Posts Categorized: Reviews

Mar 30
Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

One of my favorite things about the post-apocalyptic genre is learning about the events that caused the apocalypse.  That never happens in The Rule of Three.  Of course, there are valid reasons why we may never receive that information. (Call me a greedy reader for wanting it anyway.)  In The Rule of Three, some unknown catastrophe causes all computers and electronic equipment to shut down.  This affects expected devices like cell phones and water pumps, but also modern cars that… Read more »


Mar 27
Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Fairy tale retellings probably work best when you have a familiarity with the source material.  Unfortunately, I’ve only read a few of Brothers Grimm’s original fairy tales on which the short stories in this anthology are based, so I missed out on the experience of making the connections between the stories while I read.  Still, several of these were quite enjoyable. The Key by Rachel Hawkins: ★★★★ Lana’s mother is a psychic (an ACTUAL psychic) who does readings out of their… Read more »


Mar 23
Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

There were several times during Cruel Beauty when I felt hopelessly confused.  I know very little about the tale of Beauty and the Beast, and also woven into this fairy-tale retelling was a good deal of Greek mythology and the supernatural.  But even when I was left scratching my head and trying to figure out what I’d missed, I was captivated by this story.  Hodge tried to cover a great deal of territory in Cruel Beauty, and she did it… Read more »


Mar 20
Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

I have no doubt that genetic testing will play a much bigger role in our future, and in Uninvited, Sophie Jordan examines the implications of the testing when it’s used to weed out “bad” individuals from society.  Uninvited is set in the near future when there is a major uptick in homicide.  Scientists discover a gene called HTS that makes carriers prone to violence, and these carriers are responsible for the majority of murders.  The solution seems obvious – separate… Read more »


Mar 19
Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

I didn’t need to read more than a couple of lines of the synopsis of The Martian before I knew I had to read this book.  I love stories set in space, and in this one, the main character is stranded alone on Mars after his NASA crewmates leave him behind, thinking he’d died in an accident.  He has no way to get off the planet and no way to communicate with NASA.  His only hope is to find a… Read more »


Mar 16
Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Barry is a normal high-school girl, with normal high-school girl-type concerns in Portland, Oregon in 1918.  All of her friends have their post-high school lives figured out: marriage for some, or college, or traveling.  But Cleo has “no plan.  No dream.  No calling.”  Her parents died when she was young, and her older brother, Jack, and his wife, Lucy, have guardianship of Cleo.  Jack and Lucy are headed to San Francisco for six weeks to celebrate their anniversary while… Read more »


Mar 11
Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential, the first book in this series and the first book by Kara Taylor, was such a fun and dark surprise.  Fun because of Anne, the unforgettable narrator, and dark because the cute cover gave no hints of the evil that awaited Anne at her new boarding school.  When her roommate, Isabella, was murdered, Anne made it her mission to unmask the murderer and those responsible for the resulting cover-up.  When Prep School Confidential ended, Anne had discovered… Read more »


Mar 09
Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

      I think I can safely say now that I will not read another book by Tahereh Mafi.  Ignite Me was the worst of this series, even though it had stiff competition from Unravel Me.  Let’s start off with some of this bizarre narration from Juliette: “My tongue is dust.  My teeth have crumbled away.” “I am a pile of bones on the floor and no one knows it but me.” I have no idea what these lines… Read more »