Genre: Paranormal

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look back on that era and cringe.  It’s been taboo ever since. Renée Ahdieh took a risk with The Beautiful. This book was well approached – if I had to compare it with any pre-existing vampire story, I’d say it comes the […]

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Oh Anne Rice.  I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly?  Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring.  It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking.  For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse.  And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective.  When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored.  Because Louis […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Nope, nope, nope. Let’s be honest here, media tie-ins are always a risk.  First of all, most the time they make the assumption that you’re already a big fan and that’s why you’re reading the book.  I personally believe they’d be a more effective resource if the two could stand alone, and make you want to seek out the other.  Season of the Witch made me want to avoid The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I think it’s in part because of the complications of this story.  Season of the Witch is being marketed as YA because Sabrina is fifteen and the […]

Posted June 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I need to be honest straight into this and say – Soulless is a bit silly. This is a book about a declared spinster – a young Victorian lady in her twenties – who just so happens to have no soul.  It’s an unfortunate side-effect of her birth, as her father is also soulless.  She’s also half-Italian, which is a constant source of difficulty for her in civilized society.  She doesn’t really talk about her preternatural state, but she does argue with werewolves, flirt with vampires, and stab people with parasols. Really, Soulless is a typical cheeky paranormal romance with a steampunk edge, […]

Posted June 15, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

First of all, I want to share that Storm and Fury is a spin-off series from Jennifer’s The Dark Elements series.  While I felt like this could be read as a standalone without a great deal of confusion, many other do suggest reading The Dark Elements first.  Just wanted to throw that out there. Okay.  Where to begin? There are a few aspects of Storm and Fury I want to discuss, the first fundamentally being that this book was NOT for me.  I read the summary and thought this was going to be a fantasy action novel with light tones of romance […]

Posted May 29, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //