the plot. The Goodreads synopsis does not specify them, so I won’t either. (The prologue does actually specify the what, but not the who.) The setting is World War 1-era England. This makes me think of Downton Abbey, and anything… Read more »


Feb 15
Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell picks up very shortly after the end of The Golden Lily. Sydney is given a mysterious assignment that involves using her magical powers, something we all know she looooves. She’s given the barest amount of information, but with some prodding, Sydney learns that she’s in a bit of a catch-22. Taking on this assignment could be very dangerous. However, NOT acting could prove much worse (this is a spoiler-y part, albeit a very early one, so I… Read more »