Genre: Dystopia

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

There are pluses and minuses to listening to audiobooks.  In the case of Enclave I think I would enjoy this better in paperback than audio.  Emily Bauer’s narration is high-pitched and adds a childishness to the story that made me cringe a bit.  Like The City of Ember and The Giver, this is an interesting dystopia led by children.  The world is rich and fascinating, but the childish edge makes it easy to disregard.  So, unless you’re passing this forward to a middle grade reader, I’d strongly suggest the book over the audiobook. Even though the dystopia genre is a bit tired, I […]

Posted June 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

I want to blame the narrator of this audiobook, but I strongly suspect that I am not smart enough for The Book of Joan.  I found myself listening very hard to make sure I didn’t miss something important.  Conceptually, The Book of Joan is somehow both gruesome and beautiful and while I actually really liked it, it was a difficult listen for me.  Part warning, part dystopia, this book tells the story of the world after a nuclear event and the evolution and cruelty of the human race.  It is in some ways a retelling of the Joan of Arc story… […]

Posted May 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

I think that The Selection should bother me a lot more than it does. First of all, there’s the story of how the author and her agent made a reviewer feel unsafe after a less than favorable review.  Then there’s the fact that this book is correctly pitched as a dystopian, YA version of The Bachelor.  And it is.  And I don’t like The Bachelor.  So by my usual standards, The Selection should really be a generous three star read. But I enjoy it enough?  I’m going to try to explain why. The Selection doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not.  It’s a super […]

Posted February 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

After reading Tiger Lily, I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t read this book.  I didn’t like Tiger Lily, even though most other people did… and it sort of put me off Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing.  Still, Midnight at the Electric kept popping up.  A lot of other people were reading it… and I kept seeing that cover.  I love the cover.  So it made it to my TBR, and here we stand. Sometimes, it is good to ignore logic and go with your gut. I loved Midnight at the Electric.  This is a completely different story than Tiger Lily, showing a little more of […]

Posted February 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

Small aside that has nothing to do with the actual book?  The People of Sparks is the first sequel that’s come around on my TBR since I rejoined the community in 2017.  That means I’ve either read everything added to my TBR before that date… or have been unable to find an audiobook version of those books. EITHER WAY this is a big deal to me, and I’m excited. When I read The City of Ember back in July 2017, I was pleased and surprised by how much I enjoyed this book intended for middle grade readers.  The world building was interesting, and […]

Posted January 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

A handful of bloggers I really enjoy have been talking about this series since I rejoined this community, and it’s been on my TBR for a while.  On one hand – um, this is about a LIBRARY and also FANTASY so HI I AM HERE SIGN ME UP.  But on the other hand, I read book one of Rachel Caine’s popular Morganville Vampires series a couple years ago and it really wasn’t for me. There were two reviews that got Ink and Bone on to my TBR.  The first was Cait over at Paperfury, who actually wrote a whole post about how underrated […]

Posted January 24, 2019 in Reviews // 8 Comments //