Genre: Romance

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

I totally unexpectedly really, really enjoyed The Madwoman Upstairs. There’s a couple things immediately that should have turned me off this novel.  First of all, the romance.  I am never interested in a student/teacher sort of tryst.  Not my cup of tea. Secondly, there’s all the focus on the Bronte sisters.  I don’t talk about it a lot, but I actually despised reading Jane Eyre… to the point where I haven’t touched it or anything like it since.  Disliking Jane Eyre led me to skipping Wuthering Heights, and also all the Austen novels. So how in the world did The Madwoman Upstairs end up on my […]

Posted November 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir

I am so so utterly delighted to have finally read book two of the Precious Stones trilogy. It’s been a couple years since I read Ruby Red, but I LOVED it.  Gwen took me completely by surprise and I hadn’t been expecting a time travel book (I love time travel) so it became one of my favorite books of 2017 … et voila! Now Sapphire Blue is here and I am excited. From a purely sensible and logical point of view, Sapphire Blue is not as good as Ruby Red.  And that’s to be expected – middle books in trilogies tend to be a means to […]

Posted November 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I will not by any means say this is a masterpiece of a book.  I see flaws in the love story, in the … likelihood of situations I guess?  But I also really, really liked it because it had a lot of things that I feel like I don’t see very often, particularly in YA Fantasy. First of all, we have a protagonist who is very unsure of herself.  Listen guys, I’m all for fierce, confident heroines.  I love me a strong female protagonist.  But after a while, it gets old, you know?  Lia constantly struggles with her decisions and worries that […]

Posted October 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Vortex by Julie Cross

Vortex by Julie Cross

It’s been a couple years since I read Tempest, but the story pulled me in again so quickly.  I have never felt overwhelmed by all the information she gives about the mechanics of time travel, and I never feel like the romance really takes over the story. Also?  This is what should be a New Adult book – a book where the story revolves around a protagonist who is out of high school, but newly into college or embarking on a career.  It feels so perfectly what I want New Adult to be.  … But that’s an aside. Now that I have all […]

Posted October 15, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this type […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
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 //