Posts Categorized: Reviews

Jul 01
Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Conversion combines a modern story of bizarre occurrences at an exclusive prep school alongside a recounting of the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen Rowley is the narrator of the modern story set mostly in her school in Danvers, Massachusetts.  She’s in her senior year at school, she’s fighting to become valedictorian, and she has her sights set on Harvard.  This is enough pressure for any teenager, but life gets even more stressful when Colleen’s classmates fall victim to a strange ailment… Read more »


Jun 26
Review: I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

Review: I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I Am the Weapon, although I read it under its previous title, Boy Nobody.  In this sequel, the assassin, nicknamed Boy Nobody, is sent on a new mission.  My main problem with the story is that this felt so similar to the previous book – he is to assassinate a powerful man, but allows himself to get too close to the target’s child(ren), a major violation of his training.  It also… Read more »


Jun 24
Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Complicit is Stephanie Kuehn’s excellent follow-up to her excellent debut, Charm & Strange.  Both novels feature some similar characteristics: a male POV exhibiting some psychological issues, past physical and/or emotional trauma, a big twist, a gut-punch of an ending, and Kuehn’s beautiful writing style.  This time, though, I was not surprised by the twist.  I thought it was telegraphed quite clearly at several points, and because I’d read Charm & Strange, I was already on the lookout.  But figuring out… Read more »


Jun 18
Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The best part about The Here and Now is this quote by Stephen Hawking at the beginning of the book, “If time travel were possible, we’d be inundated by tourists from the future.” I had never heard that quote before, but after reading it, I thought, “Of course!” It’s heard to argue with this logic. But it’s also a bit depressing to think that time travel will never be possible. So, we will have to be content with books and… Read more »


Jun 17
Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts might be my favorite book of 2014 (so far).  It’s certainly in my top 5.  Before I discuss the book, I have to discuss the synopsis.  I feel like I’ve been complaining about synopses a lot recently, usually because they don’t reflect the tone of the book.  This is probably the most egregious example.  The synopsis is written as though a very young child with a very limited vocabulary is speaking.  You would rightfully… Read more »


Jun 12
Review: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

Review: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Gameboard of the Gods was my least favorite of Richelle Mead’s books.  I’ll admit that I didn’t always understand what was going on in Gameboard, and I didn’t understand the heavy emphasis on physical appearance.  I haven’t read any of her other adult books yet, but I loved all of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books.  But still, I have such faith in her work that even though the first book in this series didn’t really click with me,… Read more »


Jun 11
Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments is my second book by Rainbow Rowell, after Fangirl.  I listened to it on audiobook, which is the perfect format for this story.  Attachments is all about…attachments – those that currently exist, those that have shattered, and those that have yet to be formed.  It’s set in 1999, so we’re able to travel back in time to when the Internet was still the somewhat new world of the World Wide Web and when access to an email account at… Read more »


Jun 08
Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I probably would not have picked up Since You’ve Been Gone, if not for the all of the enthusiastic reviews.  The synopsis seemed a bit light – maybe silly, even.  But oh, was I WRONG! Emily and her best friend, Sloane, have polar opposite personalities.  Sloane is the shining extrovert, and Emily is her painfully shy sidekick.  They met a few years before in a “meet cute” way that is more typical of couples in romantic comedies.  As soon as Emily… Read more »