Posts Tagged: Kick-Ass Heroines

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 04
Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Bee society is pretty amazing.  With their tiny brains, they manage to form a complex society, with a strict hierarchy and rules and functions.  Every bee knows its role.  In The Bees, we go one giant leap beyond the real life of these insects to one in which bees talk and socialize with an intelligence comparable to humans. The bee characters in The Bees are highly anthropomorphized, which I expected.  Their society looks and sounds like medieval England, which I did not… Read more »


Apr 30
Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Imagine that you’re about to be crowned Homecoming Queen, and as you do a few last-minutes preparations in the school restroom, the janitor bursts in.  He’s mortally wounded, he makes some bizarre comments, and as he’s dying, he presses his mouth to yours, and a strange…energy fills your body.  You now have superhuman strength and the ability to kick some major ass. This is the awesome opening of Rebel Belle, the new series by Rachel Hawkins.  I’ve only previously read… Read more »


Apr 24
Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

When you hear the title, Dorothy Must Die, and you picture pretty Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz with her cute pigtails and sweet gingham dress, you know you are in for a twisted ride.  In Dorothy Must Die, the characters and the world we know and love are flipped upside down and turned inside out.  This Dorothy is a power-hungry, murderous psychopath. She does still have the cute pigtails and the gingham dress, though.  The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion,… Read more »


Apr 09
Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Let’s start off by talking about the ending of The Forever Song, the last book in the Blood of Eden trilogy.  It ended perfectly, without an ounce of surprise, with every character’s fate wrapped up exactly as you’d expect.  That’s not a complaint, because it was all immensely satisfying.  Less satisfying, however, was the middle section of this book, which felt bloated and repetitive. OK, now let’s back up to the beginning.  Allie is in just as much shock as… Read more »


Dec 05
Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

I have to start this review by discussing the last few pages of this incredible trilogy.  Champion has such a beautiful, perfect ending, and it felt like Marie Lu wrote it as a love letter to her fans.  No doubt she loves June and Day even more than we do, but when she signed off on this series with such compassion and respect, I couldn’t help but feel appreciated as a reader and a fan.  I read Champion right after… Read more »


Nov 07
Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Note: This review will contain spoilers from Poison Princess, the first book in the series. The Arcana Chronicles series reads like a mystical version of The Hunger Games.  That’s not a bad thing here.  Usually when I compare a book to The Hunger Games, it doesn’t fare well in comparison.  But Kresley Cole manages to keep the whole teenagers-out-to-slaughter-each-other thing fresh by having them embody the characters on Tarot cards. Evie is the Empress, and she is completely transformed from… Read more »