Genre: Fantasy

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

For all the love and praise people give The Uglies, it would be a lie to say I wasn’t expecting more from this book. It was good, but it didn’t blow my mind, the way I was expecting. Of course, this series isn’t The Uglies and maybe that was the problem altogether. Jessica Day isn’t an unlikable protagonist. She’s pretty typical, as far as protagonists go, and a little too friendly for my tastes, but not too disagreeable. Her new friends are generally all angry, pessimistic people who act like they are better than everyone else because of their secret – including her. […]

Posted March 30, 2012 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Saving the World (and Other Extreme Sports) by James Patterson

Saving the World (and Other Extreme Sports) by James Patterson

At last! A Maximum Ride I couldn’t put down. That is, half of it. At long last, Patterson answers some questions and cuts the flock in half, so that the reader can switch between one half and the next rather than reading about all the travel time. I felt like the flow was better in this one, there were unexpected twists and turns, and Saving the World – and Other Extreme Sports renewed my faith in the hype about the Maximum Ride series… enough that I will be picking up the next book when I run out of things to read. However, […]

Posted February 12, 2012 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare’s prequel to the Mortal Instruments series reminds me of the writing of Neil Gaiman – very much so, in fact. I liken her to something between Gaiman and the author of one of my favorite series – Jonathan Stroud. Clare adds her own elements to the story, and twists Victorian London around a little bit to her heart’s content. And I find her London beautiful and haunting and sad and grey. I love the idea of her clockwork mechanisms and the Shadowhunters and the quirky husband who lives in the basement and invents things that do not work. […]

Posted February 9, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

I am not usually a person who flat-out hates a book… but this would be an exception. I have grown up living and breathing the vampire represented in Anne Rice and Bram Stoker… and the moment Neferet gets miffed because – Goddess forbid! – Zoey uttered Stoker’s name, I was annoyed. For all intensive purposes, this is a story about immature, over dramatic witches. And yes, I meant witches. As far as the description of vampire goes… the Casts decided to go with “drinks blood sometimes” and “worshippers of Night” (literally) and “burns in sunlight” as their descriptors. There is […]

Posted December 19, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

As a lover of fairytales-retold, I adore the idea of this book, but found myself overall, disappointed. Pearce’s attempts to tell an old story in a new and interesting way are only partially successful in that he falls back on too many of the same old cliches. It’s one thing to be able to predict a movie ending (and, ironically, the movie that comes to mind is Red Riding Hood, whose greatest secret I had called before the first fifteen minutes passed) but it is entirely a different thing when you are able to call the ending of a book. […]

Posted December 14, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this book. Frankly, in YA Fantasy Lit, anything that doesn’t scream “vampire” is a nice respite. So right off the bat, this was a nice break from what is the usual voice in this genre right now. Then enter Chloe, protagonist. I actually liked Chloe, which is strange for me, since I am generally inclined to loathe protagonists (don’t even get me started on Harry Potter…). She’s quirky, but controlled. She’s your typical teenage nerd girl – proud of who she is and dealing with the world in the way […]

Posted December 9, 2011 in Reviews // 1 Comment //